Cluster headaches are otherwise known as suicide headaches, because it is the common fate of many sufferers. These headaches are worse than migraines, and persist between 15 minutes and three hours, several times a day. This continues for weeks, months, or even years. These headaches frequently occur during sleep, on only one side of the head. Researchers have dubbed cluster headaches "one of the worst pain syndromes known to mankind". Those experiencing one of these super-headaches enters into a disoriented state, with confusion, short-term memory loss, the inability to understand those around them, and unbearable pain.

Especially knowledgeable readers may notice that the above set of symptoms identically occurs with oxygen deprivation. Incidentally, a pure oxygen tank is one of the few things that stops these attacks. We have extensively researched this topic for the sake of those suffering from cluster headaches, and we have concluded that cluster headaches are the result of inadequate amounts of oxygen reaching the brain.

Throughout the Internet, people with these headaches are seeking illegal drugs to provide them with relief. The drugs effect the blood vessels leading to the brain, which could help to explain their benefits. Strangely, these drugs normally constrict blood vessels, which most people would expect to cause a reduced oxygen level. In actuality, the constriction of the vessels seems to increase the flow of blood, due to the increased blood pressure. Perhaps temporary vessel enlargement is responsible for putting pressure on the brain, or the problem may be solely the oxygen starvation. Regardless, lower blood pressure means a slower movement of blood, and thereby, less overall movement of freshly oxygenated blood. Until much more research is performed, this mixture of facts and speculations is all that we have for diagnosis and treatment. Research concerning how medicines specifically effect cluster headaches is lacking, due to the current draconian drug laws against the only drugs that work. The inhumane drug war continues to stop people from accessing needed medicines, and it even prevents researchers from studying their effects.

"The authors interviewed 53 cluster headache patients who had used psilocybin [hallucinogenic mushrooms] or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to treat their condition. Twenty-two of 26 psilocybin users reported that psilocybin aborted attacks; 25 of 48 psilocybin users and 7 of 8 LSD users reported cluster period termination; 18 of 19 psilocybin users and 4 of 5 LSD users reported remission period extension."

-- Harvard Medical School, Neurology, June 2006

Psilocybin mushrooms (commonly called "shrooms"), morning glory seeds, and L.S.D. have all been successfully used to mediate this condition. Dosages are much smaller than are used recreationally, with no hallucinogenic effects being noted in many cases. In addition to stopping the headaches, these drugs also seem to be able to prevent recurrences for several days. Considering the amount of pain that sufferers experience, it would be immoral for us to avoid mentioning these extremely effective remedies. However, we cannot officially recommend L.S.D., due to its extreme effects, length of "trip", and its unpredictable nature as a synthetic drug. Likewise, caution should be taken regarding the use of morning glory seeds, because retail seeds are often coated in chemicals to prevent this use, and the dangers of these chemicals are unknown. Anyone wishing to attempt medication with morning glory seeds should purchase only heirloom or organic seeds for safety.

Many cluster headache sufferers claim that their headaches are improved, or they have lower rates of occurrences when exposed to cooler air, or when exercising outside. All of these methods have a relationship with greater oxygen intake and short-term increases in blood pressure.

Chlorophyll supplementation has the fascinating property of allowing more oxygen to enter cells, while simultaneously protecting the cells from oxidative damage. It is the miraculous substance that is used by plants for photosynthesis (turning carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen). We strongly recommend that cluster headache sufferers purchase liquid chlorophyll concentrate, and place about ten drops directly onto their tongues several times a day, waiting for around 30 seconds, and then washing it down with a fluid. This will also provide the person with additional energy. Due to its copper content, it works best when combined with zinc.

Dr. Johanna Budwig pioneered what is now referred to as the Budwig Protocol. The protocol requires a special diet that is augmented with a mixture of flax seed oil and a source of sulfur proteins, such as goat cheese. Yogurt could be used instead of the cheese, but it is not as healthy, because it is usually made from homogenized milk. The Budwig Protocol was able to cure all types of cancers, reverse arthritis, and reverse some cases of heart disease. The protocol drives oxygen deeply into tissues, creating a healthier oxygen-rich environment, and an ideal alkaline body pH. For these reasons, it should also be beneficial for cluster headache victims.

L-tryptophan can be quite helpful too. It likely has a dual effect upon the headaches. First, it increases serotonin levels, which causes brain blood vessels to constrict. Secondly, it elevates blood pressure as a powerful natural anti-depressant. This is because whenever people are depressed, their metabolisms slow and their blood pressure drops. People have experienced some relief from this supplement, and it is available at some health food stores. Tryptophan brings balance to the chemicals inside the brain, creating needed amounts of serotonin, melatonin, lactic acid, and niacin. It is therefore strongly recommended.

There have been many sufferers who have benefited from breathing exercises. Given the extreme nature of this condition, it would be prudent for people to attempt breathing exercises, such as those that are encouraged by the various traditional martial arts. Deep, proper breathing will allow more oxygen into the brain, thus helping during attacks.

The principle of oxygenating the body will have some readers considering the use of hydrogen peroxide for treating this condition, either orally, or with an inhaled mist. Research shows it to be of little benefit.


