Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies are those treatments that fall outside of conventional health care. These treatments may include traditional healing practices, recreational drugs, or simply new ideas that have yet to pass the scrutiny of scientific study. Alternative therapies are often viewed as safer or even without side effects as compared to pharmaceutical treatments. However, this is not necessarily the case. If you are considering alternative therapies, please consult with you headache specialist before making changes to your treatment plan.

  • Debunking the myth of daith piercing

    January 9, 2016 Tammy Rome, LPC

    There’s a lot of buzz on social media about a rather unconventional treatment for migraine. Some patients are choosing to treat migraine by ear piercing. More specifically, a daith piercing, which is a piercing of the innermost cartilage fold just above the opening to the ear canal. The theory is that an acupuncture point located ...

  • Psychedelics: Considerations Before Use

    May 23, 2013 CHSG Admin

    The risks and misinformation on the Internet about using hallucinogens or psychedelics for the treatment of cluster headache is patently misleading to those in a desperate state. This document offers some real information for consideration before use.

  • Anti-inflammatory Protocol: Safety

    March 4, 2013 Chris Hannah

    This regimen is generally quite safe and well tolerated with many potential health benefits. However, some physicians and cluster headache patients may be concerned about the apparent “high” dose of vitamin D3. There are several studies that have clinically proven that the skin of a fair skinned adult clad in a bathing suit without sun ...

  • Anti-inflammatory Protocol: Interactions and Contraindications

    March 4, 2013 Chris Hannah

    Reactions to vitamin D3 are very rare as skin exposed to the UVB in direct sunlight produces vitamin D3 naturally. It is generally considered to be one of the safest vitamin supplements you can take. However, if you are allergic to sunlight, do not start this regimen without contacting your PCP or neurologist first. If you ...

  • Anti-inflammatory Protocol: Efficacy and Response Time

    March 4, 2013 Chris Hannah

    A recent study by Garland, Heaney, et. al. titled: “Vitamin D Supplement Doses and Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in the Range Associated with Cancer Prevention” is based on the GrassRootsHealth D*action Project data. It provides further proof that long term use of vitamin D3 at doses as high as 10,000 IU/day are very safe. This study ...

  • Anti-inflammatory Protocol: Dosing Strategy

    March 4, 2013 Chris Hannah

    Several studies have shown that the healthy adult processes 25(OH)D at a rate equivalent to an intake of 3,000 to 5,000 I.U. vitamin D3 a day. As the rate at which the body metabolizes vitamin D3 from all sources into 25(OH)D can and will vary, it is entirely possible that 25(OH)D is consumed as fast ...

  • Anti-inflammatory Protocol: Comorbidities

    March 4, 2013 Chris Hannah

    Some comorbid conditions may interfere with the capacity of the anti-inflammatory regimen to prevent cluster headache attacks. Some of these medical conditions include, but are not limited to: cardiac, thyroid, parathyroid, renal, hepatic, and pancreatic insufficiencies. Sub-clinical allergic reactions and sinusitis are also suspect. If you have one or more of these conditions, work with ...

  • Anti-inflammatory Protocol

    March 4, 2013 Chris Hannah

    The following Anti-Inflammatory Regimen, treatment protocol and dosing guide to prevent cluster headaches are provided for information purposes only. Discuss them with your primary care physician (PCP) or neurologist whoever is most aware of your overall medical health and other prescribed medications before starting this regimen.

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