Natural Remedies for Migraine

Migraines aren’t like typical headaches and when they strike, you’d do almost anything to make them go away. The Migraine Research Foundation reported that migraine is one of the most common health conditions in the world, adding that almost 12 percent of the general population in America suffer from it. People suffering from migraines experience pounding pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. While there are medications to deal with migraines, most people prefer natural remedies. This is drug-free way to prevent or at least reduce the severity and duration of migraine. Note that severe migraine may require you to talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that works for you. If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, you’ll be interested to learn about some of the natural remedies worth trying out.

Diet Changes

Certain foods such as alcohol, processed foods, chocolate, caffeinated beverages, and red wine are said to trigger a migraine. Being aware of what might be triggering your migraine is the first step toward solving it. We recommend keeping a food diary or migraine journal to help keep track of potential triggers.

Once you’ve determined the cause, changing diet or eating patterns might help prevent migraines in the future.

Stress Management

This is the most common trigger for migraines. Stress is said to create a cycle where migraine pain worsens the stress, which then triggers another migraine. Taking part in stress-relieving activities like exercises, meditation or journaling can help prevent future migraine attacks. Additionally, you can enroll in a stress management class to help you identify the stress triggers and how to avoid them. Other practices, such as taking warm baths or listen to cool music may help to relieve your stress. Doing such things helps you to take control of your body’s reaction to stress, consequently, avoiding any migraine occurrence.

Acupressure

Acupressure is the act of applying pressure to specific body parts to release muscle tension and alleviate pain. One pressure point is the LI-4 point, which is the space between the base of the left thumb and pointer finger. Application of firm but not painful circular pressure to the LI-4 point, using the opposite hand for five minutes helps reduce headache pain. A 2012 study, looking at 40 people who had migraines, found that pressure on the PC6 acupoint, located three fingers up from the base of the wrist on the inside of the arm, was effective in relieving migraine associated with nausea and vomiting.

Essential Oils

For the longest time ever, essential oils have always been used as natural remedies or as an antimicrobial in homemade cleaning products. Lavender, for example, is an essential oil often recommended as a remedy for stress, anxiety, and headaches. A small study published in European Neurology stated that lavender oil inhalation helped reduce the severity of migraine in some people. The results were very encouraging, but further research using larger sample sizes should be done for more conclusive results.

Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback therapy is used to trigger the release and relaxation of tight muscles. It requires practice and training to be effective. Sensors placed on the muscles feed into a small machine that gives real-time feedback about muscle tension, allowing users to release the tight areas better. The placement of sensors along the forehead, jawline or trapezius muscles in the shoulder, may help target muscles that might be triggering migraine pain.

Herbal Supplements

Butterbur and feverfew are two supplements used to reduce migraine pain and frequency. The American Migraine Foundation reported that a dose of 150 milligrams of butterbur can effectively lower migraine frequency when taken for about three months. Butterbur can also be used for upset stomach and stomach ulcers. However, the foundation found feverfew to be less effective compared to butterbur, although it can be helpful for some people. However, there may be some risks associated with these herbs, although severe side effects are rare. We advise you to speak with your doctor first before attempting to use these herbs.

Stay Hydrated and Rest

Dehydration is a well-known migraine and headache trigger. In fact, minor dehydration is said to bring on a headache. Those with severe dehydration problems may initially need an oral rehydration solution to replace missing electrolytes. Otherwise, drinking enough water each day can help prevent dehydration.

Additionally, maintaining a healthful diet that includes leafy greens can help keep you hydrated.

Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency triggers migraine aura or menstrual migraine headaches. Migraine aura is a visual disturbance that occurs at the onset of a migraine. But not everyone who suffers from migraine may experience a migraine aura. According to research, magnesium supplementation can help to reduce the frequency of migraines in some people. However, if you’re under any medications and you’re planning to take magnesium supplements, you must speak to your doctor first.

Acupuncture

An extensive 2012 systematic review looked at studies carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for migraines and other conditions. According to the study, acupuncture is an effective treatment option for people with migraine, although the effects may vary from one person to another. If you’re planning to use acupuncture as a migraine treatment option, it’s important to go to a licensed practitioner.

Conclusion

Migraines are not pleasant and can make your life miserable, negatively impacting your productivity levels and your social life. While you can get prescriptions from your doctor, we encourage you to try natural remedies for migraines that can help you manage the pain.

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