Frequent Questions

Treatment FAQs

How fast can I expect relief?

In most cases you can expect relief from a headache or hangover within 90 seconds.

For severe pain, including migraine, the specific treatments should be effective within 5 minutes.

Does this work for everyone?

The simple answer is YES. Note, if you have a tumor or a cyst that is putting pressure on a nerve and causing headaches, you need additional medical attention. If your headaches are caused by any such internal intruder, please see your doctor for further advice.

The way I see it, if you have frequent, severe pain; you have 3 choices:

  • #1. Look for someone who will make you a better offer than these safe, successful techniques.
  • #2. Keep doing whatever you are doing and keep getting the same results you have been getting.
  • #3. Order one of these methods (or all) TODAY.

The only thing you can lose is your pain.

How do I know this will work for me?

Hundreds of thousands of people can’t be wrong. Factually, the foundation of these methods, Shiatsu, has been shown to be quite effective in relieving a variety of conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain, along with pain due to arthritis according to American Medical Association (AMA). The National Headache Foundation and other associations cite that people suffering from insomnia, headaches and even menstrual cramps have also reported relief through these types of alternative methods.

Shiatsu itself is not for everyone, however. Because these treatments can lend themselves to the successful treatment of a number of ailments, there are some instances where treatment should be avoided. For instance, if you have an open wound or infectious skin disease; are prone to blood clots or have had surgery recently; have a fracture or sprain; or have recently had chemotherapy or radiation therapy, you should not be treated without first consulting with your doctor. ABDOMINAL AREA: You should avoid using these methods specifically in the abdominal area if you are in the first three months of pregnancy; have an abdominal hernia, or have eaten within the past two hours.

Which treatment is best for tension headaches?

First you will want to be certain of the type of headache/migraine you have. There are several information pages on this website to assist you in determining what type of pain you have.

Tension-type headache is the most common of the three main types of headache and affects up to 75% of headache sufferers. Although it is more common in women, tension-type headache can affect anyone who sustains the same body position — particularly if incorrect — for lengthy periods, or individuals prone to anxiety or stress. The main causes are stress, diet, hormonal changes, the weather and the environment, odors, noise and changes in the sleep-wake cycle.

Tension-type headache is caused by contractions of the neck and shoulders. It feels like a tight band pressing around the head. It is characterized by dull, continuous pain. It develops on both sides of the head. In some cases it also radiates to the area around the eyes and the occipital region, comprising the back, middle and lower parts of the head. Generally, the pain is not terribly strong and does not impede daily living activities to any major extent; however, once relieved it seems like the greatest weight has been lifted.

I would therefore suggest trying the headache technique, perhaps in combination with the stiff neck and sore shoulders. Either one may work best for you, or you may prefer to use both.

You are the ultimate judge!

Be sure to let us know which worked best for you – you can leave a comment below – and everyone will thank you!

What is the best treatment for sinus headaches?

Most sinus headache is misdiagnosed and most self-diagnosed and even physician diagnosed sinus headache is migraine. (Roger K. Cady, MD; American Headache Society, AHS)

True sinus headache or sinusitis is associated with a pus-like or purulent nasal discharge that represents a potential infection in the sinus(es). Migraine may be associated with watery eyes and runny nose, but the fluid is clear.

Sinus headaches are associated with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining. The pain is usually accompanied by other sinus symptoms, such as nasal discharge, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and facial swelling.

Whether your headache symptoms can actually be attributed to the sinuses will need to be determined by your doctor. If your headache is truly caused by a sinus blockage, such as an infection, you will likely have a fever. CT scans or MRI along with a physical exam are usually conducted to determine if there is a blockage in your sinuses.


  • Most sinus headache is misdiagnosed and may actually be a migraine.
  • Sinus headaches are not normally disabling and migraine headaches are.
  • True sinus headache or sinusitis is associated with a pus-like or purulent nasal discharge that represents a potential infection in the sinuses. Migraine may be associated with watery eyes and runny nose, but the fluid is clear.
  • Sinusitis as a disorder may be associated with headache, but these headaches may differ from migraine.
  • Patients with sinusitis may also have migraine.
  • Symptons of sinusitis may require treatments for allergies as well.

