The "Cross Training" Support Program ® was developed by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac as a multi-layered health system for healing. This great resource is for those looking for a sensible and rational easy-to-use guide to the best researched alternative therapies. Developed and referenced from the foremost experts on nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, exercise, homeopathy, healing touch and the metaphysical arts, this program allows one to use an "across the board" methods in health and healing.
The following maladies are all situations that can be helped with Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes, Crystals and/or Homeopathy. These "Complementary Therapies" are the 'cross training program' of Alternative Medicine and is only a jumping point in the healing process. You may access other modalities at the menu bar to the left.
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Headaches refer to pain in the head and sometimes neck. It can be located in the back of the head (occipital), the front of the head or forehead (frontal), on the top of the head (vertex), on the sides of the head (temporal) or wraps around the head (headband). Most headaches result from tension. Tension produces pain in the neck and shoulders resulting in constriction of the blood vessels and blood circulation resulting in headaches. Stress, guilt, fear, anger,
depression, and rage are all contributing factors to tension headaches.
Underlying health problems can also result in headaches. Everything from sinusitis to nutritional imbalance, spinal misalignment to PMS, poor circulation to TMJ are all culprits. Food allergies and additives, cigarette smoke, air pollutants, poor ventilation, certain drugs, chemicals, and overexposure to sun are also factors. Proper
diagnosis of the particular headache makes treatment much more specific and easier to diagnose.
The two most common type of headaches are:
1) Tension-type headaches
Most headaches (about 75%) result from tension. Tension produces pain in the neck
and shoulders resulting in constriction of the blood vessels and blood circulation resulting in headaches. Stress, guilt, fear, anger, depression, and rage are all contributing factors to tension
2) Vascular headaches
Vascular headaches are caused by dilation of the blood vessels in the head, and are characterized by a throbbing or pounding pain, usually on one side of the head. The most common vascular headaches are:
Migraine headaches are the most common vascular headache. Migraines are the result of abnormal flow of blood to the brain. Pain can last for several hours to several days. Migraines are frequently related to food and environmental allergies. They may also be brought on by poor circulation, chemical sensitivities, changes in humidity, stress or underlying illness. If you get frequent or unusually severe headaches, medical attention must be sought.
Typically, migraines bring severe, one-sided throbbing pain (in 40 percent of cases, however, the pain occurs on both sides). Often this is accompanied by nausea and vomiting and perhaps tremor and dizziness. Some people also experience premigraine warning symptoms, including blurred vision, "floating" visual images, and numbness in
an arm or leg.
28 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches. 12% of the total population (6% of all males, 18% of all females). For more than 70% of migraine sufferers the tendency to have migraines is hereditary. Migraines often begin during adolescence, but occur most frequently in adults between the ages of 35 and 45. Migraines are associated with changing levels of seratonin, a neurotransmitter produced in the brain. While vascular changes are evident during a migraine, the cause of the headache may actually be neurological, not vascular.
Migraine without an aura
Migraines are the result in an abnormal flow of blood to the brain. Pain can last for several hours to several days. Migraines are frequently related to food and environmental allergies. They may also
be brought on by poor circulation, chemical sensitivities, changes in humidity, stress or underlying illness. If you get frequent or unusually severe headaches, medical attention must be sought. Typically, migraines bring severe, one-sided throbbing pain (in 40 percent of cases, however, the pain occurs on both sides). Often this is accompanied by nausea and vomiting and perhaps tremor and dizziness.
At the onset of a migraine headache the seratonin levels first rise and then fall dramatically. In addition to a throbbing or pounding pain on one side of the head, migraine sufferers also experience nausea, extreme
sensitivity to light and noise, and sometimes dizziness or lightheadedness. The pain is aggravated by activity.
Migraine with an aura
20% of migraine sufferers experience a visual disturbance (aura) at the onset of the headache, usually 20 to 60 minutes before the headache starts. The aura is experienced as flashes of light or shimmering jagged lines in the field of vision. The individual may also experience blank spots in the field of vision, tunnel vision, numbness, weakness, or difficulty speaking.
Migraine headaches can be triggered by:
changes in sleep patterns
strong emotional states, such as depression, anxiety or excitement
B. Cluster Headaches
Cluster headaches are very severe, recurrent, short lasting headaches, often located through or around either eye and often wakes the sufferer up at the same time every night. Unlike migraines, these headaches are more common in men than in women. Cluster headaches are the most painful type of headache, producing a sharp burning or piercing sensation. The pain is felt on one side of the head, usually behind the eye. During the headache the eye becomes watery and inflamed, and the pupil will
contract. The nose may become congested on the same side of the head as the pain. Cluster headaches are short, lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 or 2 hours. Because the attack is so brief, administering medications can be difficult. Cluster headaches usually occur for a few weeks or months at a time and then go into remission for months or even years.
A disorder in histamine metabolism may be responsible for cluster headaches based on current research. Cluster headaches tend to be accompanied by allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, tearing and a runny nose.
Cluster Headaches can be triggered by:
Headaches may also result from:
1). Headaches Caused By Medical Conditions
Headaches may also occur due to flu, fever, infections, internal bleeding, and tumors, or in connection with conditions such as sinusitis, allergies, arthritis, or head injury. In these cases, once the contributing condition is relieved the headache goes away. Underlying health problems can also result in headaches. Everything from nutritional imbalance, spinal misalignment to PMS, poor circulation and TMJ are all culprits. Food allergies and additives, cigarette smoke, air pollutants, poor ventilation, certain drugs, chemicals, and overexposure to sun are also factors. Proper diagnosis of the particular headache makes treatment much more specific and easier to diagnose.
