Definition: What is Migraine Headache
Migraine can be defined as intense recurring pulsing headache affecting one side of head accompanied by nausea and in severe conditions disturbed vision.
Migraine is basically the unstable brain activity where the brain deals with sensory information coming from different sources. This neurological disorder results in severe headache and on severity visual disability.
What Are Major Causes of Migraine
Migraine can be triggered by:
- Poor food or sleep
- Hormonal changes
- Sensory stimulation
- Weather changes
- Family history
What Are Symptoms of A Migraine Headache
The symptoms of migraine vary person to person and time to time. At the start the symptoms are different while with the passage of time the symptoms get severe.
- One sided pulsing headache
- Tingling in arms and legs
- Temporary vision loss
- Seeing light flashes, spots and shapes
Image Explaining The Main Differences Between Headaches and Migraine:
If you are not certain that whether you are suffering from usual headache or peculiar migraine, then the following info-graphic will really help you. Symptoms and signs of migraine and quite different from usual headaches. See below:
Do You Know What is Optical/Ocular Migraine
In ocular or optical migraine, the patient has no pain but suffers from visual disturbances that can affect one or both eyes.
Home Remedies For Migraine Headache Relief
Normally pain killers and anti depressant pills are given for the treatment of migraine. But it is best to adopt some home remedies to get rid of migraine headache. Here are some remedies for migraine headache at home:
1- Apple Cider Vinegar Can Control Migraine
Apple cider vinegar is nutritional powerhouse that provides many health benefits including controlling migraine. It is better to start one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and gradually increase the quantity of it but during attack 2 to 3 tablespoons can also be taken.
- Take daily a glass of water having one tablespoon of ACV and 1 tablespoon of honey in it to relieve migraine instantly
- Steam of water containing ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) for five to ten minutes can relieve migraine quickly.
2- Use Peppermint To Sooth Nerves and Relieve Migraine Headache
The anti inflammatory and calming effect of peppermint aids in soothing nerves. The fragrance of peppermint persuades the feeling of headache relief.
- Massage your temples with finger tips few times every day with mint oil and leave for 30 minutes for fast relief.
- Take tea of peppermint with honey whenever needed.
- A combination of peppermint oil with lavender oil generates best results in migraine pain.
3- Ginger Can Cure Migraine By Increasing Blood Supply to Brain
Ginger has the ability to block chemicals that result in muscle contraction, affect hormones and regulate widening of blood vessels of brain. Ginger can relieve the migraine pain in following forms
- Chew on a fresh piece of ginger to get rid of pain and symptoms like vomiting, nausea and digestive discomfort.
- Let a piece of ginger steep in hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then drink this tea at the time of migraine to relieve pain.
4- Place Ice Packs on Your Head For Quick Relief From Headache and Migraine
The first remedy people think of at the time of migraine or headache is using ice packs. The ice packs cause the numbing of the affected area that alleviates migraine pain.
- Wrap some ice cubes in a clean cloth preferably towel and place it on forehead, temples and back of the neck for 15 minutes. Repeat the procedure until needed.
- Soak a towel or cotton cloth in cold or hot water containing few drops of lavender and peppermint oil and place it on affected area to reduce the migraine pain.
5- Chamomile Is A Herbal Remedy To Treat Migraine Naturally At Home
Chamomile is a herb that has anti inflammatory and soothing characteristics that relieves the migraine pain. Drinking of chamomile tea especially German chamomile tea on regular basis helps in prevention of the problem.
- Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried chamomile flower in one cup of hot water and cover it for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Drink it with honey and lemon four times in a day to get rid of migraine symptoms.
6- Cayenne Pepper Is A Natural and Herbal Pain Killer
Cayenne pepper is a natural painkiller and also improves the blood flow in the body. The increased blood flow in the vessels soothes the migraine pain and prevents the severe attack.
- Take one cup of warm water and mix in ½ to 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
- Add in honey or squeeze lemon for the taste as well as better results.
- Drink it whenever needed.
7- Fish Oil Can Reduce Migraine Because It Contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids present in fish oil have the ability to reduce inflammation, blood pressure and blood clotting that helps in soothing nerves and reduces severity of migraine pain.
