By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.
Have you ever had a headache so severe that it completely knocks you off your feet? Well, try coupling that with other symptoms such as light and sound sensitivity, aura, nausea, vomiting brain fog, and dizziness and you will know what it feels like to have a migraine attack. Currently, The American Migraine Foundation (AMF) estimates that at least 39 million Americans live with migraine, but because many people do not get a diagnosis or the treatment they need, the actual number is probably higher.
With so many people suffering from symptoms of migraine every day, it’s important for patients to find the right treatment options for their toolkits. For some, that might look like medication, but it’s not uncommon for people to want to also try a natural approach. That is why we are sharing “8 Natural Ways to Treat Chronic Migraine” on our blog for Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.
1. Magnesium Supplement
It’s no secret in the migraine community that migraine attacks might stem from the depletion of magnesium in their diets. After all, magnesium helps with muscle, nerve, and energy functions in the body. According to AMF, it’s believed that magnesium can prevent the brain signaling that causes visual and sensory changes associated with aura, a majorly disrupting symptom of migraine. If you haven’t already, discuss taking a magnesium supplement with your doctor.
2. Light Blocking Glasses
Another common trigger for many with migraine are lights. If you find yourself feeling nauseous, dizzy or in pain from bright lights, consider purchasing a pair of migraine glasses or blue light blocking glasses to combat symptoms.
3. Ginger for Nausea
If nausea tends to be one of your worst symptoms, think about consuming some ginger. Ginger is an ancient herb used widely in history for its many natural medicinal properties and is known to be an effective and inexpensive treatment for nausea and vomiting. Try drinking a ginger tea or sucking on a ginger candy.
4. Reduce Stress
Many find that they are more likely to have an attack if they are under a lot of stress. Therapies such as massages, acupuncture, meditation, etc. can all have a lasting effect on the body and mind. By promoting relaxation, it can help bring a person’s threshold down and reduce the number of migraine attacks.
If you need a little help with calming your brain, give our natural “Calm Mood” remedy a try!
Did you know that a migraine attack can be triggered by what you eat? That’s right, many people are triggered by food. The Heal Your Headache elimination diet is a great way to see what foods are causing an attack and looks at eliminating common migraine culprits such as chocolate, red wine, aged cheese and meats, caffeine, nuts and various fruits and veggies.
6. Getting A Good Night’s Rest
Sleep is crucial for your health for many reasons, but especially for someone who suffers from chronic migraine. Sleep and migraine are often linked and too little of sleep is commonly known to cause headaches and possibly migraine attacks.
Need help getting to sleep and staying asleep, try our natural Sleep Well product and wake up rested, not groggy.
As with most things, exercise is a good habit to have in your daily routine. Exercise helps with improving your mental state and reduces stress, a common migraine attack trigger. While all exercise is great, yoga has been found to be a great option for migraine prevention and treatment.
Not only does it reduce stress with the various breathing exercises, but the movements and poses help loosen tight areas such as the neck, head, and shoulders. All which can become more irritated and inflamed during a migraine attack.
8. Natural Migraine Medication
Our natural migraine roll-on medication is another great option to combat an attack. This treatment will quickly ease the severe throbbing pain sensation, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound that is triggered by migraine.
By directly applying it to your forehead, our migraine pain management relief oil alleviates the four stages of migraines: prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. Give it a try today and watch as your symptoms begin to disappear.
By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.