Migraine headaches can be the most severe type of pain. Not all migraine treatments are created equally. You might find that traditional migraine headache treatments don’t work for you, you dislike prescribed medications and their side effects, you need something to ease the pain until your medication works. You can find natural remedies to relieve the pain and get back into your normal life.
These are just a few natural remedies for migraine treatment.
- Warm/Cold Compress/Towel: Migraines can be caused by irregular dilation or constriction of blood vessels. You can use the different compresses together to normalize the vascular system. Cold temperatures can constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow, while warm temperatures dilate blood vessels to increase blood flow. For 10 minutes, apply a cold compress to your forehead or back. Then switch to a warmer one. Warm water can be used to warm your feet and apply a cold compress to your forehead.
- Acupressure – For a few seconds, hold the flesh between your thumb and forefinger with one hand. For 2 minutes, you can have someone push 2 points on your neck that are 2 inches apart. For a quick reminder, think 2-2-2. It is believed that migraine pressure relief can be found in the area between your big toes and your second toe. As you would for your hand, grasp the flesh. For one minute, press or rub the spot. Next, do the same for the other foot.
- Aromatherapy – Studies have shown that migraines can be caused by certain smells. It is not surprising that aromatherapy has been proven to reduce migraine pain. Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint are all recommended. These oils can be poured into a hot tub and soaked until you feel some relief. These essential oils can be found in health food stores.
- Food/Vitamins-Eating foods rich in calcium can help prevent migraines. Supplements of Calcium should be taken between 1000 and 2000 mg. Magnesium has also been shown to be beneficial. Magnesium-rich foods include oatmeal, pumpkin seeds and halibut.
These remedies can be used on their own or in combination with other medications. These remedies will not interact with any prescription medication. However, it is best to consult your doctor. These treatments may not work for everyone, but they are likely to have fewer side effects than other medications.