A migraine is a neurological disorder that causes recurring headaches and can be moderate to high in intensity. It is also believed that a migraine is the most common neurological condition and is more common than asthma and diabetes combined. According to a report by the National Institute of Health, a migraine is the 3rd most prevalent and 7th leading cause of disability worldwide.
Bright Side does not want anyone to suffer from this terrible pain and thus brought some simple, yet effective, remedies to help get rid of your migraine.
1. Ice pack
According to Carolyn Bernstein, MD, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, “Ice is an anti-inflammatory.” You can put an ice pack on your forehead, head, or neck for instant relief. If an ice pack is not available, try a cloth rinsed in cold water.
2. Lavender oil
According to research, people who inhaled lavender oil during a migraine experienced faster relief than those who inhaled a placebo. This can be inhaled directly for at least 15 minutes or applied to your body in a diluted solution.
3. Peppermint oil
Massage peppermint oil onto your temples and the back of your neck to relieve migraine headaches. This also eases the feeling of nausea and anxiety. One study says it may stop migraines from coming back altogether.
4. Make ginger your best friend.
Ginger has been used widely for its health benefits and, according to research, it eases a migraine as well. Ginger powder decreases migraine severity and duration. Ginger tea is anti-inflammatory and is a proven remedy for headaches.
5. Opt for yoga.
Yoga is an ancient technique that can be used to heal serious diseases. It is a side-effect-free therapy and a study says that practicing simple yoga postures will help you reduce the frequency, duration, and intensity of migraines. A few suggested yoga postures are: Hastapadasana (Standing forward bend) Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose) Shishuasana (Child pose) Marjariasana (Cat stretch) Paschimottanasana (2-legged forward bend) Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward facing dog pose)
6. Say yes to massage therapy.
A study conducted on migraine patients says that those who had massages had fewer migraines and even had improved sleep. There are many different types of massage available, you can choose any of these: Swedish massage Deep tissue massage Reflexology Lymphatic massage Shiatsu Rolfing Craniosacral therapy
7. Include magnesium in your diet.
A deficiency of magnesium could be the reason for headaches and migraines. In fact, a study found that the regular intake of magnesium reduced the frequency of migraine attacks by 41.6 percent. Some sources of magnesium you can include in your diet are: almonds sesame seeds sunflower seeds Brazil nuts cashews peanut butter oatmeal eggs milk
8. Try out acupressure.
Just like yoga, acupressure is also a side-effect-free practice for getting rid of migraines. According to some research, acupressure is a credible alternative therapy for people in pain from chronic headaches, along with migraine-associated nausea. You can try any of the pressure points in the above image to help ease a migraine.
All of the above are effective methods for treating migraines according to the research associated with them, but there is no harm in seeing a doctor if your condition is severe. Please let us know if you have any natural remedies for migraine pain.
Illustrated by Oleg Guta for BrightSide.me