Natural Home Remedies for Migraines

A migraine is defined as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and impaired vision.

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This is like a super headache with neurological symptoms that can last up to a few days.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity in all the senses
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Vomiting

PREVALENCE

It is estimated that the global prevalence is 14.7%, or one in 7 people.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

There is a variety of medications that can be prescribed, depending on one’s symptoms. There are also medications for prevention if your condition is bad enough.

SELF TREATMENT

In addition to the suggestions below, see the entry for Inflammation for additional foods, herbs and oils that are anti-inflammatory.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan and gives you a good chance of having balanced hormones.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Eat frequent small meals.
  • Eat a wholesome, balanced diet with fresh foods and quality protein.
  • Butterbur
  • Eggs
  • Fish from cold waters
  • Leafy greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Potato skins
  • Watermelon
  • Whole grains, if you must eat grains
  • Yogurt

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID OR REDUCE

  • Caffeine
  • Aged cheese
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Avoid your personal trigger foods (maybe try an elimination diet if you don’t know what they are).
  • Cured meats
  • MSG
  • Nitrate-containing foods
  • Processed sugars

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Dandelion
  • Feverfew
  • Ginger
  • Green tea
  • Juniper berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Licorice root
  • Matcha
  • Nettle
  • Peppermint
  • Turmeric
  • White Willow

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Bay leaves
  • Butterbur
  • Catnip
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel seeds
  • Feverfew
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Rosemary

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Eucalyptus
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Roman chamomile
  • Rosemary

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Butterbur
  • Co Q-10
  • Magnesium
  • Marijuana
  • Niacin
  • Omega 3’s
  • Potassium
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E

HYDRATION

Dehydration is often a trigger for migraines. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Aerobic exercise may help. Work up a sweat four or five times a week for 30-45 minutes at a time if you can. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Sleep, or lack of it, is often a trigger for migraines, due to chemical changes. Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. Feeling sleep-deprived will increase your chances of headache. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition. If you are having a difficult time sleeping as a general rule, you might consider testing for sleep apnea.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend, meditate. Do what works for you to keep mellow. Some of the following relaxation methods may be helpful for you:

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Cefaly headband
  • Eat a banana.
  • Making coffee a regular part of your diet may not be a good idea, but it’s possible that a cup of coffee can relieve a headache. Too much coffee will give you a headache.
  • Tinted glasses
  • Transcranialmagnetic stimulation
  • Zecuity patch
  • Yoga positions (there are a few for headaches)

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep

 

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