With sinus, headaches can occur in patients with airway symptoms, including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis or even asthma. The link between these conditions and headache is not well understood, but based on their frequent association, they may be comorbid conditions. To improve the chances of successful treatment, accurate diagnoses for each condition is critical because a single approach is unlikely to be successful in treating both conditions. (Headache Care Center , Springfield, MO The Newsletter of ACHE. Volume 12, Issue 2)

I have a treatment for sinus colds, which I recommend if you think you have a “sinus” headache. However, the migraine treatment, sinus cold treatment, or headache treatment can work for you depending on definitive diagnosis – so I suggest that you use one or a combination to see what works best in your case.

Will I be able to discontinue my medication?

You should never stop a medication without consulting with your physician first.

Many customer’s find that they no longer feel the need for over-the-counter pain medications when these treatments work faster.

Do I have to be in front of a computer to use?

Absolutely NOT! It will only take a few times to learn the techniques, and depending on the purchased option, you will even have a reminder card to take with you.

Some do like to load it on their iPod/Pad, or other Mobile Devices to carry it always just in case they need a reminder or share the techniques with a friend in need.

Completely portable!

Can I work this treatment by myself?

Certainly. This treatment can be performed on yourself, you can have it performed on you, or you can do it for others.

What are some of the benefits of these treatments?

These methods have many benefits not normally seen with the medicinal forms of treatment for headache and migraine. It is non-invasive; no needles or instruments are used, and the skin isn’t punctured while treatment is being delivered. In addition, because these treatments do not involve the use of drugs or pharmaceuticals, there are no side-effects.

It is also quite cost-effective!


    It’s absolutely frightening but true that even back in 2003, 305,000 Americans were dying every year from the side effects of taking a legitimate prescription from their doctor for drugs. Just think… in 10 years that’s over three million people dying, and the numbers continue to increase! (if you find this hard to believe, click here). And not a single person knew which pill was going to be their last one… forever.

    Simply put, the more you can avoid prescription drugs as your first line of defense, the better off you will be. Dr. Teplitz’ method provides a safe way to stop your suffering just by pressing with your fingers and thumb.


    Since you’ll be using your fingers, you won’t have to get another expensive prescription filled or pay for over-the-counter migraine or headache relief remedies ever again– this method is invaluable, and once you’ve learned it, you have it for a lifetime!


    End your suffering faster than you ever thought possible — Migraine headaches are literally GONE in five minutes – common headache relief in 90 seconds! You DON’T have to wait to get rid of the pain!

  • TOTAL CONVENIENCEHalt pains on-the-spot…you’ll be able to do this technique anywhere, anytime and any place. No more having to drag yourself out of the house to the drug store when you are in the middle of an excruciating migraine or headache.



    My techniques have been proven repeatedly to end suffering for literally tens of thousands of people — I know these techniques WILL work for you too!


    The techniques you’ll learn here will relieve pain for your whole life – this method doesn’t wear off like a pill, you’ll always have the power to stop your pain when the need arises. You can do this for yourself, or use it on friends and loved ones.

Product FAQs


What is format of the DVD?

The DVD is NTSC, and playable in most US computers, TVs, and DVD players.

We highly recommend Digital Download Video and Streaming Presentation versions to International Customers since they are not region coded – not only saving the basic cost of both product & shipping but VAT and Duty as well.

What are the benefits of ordering the DVD?

  • Ability to watch it on computer or on TV through your DVD player.
  • Portability, take it with you easily; store for safe-keeping.
  • Receive special 8-panel wallet card to carry with you.
  • Bonus Reports: Receive both bonus health reports.
  • PLUS: Get the Migraine Streaming Treatment to watch right now while you wait for the DVD to arrive!


This is a matter of choice. Some prefer to download the entire video now, then burn it to a DVD themselves for portability or safe-keeping. Others simply like to have a physical product!


What are the benefits of getting the Digital Download?

