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Avoid Soy

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Darryl (Cato, New York) on 01/29/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have no remedy except to stay away from soy. It causes me to have migraines.It is so hard to find food that doesn't have it in it.

B Complex

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Tiffany (Northern California) on 02/24/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I often get week long headaches during my menstrual cycle. This time, over the counter pain relief was not really working. After reading EC, I decided to try magnesium for relief. The magnesium did not work at all so I decided to try liquid b complex. I took one dose and nothing happened. Then, I took another dose and the headache was instantly gone. I decided to double the dose every day for the week and I felt GREAT!!! For anyone suffering from migraine type monthly headaches, please give this a try. I think the liquid supplement was able to be absorbed much faster than the pill form. Thank you EC!!!

Beta Blockers

Posted by Marie (Long Island, New York) on 05/21/2013

Hello, does anyone know how to get off of beta blockers without a doctor's supervision? I take two a day and know the seriousness of this but I want to get off these things without a doctor. Not sure I can. Or can I go to a naturopath for it... Thank You

Replied by Mr Ree

Please go off beta blocker very, very slowly even if it takes 6 months to totally get off. It's worth it. I was on 25 mgs Atenolol and had a reaction and the doctor told me to "just go off, you're heart might beat erratic for a day or two but you'll be OK"... I went off and my heart went haywire. My resting pulse was 160. I was in full blown ventricular tachycardia. I lost 40 pounds and had a 4 1/2 hour cardic ablation operation 6 months later which was successful.. I had to be wheelchaired into the hospital.. DON'T ANYONE TAKE any blood pressure medication!!! ... There are natural ways to lower your BP here in Earth Clinic. As a matter of fact this doctor talked me into going on BP meds because of family history. I NEVER had HBP once in my life. My fault for listening to her.

Replied by Marie
(Long Island, New York)

Thank you for the reply but I have no idea how to get off these without a doctor and the last one told me to take more pills.. That didnt make sense to me... Yes I stupidly didn't know what I was taking and then found all of the natural cures but feel stuck taking these until I can find someone to take me off of them. So sorry you had to endure that.. and glad you are okay. Any other ideas??

Replied by Mr. Ree
(North America)

Marie from Long Island: Get a pill cutter and cut your pill in 1/4's. Take 3/4 of the pill for 2 weeks and then reduce it another 1/4 for 2 weeks. It might take a month or two or three but it's worth it.. You might feel odd for 1 or 2 days but it will go away.. At least it did for my. I was taking 25 mgs of Atenolol. POISON!

Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Monica (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I was suffering with migraine headaches and neck pain for for 7 years. I changed my diet, drank more water, which helped, but didn't cure it. I used peppermint oil topically for the pain, and drank Apple cider vinegar when I had a migraine, which would help also. But overall I still was getting the headaches every few weeks and the neck pain was daily.

I started getting sessions of Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique a.k.a. B.E.S.T. This was life changing. After 3 sessions my neck pain was gone. The headaches took longer to go away. They slowly occurred less frequently, until eventually no more. I feel 10 years younger and now have energy to exercise and am overall much happier and at ease in all areas of my life. I recommend this for anyone who has not experienced full healing from the other things you may be trying. There is a nutritional component to the treatment which may go well with some natural remedies you can find on this site.

Blackstrap Molasses

2 User Reviews
5 star (2) 

Posted by Chris (Colorado) on 12/23/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Well, it was that time of the month and I had the mother of all headaches. I tried apple cider vinegar in apple juice and it got a little better. 2 hours later I gave up and took a tablespoon of molasses (don't particularly like that stuff). 10 minutes later my headache was completely gone!

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Karen (Union, KY) on 11/09/2006
5 out of 5 stars

This is the first time I've tried this for my monthly migraine, which I have had for several years. Nothing I tried seem to prevent this from happening, I could only medicate after it started. This is the first time I haven't had one after using the Molasses. I took a couple of spoonfuls in the morning and took it to work and used a couple of times during the day. I use an organic unsulphered brand. So glad I have found this, no more migraine this month. I really can't believe this, still waiting to see if one comes on.


