For those who have never had one, a cluster headache can be excruciatingly painful. A recent study examined the use of “High-flow oxygen” for cluster headache sufferers at the onset of their symptoms. Patients who “inhaled oxygen at 100%, 12 L/min, delivered by face mask, for 15 minutes at the start of an attack” of their cluster headache were either pain free or experienced a substantial reduction in pain in 15 minutes or less.
Cluster headaches are usually treated with prescription drugs. The discovery of the effectiveness of oxygen for these headaches is another example that there are safe and effective alternatives to drugs, even in very severe cases. These findings should encourage patients and providers alike to seek non-drug solutions to their health challenges. Chiropractic care is an obvious beginning to being healthy and drug-free.