Natural Techniques for Migraine Relief
Migraines are characterized by throbbing, excruciating pain, usually on one side of the head. Nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, or visual disturbances may accompany the pain. It hasn’t been identified exactly what causes migraines, but it is suspected that an abnormal constriction and dilation of the arteries that supply blood to the brain cause the pain. The problem is said to extent into families. There are many possible triggers, including sensitivities to foods or food additives, stress, hormonal fluctuations during menstrual cycles, oral contraceptives, caffeine withdrawal, changes in the weather or season, bright lights, and odors. Migraines are more common in women than in men.
Tips for Preventing Migraines:
- An herbal remedy from Europe called Petadolex can help relieve and prevent migraines. Take one gelcap three times daily.
- Avoid foods that contain lots of amino acid tyramine. So-called trigger foods include cured and processed meats, such as bologna, hot dogs, pepperoni and sausage, aged cheeses, nuts and peanuts. Chocolate and red wine are other sources of tyramine.
- The herb feverfew has the power to reduce the intensity and frequency of migraines. Follow the recommendations on the label. You’ll need to take the capsules every day-possibly for several months-to maximize the herb’s preventive power.
- Flaxseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, which help your body produce fewer inflammation-causing prostaglandins, hormone like chemicals that can constrict blood vessels. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons a day. Buy the cold-pressed oil, and keep it in the refrigerator to protect it from light and heat. Good-quality flaxseed oil has a pleasant, nutty flavor; sneak it into a smoothie or add it to a salad.
- Take B vitamin doses of 200 milligrams a day. Some people may need to see 400 milligrams a day to notice a difference.
- A magnesium supplement may also help In some studies, people reported that their symptoms were much improved by taking 200 milligrams of magnesium each day. If that doesn’t work, you can take up to 600 milligrams daily.
- At first sign of a migraine, take one-third teaspoon of fresh or powdered ginger. Danish researchers discovered goiger can help prevent the onset of migraines by blocking prostaglandins.
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