Spring has arrived along with warmer temperatures, more activities and lot’s more sunshine and light.
Today almost 30 million persons suffer from migraines. Migraines are severe and reoccurring headaches that can occur with symptoms from moderate to severe pain on one side of head or both sides, light sensitivity, nausea and even sometimes vomiting.
At least 50% of migraines occur to the change in the weather. While stress is to blame for another 50%.
Right before the occurrence of a migraine some persons experience flashes of light as if a flash from a camera just went off or blind spots in their vision. A lot of persons can not over the counter medicines to relieve the pain due to reactions or stomach upset. A lot of us simply do not wish to take any medications than necessary and prefer the natural ways.
Acupuncture treatments for migraines depends on whether the person is encountering severe pain or is just seeking treatment to prevent migraine between attacks. Insertion and manipulation fine needles at assorted pressure points. You certainly do not want to target the head or neck if patient is having an attack for it would inflict more pain. The target areas are certain points selected on the arms and legs. Treatment is done while patient is sitting up instead of the normal laying down position. Blood vessels are in more control while sitting up.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation and occasional adjustments of joints and soft tissues have been known to help some persons who suffer from migraines. The Migraine Awareness Group group reported one study on chiropractic treatments and migraines. 127 migraine patients (those having at least one migraine a month) were divided into two groups. Group one received adjustments at definitive vertebral subluxations ascertained by the attending chiropractor. Group two had received inactive treatments with no currents delivered. Group one reported significant improvement in the occurrence, duration, and symptoms. 90% reported a decrease in Migraines and half reported vast improvement of the strength of migraines.
Herbal remedies have been known to work in cases of migraines. Feverfew has been used for centuries. One study of about 170 persons showed a decrease of attacks using feverfew. Another study of 343 persons had mixed results. Feverfew can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Can interact with blood thinning medications.
5-HTP supplement made from the seeds of a African plant. Some research indicates the occurrences and pain level decreases.
Magnesium which can be found in natural foods also comes as a supplement. Several studies showed results of frequency was decreased. Another study showed a decrease in the pain level.
Gingko biloba in studies showed management of migraines became easier and can be favorable in preventing migraines.
Ginger Tea works for those migraines in the front of the head.
Kava Kava is helpful for stress related migraines. It helps to sooth the body and tension it is feeling.
Herbal teas such as Marjoram, St. John’s Wort, Caraway see and fennel mixed with one teaspoon of honey will help ease migraine symptoms.
There are more natural remedies available check with a local herbologist, homeopathic practitioner, chiropractor, acupuncturist.
As with taking anything new it is best to consult with your physician first.