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 ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS


Disclaimer


The alternative treatments described here are some which cluster headache sufferers have tried or considered trying when standard measures have not been successful in preventing or aborting their headaches. We include them for informational purposes only. Ask your doctor about the advisability of looking into these types of treatment.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture Today

   This web site gives a general overview of the treatment.

Warts Information Center

   This link basically discusses treatment for various kinds of warts. However, it does deal with acupuncture and moxibustion, two treatments which may be unfamiliar to most headache sufferers. The URL was contributed by a teacher who wanted to share it with us. Although it does not relate directly to cluster headache, the website provides interesting material and some good references for additional reading.


Biofeedback



We welcome contributions to this topic.


Chiropractic

Chiropractic in the United States:Training, Practice, and Research - ChiroWeb.com   

This project was supported by grant number HS07915 from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.


Massage Therapy

Massage - what is it? - Massage Today.com

  An overview of this treatment.


Herbal Remedies



See the article contributed by Anita under Personal Accounts below.


Personal Accounts of Effectiveness of Alternative Treatments

Anita's Experiment with Kudzu

  "I was at my wits end. I was chronic for 4 years, and getting worse. I was taking 480 mgs of Verapamil, 300 mgs of lithium, and 1800 mgs of Neurontin a day as prevents. I could not use triptans, so I was limited to oxygen and ice as abortives..."

Chris's Experience

  "After more than 20 years of cluster headaches, I have found a series of treatments that have kept them in check for the last 10 years. I had tried all the standard drugs, from ergotamine tartrate and lithium, to intravenous Acthar, a real treat, plus most pain killers, to no avail..."


Last modified: April 2010

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