Migraines

Migraines are headaches characterized by an internal pulsing or throbbing in one side or both sides of your head.

Signs and symptoms

Migraine is when you have severe headache accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound.

This condition may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

When you have headache of this type, it is accompanied by extreme sensitivity to sound, light and vision problems.

Headaches can be felt for hours and sometimes days. It can also be severe, especially for women before their menstrual period, that the only thing she will want to do is lie down in a dark and quite place.

In a classic type, you may see flashing lights, wavy lines or dots. You may also experience a blurry vision or blind spot. A change in mood might be manifested before headache sets in. You can also be depressed or irritable as well as feeling tired or fatigued. You may experience muscle pain prior to a headache attack.

The brain muscles, blood vessels and nerves are affected when you have migraines.

 

 

The real cause is still unknown but the condition is related to the nervous system. The brain chemicals, blood vessels and the brain nerves are also involved.

Causes

This condition may be triggered by many factors:

  • hormonal changes such as during menstrual cycle
  • some kind of foods like chocolates, peanuts, cheese, yoghurt, processed meat and mono sodium glutamate (MSG)
  • mental and emotional stress or depression
  • alcohol
  • weather or seasonal changes
  • odors or pollution
  • travel to different time zones
  • irregular meals, skipping meals or fasting
  • heredity
  • lack of sleep

Natural remedies

People experiencing this condition always resort to over-the-counter pain relievers; the symptoms may fade away shortly but long-term side effects may hurt more than just your head. So here is a list of some natural remedies for migraine headache.

Magnesium-rich foods

One natural way to treat migraines is eating foods rich in magnesium. It is a mineral found naturally in green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Studies have found that magnesium can reduce the severity and frequency of severe headache. However, high doses of magnesium may result into diarrhea, low blood pressure, nausea, muscle weakness, irregular heart rate and confusion.

Aromatherapy and hydrotherapy

Aromatherapy with the use of peppermint and lavender as well as rosemary, eucalyptus, sandalwood and basil are great to relax and soothe your tired mind from much stress.

Hydrotherapy exercise is also effective way to relax and divert your attention from mental stress.

Feverfew herb

An herbal remedy for migraine is the herb named Feverfew, which has been used since in the olden days for the treatment of headaches, arthritis, fever and pain.

Side effects of Feverfew herb are abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and nervousness.

Butterbur extracts

Extracts from the herb butterbur which is a shrub like plant are used to treat headaches, stomach cramps, asthma, cough as well as allergies. Butterbur can also prevent severe headache. However, it also has side effects such as fatigue, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.

Herb Supplement

A supplement form of 5-HTP made from the seeds of an African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia prevent migraines or reduce the severity and duration of migraines.