There are several natural migraine relief alternatives that claim to be effective, but are not scientifically proven. Nevertheless, they work for some of us at stopping our attacks. I've not been this lucky. They calm me down but don't abort the attack.
Natural migraine relief methods are often frowned upon. Migraine for Dummies, for instance, says that:
"getting rid of a full-fledged migraine with nothing but herbal remedies ranks right up there with cleaning up an oil spill with tissues.”
I love that!
Yet, I think that natural alternatives to the many medications are worth looking into.
Even if abortive or preventative medication works for you, the prospect of taking medication daily is no fun. Speaking for myself, of course, I hate having to take pills.
And things get worse when side effects occur, or the
medication is not as effective as it is supposed to be. There is constant threat of overdose if they are not effective.
Natural therapies provide us with choices around natural migraine relief. It provides the hope for safer, side effect free prevention. And if you’re lucky, it may give you the freedom from persistent migraine pain.
And that's what I'm after - instant pain relief.
As a migraine sufferer I have tried most natural migraine relief therapies that have come across my path.
In desperation I have even tried ones that are not especially effective for migraines.
In my experience, methods to help reduce muscle tension and stress are very helpful (and keep me sane), but don't stop the attack.
Every person is different, so each of these techniques may or may not be suitable for you:
For me, the deep breathing and acupuncture works best. When I had weekly acupuncture the intensity of pain with each migraine decreased substantially.
I am just working with deep breathing now that engages my diaphragm and totally relaxes my back, neck and spine. Using the right muscles to breath reduces tension build up in those areas.
Allergy testing is important for us migraineurs to help eliminate triggers. 30-50% of people can improve migraine occurrence by avoiding allergic reactions and 85% can experience a reduction. I think 30 to 85 percent is certainly worth the effort if you fall into that group!
As for allergy tests, you can get a standard food panel done in one go. It will test for specific IgG antibodies in the blood for a number of food groups. It will only be one single finger prick for you and a little blood.
My test was from US BioTek Laboratories in Seattle, Washington USA. It was easy. The results surprised me showing that I was allergic to pineapple, garlic, and eggs. Things I eat often.
After the test I avoided using these foods for over a year. The migraines have become shorter and less severe but not less frequent. I think any step forward is good.
More information about allergies can be found on the page migraine allergy.
The first thing I think of when you say natural migraine relief is to take herbal treatments. They come in a wide variety, from peppermint tea to more exotic supplements for migraines like magnesium, feverfew, and Coenzyme Q10.
After trying many of these herbal treatments, I found using fish oil to be effective for me. I use Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (from www.iherb.com). I take 4 gel capsules with dinner.
I know it sounds a lot – well it did to me at first – but I am sleeping much better and feeling much clearer since investing in this supplement. Good fish oil is not cheap, so expect a little investment here. It may be well worth it.
A good sleep is worth gold to me!
Be aware that each individual may react differently. My advice is to try and find out what works for you. And remember that you may require a stronger method of treatment if your migraine episodes are severe and chronic.
Some herbal migraine remedies have caused negative interactions with prescription medications. Therefore, you must consult with your doctor or neurologist before you begin taking any new form of self prescribed migraine prevention or treatment.
There are more therapies which may be beneficial for migraineurs. It is nearly impossible to try all of these (even I haven’t!!). But read about them, and find out which appeals to you the most.
- Chiropractic or osteopathic bodywork
- Stress reduction exercises – tai chi, yoga, meditation
- Supplements – Magnesium and Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Take herbal supplements – feverfew, butterbur, rosemary, ginger and ginkgo biloba
Finally, I want to stress how your lifestyle may have an impact on your migraines. So, changing your lifestyle for the better is always a good idea.
Reduce stress - take time out each and every day to do something relaxing.
Eat soups and stews after a long migraine for better recovery.
Avoid common food triggers: cheese, chocolate, most dairy products, MSG, aspartame, sodium nitrates, preservative, pesticides, flavors, colorings, additives, alcohol, oranges, strawberries, avocados, gluten eggs, high GI (Glycemic index) foods like dates.
Don’t risk hypoglycemia - eat regular small meals to keep blood sugar levels balanced.
Reduce coffee, never drink Guarana and other energy drinks laced with sugar.
Eat organic food where possible.
This combination works for me. Give one a try.
Read more and educate yourself on your migraine type. There is a lot of information available if you prefer natural migraine relief.
Read e-books, books, this website and the internet. Read whatever you can until you get clear on some of your options. I can recommend these to give you all the tips and secrets you will need:
Sign up for our free 5 week e-course Migraine Relief Secrets to learn the basics and the most recent natural relief for migraines.
Until next time, be well and be pain free,
Reference: Stafford, D. and Shoquist, J. MD. (2003) Migraines for Dummies. Wiley Publishing, Inc: New York. p.95.Home › FAST Migraine Relief › Consider Natural Migraine Relief