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Gluten Free   1  0   

Posted by Anon (US) on 09/04/2014

I get digestive problems from wheat, peanuts, cooked eggs, coffee. Taking senna and then eating only raw fruit and green veggies the next day helps a lot. Rice pudding is ok too. Cantalope. Canned peaches. Filtered water with a little baking soda sometimes helps after the senna, too.

One guy I knew got migraines from bananas.

Posted by Ck (Erie, Pa) on 05/01/2011

[YEA]  I have suffered with migraines for 61 years with relief only from sesame oil pulling and acv. It never completely alleviated migraines but helped. The past five years the migraines increased from two or three a week to five. I missed so much work, was out of it most of the time and unable to function when a new naturopath suggested I might be gluten sensitive! After yrs at pgh and Cleveland clinic no one had ever suggested that! I had been living on toast, too I'll to eat much else! I immediately started a gluten free diet and amazingly have been migraine free four months today! I feel my life has been a gift returned to me! I still use avc and sesame oil pulling every day for the remarkable health benefits but want to share my experience for any of you migraine sufferers. Our modified wheats now have over 500 times more gluten than they did 20 yrs ago. It is estimated that 50%of the population of the U.S. have some gluten related illness. Our livers simply cannot process this load. I hope my experience may help someone out there!

Grapefruit Seed Extract   1  0   

Posted by Dave (Victoria, British Columbia) on 01/07/2014

[YEA]  Another remedy to try to arrest the onset of Migraines is Grapefruit Seed Extract. My complaint was feeling very tired, mild to moderate sickness, a constant sore neck, insomnia and 3-4 mild, non-food allergy triggered migraines in one week.

I immediately tried acupuncture on knots in my neck and shoulders, followed by chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy on these sore muscles. Usually, this helps but did not work this time. Realizing that a virus was causing my migraines, my wife suggested Grapefruit Seed Extract.

The directions on the label suggested 5-15 drops, in water, 3 times a day, to be taken with or without food. I took 5 drops, maybe a total of 7 times over a period of 5 days, whenever I felt ill.

The results were dramatic and amazing. After the first 5 drops, my migraines stopped. The sore neck went away and my general feeling of sickness began to abate. After the next three doses, over the next two days, my general feeling of sickness disappeared and my energy came back to 90% of peak. After a month of abandoning all forms of intense exercise, I was able to run for 20 minutes and cycle for 3 hours.

Grapes   1  0   

Posted by Sarah (New Baltimore, Michigan) on 02/23/2008

[YEA]  My mother suffers from severe migraines. ... I looked to the Internet for help. I found that green or red grapes often help with migraines and since we had some in the refrigerator I decided to give them to my mother. She ate them and within thirty minutes her migraine was cured, with a tiny headache left.

Gunpowder Tea   5  0   

Posted by Kim (Marlborough, MA) on 11/14/2006

[YEA]  Cider Vinegar did NOT cure my migraine. Did not even touch it. Several years ago I used to use this Chinese tea called 'Gunpowder'. After having a migraine, going to ER and they helped a little bit, and continuing the migraine for 11 days straight, I went to an Asian store and bought some Gunpowder tea. My migraine went away within 20 minutes. I think it might be a good idea for someone to post this information about Chinese Gunpowder tea. I also use it for any pain and it get's rid of the pain within 20 minutes, colds, same thing. Thank you very much.

Replied by Lanet
Durham, NC
[YEA]   Hello, after reading this post about 4mths ago I told my friend about the gunpowder tea. He just decided to try it out last week. He noticed a big difference in his migraine headaches and he is very pleased with the product. He normally takes imitrex and it seems as if some of the side affects are just as bad as the illness. Thanks for the information.
Replied by Soph
New York, NY
[YEA]   I suffer from menstrual migraines once a month. The city here has a cool tea shop so I bought some GunPowder Tea. This tea it truly works and I feel fortunate to have found the remedy for my migraines.
Replied by Carly
Duluth, Mn/ Usa
[YEA]   My son got a horrible, throwing up migraine headache. He was laying on the couch clutching the edge of a blanket. I came to Earth Clinic thinking there might be something for him. Saw the Gunpowder tea, called the local wholefoods, and and sent my husband out to retrieve it. Brewed it, and sat down next to him to wait for it to cool while I wondered if he would be able to hold it down long enough to see if it helped. He actually wanted to try it, and drank 1 cup down. Within 5 minutes he was up and looking for some food. Amazing! Now I carry some (teabag) in my purse in case he gets a migraine.

