When a migraine comes on, it often calls for something stronger than an over-the-counter remedy.
A migraine, which can be characterized as an intense headache, is typically associated with multiple symptoms, such as nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. More than 38 million people in the United States suffer from the neurological condition.
For those who struggle to find relief from these chronic headaches, there are several natural remedies to try.
Practices such as acupressure, acupuncture, massage and yoga can help alleviate muscle tension, which can trigger the onset of a migraine. One of the most popular pressure points to relieve a migraine is the space between the bottom of the left thumb and pointer finger. Massaging this area firmly for five minutes may diminish the migraine.
Making dietary changes or taking certain supplements might also help those who suffer from migraines. Eliminating food triggers, such as processed foods, alcohol and caffeine, might prevent episodes. Ginger, herbal supplements, magnesium and B-complex vitamins have been helpful in reducing migraine pain and frequency. Drinking water to prevent dehydration is also important.
Stress commonly provokes migraines. Finding activities that are outlets for stress, such as exercise, and getting the right amount of sleep — around seven to nine hours a night — can help prevent migraines as well.
One of the oldest remedies is placing a cold or warm rag on your head, although most people prefer cold. Many people say this helps lessen the pain of a migraine.
While it remains unclear what causes a migraine, taking care of your overall health will give you more strength to withstand the misery when it comes knocking.