- Take one tablespoon fish oil and add into one glass of cold fresh orange juice and drink it on the time of migraine attack.
- Oral supplements of fish oil on regular basis can also produce good results in coping with the migraine problem.
8- Eat An Apple When You Are Feeling Migraine
“An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”, the well known saying is very true in the case of migraine pain. Consuming apple at the time the signs of migraine attack start to appear can control the problem or even reduce it. Not only consumption but the fragrance of green apple can also decrease the intensity of migraine and reduce the period of attack.
Homeopathic Remedies to Treat Migraine Headache
Homeopathic medicines are very safe and effective to treat and cure migraine on permanent basis. Homeopathic remedies for migraine address the root cause of issue and also increase the body’s immunity against this problem. As a net result patient feels comfort and relieved after homeopathic treatment. To suggest the right medicine the homeopathic doctor needs to collect different symptoms and signs like time of headache, nature of pain (throbbing or congestive), on what side migraine is usually happening, is the pain moving or stays at same place and what factors increase or decrease the intensity of migraine.
After careful study of patient and her symptoms, homeopathic doctor can prescribe the best medicine that can cure the problem fast. Following is the list of some common homeopathic remedies/medicines that can be used for the treatment of migraine:
- Sanguinaria Canadensis
- Nux Vomica
- and others
Please don’t ever use any homeopathic medicine on your own without consulting your Homeo doctor.
What Are Ayurvedic Migraine Treatments?
Following are some useful and effective ways to treat and cure migraine using Ayurvedic remedies and treatment methods:
1- Shirolepa – Ayurvedic Herbal Pastes For Migraine
Pastes of herbs like Jatamansi, Sandalwood and camphor etc are useful to cure migraine. You need to apply any of these pastes of your head to cure the migraine headache.
2- Useful Ayurvedic Medicines and Herbs For Migraine Headaches
Here are some of the useful herbs and ayurvedic medicines for the patients of chronic or acute migraine headaches:
- Eemblica officinalis
- Indian licorice
- Pathyadi khada
- Bhoonimbadi khad
- Godanti Bhasmaa
- Saptamrita rasa
- Mayura ghrita
What Are Natural Remedies For Menstrual Migraines
It is observed that more than 70% of migraine patients are women and about 50% of those women suffer from migraine due to their periods (menstrual cycle). The main reasons of menstrual migraine is the hormonal changes during menstrual cycle. The main culprit is the reduced levels of Estrogen and progesterone before the start of menstrual cycle.
1- Herbal Remedy to Cure Menstrual Migraine (Chamomile Tea)
Chamomile Tea is know to be an effective herbal remedy for migraine during before and during menstrual cycles. Take a cup of chamomile tea when you are suffering from pain and you will get instant relief.
2- Take Foods Rich In Magnesium
Taking foods rich in Magnesium can really help the menstrual migraines. The natural sources are tree nuts, soy, beans, vegetables and whole grains.
Another way is the take the supplements of Magnesium to prevent premenstrual symptoms and migraine headaches.
Effective Allopathic Medicines To Cure Menstrual Migraine
1- Use NSAID to Stop Migraine During Menstrual Cycle:
NSAIDs also known as Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs are very effective to stop the migraine headaches during menstruation. You can take medicines like naproxen or ibuprofen for this purpose.
2- Mefenamic Acid To Control Period Cramps and Menstrual Migraine:
The medicine Ponstel (Mefenamic acid) once administered during menstrual cycle can help to control period cramps and is equally effective to stop the menstrual migraine headaches.
3- Triptans For Menstrual Migraines:
There is a type of Allopathic medicines called Triptanes which are usually used to treat cluster headaches and migraines. These medicines are also effective to cure migraines caused during menstrual cycles. They cure pain by shrinking the vessels of blood in the head region.
What Are Menopause Migraines Natural Remedies?
During Menopause (the monthly menstrual cycles of women stops) many women suffer from mild to severe migraine headaches. The main reasons are reduced levels of hormones like estrogen and progesterone.