2). Medications such as analgesics
Analgesic Rebound Headaches are caused by prescription or non-prescription headache medications. Analgesic agents are used to treat headache symptoms, but when they are taken on a daily basis they can become the cause of headaches. Since the medication interferes with the body's natural ability to fight pain, the body becomes extremely susceptible to pain once the influence of the drug has worn off.
Medical attention is urgent if your headache is accompanied by double vision, projectile vomiting, weakness, paralysis, one sided deafness or vertigo.
Prevention is the key!
1. Sleep. A lot of people sleep a headache off, but don't oversleep.
It is not recommended that you nap. While a nap may rid you of an existing headache, you don't want to nap if you're headache-free. Napping can actually cause migraines to those who are PRONE to them. Sleeping in an awkward position, or even on your stomach, can cause
the muscles in your neck to contract and trigger a headache. Sleeping on your back or in a fetile position helps.
2. Posture also plays a role. Stand tall, sit straight. Avoid leaning or pushing your head in one direction. Forward head syndrome has been an issue recognized more so lately, due to the fact that so many people work on computers. The pitching of the head forward has actually become a syndrome. This weakens the entire foundation from the lumbar spine upward. If you can imagine toy blocks all aligned on top of each other. Now imagine pushing the top block forward. The other blocks underneath it begin to "stress" as they try to hang on to the top block. The same thing is happening to our spinal column as we pitch our head too far forward, instead of keep the head back and aligned over the rest of the spine. This leads to tension headaches and aggrevates TMJ syndrome.
3. Heat and cold. Some people like the feeling of cold against their
foreheads or necks and for them it seems to help. An ice pack applied
to the areas of the head, neck, back or shoulders will often relieve
the burning sensation of headaches. This tends to work better for inflammation due to (all day) overuse. Others prefer hot showers or putting heat on their head, shoulder blades or necks. Heat helps increase blood flow and circulation. The idea is to
find what works best for your type of headache.
4. Deep breathing is a great tension reliever. Take note: you're doing
it right if your stomach is moving more than your chest. Check yourself for signs that you are tensing up and inviting headaches. Do you also have clenched teeth, clenched fists, hunched shoulders? Do this progressive relaxation technique
5. Learn biofeedback. Studies have proven it effective for both
tension headaches and migraines. Biofeedback is the innate ability to influence the automatic nervous system through the exertion of will and mind. Chances are you have used biofeedback yourself. You've used it if you have ever taken your temperature or stepped on a scale. These devices "feed back" information about your body's condition.
6. Use your hands. Both self-massage and acupressure can help.
7. Excessive noise is a common trigger for tension headaches. Try balancing a noisy situation with complete silence. Consider ear plugs for some quiet time.
8. Protect your eyes from the sun, fluorescent lighting, television,
or a video display and computer terminals which, can lead to squinting, eyestrain, and,
finally, headache. Sunglasses are a good idea if you're going to be outside. If you're working inside, take some rest breaks from the computer screen and also wear some type of tinted glasses.
9. Eat something. Headaches can be the result of dehydration or low blood sugar. Drink a glass of water. Have a bowl of cereal or eat an orange. Chewing on a raw piece of ginger root is an ancient Chinese secret for headaches.
10. Trigger point therapy. Probably one of my best remedies for tension headaches, this can be done with a tennis ball while laying on a hard floor. Follow my treatment for headaches here.
Bromelain Bromelain is a plant-enzyme. Bromelain is not actually a single substance, but a group of protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapple juice and in the stem of pineapple plants. It is primarily produced in Japan, Hawaii, and Taiwan. Local swelling is the releasing of histimines in a localized area causes the vasodilation and increased permeability of blood vessels. Bromelain has an anti-inflammatory effect and is a very effective treatment for headaches. It is recommend taking 500 milligrams as needed on an empty stomach at least ninety minutes before or three hours after eating. Discontinue use if you develop any itching or rash.
Burdock Root stimulates the immune system. This herb is known for purifying the blood and therefore helps the liver and gallbladder function. Also great for all skin disorders.
Fenugreek is helpful in reducing inflammation and is a great herb for reducing fevers. It is helpful for asthma, lung disorders and sinusitis pain and pressure and reducing mucous.
Feverfew is renowned for help with headaches and especially migraines. Do not take with other migraine medications, as, it may raise heart rate and blood pressure. Feverfew has the potential to react with warfarin anti-coagulants, increasing the thinning of blood.
Ginkgo Biloba helps to increase blood flow to the brain. It also helps your blood from forming clots. Although this herb can take up to 6 weeks to increase blood flow properly and relieve headaches, this memory boosting herb is one of the best for treating the roots of headaches.
Goldenseal is an herb used traditionally, as an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Use this herb for one week at a time. It can be alternated with Echinacea to increase effectiveness. It is not for prolonged use.
Marshmallow has been shown to be a good headache remedy as one of its chief components is salicylic acid.
Peppermint Leaf is used in traditional European herbal medicine and Chinese Medicine as an anti-inflammatory remedy for those with headaches. This cooling herb can be taken internally as a tincture or massaged into the temples as an essential oil.
Skullcap is known to relieve muscle cramping, pain, spasms and stress. This soothing herb helps with anxiety, cardiovascular disease and nervous disorders.
Thyme is rich in B complex vitamins and thymol. It is a great eliminator of disorders such as gas, fever, headaches, high cholesterol levels and mucous. Its strong antiseptic properties help with itching, respiratory disease and liver disorders. This can be taken internally as a tincture or massaged into the temples in essential oil form.
