If you are a migraine sufferer and would like to learn more
about it along with information on considering a migraine
headache treatment, read on.
Migraines affect approximately one in
six people across the world and are defined as a headache that
prevents you from carrying on your day-to-day life due to the
pain. In general, women are more susceptible to migraines. It's
also believed that migraines are genetic and may run in the
family. Although I dispute this theory, because none of my
family members has it!
While the exact cause of migraines is
unknown, there are several theoratical explanations. One is
believed to start when serotonin is released into the
bloodstream. But, what triggers that serotonin release? Some
experts chalk it up to stress, others to poor diet and still
others to everything from environmental stimulants to
Diagnosing a Migraine
The most apperent symptom of a migraine is the throbbing and
almost unbearable pain around your eyes and one side of the
head. Most migraine sufferers are extra sensitive to light,
smell and various sounds - often have to escape to a dark and
quiet room. Some migraine sufferers have nausea and vomiting as
The most common migraine headache
medication is an acetaminophen which most people take
after the headache has started. Other drugs used include
triptans or ergotamines.
However, using drugs to dull the symptoms of a
migraine is not a truly beneficial treatment. Instead,
sufferers should focus on identifying the cause of their
migraines and preventing them from occurring.
Also taking pain killers once the headache is fully in
effect does not do much at all. You have to take it as soon as
you think you will have the migraine come on. Waiting for the
real symptoms of the headache is to late for trying to stop
The most common preventive method is to eliminate foods that
migraines like caffeine, alcohol, nitrites, cheeses. In
addition to eliminating these and other foods that susceptible,
you should also focus on increasing your magnesium aspartate
and Vitamin B levels.
The next most effective method of reducing the instance of
migraines is by reducing daily stress levels although this is
also debatable. Try to exercise every day and engage in
relaxation or meditation breathing. You could sign up for a
Yoga class or simply relax each day to a meditative tape. None
of these works for eliminating migraines.
When taken twice a day over a period of time, Butterbur root
has been proven to help in the treatment of migraines. However,
because certain kinds of butterbur root can be toxic to the
kidneys and liver, you should look for a variety that's
approved for long-term use. Common side effects of butterbur
include itchy or dry eyes, diarrhea and nausea.
Feverfew is traditionally used to heal colds, coughs, fever
and dyspepsia. However, the active constituents in feverfew are
anti-inflammatory and they also promote melatonin, which helps
the body rejuvenate and helps you to sleep better as it is also
a sleeping hormon.Because of this, feverfew can give some
relief of migraines and is used as migraine headache
Though rare, feverfew can cause mouth ulcers and
As all who suffer from migraine headaches are painfully
aware, the intense pain can be crippling when it occurs - and
the need for relief becomes a priority.
No conventional or alternative migraine headache relief will produce the
same positive results for everyone. However, for those who
routinely seek relief, the effort and money to find a helpful
solution is well worth it.