The causes of headaches are many and it is always advisable to understand the root of all head pains before attempting to counteract them. Since such pains are Nature’s means of warning us of internal disturbances, it is unwise to attempt to treat the headache alone, but rather to understand its origin and treat both cause and symptom.
Among the most common conditions creating headaches can be listed eye strain, stomach disorders, menstruation, hunger, high blood pressure, rheumatics, sinusitis and nervous tension. If you know your body as you should and if you are aware from day to day of your general health, there should be little reason for you not to be able to recognize and treat the cause of your headache.
While each case was individually diagnosed and treated, there was a general course of treatment used to alleviate headaches. The full pack was prescribed, to be taken for a period of one hour. Cold compresses were applied during the pack. Immediately following this the patient was bathed in lukewarm water (86°). Finally, cold affusions (water jets) were directed at the head and back of the neck. In the case of the nervous headache, the affusions were also directed at the spinal column, running slowly up and down the length of the patient’s back. The affusions proved particularly successful. Light diets, particularly vegetarian, were also prescribed.
Zone therapy was used with amazing results in treating chronic headaches. I recall a woman of thirty who had suffered the pain of chronic headaches for a period of two years without relief. The woman was despondent upon entering the sanatorium and it was necessary that her condition be dealt with at once, lest she lost her sanity entirely. Demanding that the woman open her mouth, I thrust a flat metal object into her mouth and pressed upon the roof of the mouth with such strength as to almost cause the woman to cry out. Five minutes later, when the metal device (similar to an ordinary tablespoon) was removed from her mouth, the woman was unable to believe her own senses. The headache, partner to her two-year misery, had entirely disappeared.
This case cited above was not the exception but the rule as regards the alleviation of headaches. Time and again zone therapy proved the answer to this problem. The application of zone therapy in the case of headaches varied only in accordance with the area of the head affected. Where the pain was centred in the frontal area of the head, the zone pressure was applied at a corresponding point upon the roof of the mouth.