Migraine headaches can be painful and debilitating for both men and women, affecting millions of people all over the world. Sometimes it feels like there’s no cure for migraine pain.
For many, the only way to stop migraines naturally is through homeopathy treatment. So let’s take a look at how to get rid of migraine pain and tension headaches, look at some potential triggers and common side effects.
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A migraine attack is a severe headache pain caused by tiny blood vessels that burst and release chemicals called prostaglandins into the brain. These chemicals cause inflammation of the nerves that carry signals from the brain to the body.
As a result, the muscles around the eyes contract and the face becomes numb. You may also feel nausea, vomiting, dizziness and sensitivity to light. Migraines are more common in women than men. They usually begin between ages 15 and 45 but can occur at any age.
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There are several causes of chronic migraines, including: stress, hormonal changes, low blood sugar, dehydration, lack of sleep and food allergies. However, most often there is no specific reason behind a migraine attack and is often a combination of factors.
Migraine headaches can be severe or mild and may last from one to three days. Migraines are more common in women than men, and especially common in people with other comorbid conditions such as Sensory Processing Disorder, where their senses are heightened.
The symptoms of a migraine headache usually begin suddenly with the onset of pain on one side of the head. The pain may spread to both sides of the head and then move down into the neck, shoulders and back.
Although prevention is always better than cure, there are ways to prevent chronic migraines naturally. Here are some natural remedies that you can use to prevent migraine pain and make the tension headache fade away:
To reduce inflammation, eat foods such as salmon, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, apples, garlic, ginger and turmeric. Garlic has been shown to relieve migraine symptoms, but you need to take 2-3 cloves daily for at least two weeks before you can see any results.
Turmeric can be taken with honey or lemon juice. Ginger tea helps reduce muscle tension and relaxes the nervous system. Apples contain pectin fiber, which eases digestion. Strawberries have vitamin C and folic acid, which help fight depression.
Some people find they have fewer attacks when their diets include foods like bananas, oranges, tomatoes, avocados, fish and whole wheat bread. Other foods that might trigger migraines include chocolate, caffeine and alcohol.
Exercise regularly to keep your heart rate elevated and increase circulation. When combined with yoga exercises, exercise boosts serotonin levels in the brain, which reduces anxiety.
Yoga also increases relaxation and improves breathing techniques. But if yoga isn’t your thing, there are other activities you can try to get regular exercise. For example, walking, swimming, cycling, golf, badminton, jogging, horseback riding and even dancing can all improve your health and fitness level.
Alternatively if you can afford to invest in some equipment, consider a walking treadmill to accompany your desk space. That way you can walk and work at your computer at the same time!
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to flush toxins out of the body. Dehydration makes you more likely to get sick and triggers a migraine headache. After all, lack of water causes your brain to shrink!
Drinking water also has many other health benefits, all of which contribute to a better wellbeing and thus fewer headaches. Hydration is great for your skin and hair too. It keeps them soft and supple. Make sure you have a water bottle to hand that’s easy to clean and top up.
If you suffer from frequent headaches, you might want to cut down on your drinking. A recent study found that consuming alcohol triggers migraine attacks in some people, while others find that alcohol helps ease their pain. But there’s no guarantee that reducing your consumption will make things better for you. In fact, many people report that cutting back on their alcohol use actually makes their headaches worse.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up your favorite drinks entirely. You just need to limit how much you consume. Cutting back on alcohol isn’t easy, especially if you enjoy socializing regularly, but it’s worth considering if you think your headaches stem from alcohol.
And when it comes to stimulant drinks such as coffee and energy drinks, both caffeine and sugar can cause headaches. So if you do drink these products, try to stick to one cup of coffee per day (or less) and avoid sugary drinks.
Instead of coffee, try herbal teas to alleviate your migraine
Sleep deprivation affects your ability to think clearly, concentrate, make decisions and perform complex tasks. This can lead to problems such as irritability, mood swings, impaired memory and judgment, decreased productivity and increased risk-taking behavior. Lack of sleep also increases your likelihood of having migraines. Some studies show that chronic lack of sleep leads to weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes.
To avoid feeling tired throughout the day, try to go to bed earlier and wake up later. If you don’t fall asleep within 15 minutes of lying down, it might be because you’re sleeping too long or not enough. Try setting a timer to remind yourself to get out of bed and move around for 10 minutes. You could also take a warm bath or shower before bedtime to help relax your muscles.
If you struggle falling asleep, try a number of exercises, including meditation and physical exercise during the day. Failing that, you can always consider taking melatonin before bedtime. This natural supplement promotes restful sleep by helping regulate your circadian rhythm.
Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids containing aromatic compounds from a variety of plant sources. They have many therapeutic benefits, including relieving stress and anxiety, easing pain, promoting sleep, and providing relief from respiratory conditions such as colds, flu, allergies, asthma, sinusitis, and congestion.
Research suggests that peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oils are especially helpful when someone experiences a headache. If you suffer from frequent headaches, it might help to diffuse essential oils or rub a small amount of an oil, like peppermint, lavender or eucalyptus, mixed with a carrier, like jojoba oil, onto your wrists or temples.
Consider buying an essential oils diffuser for ambient stress relief to cure your migrain using essential oils!
Vitamins play an important role in maintaining health and preventing disease. However, most Americans fail to meet recommended daily intake levels of vitamins B-12, D, E, K, C, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, iodine, selenium, copper and manganese. These nutrients are vital for brain function, bone growth, muscle strength, immune system response and healthy skin.
What’s more, these vitamins, in particular B-12, are vital to make sure you avoid migraines. So make sure you’re stocked up on vitamin tablets if your diet is deficient due to an allergy or dietary preference.
Meditation is an excellent way to lower stress. It’s also proven to ease migraines. In fact, research shows that meditation reduces pain by increasing endorphins. The best time to meditate is first thing in the morning. Yet, meditating before going to bed can help you fall asleep faster and provide more calm in your everyday life.
Meditation can be done throughout the day, anywhere and everywhere!
Herbs like valerian root, chamomile and Kava Kava may help alleviate migraine headaches. Chamomile tea can be made from dried flowers and leaves of the plant. Kava kava comes from the roots of a South Pacific shrub. Valerian root is available over the counter in most health food stores.
Migraine headaches can be debilitating. However, there are ways to treat them naturally without relying on drugs. Some of these natural remedies include eating right, exercising regularly, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, taking essential oils, treating stress with meditation and using herbal remedies.
Keep reading to find out more about healthy living when you’re neurodivergent!
Last Updated on December 23, 2022 by Neurodadversity
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