At a basketball game, I gave some to a dear lady who gets horrible migraines. Her husband gave me a look of disbelief, but the next time I saw her, they were both beaming and telling me how much it stopped the pain and symptoms cold of her next migraine. Now, they share the good news with others.

I don't know why this would work, but it does.

I love Earth Clinic! My other favorite cure from here is the eggwhites for burns. It immediately stops the burn pain and prevents any scarring. Just do it right away and keep applying it.

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
[YEA]   I wake up many mornings with a headache which can sometimes ruin my day. I tried the gunpowder tea remedy that I saw here and to my surprise, by the time I finish drinking the tea, I am already feeling much better and am able to get on with my day. Thank you for sending in this remedy! No OTC anti-inflammatory had been able to help with this.

Homeopathic Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Carol (Pueblo, Colorado) on 08/28/2008

[YEA]  Response to Julie in Ohio looking for migraine headache relief....
This works almost immediately.....find nat.mur 30x and belladonna30x at health food store in homeopathic (about $4.00 each) take 5 each under right away. Then find a traditional chinese medicine practioner licenced to help you resolve the underlying cause, if you want to. Recommend

Replied by C.
Charlotte, NC
Migraine went away earlier with cayenne pepper. It's back now. :(

Just took the recommended homeopathic remedy. I hope this helps. :)

Ice Pack   2  0   

Posted by Heidi (Phoenix, AZ) on 01/22/2006

[YEA]  Try using a frozen ice pack (the flexible kind for sports injuries works best), and place it at the base of the skull. The ice will reduce the swelling in the blood vessels which are causing the restriction of the blood flow and causing the migraine in the first place. It usually relieves my migraines within about 10-15 minutes.

Replied by April
Savannah, GA
[YEA]   Ice Pack Cured my Migraine

I'd had the worst migraine in years and it had already persisted for a day, and I had already taken the max of my prescription medication. My next step was to go to the ER when a coworker suggested the ice pack at the base of the skull. I placed several ice cubes in a Ziplock bag, placed it on the back of my neck, and lay in my bed again. I also took four more Tylenol and fell back asleep. When I awoke this time, the migraine was gone completely.

Ice/Hot Neck Wrap   1  0   

Posted by HV (Coeur d Alene, Idaho) on 05/09/2009

[YEA]  Migraines - Ice/hot neck wraps.

A massage instructor told me that when you have a migraine, the blood is entering the head faster than it is leaving. His solution is to keep a flexable neck wrap in the freezer or refrigerator. Have a very warm wrap ready - such as a sliglthly damp towel hot (but not too hot) from tap water or a microwave. To stop a migraine, wrap the cold wrap around the neck - make sure you get the front of the neck - for 30 seconds. Then apply the hot wrap for 30 seconds. This is to shock the veins open. Repeat as necessary. I don't get migraines anymore - thanks to the ACV - but I really would like feedback on this remedy.

Also for the same reasoning, if you donate blood, your migraine will go away almost instantly.

Icelandic Vodka   2  0   

Posted by Jesse (Wilmington, Delaware)

[YEA]  one shot of elduris icelandic vodka.not a joke,really works,i suffer from severe migraines and 1 shot cures them within 20 minutes, just very difficult to find.

Replied by Jewel
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Uk
[YEA]   I have to agree with the vodka trick. After many years of being a migraine sufferer my doctor told me of this trick that her grandmother used to use. I looked at her in shock, this was a doctor who was at the end of medical remedies for me and said to just try it. It has to be good vodka, and not cheap nasty stuff mixed with chemicals. Next time I had the flashing lights and the sick feeling I had a neat double vodka, (I hate neat vodka) Disgusting. Within 5 minutes the flashing zig zags subsided and the pain was to a minimum, at least something I could cope with until I got home from work ( I am a teacher) then I could go to bed to sleep as migraine makes me extremely tired. So give it a try. I always have a tiny bottle of vodka in my bag "just in case".
Replied by Zikit
New York, NY
vodka and wine is great beverage, I like drink whisky but it is hard to drink. vodka is best.

