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Migraine headaches are caused by the interplay of hormones, chemicals, and abnormal nerve stimulation at the base of the brain. Conditions like high blood pressure, low serotonin levels, hypersensitivity to lights and sounds, reclusive nature are major causes of migraine onset. Migraines could have genetic origins as well. So, our aim should be to prevent or delay the onset of migraine attacks through natural ways — as a complete cure may not be possible.
This is my 10 item list that is guaranteed to prevent, reduce the intensity, and shorten a migraine attack and it has scientific evidence to support it:-
1. Change Your Lifestyle
Bring about lifestyle changes by going to bed, waking up at the same time every day. The body needs 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to regulate Serotonin, the neurotransmitter. Try to catch the early light and perspire for 30 minutes for more Endorphin release. This would increase Dopamine and reduce Cortisol. Drink two glasses of warm lemon water first thing in the morning. Meditation, spiritual prayer, yoga would set the brain chemicals in motion and ready for the day. Don’t forget to clear out your bowel before leaving home for better Serotonin availability.
2. Take Proper Meal
Have at least three meals every day at fixed intervals with leafy greens, Salmon fish, liver meat, lamb, Chicken, lean meat, whole grains, nuts, low-fat milk in your diet. What you want to have is naturally occurring Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Coenzyme CoQ10, Magnesium, Ginger, fish oil in your diet. The foods to avoid are salt, wine, Caffeine, Cheeses, nitrates, Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG), processed foods, hormone content, so as not to trigger a biochemical tsunami. Riboflavin can get destroyed under sunlight and can also get absorbed in cooking water, so keep the food as natural as possible.
3. Drink Lots Of Water Every Day
That is 12 cups every day is the bare minimum. You’d want good digestion and nutrients or their chemicals timely reaching the brain.
4. Make Your Bedroom A Peaceful Place
Try to make your bedroom an ashram of peace, tranquility — complete with dim lights, soothing sounds, lavender smells and fresh air. Calm your nerves inside this oasis, after it has been bashed by sensory overload.
5. Cool Down Before It Gets Worse
Try to acclimatize before climbing altitude, changing time zones, experiencing new weathers, noises and social settings.
6. Get Massage
Get massage the base of the skull, and shoulders from behind and also the temples on the side — to reach the nerve pressure points. While you are at it, do pinch the center of the forehead and the point between the eyes — to get to the sinus. Massage Oils like Lavender help reduce stress and peppermint oil regulates blood flow to the brain — the major causes of a migraine. A full body massage with these oils, turmeric and baking soda will allow the skin to breathe better — helping reduce toxins.
7. Try Hot Bath
Relax with a hot bath with lavender scent, apple cider vinegar to draw oil uric acid and toxins.
8. Apply An Icepack At Bottom Of Skull When
If you feel the onset of a migraine, apply an ice pack at the bottom of the skull on the back of the neck.
9. Use These Herbs!
Feverfew and white willow in combination help reduce the fever like symptoms associated with Migraines. Butterbur, Gingko Balboa, Valerian Root can reduce some of the depression symptoms by boosting Dopamine.
10. Spend Quality Time With Your Partner
Spend quality time with your partner — and that includes time in the sheets. It would do wonders with your body chemicals.
Migraines, as the sufferers of this debilitating condition, are called, are practically knocked out of function for the 4-72 hours, after the pain sets in. The trick is to get disciplined, focused and to treat your body as a temple.
The results will show up immediately with a more productive, happier and engaged you!