Here are some quick and natural ways to stop and cure the menopause migraine headaches:
1- Eat Natural Food That Can Increase Estrogen Production and Cure Menopause Migraines
There are certain foods that are good for menopause migraines. The reason is that they can actually boost and increase the production of essential hormone called Estrogen. When the levels of this hormone increases, the symptoms of migraine are drastically decreased. Here are some estrogen-increasing foods:
2- Do Relaxing Exercise To Reduce Stress and Menopause Migraines
Stress is one of the top factors that can cause menopausal migraines. To reduce stress simple and easy exercises are recommended. Don’t do strenuous exercises as that may not help you. Instead do simple and relaxing exercises like Yoga or walking in the morning/evening. The easy exercises that don’t put extra stress on your body and can improve blood circulation are good during menopause migraine.
3- Take Alkalizing Drink To Prevent Dehydration and Migraine During Menopause
Dehydration is another common factor that can increase the symptoms of migraine headaches during menopause. Alkalizing drink is a good way to cure dehydration. Here is how to make an Alkalizing drink at home easily:
Take a glass of water and mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Another simple way is to to take 1 glass of water and mix 1/4 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of lime juice. Your Alkalizing drink is ready.
4- Herbals For Healthy Liver That Can Help in Menstrual Migraine
Women who have healthy liver have less issues of migraine because toxins are successfully removed from the body. On the other hand women who don’t have healthy liver may suffer from more issues because toxins cannot be removed effectively from the body.
Here are some natural remedies and sources that will heal and make your liver healthy. This will help you in curing migraine headaches during menopause:
- Castor Oil Packs
- Dandelion tea
- Milk Thistle Supplements
Add these herbal remedies in your daily diet for fast results.
Herbal Remedies to Cure Menopause Migraines At Home
There are certain herbs that known to lower the symptoms and intensity of migraine during menopause. Some of these herbal remedies are listed below:
1- Motherwort Tincture For Menopause Migraines
Take 20 drops of motherwort tincture in the morning and take 1 more dose in the day if condition persists. This herbal remedy will reduce the stress and will ultimately reduce/cure the migraine too. If your migraine is not due to stress then this remedy may not work for you.
2- Black Cohosh Herb is Estrogen-Boosting and Reduces Migrain
The Black Cohosh is also called the “estrogenic herb”. It means that it increases the levels/production of estrogen in the body. This not only helps to reduce the migraine but other issues related to menopause in women too.
3- Chasteberry (Vitex) Improves Hormonal Balance During Menopause and Helps to Cure Migraine
You can take 30 drops of Vitex tincture 1-3 times a day. Another way is to chew dry Vitex berries (half tsp) once in a day. This simple remedy will help in improving the hormonal balance which is often disturbed during menopause. As a result the bad symptoms of menopause and migraine are greatly reduced.
4- Dry Sage Is Simple Yet Effective Herbal Remedy For Migraine Headaches Due to Hormonal Imbalance
Take small quantity of dried sage once or more in a day. This herb will help in attaining hormonal balance in the women’s body during menopause and will heal the migraine headaches too.
What is Cervicogenic Migraine and How To Treat It?
Cervicogenic migraine/headache is also called secondary migraine. This migraine is due to some physical problem, illness or lesion in some other part of the body other than head. The main culprit is the lesion or disorder in the neck region of patient. For curing Cervicogenic migraine it is necessary to properly diagnose the real culprit/issue causing the pain. Once the secondary issue is solved, migraine headache will be solved too.
There are many treatment options to cure neck issues and Cervicogenic headaches/migraines including:
- Neck Exercises
- Physical Therapy
- Certain Medications
- Nerve Blocks
- Botox Injections
Video: A Short Video Explaining What Is Migraine, Its Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Methods:
Checkout this interesting and easy to understand video clip (of 4 minutes) to get an idea about migraine and how to prevent and treat it using different methods.
Please note that all home remedies, medicines, ayurvedic remedies, homeopathic medicines and other treatment methods for migraine mentioned in this post are for awareness and educational purposes. Some remedies may work for one patient and may not work for other patients. Their may be many reasons for that. It is always better to contact your physician for proper diagnosing the real cause of migraine (hormonal imbalance, stress, dehydration, menopause or per-menstruation etc.) and then pick the right remedy or medicine. If any remedy is not working for you after using it for few days Or the condition worsens, then immediately discontinue it and contact your physician/doctor.