16 Amazing Home Remedies for Migraine

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Home remedies for migraine include consumption of balanced diet especially rich in essential nutrients such as vitamin B2 (riboflavin), magnesium and ginger and avoiding certain food items which may trigger its occurrence. Healing with aromatherapy, acupressure and hydrotherapy can also be considered as a peacemaker with migraine. Massaging with peppermint oil, using an ice-pack and some effective herbs such as feverfew and butterbur may also prove beneficial in treating migraine problems. In addition to this, certain lifestyle changes such as regular sleep routine, usage of relaxation techniques, optimistic and stress-free attitude can naturally promote the healing of migraine conditions.

Home Remedies for Migraine

Enveloping a constellation of almost infinite symptoms, it is not unusual for a person to feel frustrated and vulnerable when the migraine hits. However, enriching your acumen with the natural remedies may help prevent or cure the problem holistically. Some of the home remedies which may prove effective in the migraine condition have been mentioned as under:

Feverfew Herb (Tanacetum Parthenium)

Feverfew is an effective botanical remedy which is well established in treating migraine headaches. Research studies have validated the efficacy and anti-inflammatory properties of feverfew herb which has shown promising results in reducing the frequency and duration of migraine incidents without any side effects.

Butterbur Herb (Petasites Hybridus)

Extracts of butterbur roots have been proven valuable in the prevention of migraine headaches. Butterbur helps in relaxing the muscles and the constrictions in the cerebral blood vessels. Research study conducted on butterbur has shown the effectiveness of this herb in reducing the frequency of migraine attacks. Another study conducted on children and teenagers has also advocated the efficacy and safety of butterbur herb as a preventive therapy without any adverse effects.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is another useful and holistic method for treating migraine headaches. Studies have demonstrated the efficacy of lavender essential oil which has anxiolytic and sedative properties and helps soothe the pain and discomfort caused in migraine. It aids in stabilizing the mood and works as a wonderful analgesic agent as well.

Dietary Changes

Certain dietary habits are a major contributor in triggering migraine attacks. Foods such as wine, chocolate, citrus fruits, monosodium glutamate (MSG), high-fat foods, cheese, and ice-cream are few of the popular food items which may prompt such attacks. Research studies conducted on migraine patients eating restricted diet has shown promising results in reducing the occurrence of migraine headaches. Another study has advocated the effectiveness of low-fat diet in the reduction of duration, severity and frequency of the migration headache. The study has also suggested that low-fat diet may help in reducing the intake of medications required for combating the headaches. Migraine has also been associated with food allergies which can act as triggers. Another pediatric study has recommended the intake of balanced diet without skipping the meals, unnecessary fasting of course lots of water and healthy fluids for the prevention of migraine headaches.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)-rich Diet

Riboflavin is an essential nutrient required for growth and is an effectual natural remedy to cure migraine headaches. Riboflavin helps in the production of red blood cells. Studies conducted on migraine patients administered with high-dose of riboflavin have shown positive results not only in significantly reducing the frequency of headaches but also in consumption of anti-migraine medications. Inclusion of riboflavin-rich foods such as milk, eggs, asparagus, whole grains can prove valuable in keeping the body enriched with this beneficial nutrient.

Magnesium-rich Diet

Another nutrient which plays an important role in the pathogenesis of migraine is magnesium. Deficiency of magnesium in the body may lead to hyper aggregation of platelets, cortical scattering depression, influence serotonin receptors and may have an impact on the production and secretion of neurotransmitters. Studies have shown that consumption of adequate magnesium is quite effective in providing relief in the migraine patients. An important cautionary advice over here is regarding the adverse reaction such as diarrhea and gastric irritations in some individuals which may be caused by excess magnesium.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil contains menthol which has been found effective in treating the migraine headaches. A research study conducted on migraine patients has shown that massaging of forehead and temporal area with menthol 10% solution helps in alleviating the symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia and soothes the pain caused in migraine headaches.

Ginger

Ginger is one of the most readily available items in a kitchen and is a well-known home remedy for curing migraine. Eating a small piece of ginger may help relieve the digestive problems and nausea associated with migraine and protects the blood vessels in the brain from getting inflamed. Research studies have established the efficacy of ginger in reducing the severity of the migraine attacks. The study has also validated the fact that effectiveness of ginger in curing migraine headaches is at par with the commercially drug, sumatriptan.   

Bottoms-up with Water

Water undoubtedly plays a vital role in the functioning of the entire body. Consumption of healthy fluids including water may help prevent the occurrence of dehydration which may also trigger migraine headaches. Water helps to compensate for the fluid loss happened during nausea and vomiting associated with the migraine headaches.

Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation may prove helpful for curing migraine and prevent its occurrence. The breathing exercises, also known as ‘pranayam’ performed in yoga assists in calming the mind and help reduce stress.  Various yoga postures may help in relaxing the muscles in the entire body including the head and ease out the strain in the neck and shoulders.

Adequate Sleep

Sleep is the nature’s way of healing and recovering the stressed response system of the body. It is one of the most valuable cures for migraine headaches. Sleeping in a dark room helps promote melatonin hormone which induces better sleep and helps soothe the migraine pain. One should try to maintain a regular sleep routine as both oversleeping and under sleeping may have detrimental effects on the health.

Massaging

A massage with a soft touch always creates an invigorating experience in the body. It enhances the flow of blood and stimulates the production of endorphins. Massaging your head, neck and shoulders would help calm the migraine pain and release strain from the muscles.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is yet another effective and natural way to heal migraine headaches. Soaking your hands and feet in bearably hot water may reduce the intensity of the migraine attack by soothing the pain and easing the tension out of the muscles.  Immersing the feet in hot water helps in restricting the blood flow in the congested area by dilating the blood vessels.

De-stress and Enjoy Your Life

Stress can aggravate the severity and frequency of the migraine attacks. Scan your routine and try to figure out the things that get you in the tensed mode and take a step to resolve them. Look for little things that make you happy and stress free. De-stressing your lives may assist in keeping your mind and body relaxed and can make a huge improvement in the occurrence of migraine attacks.

Ice pack

Using an ice-pack is the easiest remedy which is used as a first line defense for migraine by a number of people. You can use a bag of ice or frozen peas and put it on your head, face or scalp wherever, you could feel the agonizing pain. The anti-inflammatory effects of ice help in shrinking the sore tissues and soothe the pain associated with migraine.

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Acupressure

Acupressure is an age-old Asian method of massage using finger pressure and is effectual in healing migraine symptoms. It basically aims twelve energy channels also known as ‘meridians’ spread over the entire body. Blockage in the flow of energy or ‘chi’ is usually believed to be the reason behind the migraine pain. Acupressure technique targets to release the blocked energy and once learned from a professional, it may help provide relief from the pain and uneasiness associated with migraine.

Migraine: Summary

Migraine may bring a distressing phase in an individual’s schedule however; it can be managed with the knowledge of some self-care remedies and by making simple alterations in the lifestyle. Depending upon the severity and frequency of the attacks, it becomes necessary to take migraine medications on a provisional basis or longer. However, natural care along with appropriate medicines, if need be may expedite the healing process. In fact, holistic approach may even prevent the occurrence of migraine episodes in the first place. It is always advisable to consult an expert medical professional before considering any self-care treatment for migraine to better understand its effects and implications. On the whole, maintaining a healthy weight, regular and healthy meal routine, regular sleeping schedule, exercise and last but not the least positive and stress free attitude towards life may facilitate to abridge the road to recovery and simplify migraine management.

Relax, laugh a lot, eat healthy and kick migraine! 

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