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Posted by Lana (United States) on 04/10/2016
0 out of 5 stars

Hi, About 10 months ago, I underwent Botox injections around my head and neck to help prevent debilitating migraines. However, I suffered a very bad reaction: drooping eyebrows, eyelids, overall face swelling, loosing a lot of hair, but worst of all I started having burning pains in my neck and shoulders, spreading over time to all of upper back, severe sweating spells, fainting feels feeling, and shortness of breath multiple times throughout the day. This continued for several month. Migraines came back with vengeance.

The burning sensation and drooping finally subsided, but shortness of breath have become my major problem, as well as foggy head, difficulty focusing, and constant heaviness in my head. This past month, difficulty breathing has become almost unbearable. I may be wrong, but I feel like poisonous botulinum substance is still in my system. Can you advise on how I can get rid of it?

Will taking Borax solution internally help?



Replied by Ben
(Bremerton, Wa)

You need expert care on this one. See your doctor, preferably a lyme literate one. You may be dealing with more than just simple toxins. You may have a mycoplasmic, viral or fungal issue in addition to the reaction from the botox injections.

You probably need to have blood tests done. Don't wait any longer, if this is causing encephalitis you need to know what is bothering you. Now having said that you seemed to be having issues even before you added a toxic insult to your body with the botox injections.

I would recommend you speak with immed a group ran by Dr Garth Nicholson in California. Look them up and call them.

Another group that might help is ccid ran by dr w.john martin. these guys are hot on mycoplasma issues.

My thinking is a mycoplasma infection is behind this as they frequently cause encephalitis brain swelling leading to migraine and many other issues. In addition call george at george eby research and mention it to him. He is a cool guy and he is really smart. Gallium nitrate attacks and kills mycoplasma infections better than most drugs such as doxycycline, however both are useful and may be needed

If conventional medicine leads to a dead end, like no recovery, then go to a naturopath and start ozone treatments since they kill all types of bacterial, viral, mycoplasmic, and fungal organisms. Basically what ever is in your blood ozone will fry it.

To answer your question about borax, it is definetely worth a try since it works on fungal issues.

Bear in mind if you hit on something that works you may suffer a herxheimer reaction making you feel very rough after killing off nasty organisms candida and more.

Mms would also be a good thing to try at home as it clears up many types of issues.

Serrapeptase a systemic enzyme eats foreign proteins in the blood freeing you from a lot of toxic debris, bacteria and virus. Serrapeptase also regulates the immune system to stop attacking its own tissues as in autoimmune diseases. There is a good chance serrapeptase may help you in this problem. Do some research

Hope this helps, see ya.

Replied by Timh
2105 posts

All good advise from Ben, but back to the question of Borax. Yes, Borax is also effective against mycoplasma infections and a good first option before running for the few good Dr's that can do the service that was suggested by Ben.

I have only recently made major progress on a longstanding myco infection which was too severe for oral Borax administration, so I got smart and started whole body hot baths w/ about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Borax. You may also consider making a paste of Borax and apply directly to the affected area, or make a simple Borax poultice.

Breathe Into a Brown Paper Bag

6 User Reviews
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Posted by Homebaked (United Kingdom) on 04/29/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Had a migraine that was escalating and a search for remedies brought up breathing into a paper bag. I was sceptical but willing to give it a shot. I added a drop of peppermint essential oil to the bag and did 20 mins of breathing. And it worked! Didn't cure it, but there was an 80% improvement in pain & other symptoms. Definitely worth trying.

Breathe Into a Brown Paper Bag
Posted by Brett (Ca) on 09/03/2018
5 out of 5 stars

My doctor showed me an article in the NJOM years ago about bag breathing for migraines. This has changed my life and made me functional when otherwise I might be a mess.

Breathe Into a Brown Paper Bag
Posted by Myrtle (Fayetteville) on 02/06/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I get migraines on stressful days. I had one last week that lasted for 2 days and I tried so many natural remedies and couldn't shake it. I checked to see what I hadn't tried yet at Earth Clinic. "Breathe into a Brown Paper Bag."

