Q: Are there natural remedies for migraines? – K. Smith
A: The best natural remedy for migraines is a healthy lifestyle, which consists of getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet. Some other remedies you may want to try:
Acupuncture: This ancient Chinese technique involves the insertion of very fine, solid needles into certain points of the body. The acupuncture corrects energy imbalances, which is believed to be where the pain originates in a migraine.
Water: Not cold, not hot, but room temperature water and lots of it to help clean out your system. Drink 10-12 ounces slowly and feel the pain go away after using the washroom.
Massage: This is a great way to reduce stress and relieve tension. Massaging your temples in a counter clockwise motion may help. As well massaging the inside of your hand, in between your index finger and thumb. Apply pressure there for about 10 minutes and see how it helps the pain go away.
Herbs: Feverfew is the most popular herbal remedy for prevention of migraine headaches. Butterbur is also thought to prevent migraines. Feverfew can be purchased as capsules, tablets or liquid extracts; the recommended dose for headache relief is 50-100 milligrams of feverfew extract.
Butterbur is an herb that reduces the inflammatory effect of chemicals that trigger headaches, especially migraines. It also acts as a beta blocker, resulting in normal blood flow to the brain. Doses of at least 75 milligrams twice daily seem to be necessary for the best headache-reducing results.
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Essential Oils: Lavender or peppermint oil may help relieve tension-related headaches. Just simply smell the oil or put it in a diffuser to help spread the smell throughout the room and see how you feel after 30-40 minutes. The scent oftentimes helps the pain go away.