During the first phase of a Migraine Headache
blood flow may be reduced by an average of 36%. The specific
symptoms that are experienced as a result of this reduced —such as
visions of flashing lights—depend on which area of the brain is
Reduced blood flow results in a lack of oxygen
in the tissues, along with changes in the brain’s chemistry. This,
in turn, causes the release of substances that greatly dilate the
blood vessels. Local tissue injury can swelling occur as a result.
It is at this time Migraine pain strikes the patient. In a
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber the patient starts to breathe pure oxygen
at between 1.3 and 1.75 atmospheres absolute. Occasionally, a
pressure of 2 atmospheres absolute may be needed.
Increased amounts of oxygen in the blood raise
oxygen levels in the brain tissues, even when contracted blood
vessels reduce blood flow. Many Migraine Patient who receive HBOT
find that the interval between attacks is significantly increased.
Administered oxygen constricts the blood
vessels while oxygenating the tissues, HBOT can reduce the swelling
by as much as 50%. This aborts the symptoms.
In a study by Dr William Fife and Dr Caroline
Fife MD, HBOT was given to 26 patients who had migraine headache
Pain. Pressures between 1.3 and 2.4 atmospheres absolute were used.
All but one patient obtained complete relief of Migraine symptoms
within Minutes of Exposure, including two patients who had temporary
paralysis on one side of the face before HBOT treatment.
Relief of symptoms occurs as quickly as 5
minutes after the migraine.
Dr. Philip James
Reprinted with Permission