8 Natural Remedies That Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread
Migraines can be classified into several types, such as ocular, menstrual, hemiplegic, basilar, abdominal, so the approach to treating a migraine can be a challenging thing at times. The popularity of using a natural remedy is gaining momentum as people want to rely less on medication.
For those unfortunate individuals who suffer with a classic migraine, symptoms and severity can vary from person to person. These can range from seeing aura to flashing lights in front of the eye to a throbbing headache or more severely nausea or vomiting. Regardless of symptoms, a migraine can be debilitating.Credit: morguefile
For a large number of people when suffering a migraine, the first port of call will be analgesic or anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medications that will give some form of pain relief. In more severe cases where they interfere with day to day life then a doctor may prescribe drugs such as beta blockers. They work by relaxing the blood vessels and allowing better blood flow. Unfortunately because they are blood pressure medications there could be side effects as well.
Convention vs Nature
As always there will be those who don’t want to go down the drug route to get relief from the discomfort of a migraine. The good news is there are many tried and tested home remedies. The range of treatments available include natural herbs and supplements to various home or professional therapies.
A natural remedy which has been used for a long time is Feverfew. It has been shown that feverfew works better as a preventative measure rather than a reliever. As a daily supplement it’s much better than taking it when a migraine starts. It works as an inhibitor to the release of serotonin and prostaglandins, these are both believed to be involved in migraine onset. Feverfew, works by limiting inflammation of blood vessels in the head which in turn can help stop the pain caused by blood vessel spasms.Credit: morguefile
It is always recommended that you speak with a doctor first before taking Feverfew as it can react with some prescription medications.
Magnesium is a key ingredient in our diet for a healthy body and is found in salads, soy and nuts. An oral supplement can also be taken. A combination of Omega-3 fish oil supplementation and Magnesium has been shown to reduce monthly migraines by up to 40%. It has been suggested that 50-60% of migraines are linked to Magnesium and many of us are deficient in this nutrient based on daily needs.
Another natural remedy for migraine is Butterbur. It works to inhibit the chemicals can inflame the blood vessels to the head. By reducing this inflammation painful episodes are less likely.
Ice Ice Baby
This simple home remedy involves applying an ice wrap across the eyes and forehead. It’s as easy as folding a towel and leaving it in the freezer for five minutes until stiff. Alternatively a pharmacy will sell you an inexpensive wrap.
Aromatherapy is used as an effective and relaxing natural remedy for migraine. Essential oils such as, peppermint, sandalwood and eucalyptus are all used often as pain relief.
Get Back On An Even Keel
Try combining aromatherapy and massage. The relaxing feeling of a good massage can help to reduce tension and stress, which is a cause and a trigger for a migraine. Stress can be a major trigger for pain and Yoga is a great way to relax and prevent further bouts.Credit: Morguefile
Acupuncture is another natural method to treat migraine. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy that uses thin needles inserted into specific parts of the body that run along certain energy pathways. The needles are placed around the body to help regulate imbalances and hormone irregularities.
How about diet?
Food also has a part to play in helping with pain reduction. Salt for example has worked for some people. Eating food like salty chips has had some good results. But dehydration can be a cause for a migraine. Staying adequately hydrated throughout the day will contribute to keeping one at bay or be rid of it completely.
Unfortunately migraines can be a common problem, and treating them can vary depending on the cause and type suffered. Deciding on the type of treatment you’ll use for your migraine will involve discussions with a health professional to pinpoint severity and causes. Taking a natural approach will open up further avenues of treatment so you get on with living a more pain free life.