Cluster headache: a case-based review of diagnostic and treatment approaches, National Institutes of Health

Response of cluster headache to psilocybin and LSD, Journal of the American Neurology

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Sandra Fuller
# clothe pinsSandra Fuller 2013-02-03 13:18
I thought I was the only person who did this!I put one clothes pin on my eyebrow over right eye thats where i get the stabbing ice pick feeling between and behind eyeball and eye ridge and i put one acoss the nose bridge between eyes and it works.Looks strange as hell but it works.I dont know how or why.I just noticed pain would lessen if i would pinch the fleshy part of my right eye brow with my fingers.So just thought id try clothes pins pinned there and it worked!
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Anna Eastabrooks
# Great help with BudwigAnna Eastabrooks 2013-05-02 07:20
I've been on the Budwig protocol for 6 weeks, I also have been using hydrogen peroxide. No words can express how grateful I am to have found your site. I had cluster headaches numerous times a week... I've only had two during the past 6 weeks and the best part is I've been able to abort them naturally. I found that massaging my mouth in front of the roots of my molars will alleviate and attack. Neither headache has come to fruition using this method. Now, for those of you who try this, be aware, it's seriously painful. I know some people don't have their teeth affected with cluster headaches so it may not help those. Good luck to all of you. I tell you, I'm willing to eat yogurt and fresh milled flax seed all the days of my life if I can continue to be cluster headaches free. Again, thanks for having such a wonderful site - you may well have saved my life!
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# NICOLE VERL 2013-06-19 21:17
I have been suffering with these for about 10 years. Ive have MRI, CAT scans, allergy tests and anything else to find out what it was. Every doctor told me I was suffering migraines and nothing they gave me worked. It wasn't until a trip to my local GP recently that I was diagnosed with cluster headaches. Mine had gone into remission for a couple of years but have come back daily over the past 2 weeks. Thanks for the tips, last night was especially horrible but hopfully I can try some of your ideas and get back some form of normality moving forward. Thanks
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Corey Brown
# What i've tried with little resultsCorey Brown 2013-09-09 13:46
I've suffered from cluster headaches since the age of 16, i'm now 29. I wasn't diagnosed with cluster headaches until much later, until then I just suffered through them. At the time of diagnosis, they prescribed Verapamil with Fiorcet for pain. That combination worked for a few years in a row. This year they have returned in full force. As I changed locations, so did my doctor. He started me off with Verapamil 180mg and Fiorcet for pain. I had him increase the Verapamil to 240mg just recently. It gave me two straight days of relief, but now they are back again. Not as severe as they were, but they still wake me up and have me pacing around the house until they subside. When it finally subsides, i'm left with a dull pain as if my mind has been overworked. I'll slowly start trying the legal remedies with hopes of something working out for me.
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Dev Pero
# BeetrootDev Pero 2014-02-16 21:20
Beetroot I have read is good for increasing the oxygenation of the blood, though detox can be rapid and cause its own headache.
I have found that in small quantities beetroot (fresh juiced) with apple juice can often help with headaches.
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Diane Gill
# Diane Gill 2014-04-17 11:32
My first headache came at age 7 and my parents were frantic when the pain caused GI explosions on both ends. When the vomiting stopped, the pain was impossibly increased and it was "shiny". I would have happily taken a kitchen knife and cut out my right eye. I found out it was called cluster migraine when I was 20 and have figured out how to manage with pain medication. They only came every six month to every two years for me and right now I have one in conjunction with an asthma flare up, which is also very infrequent. This is the first time I've thought to research the topic and I'm happy to have found this article with this info on lack of oxygen. I have also noticed that cool air and pinching the skin helps.
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Mienie Douglas
# recipy that helpes my son within 2min release the Mienie Douglas 2015-08-14 05:54
Hi my Son gets these Cluster Headaches and we are going to try your help of natural ways to see if it will not be better and heals him, he gets 2 attacks at night by 12 and then again at 5 in the morning..
Pills do help but take its own time and it just soften the pain and the headaches still coming we need to heal this problem, as he is 29 and tears overwhelm him some times...
i started testing natural ways of helping him and have find one that works within 2 min it releases the pain but still it does not heal him...
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it is a short term solution if you do not have high blood pressure...
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take 1 fresh lemon cut in halve squeeze out the juice by turning a spoon inside it get as mush juice out as you can...
Grate the yellow skin of 1 halve of the lemon inside the juice...
2 teaspoons of himalayan pink salt...
mixed with spoon drink fast....
if this is too strong for your taste buds you can add some water for your son said it taste sweet and he drinks it like that ... neat...
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Can Hekim
# Instant relief for cluster headache episodeCan Hekim 2015-10-16 08:30
I discovered an instant relief for cluster headaches. I have been having this discomfort for 10 years on and off. And this is something that works well on me (and probably on most of the adults).
It may be hard to get into the state of mind, but sex/orgasm instantly relieves the pain. It works almost like magic :-) Below is the link to the scientific publication. Oh, it also works when you take a solo flight ;-)
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Jerry Weis
# Averting cluster migrainesJerry Weis 2015-10-31 16:14
I found something that actually seems to avert the attacks entirely for me. Not sure if this will work for anyone else, but sharing here just in case.

My episodes come on about every 14 months and last a month. Attacks usually happen in the middle of the night. Oxygen works to alleviate attacks (15 lpm), as does purposefully hyperventilating for several minutes with my arms up over my head (to open the lungs)

Just by accident, I discovered that sleeping on my back with a throw pillow under my mid-back (curving my back so that my stomach and sternum are raised up) keeps the attacks from even occurring. It's uncomfortable, but I'm not waking up with screaming, stabbing pain.

I'd be curious to know if this works for anyone else, or if I'm just an anomaly. Good luck out there!
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