That seemed rather a long shot. Way too simple. But I was desperate.

I got a brown paper bag and breathed into it (sealing it up around my mouth.) I did this for maybe 10-15 minutes. I also used an ice pack on my neck.

My migraine began to lift. The next day it tried to return and I used the brown paper bag for 15 minutes a couple of times a day. I dropped one drop of basil essential oil into the bag to breathe since that may help a migraine.

The next day my head was completely clear with no "it may start any minute feeling."

I am taking feverfew now to see if I can prevent them.

I wonder if I am hyperventilating, mildly, when stressed and this is bringing on the migraines, which is why the paper bag is helping to get my CO2 levels back to normal.

Breathe Into a Brown Paper Bag
Posted by Russ (Los Angeles, California, USA) on 01/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I myself do not suffer from migraine headaches, but I heard a lady on the radio who does. She said this method works every time for her. As soon as you feel a migraine coming on, take a brown paper bag and breathe into it (hold it against your face so that very little outside air gets in). Keep the bag in place for 10, 15 or even 20 minutes. If a paper bag is not available, you can use a plastic bag, but since it doesn't "breathe," you'll need to take a few breaths outside the bag periodically. She said it will seem like nothing is happening, but the migraine will not develop. By the way, her husband is an emergency room doctor and she learned this method from him.

Replied by Makayla
(Knoxville, Tn)

This works! When I feel a migraine coming on, I do a variation where I lay down and breathe through my bed sheets. It increases the CO2 in your bloodstream, which in turn dilates your blood vessels.

I've read, and confirmed, that it only works when you do it during your aura. If you do it when the actual headache pain hits, it can make it worse.

Replied by Brett
(Los Angeles, Ca)
5 out of 5 stars

I have done this now for a few Months ever since my Doctor explain why it work. Migraines are a swelling of the brain. CO2 make the blood vesels constrict causing the flow of blood to slow down. It works almost every time if I do it soon enough.

Replied by Carrie
(California, US)
5 out of 5 stars

It works! My 12 year old daughter just tried this and shockingly IT WORKED! 10 minutes in and the pain was subsiding. 15 minutes in and the pain is nearly gone!


1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Ani (ontario, canada) on 07/14/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I was reading your migrane section today because i just got over my first real migrane and wanted to educate myself on home remedies in case i ever get another one. In any case I ready the butterbur cure and remember a customer of mine telling me that she had suffered from weekly migranes until her doctor told her about Butterbur. She said it relieved her migranes significantly and she now leads a normal mostly migrane free life. Thought i'd pass it on."

Francoise from Los Angeles, CA sent us this remedy for migraines which she found on the internet. Like us, you've probably never heard of this product!

Here it is: "Don't like the thought of taking strong prescription medications for migraine headaches? Consider trying butterbur (Petasites hybridus). This herb is native to Europe, northern Africa and southwestern Asia, and has been used for centuries as an effective remedy for headaches, back pain and asthma. Recent studies suggest migraine sufferers may benefit from butterbur's actions - reducing inflammation and spasms in blood-vessel walls - without experiencing the side effects associated with prescription medications (except some burping). A study published in Neurology, Dec. 28, 2004, reported that after four months, people taking 75 mg of butterbur daily for migraines had 48 percent fewer migraine attacks per month - similar to the effects of prescription migraine drugs. Be very careful about the butterbur you purchase - only use butterbur extracts that are guaranteed to be free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids. The adult dosage ranges from 50-100 mg twice daily, and should be taken with meals.


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4 star (1) 

Posted by C. (Charlotte) on 03/13/2015
4 out of 5 stars

Note: I got my first migraine at age 31, after

I get migraines less often since I've modified my diet. However, I can't control exposure to odors, changes in weather, etc. :( Slight headache noticed yesterday upon waking.

The headache progressed to full blown migraine several hours later, with nausea, upset stomach, sensitivity to light and sound. I tried ACV in water, baking soda in water (for the nausea), homeopathic remedies, peppermint tea. Nothing helped.