White Willow Bark is an excellent remedy for headaches. Its chief components is salicylic acid, which is the same ingredient in modern day aspirin.
Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably.
Shake the tincture bottle well. As a dietary supplement, place 1 to 3 droppers (under the tongue, or in juice or water as needed, 2-3 times a day.
Chill Out: Valerian, St. Johns Wort, Passion Flower, Scullcap, Blue Vervain.
Circulation Support: Hawthorn berries, Ginger, Angelica, Bayberry Bark, Hyssop, Prickley Ash bark, Cloves, Cayenne.
Echinacea & Goldenseal: Echinacea & Goldenseal.
Headache Support: White Willow Bark, Feverfew, Chamomille, Pepermint, Scullcap, Catnip, Fenugreek.
Muscle Calm: Wild Yam, Black Cohosh, Crampbark, Scullcap, Angelica, Peppermint, Turmeric
Nerve Strength: Oatstraw, Black Cohosh, Scullcap, Avena Sativa, Pleurisy root, Catnip, Lobelia.
Night Cap: Valerian, Hops, Scullcap, Passion Flower.
In a stainless steel pot, boil desired amount of water. The moment it boils turn the heat off. Add the following herbs in an infuser, muslin bag or tea ball for a single cup or add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup for larger amounts. Allow the herbs to infuse for up to 5 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. For flavor-add lemon and sweeten with Stevia or organic honey. These herbs are helpful for gently cleanses, purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory. This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon and stimulates circulation.
Allergy Tea- Helps clear up allergy symptoms and relieves asthma related problems. Clears congestion and helps to open sinuses. Mullen, Echinacea, Burdock, Nettle, Licorice, Fo-To, Astragalus.
Breath of Life Tea- This tea was designed for deep congestion and tightness in the chest and upper respiratory region. Helps by reducing mucus, inflammation. Feenugreek, Slippery Elm, Wild Cherry, White Pine, Licorice, Astragalus, Ginger, Orange Peel, Oska, Pleurisy.
Calm Tea- Relaxing blend of herbs to help reduce stress and helps you to unwind. Improves circulation and acts as a sedative. Reduces mucous from colds, muscle and menstrual cramps and helps with anxiety and stress. Chamomile Flower, Peppermint Leaf, Catnip Leaf, Strawberry Leaf, Linden Leaf and Flowers, Passion Flower Herb, Scullcap, Licorice Root, Valerian Root.
Cough and Cold Tea- Blended to feed and nourish the body during cold & flu season. This healing tea cleanses with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Angustiotia, Mullen, Catnip, Goldenseal Leaf, Parsely, Fo-Ti, Comfrey, Spearmint, Uta Seed.
Immune Builder Tea- When taken on a regular basis, this tea helps to build and strengthen the immune system. Astrugalus, Echinacea, Hawthorne, Peppermint, Spearmint.
Aromatherapy can clear a headache by combating improving blood circulation, opening up nasal passages, reducing inflammation and relieving pain. Essential oils such as Basil, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood and Thyme are all beneficial for this condition.
Chamomile: oil calms the nervous system and promotes nerve health. It reduces muscular aches, pains and spasm.
Eucalyptus: increases blood oxygen supplies allowing more oxygen as well as nutrients to be delivered to the cells throughout the body. By this action, eucalyptus oil can reduce the pain of a headache as well as a migraine.
Ginger: stimulates the immune system. It warms the chill from winter and dampness, cools the body by inducing sweating, reduces the drainage of a runny nose and helps with respiratory infection. As an analgesic, ginger relieves the pain of a headache due to muscle spasms as it stimulates circulation.
Lavender: clears congestion, stuffiness and soothes respiratory and throat disorders and boosts the immunity. Massage this soothing oil directly into the temples, jaw line and back of neck for soothing relief from a headache or migraine. Lavender relieves muscle spasms and pain as it reduces inflammation.
Lemon: is an uplifting and citrus solution for headaches as it encourages circulation and clears the head.
Marjoram: eases respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu and sinusitis. It is a favorite solution for alleviating headaches and migraines.
Peppermint: clears sinuses and improves breathing. It is one of my favorite remedies for headaches. Massage this oil (preferably in a carrier oil) into the temples, sinuses, nape of the neck and jaw line. Gently inhale this remedy to stimulate blood circulation and create a cooling sensation.
Rose: is a soothing scent that stimulates circulation. Rose reduces inflammation and relieves muscle spasms. It calms the nervous system and decreases depression.
Rosemary: helps relieve respiratory disorders, fights infection, expels phlegm and assists in lymph drainage. This oil benefits headaches by relieving muscles spasms. Caution with this oil as it can raise blood pressure, so those already dealing with high blood pressure, this oil is not recommended. It can also trigger an epileptic seizure in those prone to them.
Thyme: improves immunity by boosting the production of white blood cells. This oil is great for respiratory disorders. Thyme oil can calm headaches due to muscle spasms and poor circulation, such as with a tension headache. It helps to overcome emotional fatigue, stress and nervousness.
Utilize these blends of essential oils 3 times a day, morning, afternoon and night:
Angel's Mist Headache Salve Remedy Blend
Angel's Mist Sinusitis Inhalant Remedy Blend
Angel's Mist Headache Massage Oil Remedy Blend
Angel's Mist Headache Rub Remedy Blend
Angel's Mist Headache Bath Remedy Blend
The mysterious and amazing healing power of water has been utilized for centuries.
Water cleanses, refreshes and restores all life. We are always drawn to water. Be it a soothing fountain or majestic waterfall. Water is a carrier. It flows. It moves along the line of least resistance to find its way to the ocean where comes and goes in the ebb and flow of tides and waves. The appeal is inexplicable! We crave water, maybe because our bodies are made up of a large percent of it. Maybe beacuse we instinctively know how it can heal us.
Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of dis-ease. Hydrotherapy was used by the ancient Greek physicians. The use of baths for such purposes as well as for religious purification, personal cleanliness, and private or social relaxation dates from at least the time of ancient Greece. A German, Vincenz Priessnitz, popularized the use of spas in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, where they are still popular today.
Hydrotherapy has a number of uses. Warm water will relax spasm; thus, hydrotherapy has been useful in treating such conditions as muscular strains and sprains, muscular fatigue, and backache. Heat is often used in conjunction with massage or other manipulative or stimulative treatments, such as the whirlpool bath. Sitz baths (sitting in hot water) are effective in the treatment of many disorders. Water is also useful in physical therapy because patients who exercise in a buoyant medium can move weak parts of their bodies without contending with the strong force of gravity.
Steam treatments and hot baths have a clearing effect on headaches. Instructions for a warm bath: Fill your bathtub with water slightly warmer than body temperature, around 97 degrees to 101 degrees (F) (You can check the temperature of the water with a regular thermometer.) As the tub fills with water add 2 spoons of Angel's Mist Deep Soak Sea Salts to the bath water for a soothing, tension relieving soak.
Submerging as much of your body as possible, stay in the bath for at least 20 minutes, adding water as needed to maintain the temperature of the bath.
Steam Inhalation First, boiling water. Remove the pot from the stove. Add a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint oil or the other oils listed above to the water and then with a towel, make a tent over your head and inhale the steam for 10-15 minutes. Add just a few drops of one - three oils only.
Consider cleansing the nasal passages with a Neti Pot. This Ayurvedic solution has been used for centuries to keep the nasal passages clear of mucus and congestion.
An ice pack on the back of the neck, temples, top of the head and between the shoulder blades can relieve a headache. Relax on to an ice pack for about 15-20 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
Water should be a very important part of any nutritional program. Distilled water is best. 6-8 8 ounces per day. Water allows for the cleansing, thinning and free flow of mucus in the system. Dehydration is often the cause of many headaches.
Eat something. Headaches can be the result of low blood sugar. Have a bowl of cereal or eat an orange. Chewing on a raw piece of ginger root is an ancient Chinese secret for headaches.
Magnesium is a very important mineral as it helps to relax the smooth muscle of the blood vessels. Magnesium deficiency is the cause of many health problems including restless leg syndrome, heart issues, as well as migraines and headaches. To obtain the proper amount of magnesium, you can get it by eating nuts, beans and whole grain cereals. If these particular foods are the same foods that trigger your headache or migraine, magnesium can be taken effectively in pill form. Take 400 - 800 mg of magnesium in addition to 1200 to 1500 mg of calcium in divided doses. Calcium assists in the absorption of magnesium.
Certain foods my cause headaches. If you suspect that food is a trigger, do the The Allergy Elimination Diet. Certain foods and food additives such as MSG, citric acid, alcohol, vinegar and marinated foods can be the culprit. Also look at possible triggers such as chocolate, wheat, sugar, lunch meat such as hot dogs or bologna, dairy products, nuts or fermented foods such as yogurt, cheese or sour cream.
Avoid constant chewing as with gum.
Ice cream and iced beverages can cause headaches.
Avoid excess salt intake.
Excessive caffeine can also be a trigger. Throbbing pain cause by blood vessels that have diluted are the result of too much coffee. Caffeine withdrawal can create even worse headaches, so drink coffee in small amounts and taper off gradually.
Histamine is associated with increased nasal and sinus congestion including headaches. Vitamin C (2,000 mg three times per day) reduced histamine levels in people with either high histamine levels or low blood levels of Vitamin C.
Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple, has been reported to relieve symptoms from a headache.
Tyramine and Phenylalanine can be two causes of headaches. Tyramine can be found in alcohol, chicken, chocolate, bananas, cheese, citrus fruits, cold cuts, onions, peanut butter, pork and wine.
Phenylalanine is found in aspartame, MSG and nitrites.
To help prevent headaches, eat several small meals throughout the day. This stabilizes the swing in blood sugar levels. Include snacks such as almonds, watercress, parsley, fennel, garlic, cherries and pineapple.
This medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. Homeopathy not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and "wholistic" approach. This often leads to a complete recovery from the dis-ease, as well as, providing an improved understanding of the patient's situation. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and homeopathy stimulates the body's natural defense system by reestablishing normal immune system and cell functioning.
Avena sativa 1x is known for its calming effects.
Cimicifuga 6x influences the hormonal function of women with a tendency to mental excitability.
Coffea 12x in high potency is used for its calming properties and counteracts the effects of overusing coffee. Commonly used to treat excessive mental activity and excitability, coffea can be used for trembling limbs, headaches, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, toothache and guilt.
Ignatia 4x is effective to decrease vegetative excitability and to counter the tendency for spasms.
Ipecacuanha 4x acts against nausea and vomiting.
Iris 6x increases vascular stability, particularly for nervous exhaustion and for the improvement of the functioning of the stomach and gall bladder.
Secale cornutum 3x is a general tonic and strengthens the vascular system.
Zincum 30x is used for its effect on the central nervous system, where weariness is combined with restlessness. Zincum is also useful when a lack of concentration is experienced.
Exercise may bring relief because it releases adrenaline, which constricts the blood vessels, thereby possibly reducing inflammation. A brisk walk with deep inhaling can even work. (See deep breathing under Yoga).
