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|Home Remedies for Migraine
Migraine can be defined as a paroxysmal ailment, accompanied by a severe headache, generally on one side of the head,
and associated with disorders of the digestion, the liver, and the vision. It usually occurs when a person is under great
mental tension or has suddenly got over that stale.
Persons who suffer from this disease have a particular type of personality. They are intelligent, sensitive, rigid, and
methodical, and tend to be perfectionists. A migraine comes on suddenly. The head and neck muscles, reacting from
continuous stress, become overworked. The tight muscles squeeze the arteries and reduce the blood flow. Then, when the
person relaxes suddenly, the constricted muscles expand, stretching the blood vessel walls.
|With each heart beat, the blood pushes through these vessels and expands them further, causing intense pain.
There is a definite pattern of a migraine. The pain is on only one side of the head and often radiates from the eye. The right
side of the head may be affected in one attack and the next time, the concentration of pain may be on the left side. Migraine
attacks are usually preceded by a short period of depression, irritability, and loss of appetite. Some persons get attacks daily;
others, every month or every two or three months; and still others, only once or twice in several years.
The main symptoms of migraine are a pounding pain, nausea, and vomiting. The blood vessels on the affected side of the
head* become prominent and pulsating. A migraine gives a fair warning before striking. The patient sees flashes of light or
black spots 1 or only parts of the objects in front of him. He may also feel numbness or weakness in an arm or leg, or on one
side of the face. Sometimes the numbness may affect both sides of the face, tongue, and the entire mouth, making the speech
slurred and difficult As the headache develops, disturbed digestion becomes a marked feature.
Migraine may result from a variety of causes such as low blood sugar, allergy, infection, excessive intake of certain drugs, a
weak constitution, low energy, nutritional deficiency, consistent overwork, improper sleep and rest, excessive smoking,
drinking, and sexual indulgence. Menstruation in women is also one of the important causes of migraine. This form of migraine
usually abates after menopause.
Herbs for Migraine
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a pretty, daisy-like herb that has been proven to reduce the number and severity of
migraine attacks when taken regularly. The leaves of feverfew contain an active ingredient called parthenolide, which inhibits
the production of substances that dilate blood vessels and cause inflammation. Feverfew is easy to grow, and migraine
sufferers have reported relief from eating two of the fresh leaves daily. Feverfew is extremely bitter and can cause mouth or
tongue irritation. To avoid this problem, try eating the leaves wrapped in a piece of fresh bread. You can also buy feverfew
capsules or extract standardized for the active ingredient parthenolide. Take between one-quarter and onehalf milligrams of
parthenolide daily for migraine prevention, and up to two grams during an acute attack.
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) also has potent anti-inflammatory properties and when eaten regularly can help to prevent
migraines. Ginger improves circulation, relaxes the blood vessels, and decreases the production of pain-causing
prostaglandins. Fresh ginger may be the most effective form of the herb for preventing migraines, because the pungent oils in
the raw herb have the most active properties. For migraine prevention, eat one-quarter inch slice of fresh ginger root daily,
either raw or lightly cooked. If you prefer using dried ginger, buy good-quality powdered ginger and take 1,000 milligrams
daily. In the event of a migraine, take 500 to 1,000 milligrams at the first sign and repeat every couple of hours up to six
times a day as needed.
Migraine Home Remedies with Grapes:
The juice of ripe grapes is an effective home remedy for a migraine. It is said that King Jamshed of Persia, who was very fond
of grapes, once stored the juice of grapes well packed in bottles and made it public that the bottles contained strong poison, so
as to prevent others from taking it. It so happened that the king's wife was struck with migraine and having obtained no relief
from any treatment, decided to end her life by taking this so-called 'poison'. She took it several times in small doses and
contrary to her expectations, it gave her great relief instead of killing her.
Home Remedies for Migraine using Niacin:
Niacin has proved helpful in the treatment of migraine. Valuable sources of this vitamin are yeast, whole wheat, green leafy
vegetables, tomatoes, nuts, sunflower seeds, liver, and fish. Vitamin B complex tablets containing 100 mg of niacin can be
taken for the same purpose.
Home Remedies for Migraine with Lemon Crust:
The crusts of lemon have also been found beneficial in the treatment- of migraine. These crusts should be pounded into a fine
paste in a mortar. The paste should be applied as a plaster on the forehead. It will provide great relief.
Vegetable Juices for Migraine Headaches:
Carrot juice, in combination with spinach juice, or beet and cucumber juices, has been found beneficial in 'lie treatment of
migraine. In the first combination, 200 ml of spinach juice may be mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice to prepare 500 ml or half
a liter of the combined juices. In the second combination, 100 ml each of beet and cucumber juices may be mixed with 300 ml
of carrot juice.
Hydrotherapy for Migraine
Hydrotherapy combined with Aroma Therapy if often effective for migraine. Soaking your hands in hot water at the first sign of
a migraine helps to regulate circulation and can avert a fullblown migraine episode. Adding an essential oil such as marjoram
or lavender to the hand bath makes the treatment even more effective. Add 10 drops of either essential oil (or a combination
of the two) to a basin of hot water. Relax, breathe deeply, and soak your hands in the water for 15 minutes.
Aroma Therapy for Migraine
Fragrant essential oils help to relieve migraine by easing mental and physical tension. The following essential oils are some of
the most helpful for migraine.
Lavender is balancing for the body and mind and promotes relaxation. It relieves physical and mental stress and engenders
an overall sense of well-being. Lavender has a sweet, floral, herbaceous fragrance.
Marjoram has potent sedative properties and is especially helpful for migraine headaches. It has a sweet, spicy, herbaceous
Peppermint helps to relieve pain, is antispasmodic, and stimulates circulation. The pungent menthol scent has an uplifting
effect on the emotions and helps to clear the brain.
|Homemade Herbal Tea Recipes for Migraine
1 ounce feverfew extract
1/2 ounce chamomile extract
1/2 ounce ginger root extract
Preparation & Usage:
Combine extracts in a dark-glass bottle. Take 1/2 teaspoon in a small amount of warm water 2 times a day to prevent
migraines, and up to every 2 hours at the onset of a migraine.
|Aroma Therapy Compress for Migraine
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops marjoram essential oil
2 cups cool water
Add essential oils to a basin of cool water. Soak two washcloths in the water, wring out, and apply one to the forehead
and one to the back of the neck. Lie down and rest for 30 minutes or longer.
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