If you have never had a migraine, then you might be unaware of the kind of pain that they bring. A migraine is defined as a recurrent throbbing headache, often on one side of the head. They are often accompanied by extreme sensitivity to light and sound as well as visual disturbances and nausea.
While there are many prescription medications for migraine relief, many people want to take a more holistic and natural route. If you do want a more natural route, there are some things that you can try to relieve your migraine symptoms. Try one of these the next time you feel a migraine coming on.
Many people who suffer from frequent headaches, especially migraines, are often found to be deficient in magnesium. If that is the case, taking a daily dose of magnesium may help to reduce the frequency of migraines. However, the magnesium you get from taking a daily vitamin might not be enough. You may need to take an additional magnesium supplement to raise your levels enough to rid yourself of migraines. Aim for 200-600mg of magnesium a day.
The kind of magnesium matters as well; magnesium oxide is not absorbed well, so look for amino acid chelated magnesium instead. To increase magnesium through diet, look to eat foods like dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans. Dairy products and chocolate also contain decent levels of magnesium.
2. Go Gluten Free
People who have Celiac disease are sensitive to the gluten found in many common foods. For those who have this disease, they are often prone to migraines. Many see a resolution of, or at least a reduction in, the frequency of migraines after eliminating gluten from their diet.
Even if you do not have Celiac disease, you might have a gluten sensitivity. Try eliminating foods containing gluten from your diet for three weeks. Then, reintroduce gluten containing foods slowly. Pay attention to how you feel as you add gluten back to your diet. Through experimentation, you can discover if gluten may be causing your migraines and how much you can take safely.
If you suffer from migraines, a high-cannabidiol (CBD) strain of cannabis can help provide you with relief even during a migraine. While cannabis edibles can provide relief of symptoms, nausea from a migraine may not allow you to eat them. However, vaporization of either a high-CBD concentrate or a high-CBD strain flower will provide immediate relief. A high-CBD strain can also go a long way towards quelling the nausea that often accompanies a migraine. Try a high-CBD strain that has been ground in a grinder to a fine consistency in your dry-herb vaporizer, or use wax pens or oils.
Feverfew is an aromatic herb related to daisies that has been widely used for centuries by herbalists as a headache reliever and prevention herb. Taking feverfew can not only reduce the frequency of migraines, but it can also alleviate the symptoms that often accompany migraines such as nausea and the sensitivity to light and sound. Feverfew is easily found in fresh herbal form or in the form of a capsule, tablet, or liquid extract. The recommended dose is from 5mg-100mg of feverfew.
5. B-Complex Vitamins
B vitamins are an important part of the brain’s process of forming neurotransmitters like serotonin, which may be deficient in people with migraines. In particular, B2, also known as riboflavin, may help to reduce migraine frequency. This has been scientifically backed up by a study in which patients took riboflavin to prevent migraines. 59% of the patients who took 400mg of vitamin B2 daily for three months said they experienced a 50% or greater reduction in migraine recurrence. However, it is not an instant cure once a migraine develops. Besides supplements, you can find B2 in liver, lean beef, lamb, spinach, broccoli, crimini mushrooms, and asparagus.
These are just a few of many natural remedies for migraine relief. Any one of these remedies has shown to be effective in the relief or prevention of migraines. Before trying these or any other natural cures for migraines, check with your doctor to ensure that you will not have any interactions with current medications or consider changing your habits.
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