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Best natural cures for migraines

Best natural cures for migraines

Maybe you’ve found that conventional migraine headache treatments don’t seem to work, you have an aversion to prescribed medications and their side effects, or you need something to alleviate the pain until your medication starts working. There are some natural remedies you can use to help alleviate the pain and get back to the normal routine of life. These are just a few options for natural migraine treatment.

 

Warm/Cold Compress/Towel – Since irregular dilation and constriction of blood vessels can cause migraines, use the different compresses in combination to help normalize the vascular system. Cold temperatures constrict vessels and reduce blood flow while warm temperatures dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow. Place a cold compress on your forehead or on the back of your neck for 10 minutes then switch to a warm one. You can also put your feet in some warm water and use a cold compress on your forehead and then alternate.

Acupressure – Firmly grip the flesh between your forefinger and thumb with your opposite hand for a few minutes. You can also get someone to push on 2 points on the back of your neck that are 2 inches apart for 2 minutes. If you need to remember the process, just think 2-2-2. The spot between your big toe and second toe is known to be a place that will help relieve migraine pressure. Grip the flesh just like you did for your hand. Press or rub the spot for one minute and then do the same to the other foot.

Aromatherapy – As some studies show migraines can be brought on by certain smells, it should not be surprising that aromatherapy has been known to help reduce some of the pain associated with migraines. Lavender, Jasmine, Rosemary and Peppermint are especially recommended. You can put these in a hot bath where you can soak until you start to feel some relief. Health food stores will carry these items in essential oils.

Food/Vitamins – Eating foods that are rich in calcium can help even prevent the onset of a migraine. If you choose to take Calcium in supplement form, it is best to take 1000 – 2000 mg. Magnesium has also shown to be helpful. Foods rich in magnesium are spinach, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, nuts and halibut, just to name a few.

You can use these remedies on their own, in combination or you can supplement these with any medication that you are taking. They will probably not interfere with any prescribed medication, but it is best to consult with your doctor. Although there is no guarantee these treatments will work for you, it is likely that they will produce less side effects than any medication.

by Cedric P Loiselle

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