Five natural remedies for migraine headache
Migraine headaches are caused by the interplay of hormones, chemicals, and abnormal nerve stimulation at the base of the brain.
Conditions like high blood pressure, low serotonin levels, hyper sensitivity to lights and sounds, reclusive nature are major causes of migraine onset. Migraines could have genetic origins as well. So, our aim should be to prevent or delay the onset of migraine attacks through natural ways — as complete cure may not be possible.
This is my 10 item list that is guaranteed to prevent, reduce the intensity, and shorten a migraine attack and it has scientific evidence to support it:-
Bring about life style changes by going to bed, waking up at the same time every day. The body needs 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to regulate Serotonin, the neurotransmitter.
Try to catch the early light and perspire for 30 minutes for more Endorphin release. This would increase Dopamine and reduce Cortisol. Drink two glasses of warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Meditation, spiritual prayer, yoga would set the brain chemicals in motion and ready for the day.
Don’t forget to clear out your bowel before leaving home for better Serotonin availability.
Have at least three meals every day at fixed intervals with leafy greens, Salmon fish,liver meat, lamb, Chicken, lean meat, whole grains, nuts, low-fat milk inyour diet. What you want to have is naturally occurring Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Coenzyme CoQ10, Magnesium, Ginger, fish oil in your diet.
The foods to avoid are salt, wine, Caffeine, Cheeses, nitrates, Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG), processed foods, hormone content, so as not to trigger a biochemical tsunami.Riboflavin can get destroyed under sunlight and can also get absorbed in cooking water, so keep the food as natural as possible.
Drink lots of water every day. That is 12 cups every day is the bare minimum. You’d want good digestion and nutrients or their chemicals timely reaching the brain.
Try to make your bed room an ashram of peace, tranquility — complete with dim lights, soothing sounds, lavender smells and fresh air. Calm your nerves inside this oasis, after it has been bashed by sensory overload.
Try to acclimatize before climbing altitude, changing time zones, experiencing new weathers, noises and social settings.
Get your partner to massage the base of the skull, and shoulders from behind and also the temples on the side — to reach the nerve pressure points. While you are at it, do pinch the center of the forehead and the point between the eyes — to get to the sinus.Massage Oils like Lavender help reduce stress and peppermint oil regulates blood flow to the brain — the major causes of migraine. A full body massage with these oils, turmeric and baking soda will allow the skin to breathe better — helping reduce toxins.
Relax yourself with a hot bath with lavender scent, apple cider vinegar to draw oil uric acid and toxins.
If you feel the onset of a migraine, apply an ice pack at the bottom of the skull on back of the neck.
Feverfew and white willow in combination helps reduce the fever like symptoms associated with Migraines. Butter bur, Gingko Balboa, Valerian Root can reduce some of the depression symptoms by boosting Dopamine.
Migrainers, as the sufferers of this debilitating condition are called, are practically knocked out of function for the 4-72 hours, after the pain sets in. The trick is to get disciplined, focused and to treat your body as a temple.
The results will show up immediately with a more productive, happier and engaged you!