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Treating Cluster Headaches

Monday, 19 Mar 2012 07:34 AM


Question: My husband is 42 and suffers from cluster headaches. What best treats this condition?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Cluster headaches are one of the worst types of headaches. Currently, the exact cause is not known, but they may be related to migraine headaches. There is evidence, however, that (as with migraines) excess brain glutamate is involved. Low brain magnesium levels or reactive hypoglycemia — that is, low blood sugar that occurs after a meal — may also be associated with cluster headaches.

I have found that magnesium citrate/malate, taken at a dose of 500 mg twice a day, helps reduce the number and severity of attacks involved with cluster headaches. Coenzyme Q10 in a dose of 200 mg twice a day can also reduce attacks.

It is critical that a person with cluster headaches avoid all forms of dietary excitotoxins and meat-heavy diets. In addition, avoid all processed foods, sugar, and carbohydrates that are high on the glycemic index, which is a measure of how a carbohydrate affects blood sugar levels.



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