Exercise done regularly may reduce the severity and frequency of headaches as well as migraines.
Exercise may also be made worse depending on the underlying issue. Trial and error to see what works best for you is the best solution.
Do consider isometric exercises. This helps to loosen and relax the shoulders, neck and even scalp. Push your forehand against the side of your head above your ear. Now push against your hand with your head as you resist. Hold this for 10 seconds. Repeat 4 times.
Push your forehand against the front of your head above your eyebrows. Now push against your hand with your head as you resist. Hold this for 10 seconds. Repeat 4 times.
Clasp your fingers behind your head. Now push back with your head against your hands as you resist. Hold this for 10 seconds. Repeat 4 times.
End with shoulder rolls. Lift both shoulders up to your ears, then roll them back behind you in a complete circle. Repeat this very slowly several times. Breath deep through the entire circle.
This passive exercise uses gravity and the weight of your body. Take a bath towel and fold it the long way. Then roll it up into a tight roll. Lie on the floor or your yoga mat and place the roll under your neck. Make sure the back of your head is touching the floor or mat. Your neck is now supported. Now all you do is simply relax your neck and body. Take several l-o-n-g, s-l-o-w, d-e-e-p breaths. With each breath, allow your neck and shoulders to release all their tension. Relax here for about 15-20 minutes.
Discover how tools such as the Neck and Shoulder Relaxer, the Back Medic and the Jade Roller can help relieve stress and muscle strain! One of the ways gravity can be used for good health, is with Posture Pal! Some of the most soothing and gentle body work can be done with Stretching. Find tips on using these tools for healing, here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
is the oldest, continually practiced, and professionally administered health care system in the world. It is a documented medical system spanning over 2,500 years based on comprehensive philosophies, rational theories, clinically tested and empirically verified by over 100 generations of highly educated practitioners. Chinese Medicine is a total system of internal medicine which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based on signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, diet and meditation. It�s foundation is based on the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and Yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained.
Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at any disease through a signs and symptoms and then groups them into certain patterns. TCM recognizes some common patterns that can manifest as headaches, which can be located in the back of the head (occipital- Kidney and Urinary Bladder), the front of the head or forehead (frontal- Stomach), on the top of the head (vertex Liver Yang Rising or Du Channel), on the sides of the head (temporal- Liver and Gallbladder) or wraps around the head (headband - Dampness).
Headache patterns include:
Wind Cold Pattern: Symptoms include: sporadic pain, stiff, aching shoulders; an aversion to cold temperatures; aggravation of the condition by wind; absence of thirst; a thin-white tongue coating; and a floating-tight pulse. Leading herbs for this pattern include ligustici wallichii (chuan xiong), schizonepetae (jing jie), and ledebouriellae (fang feng).
Wind Heat Pattern Symptoms include: a painfully-swollen sensation in the head; severe, "splitting" pain; fever, or an aversion to warm temperatures; red face; red eyes; thirst; constipation; dark-colored urine; a red tongue body with a yellow tongue coating; and a floating-rapid pulse. Top herbs for this pattern include ligustici wallichii (chuan xiong), actractylodis (bai zhi), and chrysanthemum (ju hua).
Wind Dampness Pattern Symptoms include: heavy-feeling pain; a "fuzzy," or confused feeling; a feeling of heaviness in the whole body; chest congestion; aggravation of symptoms by damp weather; difficult urination; loose bowels; a sticky-white tongue coating; and a soggy pulse. Useful herbs for this condition are notoptergii (qiang huo), duhuo radix (du huo), and ligustici wallichii (chuan xiong).
Liver Yang Pattern Emotional disturbance (especially feelings of anger) is the primary origin of this pattern. Symptoms of the pattern include: pain with dizziness; anxiety; anger; insomnia; hypochondriac (under the ribcage) pain; red face; a bitter taste in the mouth; a thin-yellow tongue coating; and a wiry-strong pulse. Top herbs for this pattern include gastrodiae elatae (tian ma), and uncariae (gou teng).
Kidney Deficiency Pattern General weakness is the basic cause of this pattern. Symptoms include: low-level pain with a feeling of "emptiness"; dizziness; sore back; fatigue; spontaneous seminal emissions (in men), or abnormal vaginal discharge (for women); ringing in the ears; sleeplessness; red tongue; and a thin-weak pulse. The leading herbs include rehmannia (shu di huang), corni officinialis (shan zhu yu), dioscoreae (shan yao), and lycii chinensis (gou qi zi).
Blood Deficiency Pattern Chronic illness or loss of blood is the cause of this pattern. Symptoms include: pain with dizziness; heart palpitations; fatigue; pale complexion; a pale tongue body with a thin-white tongue coating; and a thin-weak pulse. Leading herbs include angelica sinensis (dang gui), paeoniae lactiflorae (bai shao), rhemannia (sheng di huang), and ligustici wallichii (chuan xiong).
Blood Stagnation Pattern Symptoms include: chronic pain; pain in a fixed location; sharp pain, such as pain from a head injury; a purple tongue body with a thin-white tongue coating; and a thin or thin-choppy pulse. Top herbs for this pattern include persicae (tao ren), carthami tinctorii (hong hua), and paeoniae rubra (chi shao).
Phlegm Retention Pattern Chronic over-weight or the habitual consumption of sweet and fatty foods are the main cause of this pattern. Symptoms include: dull head pain with a feeling of heaviness and/or fuzziness; a sensation of fullness and oppression of the chest; a feeling of nausea and phlegm retention in the throat; a white-sticky tongue coating; and a slippery or wiry-slippery pulse. Herbs for this pattern include pinelliae (ban xia), citri reticulatae (chen pi), and atractylodis (bai zhu).
