Migraines affect many people to varying degrees. There are some simple tips that can help prevent or even stop migraines in their tracks. Make sure and consult your personal physician in the event you have migraines on a regular basis. Migraines that occur regularly can be the symptom of larger issue. There are additional resource links at the end of this post.
I have horrible migraines. I have taken every type of prescription medicine possible- none have worked. Usually when I get a headache, we resort to using steroids (which I hate). Is there any way I can use alternative medicine to help prevent or ease the pain of a migraine?
Source Naturals brand migraine blocker works pretty well for me. I also recommend going to an acupuncturist. Some insurance companies will cover the costs, too. Good luck, I get them too so I know how you feel…
What are Migraines?
According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 29.5 million Americans have migraines. Symptoms of migraine may include:
Moderate to severe pain on one or both sides of the head
Pulsating or throbbing pain
Pain worse with physical activity
Nausea with or without vomiting
Sensitivity to light or sound
Approximately 20 percent of people with migraines experience what’s called an aura prior to the migraine. Symptoms of an aura include flashes of light, zig zags, or blind spots in your vision or tingling in one arm or leg.
Causes or Triggers of Migraines
Fluorescent light bulbs, coffee, dehydration, sugar, smoking, MSG, prescription drugs including blood pressure medication and oral contraceptives, lack of sunlight (vitamin D), molds, artificial food additives (preservatives and colorings), mineral imbalances, food allergies, vitamin B deficiencies, and alcohol abuse can all trigger migraines. Typically, migraines are caused by multiple “triggers” and obviously, every one of these should be addressed to eliminate migraines (or to live a healthier lifestyle).
Foods high in tyramine such as aged cheeses, nuts, soy, chocolate, processed meats, wheat, and many processed foods can trigger migraines as well.
Hypoglycemia may also cause migraines.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #1. Biofeedback
Studies have shown that biofeedback can help to lower tension levels and cure symptoms of migraines in both adults and children. Biofeedback teaches patients to be aware of their body i.e. tension in muscles, their heart rate as well as blood pressure. The patient can them learn to control these situations.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #2. Acupuncture
Chinese traditional medicine is based on two thousand five hundred years of use. CTM uses the channeling of energy or chi to help restore balance and harmony within the body. Many migraine sufferers have found relief from migraine pain by using acupuncture. Make sure and use a practitioner who is experienced and knowledgeable.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #3. Shirodhara
This is an ancient Ayurvedic technique which calms your nervous system. This will help you to prevent as well as relieve migraines. The patient will lie face-up. Then the practitioner will use treatments which will consist of a streams of sesame oil that has been warmed. The oil will be poured over the forehead and allow to run down the scalp. This creates a sense of deep relaxation.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #4. Butterbur
One of the main ingredients of butterbur is petasin. Petasin has been shown to lower inflammation. The reduction of inflammation could help prevent the swelling which seems to lead to migraines. Butterbur should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #5. Change Your Diet
The National Headache Foundation (NHF), has done studies which shows that almost twenty percent of migraines can tied to foods. Some examples are:
Cheese that has been aged
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #6. Daily Meditation
Daily use of meditation and yoga helps to lower stress and blood pressure.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #7. Feverfew
This herb, feverfew, has long been used to reduce inflammation. The ancient Greeks have mentioned it in their medical literature. Similar to butterbur this should not be used if you are pregnant or nursing.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #8. Magnesium
The Journal Of Magnesium Research did a study in 2008 that sufferers from migraines received a reduction in migraines when their magnesium levels were normalized. Your daily intake of magnesium should be three hundred ten to four hundred twenty milligrams. Some examples of foods that contain magnesium are leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and halibut.
Alternative Treatments For Migraines #9. CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10 aka CoQ10 in recent years has been shown to be extremely effective as a migraine remedy. Taking one hundred fifty milligrams daily will work as a preventative measure against migraines. CoQ10 works much better in prevention than after you are in the middle of a migraine.
Make sure and consult your personal medical professional if you continue to have migraines after using any of these alternative treatments for migraines. You should never make changes in medications without first consulting your physician.