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Natural Solutions
                                       July 2006



Nutri Centre’s Q & A section 

Suppliers of complementary medicine, Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the opportunity to ask questions on health issues.  

The Q & As are produced by Jo Rawlinson in conjunction with the Nutri Centre. Jo is a trained complementary health practitioner who regularly works with and writes on behalf of the Nutri Centre.





Q: Can you please suggest something to help my wife. For some time, she has been suffering with migraines. They seem to be stress-related and we are worried about the ingredients and side effects of regular (once monthly) use of strong pharmaceutical products – even if they do have the desired effects.



A: Conventional drugs alter brain chemistry, relax blood vessels and block pain signals through active ingredients such as paracetamol, codeine phosphate and buclizine hydrochloride. Codeine phosphate mimics the pain-reducing endorphins located in the brain and spinal cord, blocking transmission of pain signals; buclinizine hydrochloride is an antihistamine and buclinzine prevents nausea.

Research has yielded news that food sensitivity may be attributed to 90% of migraine cases (The Lancet, 1993). Chemicals (amines) in certain foods are proven triggers, while other known factors include stress, weather changes, smoking, sleep deprivation or excess plus hormonal or nervous changes in the body.

Thus in some cases, a change of diet combined with natural remedies may be able to sort the problem. Your wife could try eliminating dairy, alcohol, wheat and other gluten grains (oats, rye, barley), eggs, oranges and tomatoes, hard cheeses, chocolate, yoghurt and canned fish. Cut out caffeine and fizzy drinks, and bear in mind that figs, dates, raisins, pineapples, beans, potatoes, pork and turkey all contain amines. When or if she re-introduces these foods into her diet, she can check her reactions.

If your wife experiences no reaction for a month, she can start gradually introducing foods and monitoring responses. Meat and animal foods should be avoided during elimination as they promote production of arachidonic acid to cause pain and inflammation.

Take 50mg Butterbur extract twice daily for four to six months. This herb is well documented to give relief to migraine symptoms.


Q:  I will be travelling to Spain this summer to stay with my daughter and her family. I’m really looking forward to it, except for the fact that I always get prickly heat. It makes me feel miserable and irritable, and antihistamines send me to sleep and stop me enjoying a tipple!
I don’t want to be confined inside in the air conditioning – I want to be out there playing with my grandchildren! Any ideas?


A:  Prickly heat is an allergy to the sun which of course predominantly hits the body where it is exposed to direct sunlight or heat. It prickles beneath the skin, hence its name, affects the nervous system and can be extremely uncomfortable.
Try to keep your skin cool; wear cotton, long sleeves, a good sun hat, and plenty of sunscreen. Avoid the sun during the hottest parts of the day and drink plenty of fluids, especially water.

Natural anti histamine, Quercetin, may help, combined with 1g of vitamin C daily, for a few weeks before you go. Scientists believe this vitamin is effective because it works on the enzyme systems that relate to the sweat glands and so can help trigger those that are not functioning properly back into working order. Vitamin C also supports the immune system. When this is strong, the body fights back fast.

You could also take Histazyme. It has a combination of calcium (calcium is involved in the release of stored histamine from the body’s mast cells, to regulate the situation), lysine, zinc, B6, bromelaine, manganese and vitamin A.


Butterbur Petasin 50 mg

from Linpharma,                          ?19.95 for 50 capsules

Quercetin 300

by Allergy Research Group,        ?13.11 for 60 capsules.

Vitamin C 1000mg

by Solgar,                                   ?27.75 for 250


by Biocare                                  ?9.55 for 60 veg capsules.


If you would like to ask a question, please send an email to

The information above is provided by the Nutri Centre. Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any medication or health-related matter.

* Please note questions cannot be answered personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions of 'Natural Solutions'



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