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are effective therapies for the treatment of headaches. Acupuncture redirects your Qi into a more balanced flow. It provides support to the underlying energetic spheres affected by your sinusitis, helping to resolve the cause or effects of your sinus pain and pressure. Acupuncture releases tension in the muscles. This allows increased flow of blood, lymph, and nerve impulses to affected areas, decreasing the pressure and blockage experienced by you. Consider apply some acu-pressure on these areas for self relief:
Key points for reducing pain with acupressure are:
Hegu (LI-4): Located at the highest spot of the muscle between the thumb and index finger on the back of the hand when the thumb and index finger are close together.
This web between your forefinger and thumb (squeeze there until you feel pain. Keep applying pressure until the pain slowly subsides.)
Tian Zhu or Celestial Pillar (UB 10): Located 1.3 cun lateral to Yamen (DU15) and 0.5 cun within the posterior hairline, in the depression on the lateral aspect of the trapezius muscle. This is under the bony ridges at the back of the neck (use both thumbs to apply pressure there).
Touwei or Head Corner (St 8): Located 0.5 cun within the anterior hairline at the corner of the forehead, 4.5 cun lateral to the midline.
Xiaguan or Below The Hinge (St 7): Located when the mouth is closed, in the hollow below the zygomatic arch and anterior to the condyloid process of the mandible.
For the above two points, hook your thumb into St 7 and place your index finger into St 8.
Do this together on both sides of the head.
Zanzhu or Bamboo Gathering (UB 2): Located in the hollow at the medial end of the eyebrow, in the supraorbital notch. This is at the inside of the eye brow on the ridge. Press up on both sides using your thumbs. Let your jaw relax as you do this.
Gently start massaging these points S-l-o-w-l-y in a clockwise motions. As you get use to the light pressure, start going deeper, which will allow these main areas to release. Observe the power of these points about 15 minutes after you have massaged them.
Meridian Therapy: The Gall Bladder Meridian
This technique works on headaches located anywhere on the upper part of the head -- in the forehead, temples, or down the back of the head and neck. The meridian (energy flow) involved is called the gall bladder meridian. It covers the upper part of the head, then flows down the back of the neck, down the sides of the torso and legs, and eventually ends on the fourth toe of each foot. Headaches are generally caused by a build-up of energy in this meridian - energy that for some reason gets blocked in the head area. To relieve this blocked condition, you simply have to massage a point further down the meridian to encourage the energy to flow out of the head and neck area. Standing and letting your arms hang loosely at your sides can find this massage point. About where your middle finger touches your thigh (on both sides of the body), you will find a spot that is very tender or even painful to touch when you are having a headache. This spot might be a little above or below, or a little to the front or to the back of the point where your middle finger touches the thigh, but you will find it somewhere close by.
Herbal medicine is an important component for working at the root of the problem. Consider punching in your signs and symptoms into Andrew's herbal granule formulas chart, in order to create your own personal remedy for this condition.
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There are many different approaches to massage and applications of it. "Massage Therapy" is a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body; digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach.
Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage not only treats those parts of you which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.
Massage Therapy not only treats those parts of you, which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning. Massage is usually done with soothing massage oils or relaxing body lotions in order for the practitioner�s hands to "glide" over the body with smooth, relaxing strokes.
Self massage techniques for headaches: With a ball, or crystal sphere about the size of a tennis ball or smaller, lay on the floor and place the ball under you in the points between and under the shoulder blades. Massage the area by gently rocking over the ball. Move the ball around to different trigger points on your back. Massage the trapezius muscles at the base of the neck, at the base of the skull, and even in the dimples of the buttock, for here is where we hold a lot of tension that crawls all the way up the spine to the behind the shoulder blades. This in turns becomes inflamed up to the base of the skull. Let your body relax over the ball until the tension dissolves. Massage these spots with your ball or massage stone with as much pressure as is comfortable for 10 seconds, let off for 10 seconds, massage for another 10 seconds, let off for 10 seconds, and massage one more time for 10 seconds. Remember to breath slowly and evenly as you massage. You will probably notice by the time you are done massaging that the headache is beginning to go away, and within two or three minutes the headache will disappear completely.
Learn How to Give a Massage. This step by step method will help you learn just how to make your subject feel great!
The Crystal Facial Massage
works on a deep esoteric level allowing not only the physical body enjoyment and total relaxation but the stones will enhance a positive, reconnecting flow of energy which will allow you to bring up, recognize and clear emotional blocks. This is a great remedy for releasing pressure and headaches.
Hot Stone Massage Therapy. is recommended for this condition. It is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy with river bed stones which draw out stress, tension and impurities from the body.
There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or "excess emotions" that will lead to illness.
Headaches can be a reaction to something or someone irritating around you! It is also considered the manifestation of unexpressed emotions.
The following therapies are utilized for calming the mind, help with stress relief and focuses on our mental powers over any situation. The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual self is up to you. Here are some suggestions:
Remove Yourself From The Situation!
You cannot make a headache go away if you do nothing
to remove the root cause of the problem. What is the trigger for you?
"Analyze your lifestyle."
Each of us has our own stressors. What are the ones that are the cause of your headaches?
Learn to breathe deeply and fully.
Your breath is your connection to relaxation and inner peace.
Metaphysical expert Louise Hay sees headaches as:
Invalidating the self. Self criticism and fear.
Use her affirmation:
I love and approve of myself I see myself and what I do with eyes of love! I am safe.
