Your Migraines can be Treated Naturally

There is so much you can do to treat your migraines naturally and without the harsh medications that are so often prescribed by allopathic/western medical practitioners.

Definition

Migraines are of course distinct from normal headaches and usually differ in duration and severity. They can last for up to 72 hours and most often effect just one side of the brain/head. They are frequently accompanied by pulsating and pounding, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity and also nausea and vomiting.[1]

A normal or standard headache on the other hand, can affect the whole head and is not as debilitating. You may still be able to function or work, although at reduced capacity, whereas with migraine you are usually relegated or restricted to a quiet, darkened room with minimal disturbance and the need for quiet.

Triggers

A number of triggers are said to exist for migraines. These may include:

  • Hormonal shifts and changes – menopause, peri-menopause, menstruation, pregnancy or any shift in levels
  • Stress
  • Hunger
  • Tiredness
  • Monosodium glutamate and nitrites
  • Dairy products
  • Gluten
  • Food dyes and food colourings

However, it is also important to note that no one trigger exists and the triggering process may be highly individualised from person to person and case to case.

Preventative measures for Migraine sufferers

There is of course quite a bit you can do about that dreaded migraine. Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as homeopathic natural remedies and other naturopathic strategies may be successful.

Some of the natural health steps you can take to help with migraine are:

  • Taking a B6 supplement. B6 increases the body’s ability to tolerate histamine – a chemical that is thought to aggravate migraines.
  • Eat regularly to prevent highs and lows in blood sugar levels. A sudden drop in blood sugar is known to exacerbate migraines.
  • Increase your intake of magnesium. Magnesium is thought to be lower in individuals who suffer migraines. Some report a disappearance of migraines altogether, while others state a reduction in symptoms.
  • Take probiotic formula. These help with general health and also reduce intestinal dysbiosis that is sometimes connected to migraines.
  • Relaxation and exercise. Try to reduce your stress levels by partaking in regular exercise and also a pursuit such as meditation or yoga which can calm the nerves and soothe the body, while also keeping you fit.
  • Elimination or detoxification. You may also want to try an elimination diet or a detoxification diet that can clear out your body of toxins and aggravations that may be making your migraines worse.

Remember to also consult your specified practitioner or your dietician or naturopath. Receiving quality guidance on how to specifically manage your own migraine patterns can make all the difference.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migraine