Migraine headaches are considered to be one of the most disabling medical conditions in the world. Try these home remedies for simple yet effective migraine relief.
An excruciating headache which either affects one half of the head or both the sides is known as a migraine. A neurological disorder, migraine can occur repetitively and may last for hours or even days. If you have ever suffered from a migraine, you know how disabling it can get because it gets worse with every movement you make. According to the National Headache Foundation, around 28 million people in America suffer from migraines. It is much more common in women than men.
The exact cause of this neurological condition is not yet known, however, it is linked to changes in the brain and genetics. There are various external factors that can trigger migraines and they differ from person to person. Some of the examples of these triggers are emotional stress, bright lights, menstrual periods, excessive caffeine, fatigue, change in weather, and skipping meals.
Even though migraines are defined as agonizing headaches, the headaches are not the only symptoms of this condition. Some of the other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to noise and light, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and blurred vision. Migraine has no known cure, but there are various medications available that can prevent or treat them. For some people, over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and Tylenol, provide some relief from migraine. Others find more relief from abortive medicines that stops the process which leads to pain when used at the first sign of migraine. All these migraine treatments should only be used under the direction of a doctor.
While there are a number of drugs that can prevent and treat migraines, you also have several natural options to ease the pain and find some relief. What’s more, the migraine medications can have various side effects ranging from nausea to stomach ulcers. Natural home remedies, on the other hand, do not have any severe side effects and they provide better relief in the long run. Try these home remedies that are known to be effective for providing migraine relief.
One of the oldest herbs used for the treatment of migraines, feverfew is regarded as one of the most effective home remedies. The nutrition guru Jonny Bowden said, “Using feverfew together with another herb, white willow bark, reduces the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine attacks by up to 60 percent.” Research has shown the anti-inflammatory properties and the effectiveness of this aromatic, bushy herb in providing relief from migraine. It works by reducing inflammation in the blood vessels in your brain, thereby reducing the excruciating pain related to migraines. If you suffer from the symptoms of nausea and vomiting, this herb is also effective in suppressing them.
You can achieve some migraine relief by just chewing on a few fresh leaves of feverfew; do not chew too many leaves because it can affect your taste buds. You can also make feverfew tea by pouring hot water over the leaves and letting it steep for about 10 to 30 minutes. Just add a bit of honey and drink this mixture to get some migraine relief.
Tip: Stop using this herb if you get mouth ulcers, muscle stiffness, canker sores, or nervousness. If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, avoid feverfew completely.
Ginger is one of the most readily available spices in every home and is well-known as a home remedy for treating migraine. You can find some relief from the nausea and the digestive problems associated with migraine by just eating a small piece of ginger. Ginger also has the ability to prevent the blood vessels in your brain from getting inflamed. There has been a lot of research on the effectiveness of ginger as a home remedy for migraine. Some research studies have proved that ginger is effective in reducing the severity of migraines, while others have proved that this spice is at par with the drug ‘sumatriptan’ for treating migraine headaches.
Simply chew on a raw piece of ginger to find some relief from migraine symptoms like nausea. You can also make ginger tea by boiling a piece of ginger in two cups of water and let the solution steep for about 30 minutes before consumption.
Tip: Ginger is generally safe for most people and has no severe side effects. Some mild side effects include diarrhea, stomach discomfort, and heartburn.
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