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Migraine Headaches: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

A migraine is a specific form of recurring headache that can sometimes be very intense. A lot of people get migraine attacks, especially women. They are responsible for about one in six of all headaches and are also one of the commonest causes of children’s headaches. Migraine usually only affects one side of the head and causes constant pain with irregular throbbing or pounding, which is made worse by movement of the head or lifting […]

Devil’s Claw: Health Benefits beyond Pain Relief

Devil’s claw is an herbal painkiller that is commonly used to treat bone and muscle pain including osteoarthritis and back pain. The herb comes from a southern African plant Harpagophytum procumbens (Burchell) that is also known as grapple plant and takes its name from the claw-like hooks that cover the plant’s large fruits. Natives have used this herb as medicine for thousands of years to reduce pain and fever, treat liver, kidney and skin problems […]

Acupuncture: Types, Conditions Treated and Potential Risks

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that has been proven effective in the treatment of a variety of conditions. It involves inserting needles into the skin at special points called acupoints where the body’s energy is believed to flow. The aim of this technique is to stimulate the flow of the body’s energy. Several other forms of acupuncture have developed over the years. Instead of needles, these other ways of stimulating the flow of […]

Potential Causes of Dental Pain

Dental pain refers to pain felt in the mouth area (e.g., gums, teeth, jaw). It usually indicates an oral health problem, such as gum disease, tooth decay or TMJ disorder, although the pain can also be caused by conditions that are not dental in nature, such as sinus or ear infections or heart problems. In most cases, dental pain is due to tooth decay. When a cavity gets larger, it begins to irritate the pulp, […]

Canker Sores: Causes, Symptoms and Relief

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers or recurrent mouth ulcers or aphthous stomatitis, are shallow, open lesions (ulcers) that develop inside the mouth. These painful sores occur on the inner cheeks, base of the gums, inside lip, or on or under the tongue. Canker sores can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink and talk. They are very common, affecting about 20% of the population. Though irritating and painful, canker sores are generally harmless. In […]

Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be characterized as pain that is felt in the area anywhere between the chest and groin and it can involve any of the abdomen’s organs. Abdominal organs are contained in a bag-like membrane called peritoneum and they include stomach, pancreas, small and large intestine, appendix, liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys and ureters. The abdomen also contains the aorta and other blood vessels, nerves, adrenal glands and the lower end of the esophagus. The […]

Types of Electrical Therapy

Electrical therapy is a complementary pain management treatment employing mild electrical currents to stimulate problematic nerves and muscles. Different types of electrical therapy exist to treat pain and other conditions. Electrodes may be attached to the skin or implanted in the tissue or organs. Electrical current, which is used as a part of the therapy, hardly ever causes any discomfort. The most common types of electrotherapy include: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the most […]

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