  • Instant gratification – no waiting for the mail.
  • Not region-coded | Plays in any country on any digital device.
  • Receive PDF version of wallet reminder card.
  • Bonus Reports: Receive both bonus health reports digitally.
  • Saves on cost of product, it is $10 less than the DVD option.
  • No shipping or handling charges!
  • Can burn it to a DVD if desired.
  • Can be loaded onto USB, iPod/Pad/Phone, Digital Devices with ease.

What are the technical requirements I will need?

The file is a video format known as .AVI, and most computers (and some newer TVs) can naturally play this, including MAC. You will need a computer, an internet connection to download the file, and if you have played movies on your computer, then you should have no problems viewing this product.

How long will it take me to download?

This is a very large, high quality file and we do not recommend the download option if you are on a 14.4K Modem. Please note the estimated download time depending on your type of connection in the table below, as you may wish to review the other options (DVD or Individual Streaming Treatments). Most customers on Cable greater than 100Mbps download in under 30 minutes.

Internet Connection Speed Estimated Time
Modem; 56K 12 hrs.
ISDN: 128K 5.25 hrs.

Wireless; 516K

90 mins.
DSL; 640K 45 mins.
T-1; 1.5 Mbps 30 mins.
T3/Cable; 3-5 Mbps >30 mins.



What are the benefits of the Streaming treatments?

  • Experience relief when you need it: NOW! No waiting for delivery.
  • Skip treatments that don’t affect you; find relief faster by going directly to the specific treatment that focuses on your individual pain and suffering.
  • Save money by purchasing only those treatments you need.
  • No shipping costs or handling fees.
  • Because the format is flash-presentation, this product can play on slower internet connections.

How will I access my Streaming treatment purchase?

Once you’ve made your selections, you will receive an E-mail with a link to your treatment page, and your personal security code.

The email will contain the simple instructions on how to access the flash streaming treatment on your computer or mobile device.

MAC users please note: The streaming treatments require a flash player, or flash ability.

Is the viewing limited in any way?

While you will only need to watch the treatment a couple times before you master the methods, there are no limitations on how many times you can view your treatment(s), nor is there any time limit cut-off.

What are the technical requirements?

You will need to be connected to an internet in some way, and that can be on your phone or other mobile device wirelessly or 3G as well as your home computer.

The streaming videos are in flash, similar to YouTube, so your device must be able to play flash, or have a flash player it can emulate. For MAC users with familiarity with YouTube or QuickTime, please use your own discretion with your ordering options.


Are all the product options guaranteed?

YES. Whether you order digital download, streaming on-line treatment or the DVD, if for any reason you are not satisfied you can return it within 60-days and your purchase price will be cheerfully refunded.

Are the treatments in the different versions the same?

Essentially yes. The DVD and Digital Download are actual movie-type video which include live instruction and demonstrations. The Streaming Treatments are presentation video-show instructions.  The different versions may of course have slightly different commentary.

Ordering FAQs

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We highly recommend Digital Download Video and Streaming Video versions, to International Customers – not only saving the basic cost of both product & shipping but VAT and Duty as well.

(NOTE: Additional Benefit: The Digital Products are not region coded – they can easily be viewed in any Country.)

Medical Q&A

What are the side effects of common pain-killers?

Tylenol – difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips; tongue; and face; hives; liver damage; yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice); nausea; abdominal pain and discomfort; severe fatigue; blood problems (easy; unusual bleeding and bruising); rash; peripheral neuritis; hypersensitivity reactions; optic neuritis; itching; decreased urine volume; difficult urination; bloody urine; weakness; fever; sore throat; severe dizziness.

Advil – rash; ringing in the ears; headaches; dizziness; drowsiness; abdominal pain; nausea; diarrhea; constipation; heartburn; ulceration of the stomach and intestine; bleeding ulcers; black; tarry stools; weakness; orthostatic hypertension; reduced flow of blood to the kidneys; impaired function of the kidneys; congestive heart failure; asthma; disturbances of the gut; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; indigestion; abdominal pain; bleeding from the stomach and intestine; perforation of the stomach and intestine; swelling of the lips; tongue and throat (angioedema); narrowing of the airways (bronchospasm); fluid retention; hearing disturbances; decreased number of platelets in the blood (thrombocytopenia).

