For many people who suffer from migraines, medication and other similar treatment options do not have positive results. Luckily, there are a number of holistic and natural treatment options that have proven to reduce the symptoms of a migraine. In order to treat the migraines, it is important to first understand what is causing them. While the definitive cause is not known, there are a number of suspected culprits.
Food is an extremely common trigger for a migraine and avoid these triggers can help avoid a migraine. Some triggers that should be avoided are monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, homogenized milk, and unhealthy cooking oils.
Other digestible natural remedies include the following:
Taking a magnesium supplement can provide relief because it is suspected that a magnesium deficiency may cause a migraine. While taking a magnesium supplement can help, it should be noted that over-supplementing with magnesium can cause your body to lose other important minerals. Instead of taking a supplement pill, you can increase your magnesium through healthy foods, such as leafy greens, walnuts and cashews.
Another supplement that has been shown to improve migraines is Feverfew. An adult with migraines is advised to take 90mg per day. Taking the supplement daily can prevent future migraines. This product should be avoided by anyone with a ragweed allergy though, as it can cause an allergic reaction.
An herb called Butterbur is known for minimizing existing headaches and preventing future ones. It should be taken immediately upon feeling a migraine coming. If it is not taken until after the migraine is present, it is not as effective.
Ginger has a great reputation for aiding in nausea. It can be taken as a capsule or in a powder form.
A flowering lily called Blue Lotus has been used to relieve migraine pain. The dried flowers are often times smoked.
Kava Kava is a holistic pain reliever that has been used by some for the treatment of their migraines. It is believed to be most helpful for people whose migraines are caused by stress and anxiety.
Other holistic treatment options available include:
Reflexology and other pressure point techniques can reduce the pain felt by a migraine.
To do this, one would pinch or apply pressure gently to the tops of the first three toes of each foot. It is not unusual to feel some soreness in the part of the foot where pressure is being applied at first. Other areas where pressure has been known to help are the temples, above the eyes and the cheek bones. When starting this type of treatment, you should start with a small amount of pressure or build as your body adjusts.
Chiropractic care can also help relieve the pain of a migraine and prevent future attacks. The theory behind this is that spinal misalignment may be a cause of migraines for some, primarily those that also experience a stiffness or soreness in their neck with the migraines. A chiropractor can provide you with relief in minutes.