In the wee hours of this morning I had two separate episodes of vomiting, throwing up at least three times during each episode. I also had several good bowel movements (maybe brought on by the baking soda/water mixture). I felt a little better after the bowel movements and vomiting but my stomach still felt queasy. Finally tried to sleep around 4 a.m. I couldn't get comfortable enough for a deep sleep but dozed for approximately 10.5 hours. My headache lingered and eventually came back full force behind my left eye.

So I decided to try the cayenne pepper. I mixed about 1/2 teaspoon in a glass of warm water with a little honey (not enough to really sweeten). That was a few hours ago. My headache has dulled to a 2 from "off the charts". I'm warming more water and will drink a second dose as soon as the water is warm enough.

What I would like to mention, as we Earth Clinic "regulars" already know, everything doesn't work for everyone.

And what I have found with my migraines is that the same remedies don't seem to work for me each time.

Thankfully, the cayenne worked for me this time. I hope this information is useful to someone else. Be blessed!

Replied by Fenix
(Vancouver, Bc)

That's wonderful you've found the wonders of cayenne to provide much relief for your migraines... it really is an amazing powerhouse that packs a (hot) punch for treating many health issues... from killing infections to increasing circulation, and generally most issues to do with blood flow. However I'm actually commenting (I realize 2-3 years after the fact, so I do hope you see this) to urge you to look into having an MRI scan, or at the very least, see a doctor to rule out anything more serious than just the migraines. I certainly don't intend to cause alarm or distress, however I've recently started experiencing very strange headaches myself that aren't like the headaches I've had before in my life. In fact, I'm not normally prone to headaches at all, however I have very severe ADHD that has been progressively worsening at a rapid pace. In addition, I've recently started experiencing odd-feeling headaches that definitely aren't normal for me, so I've started researching the common symptoms of brain tumours to either rule out the possibility, or look into the matter further if need be (hopefully not). And while it seems the symptoms can be quite varied from person to person, including no apparent symptoms whatsoever in some cases, a few things stood out to me about some of the issues you'd described.

One of which is that you'd suddenly started having migraines at the age of 31, when that wasn't normal for you before. Another is your description of nausea and vomiting, which seem to be somewhat common among those who have brain tumours, in addition to the migraines/headaches. Also, the pain behind one eye, in your case the left, and that happens to be another symptom I was just reading about (I'm not sure if it's commonly behind the left eye, or can also often be behind the right eye, however the "one-sided" issue is what stands out, and particularly behind the eye. Lastly, though you didn't specifically state an increased sensitivity to odours, from what you said about "exposure to odours" it leads me to believe that an increased sense of smell was/is also an issue for you.

I hate to comment warning of such a thing, however after reading this I left the page to carry on with my research, but couldn't shake feeling responsible to at least mention something, so I felt compelled to come back to your comment again. The cayenne can be a wonderful miracle to provide much relief for the awful migraines, however (though I certainly hope I'm wrong and way off-base) if there's any underlying issue then that relief could also be keeping you from realizing it (I would hope that if there is actually cause for concern, that the cayenne would also be serving to treat the underlying issue or at least keep it at bay).

I encourage you to please look into this, even if (as I'd hope) it's to come back and report that all has checked out just fine, and that my concern is completely unfounded. However if, god forbid, these symptoms should actually be signs of a tumour, then the sooner it's addressed and treated the better the likelihood of catching it in time to recover without lasting damage.

I'm an avid user of Earth Clinic... in fact, I consider it one of my favourite websites and sources of health advise (as I have more trust in real experiences from real people, moreso than what "professionals" generally claim, however I also give western medicine and "science" its due respect where it's warranted)... I mention this only to say how much I dislike that my first time actually commenting on this site is to make a recommendation of this nature, but I'd much rather encourage the mindset of "better safe than sorry" than to keep silent, especially if there's the slightest possibility to help bring someone towards better health. I hope you'll manage to see this Charlotte... blessings and good health to you! <3


How incredibly wordy.