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Chiropractic care is a science, art, and philosophy of healing that has been practiced around the world for nearly 5000 years. Physicians in ancient China used spinal manipulation or tuina to help their patients, as did Hippocrates. Chiropractic care has gained respect as a safe, drug-free, and natural treatment for: headaches, joint pain, spinal disk conditions, and strains, sprains, and other injuries. Chiropractic can also offer significant relief for allergies, asthma, digestive problems, and other disorders.
Chiropractic care works by strengthening and balancing the nervous system in order to promote the healthy functioning of the body. Your central nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of your body, and it controls the function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ, and bodily system. One of the most common causes of nervous system disruptions is subluxation or joints that are locked up, fixated, and not moving properly. Chiropractic care includes gentle massage and manipulation of the spine and extremities to restore proper joint function and strengthen supporting muscles and soft tissues. Find all our Chiropractic Care products here.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system - the physiological body system comprised of the membranes and CSF or cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
CST enhances the body's natural healing processes to improve the operation of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance health and strengthen resistance to disease. The method generally requires only a very gentle touch to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. Often the evaluation alone will help solve the presenting problem. Among the dis-ease conditions for which CranioSacral Therapy has shown to be effective are: migraines, headaches, neck and back pain, hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, learning disorders, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, depression, emotional difficulties, Infantile Disorders and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that helps rid the body and mind of the residual effects of past trauma and associated negative responses. Its origins date to the discovery in the late 1970's by John E. Upledger, DO, OMM, and biophysicist Zvi Karni, PhD, that the body often retains rather than dissipates physical forces resulting from an accident, injury or emotional trauma. The trauma causes the body to isolate the dysfunctional area, creating what Dr. Upledger has termed an "Energy Cyst".
Although a reasonably healthy body can work and adapt to Energy Cysts, extra energy is required to perform normal bodily functions. As years pass, the adaptive pattern of the body loses its effectiveness. Symptoms and dysfunctions begin to appear that become increasingly difficult to ignore or suppress.
Yoga poses can be good alternatives to "traditional" health remedies because they relax the body and mind, improve circulation and respiration, reduce tension and help the body through it's healing process.
The Yogic breath exercise can be done without instruction, without danger, and with a good chance that your discomfort and stressful feelings will be reduced. Relaxation Breath is the most powerful tool for stress management.
Sit up, with your back straight in any position.
Place your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise.
Exhale completely through your mouth.
Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
Hold your breath for a count of seven.
Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight. Repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths. Try to do this breathing exercise at least twice a day. You can repeat the whole sequence as often as you wish, but don't do it more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. This exercise is fairly intense and has a profound effect on the nervous system.
Deep Diaphram Breath
Sit with your legs crossed in a comfortable position. Breathe slowly and evenly from your diaphragm, through your nose. Fill your lower abdomen, lungs, then chest with air. Hold for a four count then slowly exhale the air out from your chest, lungs, then lower abdomen. Repeat 3 or 4 times. That's it! Just allow your shoulders to drop and your face relax as you breath, deep.
This passive exercise uses gravity and the weight of your body. Take a bath towel and fold it the long way. Then roll it up into a tight roll. Lie on the floor or your yoga mat and place the roll under your neck. Make sure the back of your head is touching the floor or mat. Your neck is now supported. Now all you do is simply relax your neck and body. Take several l-o-n-g, s-l-o-w, d-e-e-p breaths. With each breath, allow your neck and shoulders to release all their tension. Relax here for about 15-20 minutes.
Many practitioners of Ayurveda also consider a daily saline nasal washing using a Neti Pot to clean their nasal passages. Or a simple inhalation of non-iodized salt dissolved into warm water can be done by gently inhaling or spraying the saline into each nostril.
Also consider Breath Exercises, Child's Pose, Cat, Head to Knee, Knee to Chest, Laying Down Twist, Standing and Seated Forward Bends, Standing Back Bends..
Meditation is a time-honored technique that can take you into infinite dimensions of consciousness. One major principle to meditation is in the ability to completely quiet your mind. Quieting the mind comes as a result of meditating over a long period of time, but any time you are looking within, you are meditating.
There are many meditation methods. Some are passive and others are active -- not in the physical sense, but in the sense that you actually do something during meditation. Meditators learn to focus their awareness and direct it onto an object: the breath, a phrase or word: a mantra, repeated silently, a memorized inspirational phrase, an image in the mind's eye. Researchers have documented immediate benefits in terms of lowered blood pressure, decreased heart and respiratory rate, increased blood flow, and other measurable signs of the relaxation response.
Meditation will calm an agitated mind, creating optimal physical and mental health, undo our sense of separateness, which is the common root of fear and misery, unify consciousness, putting us in touch with our higher self and connect us to higher consciousness. Meditation restructures the mind, allowing us to achieve our full potential as human beings.
Progressive Relaxation is just that. A slow transition from a tense, immobile state to a calmer more supple mind and body. This is a way of releasing tension in the muscles. There are many variations of Progressive Relaxation. Here is one of them:
Begin by laying on your back in a comfortable position.
Take a series of deep slow breaths and then focus your awareness on different parts of the body in turn, becoming aware of any muscular tension and releasing it.
One way to do this is to first tense a muscle deliberately and then relax it.
You can start with the top of the body, tensing and relaxing the muscles of the upper face, then moving on to the jaw, neck, chest, front of the arms, abdomen, thighs, lower legs, feet, and toes.
Then do the same down the back of the body. Finally, lie still with the eyes closed, concentrating on your breath. Allow the whole body to relax into the ground. Feel the floor underneath you, supporting you. Feel the earth supporting the floor. Feel yourself now deeply rooted and grounded into the earth beneath you.
