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OVERVIEW OF HEADACHES
I. Physiological Considerations
From the viewpoint of the readings,
the mental forces (attitudes), the nervous system, the digestive system
and the circulatory system are all closely interrelated in the pathogenesis
of headaches, i.e., the cause of the headache was most often not in
the head itself but elsewhere.
The mental and spiritual forces are said to govern
the circulation to a great extent. In case , these forces , and consequently
the circulation, were in fairly good order. The cause of the headache
was traced back to production of toxins in the colon in combination with
deficiencies in the important secretions from Peyer's patches leading
to pressure in the nerve plexus opposite the pneumogastric center, which
in turn reflexly transmitted this pressure to the brain as headache.
The deleterious effects of the toxins were not limited
to this; imbalances in sympathetic discharge also occurred, as well as
overstimulation of the sensory organs through the areas of connection
of the sympathetic nerve plexuses, the pneumogastric center, and the sensory
nerves producing a variety of sensory defects which might include visual,
speech, hearing, smelling abnormalities.
The abnormal conditions in the nervous system can,
through the pneumogastric center, react in turn on the intestinal tract
(and on other systems as will be seen from other readings), causing pain,
nausea, vomiting, etc. Thus, if the condition has been there long
enough, virtually all organ systems of the body can be affected.
Excessive mental strain can initiate the process in at least three ways;
either through the digestive or circulatory systems, or both.
In reading 263-16, lack of storage of resistance in
the body in the form of vitamins A and D was the cause; this leading to
disturbances in the nerve forces, which together with changes in the general
activity of eliminations produced stress in the glandular system in an
attempt to compensate for these changes. Vitamin B I was also deficient.
This finally led to pressure on the cerebrospinal and sympathetic systems,
resulting in headache and other symptoms.
Overtaxation of the nervous system can produce lesions
in the spine which can result in muscular contractions leading to headaches,
fatigue, vertigo, etc., as was illustrated in case . Mechanical
injury to the spine can result in headaches through the mechanisms already
described (case [ 1387]). Here the effect was mediated through the
circulatory system, resulting in congestion and toxins which could not
be properly cleared. In the case of too much stress on the nervous
system, it is not necessary for lesions to be produced in the spine, for
the stress can be transmitted to the circulatory and digestive systems,
resulting in headaches. In anyone who has a predisposing condition
as already described in the early parts of this writing-sudden changes
in atmospheric pressure apparently can cause congestive changes, overacidity,
which can bring on a headache.
In conclusion, any stimulus that can react adversely
on the nervous, circulatory or digestive system can result in headaches.
Through the very close relationship that exists between these systems,
isolated abnormalities of these systems are seldom seen.
II. Rationale of Therapy
From the material in the readings, it seems logical
that there would be four areas of therapy that could be instituted in
every patient to bring about resolution of the headache problem.
The four areas deal with underlying causes such as:
- Mental or emotional stresses,
- Intestinal abnormalities or malfunctions, and
- Circulatory problems or acid-base imbalances.
Perhaps it could be better stated that from these
four areas of therapy, one or two could be drawn that would lead toward
correction of the headache.
Removal of underlying causes should be accomplished,
such as spinal adjustments to correct subluxations and removal or attenuation
of stimuli that tend to overtax the nervous system (mental, emotional
stress); correction of anatomic abnormality in the intestinal tract (e.g.,
corrections of the positions of the stomach through osteopathic adjustments,
stomach brace, etc.); elimination of toxins from the intestinal tract
and correcting overacidity in the system; proper diet (easily assimilated
foods); correction of circulatory disturbances through osteopathic adjustments
to improve flow; through diet building up the proper blood elements in
the right quantities; development of higher spiritual ideals.
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
- For the prevention of making and absorbing toxins and for better
assimilation and elimination and the relief of pressure on the pneumogastric
center, the following was recommended:
- Tincture of valerian, 4 ounces
- Iodide of potassium, 2 grains
- Bromide of potassium, 4 grains
- Elixir of celerena, 4 ounces
- Tincture of capsici, 5 minims
- in sufficient syrup to make 12 ounces to be taken one teaspoonful
four times a day. (171-1)
- The violet ray over the whole portion of the body from the sacral
to the seventh dorsal, especially about the lower lumbar and the solar
plexus center both along the spine and over the abdomen, along the
right side especially. Total treatment not more than three minutes.
This should be done in the evenings before retiring. Total number
of treatments not specified. (171-1)
- When the cause was seen as lack of storage or resistance in the
body leading to disturbances in the nerve forces, eliminations, glandular
- Spinal massage with peanut oil every other day and once a week
with combination of peanut oil and oil of pine needles.
This to be done in the evening.
- Wet cell appliance alternating with gold and camphor. (Special
instructions-see reading 263-16.)
- Diet-well balanced (see 263-16).
- Being helpful and nice to others; being with other people.
- Other - with return of headaches, quiet environment was recommended,
covering the eyes with cold cloth, bathing the temples with camphor
and tincture or oil of lobelia, massage of the sacral and lumbar
- When anemia was coexistent, a blood-building diet which included
beef, iron and wine was recommended (Wyeth's Beef, Liver & Wine).
- When overacidity of the stomach was present, Alcaroid or Codiron
tablets were recommended, the Codiron with meals for the duration
of the spinal adjustments. (Intestinal antiseptics - Lavoris, Glyco-Thymoline.)
- Others: Electric vibrator; colonics; castor oil packs; fume baths;
olive oil by mouth; milk of bismuth mixed with elixir of lactated
pepsin for better digestion; hydrotherapy (witch hazel), three to
ten treatments followed by shower, massage, four to five short wave
treatments to area of brachial center.
From the foregoing a reasonable therapeutic program
might consist of 1, 3(a), 3(c), as initial therapy with the addition
of colonics, ultraviolet ray, etc., as further therapy is needed.
[Note: The preceding overview was written by Hezekiah Chinwah, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach,
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