Natural Remedies For a Migraine Headache
Believe it or not, more and more doctors are trying to avoid prescribing medication for certain conditions, when there are reasonable and safe alternative natural treatments available, and when the condition is not life threatening. Migraine headaches are just such a condition, and you should not be surprised if your doctor opts to not prescribe anything at all, but instead makes other suggestions.
One suggestion that your doctor may make is to have regular massages. Massages are medically beneficial for a wide variety of conditions and illnesses, including migraine headaches, because they work the tension out of the muscles, improve blood flow, and even help the muscles to release toxins that they are tightly holding onto, allowing them to be released and eliminated by the body. Start with a Swedish massage, and when you feel that you are able, schedule a deep tissue massage so that tension can be released from deep within the muscles and tissues as well, instead of just on the surface of the muscles.
Your doctor may also suggest relaxation techniques, such as biofeedback. Through biofeedback, you will learn what triggers a migraine, as well as what symptoms to look for before a full-blown migraine sets in. Knowing this information can actually help to prevent a migraine headache from occurring – based on what your body is telling you, as well as what is in your environment that causes migraines.
More and more people are also turning to acupuncture or acupressure for the treatment of migraine headaches. With acupuncture pressure points are identified and manipulated in a way that relieves you of the symptoms of a migraine headache.
Often certain foods will trigger a migraine, and it can be very difficult to determine which foods those are. However, at the same time, certain vitamins and minerals can help prevent migraines, as well as certain herbs. If you increase your intake of those things, you may be able to prevent the migraine headache without changing what you eat. Feverfew, butterbur, riboflavin, Coenzyme Q10, and magnesium sulfate have all been proven to help reduce the frequency and length of migraine headaches.
Before you start taking prescription medications for migraines, make sure that you talk with your doctor about available natural remedies that may be beneficial to you – especially those natural remedies that prevent migraine headaches altogether, so that you never have to experience that level of headache pain again.