utter folly

novice_2009(zone 6b)May 11, 2009

" If we look to ancient Greek medicine we can see how healing was approached by some of the great philosphers and healers of that time. In one of Plato's dialogues a young man named Charmides complains about a headache. He would like a certain drug; but Socrates explains to him at length that this simple treatment is not adequate. ' To treat the head by itself, apart from the body as a whole,' he says, ' is utter folly. ' A Thracian physician had once described the ideal approach to him.

You ought not to attempt to cure the eyes

Without head,

Or head without body,

So you should not treat body

Without soul."

-from The Sustainable Herbalist;

The Sustainable Life

by Candis Hope Kirjales

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Socrates had that right.

Not even he could have imagined that so many different causes have been found for headache.

Here are just a few that may need to be considered when someone presents with new onset headache:

Brain Abscess
Stroke, Hemorrhagic
Stroke, Ischemic
Glaucoma, Acute Angle-Closure
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Headache, Cluster
Subdural Hematoma
Headache, Migraine
Temporal Arteritis
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome
Otitis Media
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Cervical spondylosis
Caffeine dependency
Nonprescription analgesic dependency
Severe anemia or polycythemia
Hepatic disorders
Toxic effects from drugs or fumes (carbon monoxide)
Dental disease
Paget disease of bone
Refractive error
Lesions of the eye or middle ear
Lesions of the oral cavity

Even for a partial list, that's pretty daunting - and a good reason to get checked out by a qualified practitioner, even for something deceptively simple-sounding like "headache", if it's a new problem.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 6:19PM
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Another very common cause of headache is dehydration. Easy enough to drink a glass of water first instead of reaching for the aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 10:17PM
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Your so right lucky gal. Sometimes a good nights sleep will cure a headache as will eating a meal. common sense goes a long way. Now i need a cure for lack of commonsense.LOL

    Bookmark   May 13, 2009 at 6:52AM
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