Women suffer more than men when it comes to migraines and according to a survey, thirty million Americans suffer from migraine and around 3 out of 4 are women. There are several reasons for a migraine to occur and is attributed to lack of sleep, stress, changes in weather, menstrual cycle, alcohol, and change in food patterns. There are several ways to alleviate the pain that is caused by migraine and according to Dr. Brian Grosberg who works with the Inpatient Headache Program at Montefiore Headache Center in Bronx, N.Y.; here is a list of those remedies.
- Have ginger or capsules of ginger as it helps reduce nausea.
- Magnesium is a very useful ingredient in reducing migraine that is triggered off due to menstruation or for migraines that are accompanied by auras. But one should be careful in the dosage of magnesium as excess of it can result in diarrhoea. 400mg to 600 mg is the amount that is safe to consume.
- One should drink a lot of water as headaches are caused by dehydration so it is necessary to keep your body hydrated.
- One should drink caffeine as it lessens the pain as blood vessels get constricted. Again it should be a controlled consumption of caffeine as it has been found that consuming excess of caffeine results in a rebound headache and at times have been known to worsen the existing headaches.
- One can consume 400 mg of vitamin B2 daily as that also helps in reducing migraines but again it can result in some patients to frequently urinate and can darken the color of the urine. Therefore it is necessary to get a doctor’s prescription regarding the quantity that can be taken.
- One can apply peppermint oil on the affected area and it has been considered as a helpful alternative to medicines.
- One can take 300 mg of CoEnzymeQ10 per day but it is an expensive medicine.
- One can use fish oil for alleviating the pain although there is no scientific evidence that it reduces the inflammation but it’s worth a try.
- Butterbur also called petasites is a natural medicine and is proven to reduce migraine and it is good for asthma patients. The only drawback is that one can only order it online.
- Using hot or cold compresses has proven effective for some people who suffer from migraine although there is no substantial proof as to how it is effective but it is worth a try.
- Working on these lines is a simple method of tying a headband around one’s head as that can also reduce pain to a certain extent but again it is not as effective a method as it is thought of by people in general.
According to Dr. Grosberg, apart from trying out these remedies it is also necessary that the patient maintains a diary and keeps a record of when a headache occurs, to what extent and the reasons behind the headache. It will be helpful for the doctor as well as help the patient in the long run.