Posted by Tiffany (Philly, US) on 02/03/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I would like people to know of the miracle of cayenne pepper. My chronic headache which would spike into migraine has been eliminated by taking 2 capsules of cayenne pepper after breakfast. The results are immediate and lasting. I also take magnesium at night which has helped greatly. The cayenne, however, not only stops pain but gives you such a boost that the need for coffee is gone. I tried the pepper mixed in water but it made me nauseous. The capsules are convenient and easier to get down. PLEASE try this simple remedy if you have suffered from lifelong headaches. You may be really pleased and surprised.

Replied by Fenix
(Vancouver, Bc)

I'm curious how immediate is "immediate" with cayenne capsules? I'd imagine that having to digest and break down the capsule barrier would slow it down considerably compared to taking cayenne directly, but is it not much of a difference or a very noticeable delay? This may seem like a silly question, as if I'd never taken a capsule before in my life! However I don't generally tend to observe the exact timing required for capsules to take effect, nor do I have experience with taking cayenne capsules myself, so have no idea if different herbs or supplements tend to have different variables involved... such as if cayenne is so "hot and active" that it can "eat through" a capsule faster than, say, another herb, when in the warm, internal environment of the body (I realize I could be over-thinking this and grasping at straws that have no real, logical basis as I ponder the possibilities with this issue).

I ask about the speed of ingestion/absorption into the bloodstream for a very different reason actually, as I'm a bit concerned that I may possibly be a candidate for heart issues, or possibly even stroke. And though I don't believe I'm in serious danger, it's been at the back of my mind to keep an emergency dose of cayenne on hand with me at all times (or whenever possible) and tell those who're close to me about its ability to stop a heart attack or stroke in its tracks. I make jewellery, so I've been considering making a pendant to wear on a necklace... along the lines of a slim stainless steel, waterproof, pill container that I can pour cayenne pepper sauce into, as it seems the easiest to administer in the event of an emergency, whether I have the capability to self-administer it myself, or whether it be someone else helping me (if anything should ever happen then hopefully I won't be alone! ). I've also considered using a glass vial type of pendant, but they tend to hold less liquid while the stainless steel seems more durable and functional, with a larger capacity.

However seeing your comment makes me wonder if cayenne in capsule form might be more practical for this purpose, since keeping liquid in a vial and periodically having to replace it to keep it fresh seems like messy, fussy business for something that's only meant to be an insurance measure of sorts. Capsule-form seems rather handy, but if it doesn't act fast enough to stop any attack in progress then it'd defeat the purpose. Any feedback or advice on this matter would be great (including if this seems like a ridiculous idea... though I'm not sure I'd be easily deterred as I see no harm in wearing a pendant that could potentially safe my life or someone else's... especially since I wear chunky jewelry anyways and can even make it look nice! )

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Felix,

Our experience is that cayenne pepper or other herbs in capsules (when I make my own using NOW brand empty capsules) is that you begin to taste the herb in under ten minutes. Maybe even faster. (Taste, as in you taste it if you burp.)

If you are using cayenne as a rescue remedy for a heart issue (while waiting for further help) you want the cayenne to get into the blood stream as fast as possible and may not have minutes to wait while the capsule dissolves. If you have with you cayenne capsules, you could always empty them into water and drink it down. Not pleasant but, as my mother in law would say, "It beats the alternative! " Also, Herbalist Dr. Christopher recommended an entire teaspoon in the event of a heart attack/stroke. That would be 4-5 capsules.

Hope this helps!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Fenix
(Vancouver, Bc)

Mama, thank you for your insight!

Posted by Elaine (Paso Robles, California) on 01/23/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I've had migraines for years. Usually ibuprofen and sleeping helps. This time it lasted over 4 days and nothing worked. I tried ACV: no results, I went on a 3 mile brisk walk: no results. On the fifth day I tried the cayenne... It's a miracle cure, the migraine subsided within minutes! A couple of hours later, I thought it was coming back so I made a cocktail of 1 cup hot water, a squeeze of lemon, a few drops of honey and a tsp of cayenne, and again it worked instantly. THANK YOU!