Migraines and Enzymes
last updated 4.15.06

This page coming along. But you can start with this....

Migraines or Intense Headaches can occur in children as well as in adults. Research has documented this even though it is often overlooked in everyday life. The exact causes of migraines or intense headaches are unknown, although it is believed there is a genetic link or predisposition to have them. There are an assortment of recognized 'stressors' which may trigger a migraine - each person needs to learn what triggers they may be subsceptible to. These include foods, weather changes, enviroment, chemicals, plants, fragrances, stress, or practically anything else. At the moment, there is no permanent cure for migraines however there are ways of managing them so they are not so debilitating to daily life.

Besides intense pain, distortions in sensory perception often accompany migraines. These include distortions in vision, hearing, hyper-sensitivity to sound, lights, color, smells, and motion.
see Sensory Integration

There are different types of migraines and headaches patters. This link has a good discussion of this along with suggestions on what to do.

Migraines and Headaches

Cleveland Clinic on Migraines

Should I take enzymes when having surgery?

Q. I have heard and read different things regarding enzymes and surgery. Several enzymes manufacturer's websites say to stop taking enzymes before surgery. Our cardiologist says enzymes won't matter during surgery. And our chiropractor says take strong proteases prior to surgery. thanks to C.B for this question

A. Hopefully this won't add to the confusion with yet another point of view, LOL.

The issue is really that protease enzymes (not other digestive enzymes, just the proteases), can act to help clean out gunk in the bloodstream. While this is good and furthers general detoxification, it can also cause the blood to thin. The warning to not take digestive enzymes before surgery is basically to warn against taking large amounts of proteases before surgery because during surgery you do not want excessive bleeding. Most enzyme manufacturers have this precaution on their site in general, or specifically by products with a fair amount of proteases, as a general warning and protection against liability. However, I would go with what your doctor doing the surgery says because he would know if the blood would be excessively thinned relative to the surgery procedure you are having. If it is a minor thing that doesn't involve much bleeding, you are likely to be told you do not have to stop digestive enzymes.

In fact, protease enzymes are clinically shown to significantly speed up recovery, drastically lessen pain and side effects, and support overall health. So taking enzymes can be very helpful for a procedure overall.

This last bit may be what some other specialists are thinking when advising to take enzymes - speeding up recovery!

One thing some folks do with surgery is to stop taking higher protease enzymes a couple days before surgery so the blood is not excessively thinned during the procedure. Then, as soon as the surgery is over, start up on lots of enzymes again.

Note also I said 'excessively thinned'. Some people have a problem with 'thick blood.' In these cases enzymes are used to get the gunk out and bring the blood thickness to normal.

The same thing happens when you, say, really skin your knee. Initially, you want the bleeding to stop while you are cleaning out and disinfecting the wound. Then, once it is patched up, you want lots of blood flow to the area internally to speed up tissue healing.

Hopefully this explains why several people could be looking at the same situation and come up with very different sounding recommendations. For each situation, defer to what the guy doing the surgery suggests for your individual situation and the specific surgery being performed. Then, after you are stiched up or without external bleeding, consider adding in enzymes again to facilitate post-operative healing.



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This independent site is for education and information about digestive enzymes. There is a large need to provide practical and general information on enzyme therapy for a wide range of uses.

Enzymes have been around a very long time. Hopefully this site will help reduce the learning curve.

Ideas, comments, and questions are welcome.

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