Enjoy this deep feeling of peace and freedom from muscular tension.
Consider the amazing power of the Deluxe Meditation Kit . Whether for meditation, quiet reflection or for creating a peaceful environment to be yours, the opportunity awaits those ready to explore the world of meditation!
When you are balanced, you can more effectively fight dis-ease, rid your system of toxins, as well as, negative patterns. You can achieve balance through the vibrational remedy and application of color. Color inteacts with the human energy system in a unique way to stablize physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions.
Blue - is a cooling and soothing color. The sky and the ocean give us the feeling that life is an endless process. Blue is the greatest healing power in the world. Blue is the color of purity and those who enjoy it, carry with them a sense of calmness, peace, serenity, and beauty.
Green - is the harmonizing, balancing energy. It has strong influences on the heart and blood supply. Green has much to do with the way you feel about yourself. It is associated with abundance and giving. It's strong tie to nature is very important in order to be balanced, peaceful, harmonious.
Turquoise - This soothing combination of both green and blue create a color, which symbolizes ultimate healing. Calming, peaceful, gentle, cooling and non-threatening. Turquoise brings about change, allowing the mind to release and let go of blocked issues that prevent you from moving forward.
Determine what color you need. Learn more about your personal Color Therapy Analysis.
Vibrational medicine, which validates that everything in the universe is in a state of vibration and the frequency at which an object or person most naturally vibrates is called resonance. The chakras, bones, and organs in the body all possess a different resonant frequency. When an organ or part of the body is vibrating out of tune or nonharmoniously, it is called "dis ease" or disease. A body is in a healthy state of being when each cell, each organ creates a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being.
Music is a powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. It has been proven that the type of music that makes a person relax or become receptive is not any one kind. It all depends on the individual and their affinity with it.
Healing Music is recommended for calming and relieving stressful situations, which can aggravate this condition.
The power of your mind and your belief system has everything to do with the condition, the speed and the way that you heal.
* Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our minds do subconsciously to get us through hard times. The other portion of this is how we "program" ourselves to deal with any given situation.
* Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves!
* Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!
* Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, sometimes makes a signifcant difference. This is always an important element in healing that is often neglected.
Crystals have both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of energy.
Offering a balanced energy field, energy modification, amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with the chakra energy areas.
Chakra balancing stimulates the seven main energy sources, which govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the body's energy in order to allow healing to take place.
This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of energy. It offers a balanced energy field, an energy modification, which amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with the Chakra energy areas.
Lower Chakra technique: this technique is applied to bring the energy down from the head and ground it. Place an amethyst on the Third Eye Chakra, lapis at the Throat Chakra and smoky quartz at the Root Chakra. Relax with this configuration for about 15-20 minutes.
Special technique for headaches, using quartz: Most pain needs energy to repair itself. Headaches are due to too much energy in the head. Energy flows in and out of the head through the Brow and Crown Chakra. When blockage occurs, usually this is emotionally related, the energy cannot be released and the excess pressure causes pain. Excess energy needs to be removed. Place a quartz crystal point in your dominant hand with the point upward. Place this hand with the crystal on the Solar Plexus Chakra. Place the other hand on the headache pain. This energy transfer from the head to the energy center of the Solar Plexus can take up to 30 minutes. Through this process, allow your body to breath deeply with your eyes closed. The energy transferred to the Solar Plexus actually balances the whole entire body system, ridding the head of the pain.
The Complete Chakra Kit stimulates the seven main energy sources which govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the body's energy in order to allow healing to take place.
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are based on the Native American Medicine Pouches, each suede pouch comes with several crystals, sage for cleansing negativity and the best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!!
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are wonderfully scented oils come in .05 ounce roll-on bottles and contain genuine crystals in vibrationally compatible essential oil blends. They are fantastic for Chakra work, energy healing, as an Aura Balancer, as a balancing perfume oil or simply as a "refresher" for your Gem Potpourri. Crystal Elixir oil blends are used externally.
are the infusion of crystals, spring water and the power of the sun/moon in a bottle! These essence work in harmony with the body by interacting with our bio-sheath and are natural and self-adjusting. When crystals are activated by natural sunlight, they transfer their vibrational signature into water, creating a remedy that is safe, effective and used in conjunction with all modalities of healing. Gem Essence waters can be used internally.
A wonderful combination for headaches is amethyst, aventurine and lapis. Make a gem essence with these stones. Apply the essence by massaging it into the neck and shoulders at the onset of the migraine. You will be amazed at how this has the ability to stop a headache. Consider our Gem Essence for headaches such as Amethyst or Aventurine crystal oils.
Allowing emotions to be expressed is the goal with crystal therapy. Crystals to consider for headaches or migraines are Amethyst, Aventurine, Cat's Eye, Optical Calcite, Charoite, Dioptase, Lapis Lazuli, Lizard Stone, Jasper, Jet, Cherry Opal, Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Sugilite, Topaz, Turquoise..
Andrew Pacholyk has an extensive background in biomedical science and clinical training. Andrew has done massage, yoga and music therapy for over 15 years and brings his experience as an Acupuncturist and Herbalist to such health facilities as diverse as St. Vincent's Hospital, The Body Center, New York Health Club, The Grand Meridian and his private practice, ProAcuMed Inc. in New York City. Andrew offers a safe and effective method with his diverse knowledge of the healing arts. Andrew is licensed in the State of New York and is accredited and certified by the National Boards in both Acupuncture and Herbology.
Andrew offers a unique and personal path in developing, understanding and incorporating the power of our belief system and your own inner wisdom in the healing process. Andrew works with:
* Functional and Orthopedic Testing
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