Natural Migraine Treatments
Many migraineurs try a variety of medications to manage their headaches. Although migraines cannot be “cured”, there are medications to help alleviate symptoms and reduce headache pain.
It’s not surprising that many medications simply don’t work for chronic migraineurs. Migraines are tricksters. Whether you try over-the-counter or prescription medications, sometimes pills just won’t cut it. With an empty medication cabinet and as a last resort, many people try using natural remedies.
Natural remedies range from supplements and herbs to procedural-like treatments such as reflexology, chiropractic and acupuncture. As a migraineur, you have to be proactive in finding your triggers and learning how to prevent them, so natural treatments can take some time to narrow down.
One of the biggest benefits of natural medicine is there are no harsh chemicals, so you don’t have to worry about putting your body at risk most of the time. Of course, some supplements have dangerous fillers and preservatives, so that means you should take precautions. It’s important to educate yourself about the products you’re putting into your body.
Dietary supplements are not subject to rigorous testing by the FDA. These supplements are derived from natural sources such as plants, berries, and flowers. Dietary supplements include:
- Amino acids
Magnesium is one of the best supplements for migraineurs to take. It’s so great I dedicated an entire blog post to it! Magnesium lives in your bones and cells, magnesium is helpful with reducing cortical spreading depression, managing muscle spasms and improving constipation. Studies have shown magnesium deficiencies leads to headaches, migraines and other major ailments.
Feverfew and Butterbur
These two herbs have been praised for their anti-inflammatory properties. The feverfew plant is originally from the Balkan territory and Asia Minor. The dried herb contains a chemical called parthenolide that helps relieve migraine symptoms. Experts recommend migraineurs take about 50 mg of feverfew powder daily.
Butterbur is a shrub that grows in Europe and Asia. Butterbur contains petasin and isopetasin, two substances which help stop inflammation and muscle spasm. This site features additional information on butterbur.
Butterbur is available in
- soft gel
Experts recommend taking about 75 mg of butterbur to see results.
These herbs are not hard to find; they’re often spotted in local health food stores. When it comes to treating migraine, you must explore all the different possibilities.
Oh, how I love aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a practice centered around using essential oils to promote health and wellness. For migraineurs, peppermint and lavender oils are some of your best bets.
When applied directly to the skin, peppermint oil has a cooling effect that eases muscle contractions. It also increases blood flow to minimize spasms.
Lavender oil is known for its relaxing and soothing properties. Many people use it to help them go to sleep.
If the oils are too strong for you, you can dilute them with coconut or almond oil. Rubbing them directly on the skin, inhaling them, or using an aromatherapy machine works wonders for the body and mind.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you won’t believe the effects good hydration have on your body. Foods with high levels of sodium and sugar suck the water out of your cells and mess up your equilibrium. Now, your body is dehydrated, and blood sugar levels soar.
Dehydration is one of the most common triggers of migraines; it puts tremendous strain on the body and every single one of your bodily systems.
Drinking lots of water and eating water-based foods stabilize your blood sugar levels and help you feel more balanced. Try adding these foods to your diet to stay hydrated:
When it comes to taking care of yourself and reducing your migraines, I’m sure you’ll willing try just about anything. Before doing something that can create permanent damage, consider using natural methods along with your medication. You don’t have to choose one over the other. Often times it’s the combination of supplements and behaviors which provide the most long lasting relief.
- Magnesium Deficiency: How Taking Magnesium Can reduce Migraine Pain
- Feverfew- Web MD
- Butterbur for Migraines: An Introduction