Excederin – difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips; tongue; and face; hives; liver damage; yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice); nausea; abdominal pain and discomfort; severe fatigue; blood problems (easy; unusual bleeding and bruising); black; bloody and tarry stools; vomiting; uncontrolled fever; blood in the urine and vomit; decreased hearing and ringing in the ears; seizures; dizziness; confusion and hallucinations; heartburn; indigestion; nervousness; anxiety; difficulty sleeping.

Aleve – difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips; tongue; and face; hives; muscle cramps; numbness; tingling; ulcers (open sores) in the mouth; rapid weight gain (fluid retention); seizures; decreased hearing and ringing in the ears; yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice); abdominal cramping; heartburn; indigestion; dizziness; headache; nausea; diarrhea; constipation; depression; fatigue; weakness; dry mouth; irregular menstrual periods.

Imitrex – Coronary vasospasms; cerebral hemorrhage; subarachnoid hemorrhage; stroke; serotonin syndrome; increased blood pressure; hypersensitivity; chest discomfort; jaw/neck tightness; frequent burning sensation and numbness; dysesthesia (impairment of sensation); palpitations; syncope (sudden loss of consciousness); irregular heart beat; hypotension; paleness of skin; pulsating sensations; abnormal rapid heart beat; angina; build up of waxy plaque inside of blood vessels; slowness of heart beat; reudction or loss of oxygen to the cerebrum; cerebrovascular lesion; heart block; bluish discoloration of the skin and mucus membranes; hrombosis; dilation of blood vessels; sinusitis; tinnitus; allerica rhinitis; upper resporatory inflammation; ear/nose/throat hemorrhage; ear infection; hearing loss; nasal inflammation; sensitivity to noise; feeling of fullness in ears; thirst; elevated thyrotropin stimulating hormone levels; secretion of breast milk in men; hyperglycemia; hyproglycemia; weight gain/loss; endocrine cysts; lumps and masses; fluid disturbances; sclera; mydriasis; blindness; low vision; visual disturbances; eye edema and swelling; eye irritation; accommodation disorders; external ocular muscle disorder; eye hemorrhage; eye pain; keratitis; conjunctivitis; diarrhea; gastric symptoms; constipations; difficulty swallowing; gastroesophageal reflux; gastrointestinal bleeding; vomiting blood; melena; peptic ulcer; gastrointestinal pain; dyspeptic symptoms; dental pain; hypersalivation; abdominal distenetion; oral itching; salivary glad swelling; swallowing disorders; anemia; myalgia; muscle cramps; tetany; musle atrophy; weakness; tiredness; arthralgia; articula rheumatitis; mussculoskeltal deformity; muscle stiffness; tightness/rigidity; musculoskeletal inflammation; phonophobia; photophobia; confusion; depression; difficulty concentrating; disturbance of smell; dysarthria; euphoria; facial pain; heat sensitivity; incoordination; lacrimation; paralysis of a single limb; sleep disturbance; shivering; syncope; tremor; aggressiveness; apathy; bradylogia; cluster headaches; convulsions; decreased appetite; drug abuse; dystonic reaction; facial paralysis; hallucinations; hunger; hyperesthesia; hysteria; memory disturbance; neuralgia; personality change; phobia; radiculophathy; suicide; twitching; agitation; anxiety; depressive disorders; detachment; motor dysfunction; neurotic disorders; taste disturbances; dyspnea; asthma; hiccoughs; breathing disorders; cough; bronchtis; sweating; erythema; pruritus; rash; skin enderness; dry skin; wrinkling of skin; eczema; seborrheic dermatitis; skin nodules; increased urination; intermenstrual bleeding; abortion; hematura; bladder inflammation; micturition disorders; urethritis; urinary infection; inflammation of fallopian tubes; fever; fluid retention; edema; hematoma; lymphadenopthy; speech disturbance; voice disturbance; contusions; colitis; aneurysm; abnormal pules; flushing; auto immune disease; sinus arrhythmia; disturbance of liver function; gallstones; instestinal obstruction; pancreatisis; retching; difficulty walking; arthritis; backache; intervertebral disc disorder; joint distubances; chills; diplegia; sedation; globus hystericus; intoxication; neoplasm of pituitary; simultaneous hot and cold sensations; stress; influenza; lower repiratory tract infection; skin eruption; herpes; peeling of the skin; endometriosis; renal calculus; pancytopenia; thrombocytopenia; deafness; rectal bleeding; cyanosis; DEATH; temporal arteritis. irregular menstrual periods.

