Natural Ways to Cure a Migraine
Headaches are bad enough. But, if you’ve ever been someone who has suffered from a migraine headache, you know that the pain can be so excruciating that it literally stops you in your tracks, making it hard to do every day things including eating and even driving.
Although the exact cause of a migraine is still unknown (however, it does appear to be linked to genetics), with over 29.5 million Americans having it, more and more medical professionals have been looking for ways to not only prevent migraines but to also ease the pain once the throbbing begins.
If you or someone you know experiences having migraines, we have five natural remedies for curing the discomfort below:
Drink more water. Being that our bodies are made up of so much water, it’s probably not a real surprise that it’s an aid for soothing a migraine. The reason why is that many health professionals have found that dehydration plays a significant role in many migraines and so, the more water you drink, the more hydrated you are.
Exercise. Anyone who has ever had a migraine knows that this suggestion is far easier said than done, but if you can pull it off, you will be glad that you did. The more cardio that we do, the more we tend to increase our body’s circulation, which brings more oxygen to the brain. The key with this tip is that you shouldn’t wait until you have a migraine to work out. By exercising regularly, it can actually help to keep them from happening in the first place.
Have an “ice pack massage”. If you’ve done any kind of research on pressure points, then you may have read that massaging those areas can help to relieve pain. Two areas where massaging will aid in bringing some instant relief are the bone between your index finger and thumb (rub it gently) and also the back of the neck. By having someone rub those areas, it will help to release some of the tension. If they add an ice pack to your back, it will also reduce some of the inflammation that may have been brought on by the headache. Applying some pressure to your temples is a good idea too.
Sitting (or laying) in the dark. One thing about migraines is that they don’t discriminate. Whether people have headaches Greenville or somewhere in Los Angeles or New York, one thing that virtually all doctors will recommend is spending some time resting in a completely dark room. That’s because many individuals who suffer with migraines tend to have an extreme sensitivity to light. Out of all of the things that we’ve discussed, this one is probably the most (immediately) effective.
Take some calcium. Did you know that many physical ailments are directly related to a vitamin and/or mineral deficiency in our bodies? Whether you decide to take it as a supplement or through foods including almonds, herring, tofu, kale or yogurt, calcium also helps to relieve tension by increasing blood flood in the body. So, if you do battle with migraines, make taking calcium a part of your daily routine. You’ll be glad that you did.