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.
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.
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.
Migraine triggers also include sensory overload from light sensitivity to bright lights, strong smells or loud noises.
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.
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, then try walking or swimming instead.
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 enough water also keeps your skin healthy and prevents constipation.
Alcohol and caffeine worsen migraines because they make you dehydrated. If you must drink alcohol or caffeine, do so slowly and limit yourself to one glass of wine or cup of coffee per day.
Sleep deprivation is another common cause of migraines. Try to go to bed early and wake up early every day. Getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night can lead to insomnia and migraines.
Essential oils are powerful healing agents. They can be used topically on the scalp or applied directly to the temples. Lavender oil relieves headaches and calms the mind. Peppermint oil is good for sinus problems and it also treats stomach aches. Tea tree oil works well against acne, cuts and burns.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause migraines. Taking a supplement containing this vitamin will boost energy and improve moods.
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.
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 rest, 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!
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