Food Sensitivity and Triggers?

Many books agree that chocolate is the most likely food to cause migraines. Other foods which can cause migraines include avocados, pineapples, beans, peas, lentils, MSG, pork, shrimp, pickled herring, alcohol, caffeine, cheese, nitrites as preservatives in hot dogs and other processed meats, and coconut.

The caffeine in chocolate is not the main reason chocolate causes migraines. There’s a group of substances called amines, common in food, which are the main food trigger of migraines. There are different amines in different foods. The one in chocolate is the worst. The one in cheese is called tyramine and is next worst. There have been experiments in which it was shown that tyramine can cause migraines. Migraineurs have less monoamine oxidase (MAO), the enzyme in platelets that breaks down amines.

The amount of tyramine in cheese varies tremendously by type and even batch of cheese. Milk is OK, since the tyramine is produced in the cheese-making process by microorganisms. Other amines are found in other types of food. The reaction to amines is not an allergy. The amines cause certain hormones to be released in the body. Different amines may cause migraines in different people.

The bacterial action in the making of cheese is what creates the tyramine in cheese — perhaps similar bacterial action can create migraine-producing chemicals in a variety of foods such as milk which has been sitting in the refrigerator a few days.

Nitrites in foods can also cause migraines. Nitrites are present in some processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages and lunch meat; the nitrites are added as a preservative. MSG (monosodium glutamate) may also cause migraines in some people. Some find that it’s essential for them that food be quite fresh; older foods can cause migraines, for a number of reasons cited above.

Each person needs to experiment to figure out which foods give them migraines. This is not always easy to do. A food might not cause a migraine every time it is eaten; perhaps only when another cause of migraines happens at the same time.

It’s better to go on a very restricted diet for a while, a week or a month, say, than to experiment by eliminating just one suspicious food at a time. Make sure your restricted diet contains all the vitamins and other essential nutrients.

If you combined advice from several books, there would be nothing left to eat! I recommend the restricted diet suggested by Brainard as a starting point for your experimentation.

Blood Sugars and Migraines?

Studies show that when a migraineur eats refined sugar, their blood sugar level goes up very high, then quickly comes down again. Any kind of refined sugar causes this effect: sucrose, glucose, etc. The blood sugar level goes up and down so fast that a standard glucose tolerance test with blood samples taken less often than every 15 minutes can completely miss the effect. Many migraine people have been told they’re very normal after a glucose tolerance test, but in fact they have a condition similar to hypoglycemia.

Natural sugars, such as fruit, completely unprocessed sugar cane juice, etc. do not cause this effect. Eating natural sugar causes the blood sugar level to go up, but not as high, and it doesn’t come down so fast. There’s something in natural sugar that helps the body absorb it.

Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), a molecule containing chromium, may be responsible. Chromium is usually present with natural sugars, and is missing in refined sugar. It works with insulin to help the body process sugar. There may be other factors present in natural sugars, such as vitamins, enzymes, etc., that are also important.

When refined sugar is eaten, the pancreas releases a lot of insulin. For some reason, people who get migraines release more than the normal amount of insulin. Insulin stimulates the release of adrenalin. This starts phase I of a migraine.

Going without eating for 3 to 4 or more hours causes low blood sugar levels which can also trigger a migraine.

– Do not eat any refined sugar. Not even small amounts. Fruit should be fresh, not dried or cooked. Eat a wholesome balanced diet of natural foods including fruit. — Eat every three hours. Have six small meals a day instead of three. Have snacks of healthy foods at midmorning, midafter- noon, and bedtime. — Avoid drinking alcohol. — Avoid drugs that stimulate the pancreas. Many drugs taken for other purposes also stimulate the pancreas, e.g. aspirin. Check with your doctor for a list of what drugs to avoid.

