5 Natural Techniques To Combat A Migraine
If you ever felt a migraine headache, I extend my sincere empathy. For having to deal with seizures as a pre-teen, migraines often came as part of the my package deal. It is not like the typical headaches, migraines are the bone-crushing cerebral monster. It is so common that over 3 million Americans suffers with the condition according to the Mayo Clinic. The pain throbs and pulsates often on one side of the head. Pain-relieving medications are often prescribed to alleviate the symptoms.
With so many over the counter medications at your disposal as well, it can be overwhelming to decide which will work for you. Maybe you don’t want to commit to a long-life obsession to meds and quite frankly, I do not blame you. Whatever you decide, conventional or otherwise, there are proven natural ways to reduce the migraine frequency and severity.
Here are five natural techniques to kick the brutal migraine vibes out your way so you can live your best life:
1. Nutritional Supplementation
It appears that most migraine sufferers tend to reach for a bottle of prescription medications than a vitamin or supplement. While immediate relief is always the priority, supplementing your body is favorable long-term. Of the supplements, the vitamins Magnesium, Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, Vitamin E and B2 have displayed protective effects from migraines.
Because not all vitamins and supplements are created equal and side effects are generally milder than prescriptions, I highly recommended practicing caution when buying just anything over the counter. I recommend consulting with a functional medicine practitioner to suggest a reliable supplement manufacturer and dosage levels that works for your body.
2. Lavender Essential Oil
In a clinical research conducted in 2012, participants who inhaled lavender oil during a migraine episode for fifteen minutes felt immediate relief than those who inhaled a placebo (1). Inhaling the soothing notes of lavender may ease migraine pain. Give it a try by inhaling it directly or by applying diluted to the temples. The added bonus is that the gentle whiffs of lavender help before drifting into a deep slumber.
It is no surprised that ginger ale was often recommended to aid nausea growing up. Rather than sipping on a carbonated sugary drink, try ginger tea to ease the nausea effects that is typically caused by migraines. In a research conducted in 2014, ginger powder has demonstrated a decrease in migraine duration and severity (2).
4. Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Massages
Acupuncture was found to be as effective (and sometimes more effective) as medication for preventing migraines. In a review of clinical trials of more than 4,000 migraine sufferers, acupuncture was beneficial and it produced fewer side effects than medications (3).
Alternatively, migraine sufferers can opt for acupressure. Acupressure is the practice of applying pressure with the fingers and hands to specific points on the body to produce pain relief. The therapeutic approach can be beneficial for those who suffer with chronic headaches and other conditions. One study found that acupressure may deliver relief with migraine-associated nausea.
Also, booking a weekly massage may reduce the migraine frequency and improve sleep standards. Massages have been shown to not only produce overall relaxation but a decrease in heart rate and anxiety levels.
4. Caffeine Balancing Act
Just a small amount of caffeine may ease the migraine pain. Caffeine is often found in some migraine medications. Just be aware that too much can cause a migraine so practice a balance consumption of it. Since everyone’s bodily reaction varies across the board, providing a “one-size-fits-all” advice is incomprehensible.
I suggest keep a journal tracking log of what you drink and eat and observe how you feel afterwards. This will reveal intuitive insights into what triggers the migraines or other conditions.
5. Craniosacral Therapy
Craniosacral therapy allows the body to relax as a practitioner uses gentle, light touches to release physical and emotional imbalances that are stealthily tucked within the body’s membranes and connective tissues. Skilled practitioners are able to monitor changes in the body over time by placing their hands in the areas where there are dysfunctions. These touches can help to alleviate migraine and headache symptoms over time.
Symptoms will vary across the board for everyone who is suffering with migraines. That is why giving these natural remedies a try may be beneficial towards resolving migraine pain. Consult with your physician on how you can best incorporate natural remedies with current treatment options.
Thinking from an alternative space of healing may be your best approach!
3. NCBI. Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. Jan 21 2009.