Indian Herb Called Aak   1  0   

Posted by S.R.SHARMA (NEW DELHI, DELHI INDIA) on 11/12/2008



EC: Aak's botanical name is Calotropis procera, correct?
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Iodine   0  0   

Posted by Lynn (South Carolina, Sc) on 03/27/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I get migraines. I typically get from 2 to 4 per month, and they can last up to 4 days. Often, they don't respond to either OTC pain relievers or prescribed tablets. For some reason, when I get a migraine, I crave salt. I thought it might be the iodine my body wanted, so I tried 6 drops of iodine solution in a glass of water. While it didn't cure my migraine, it did provide immediate relief, and as a bonus, I noticed I could breate more clearly, think more clearly, and had more energy. Don't know what the reason could be, but these results are consistent.

L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate   1  0   

Posted by Dabagga (Colorado, US) on 12/23/2014

[YEA]  Ocular migraines are the very frustrating zig zag bright moving light flashing migraines that can be accompanied by pain or not. Conventional medicine has not crosstream figured out that they can be stopped within 15 minutes with a dose of (optimally) sublingual L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (a form of folic acid). This is the natural occurring folic acid, NOT the usual found in fortified foods and prenatal vitamins.

If you cannot get sublingual, taking the capsules will also relieve the visual disturbance, just a little slower to relief.

Some emergency rooms will treat a ocular migraine with a folic acid IV, also effective, but is not the best way to treat long term.

If you suffer from ocular migraines, ask to be tested for a genetic defect, MTHFR. It's likely you have this inability to assimilate folic acid, causing a myriad of problems.

Lavender Oil   1  0   

Posted by Sonia (Los Angeles) on 08/25/2006

[YEA]  Lavender oil cures migraines and headaches. I use essential lavender oil under my nose so I can smell and breath it in. The smell clears your nasal passages and it much easier to fall asleep. I also use an ice pack over whichever side of the forehead I have the migraine. I fall asleep easily and the headache subsides.

Lemons or Limes With Salt and Pepper   1  0   

Posted by Anj (London, UK) on 09/21/2006

[YEA]  Cut a lemon or /lime into halves or slices, sprinkle about 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of salt and same amount of black pepper. roast/ oven bake/direct on gas fire/ barbecue/ cover it and microwave for 40 seconds, salt and pepper side on top till bubbly juice comes out. Let it cool down but don't let it go completely cold, it should be hot. Suck with the pulp direct from the lemon slices/halves as the peel has secreted some juices that you need. Same method can be used with sour oranges or tangerines.

This recipe came from my mum who used it on all her kids as natural alternative which would not give any side effect, to cure headaches, migraines, cough and colds, flu, as well as when someone feels sick as if they want to vomit. This is a ideal alternative medicine for diabetics and ideal for everyone as you don't have to go shopping, everything you'll have in your home when you have any of these problems. All of us brothers and sisters have been using this all these years, may be it might help someone who wants to try natural alternatives which would not give them any side effects especially if they are diabetics.

Lettuce   1  0   

Posted by Giulietta (Xastiva, Spain) on 09/06/2008

[YEA]  Mostly when I am aware of a migraine starting, if I eat lettuce (the only type I haven't tried is iceberg) and move around in fresh air, it goes. Sometimes I wake up very early like 4 or 5 in the morning and if I get up, eat a lettuce, and move and dont go back to sleep I can usually keep it at bay- I might not always be 100% but I can manage the day if I also eat only raw food that day and a lettuce salad at lunch and supper. Also I have to sleep right next to a wide open window all the time. In stressful times or when travelling I find the only way to avoid migraines is to eat about 75% raw food.

Now the problem is how to get enough protein and grains and still avoid migraines- I am finding it very difficult and would appreciate advice.

Replied by Mariah
Central, Kansas USA
I just read your inquiry about additional nutrients for your raw food. I know I'm about a year too late - but perhaps trying to add in flax seed and wheat germ would assist in those missing nutrients! I hope this helps.

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