Other Nutritional Information


Vitamin B9

Vitamin B6 Magnesium
Vitamin B2 Feverfew

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B5 Ginkgo Biloba




Why You Get Migraines

Dilation of Blood Vessels

Migraine headaches are primarily caused by excessive dilation of blood vessels in the head. 15-20% of men and 25-30% of women suffer with migraine headaches. Many migraines come without warning and some start with a visual "aura" before the onset of pain which can also include blurring or bright spots in the vision, anxiety, fatigue, disturbed thinking, and numbness or tingling on one side of the body. Migraine pain occurs when the blood vessels and muscles lining the brain and scalp becomes stretched or tensed. Migraine headaches seem to be connected to the instability of blood vessels in the brain and to a reduction in blood flow during a migraine attack. Research studies also indicate that the control of blood vessel constriction and dilation is impaired in some migraine sufferers.

Additionally, the platelets of migraine sufferers are different from normal platelets both during and between migraine attacks. Platelets are small blood cells that clump together to form blood clots. The difference between platelets results in migraine sufferers having a significant increase in spontaneous clumping together of the platelets as well as in a reduction in the release of a chemical called serotonin.


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Serotonin aids in the chemical transfer of information from one cell to another. More importantly for migraine sufferers, serotonin also plays a major role in the relaxation and constriction of blood vessels. All of the serotonin in the blood is stored in the platelets and is released by platelet aggregation. This release in migraine sufferers appears to result in a serotonin deficiency. These low serotonin levels are thought to lead to a decrease in the pain threshold of these patients. This concept is strongly supported by 35 years of research, including positive clinical results in double blind studies with the serotonin precursor 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). These and other studies show that increasing serotonin levels in the platelets leads to relief from chronic migraine headaches.

Food Allergies

Food allergies also play a major role in migraine headaches. Foods such as chocolate, cheese, beer, red wine, and prescription medication can trigger migraine attacks in many people. These attacks have been linked to histamine and other compounds, which can trigger blood vessels to expand creating that pounding throbbing sensation.


Other Migraine Triggers Include:

-low serotonin levels


-shunting of the chemical tryptophan into other pathways

-histamine-releasing foods

-histamine-containing foods

-alcohol (especially red wine)



-withdrawal from caffeine

-drugs that constrict blood vessels


-emotional and hormonal changes (menstruation, birth control pills, anger, and ovulation)


-muscle tension

-the weather


Illness Headaches often are a symptom of other illness. Viral infection, strep throat, allergies, sinus infection, and urinary tract infections can be accompanied by headaches. Fever may also be associated with headaches.

Skipping meals Even when trying to lose weight, you still need to eat regularly. Fad diets and irregular eating can make you hungry and give you a headache. Not getting enough fluids, especially on hot days or with increased exercise, can lead to dehydration and cause a headache.


Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, diet pills, and other drugs may cause you to have headaches.

Other Causes Often headaches are triggered by sleep problems, minor head injuries, or certain foods (chocolate, processed meats, aged cheese, MSG, red wine, dairy products as outlined above). Caffeine intake, especially a sudden decrease in caffeine, can cause a headache.

Sometimes, headaches can also be caused by prescribed medication, such as birth control pills, or tetracycline, often used for acne. Less commonly, headaches can be caused by a dental infection or abscess, and jaw alignment problems (TMJ). Although headaches are only rarely caused by eye problems, pain around the eyes–which can feel like a headache–can be caused by eye muscle imbalance or not wearing glasses that have been prescribed for you. Only in very rare cases are headaches a symptom of a brain tumor, high blood pressure or other serious problem.

How to Stop Migraines



5-Hydoxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that occurs in the body and is an immediate precursor to the body manufacturing its own serotonin. 5-HTP is widely distributed in the body with the highest activity in the gut wall and liver. Here’s what happens chemically in the body in the process of creating serotonin. First tryptophan is hydroxylated to 5-HTP then to decarboxylase and finally to serotonin. The effects of 5-HTP on the serotonin system is extremely complex because there are multiple types of serotonin receptors.

