Headaches do not always result from stress or physical dysfunction. sometimes, it may also mean a migraine headache, a condition which is experienced by a large number of people, for which there are a lot of treatment options. The good news is that all of these options do not involve medicines, as there are quite a few migraine headache natural treatments available at our disposal. These have no side effects as well:
Acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles in certain parts of your body, or your entire body, as part of therapy. Acupuncture ensures pain relief, leads to lesser inflammation, and also boosts levels of serotonin, which is the feel-good hormone.
People who are interested in using acupuncture for migraines should make sure to find a licensed practitioner for treatment.
2. Walk, run, jog
While going to the gym might not seem like a good idea at that point of time, going out for a run or a walk is actually a good way to relieve oneself of a migraine headache. Though it is still not a good idea to go out and run when your head is hurting, try to include 30 minutes of running or walking in your routine as a form of prevention.
3. Peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is effective to help relieve headaches caused by migraines. Peppermint oil also helps with oxygen flow and controlled blood flow as it opens up sinuses. In addition, the intensity of acute migraines may decrease with menthol, an ingredient present in peppermint. Peppermint can also be included in your bath or it can be consumed with tea. Lavender is an essential oil which is also recommended as a remedy for stress, anxiety, and headaches.
A full-body massage can be of great help if one often suffers from migraine headaches. A massage improves perceived stress and coping skills. It also helps decrease heart rate, anxiety, and cortisol levels. In fact, regular massages can help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches and improve sleep quality.
5. Reduce the intake of caffeine
If you drink coffee regularly, you are more prone to migraine headaches as caffeine-induced migraine headaches. It is always better to cut down on caffeine content; however, not immediately, as the withdrawal symptoms might kick in. Instead, reduce the quantity gradually and completely stop caffeine intake.
Ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Indians are known to make use of these properties for ages. Ginger helps overcome nausea, which is a common occurrence reported with migraine headaches. If chewing ginger does not sound very appealing, one can simply indulge in some hot tea with a good quantity of ginger infused in it. It may also have other migraine benefits.
Acupressure is the practice of applying pressure with the fingers and hands to specific points on the body to relieve pain and other symptoms. According to a 2014 systematic study, acupressure is a credible alternative therapy for people in pain from chronic headaches and other conditions. Applying firm, but, not painful circular pressure to the large intestine-4 point, using the opposite hand for 5 minutes, may relieve headache pain.
8. Try Biofeedback
Biofeedback is a relaxation method. It teaches you to control autonomic reactions to stress. Biofeedback may be helpful for migraines triggered by physical reactions to stress such as muscle tensing.
Biofeedback takes practice and training. Sensors placed on the muscles feed into a small machine that gives real-time feedback about muscle tension, allowing users to release the tight areas better.
9. Add Magnesium to your diet
Deficiency of magnesium, which is an essential mineral, may trigger migraine aura or a menstrual-migraine headache. Studies show magnesium oxide supplementation helps prevent migraines with aura. It may also prevent menstrual-related migraines.
10. Stay hydrated
Not drinking enough water is a well-known migraine and headache trigger, and it only takes minor dehydration to bring on a headache.
Some people find placing a cold or warm compress on their head can be soothing and help to reduce migraine pain.
Many people who get migraines report a preference for a cold compress, but warm or cold can work.
What is the takeaway?
If you suffer migraine, you need to collaborate with a doctor or migraine specialist to find a treatment regimen that works, even when trying natural remedies. As mentioned in our previous video on ways to prevent migraines before they even start, keeping a migraine or headache journal can be useful in identifying triggers and effective remedies for migraines.
Migraine symptoms can be very challenging to cope with. You might miss work or not be able to participate in activities you love. Try the above remedies and find what works for you.
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