The research shows 5-HTP is more effective over time with results increasing after 30 days of use. The role of 5-HTP also increases endorphin levels, which is the body’s own pain relieving and mood elevating substances. ee Swanson 5-HTP  Research shows endorphins are low in migraine sufferers. 5-HTP is at least as effective as other pharmacological agents used in migraine prevention but is safer and better tolerated. In clinical trials between 200-600 mg/day has been used to prevent and reduce the severity of migraines. 5-HTP also needs vitamin B6, niacin, and magnesium to help it convert to serotonin. 

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is involved in the production of the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and histamine. B6 works to prevent and treat migraines because of its role in histamine function. The activity of the enzyme diamine oxidase breaks down histamine in the lining of the small intestine before it is absorbed into the circulation. Individuals sensitive to dietary histamine have about one-half as much diamine oxidase in their tissues. Diamine oxidase is a vitamin B6 dependent enzyme. Therefore compounds that inhibit B6 also inhibit the production of diamine oxidase.

Food coloring agents like FD&C yellow #5, birth control pills, alcohol, and excessive protein intake are some of the things that inhibit B6 production. Most people take in more B6 blockers than B6 itself. B6 supplementation has been shown to relieve histamine-induced headaches presumably by increasing diamine oxidase activity. Vitamin B6 works with magnesium in many enzyme systems and assists in the body’s accumulation of magnesium.

Vitamin B2

Migraine headaches have also been linked to a reduction of energy production in the blood vessels of the brain. B2 (Riboflavin) is water soluble and essential to tissue respiration and generation of energy metabolism from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Recent studies show that it is helpful in the treatment of migraines. Migraines can also occur because of a reduction of energy in the mitochondria and B2 can help increase energy production and efficiency in this area. B2 is also vital to the conversion of tryptophan to B3.

Vitamin B3

B3 (Niacin) is water soluble and crucial to about 50 different reactions in the body. It is instrumental in the release of energy from carbohydrates, proper central nervous system function, fat and cholesterol metabolism, and the regulation of blood sugar levels. Fifty percent of the niacin in the body comes from the conversion of the amino acid tryptophan.

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic) acid is known as the anti-stress vitamin and helps with the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins for energy. It helps counteract stress by making cortisone and other adrenal hormones that counteract stress. B5 is needed for proper adrenal cortex function.


Vitamin B9

Low Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) intakes have been linked to headaches. It has been used to treat depression, headaches, and inflammation. Folic acid and niacin need each other to function correctly in the body.



Low magnesium levels play a significant role in many cases of migraine headaches. Low brain and tissue magnesium concentrations have been found in patients with migraines indicating the need for supplementation since magnesium’s key function is to maintain the tone of the blood vessels and prevent the over-excitability of nerve cells.

Another possible benefit of magnesium is its documented ability to improve mitral valve prolaspe (a heart disorder) that damages blood platelets causing them to release excess histamine, platelet-activating factor, and serotonin.

Magnesium has also been widely used to treat food-allergy-induced migraines.


Feverfew literally means fever reducing. Feverfew works to treat and prevent migraines by inhibiting the release of blood vessel dilating-substances from platelets, inhibiting the production of inflammatory substances, and reestablishing proper blood vessel tone.

The effectiveness of feverfew is dependent upon adequate levels of parthenolide. Parthenolide helps prevent migraines and lessen the severity of existing migraines by making smooth muscle in the walls of cerebral blood vessels less reactive to vasoconstrictors.

It blocks the release of serotonin from blood vessels and prevents platelets from over-aggregating. It also inhibits the release of compounds from the cells that cause inflammation.


Ginger has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of migraines by reducing inflammation and platelet aggregation. High doses of ginger have also been found to significantly reduce migraine intensity. It plays a role as a circulatory stimulant, peripheral vasodilator, and antispasmodic.


Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is an antioxidant known for its ability to improve circulation throughout the body but especially in the brain. It helps to inhibit platelet aggregation. Ginkgo, which is partially composed ginkgoflavoneglycosides, helps dilate blood vessels, which increases blood flow.




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