Natural Remedies for a Migraine
It is estimated that over ten percent of the population suffers from migraine headaches. There are a number of triggers that can cause an attack in those susceptible to migraines such as bright light, changes in blood sugar levels, lack of sleep, weather, certain foods, birth control pills or even hormonal changes in the body. Although the cause of this type of headache is unknown, it is believed that a low level of the chemical serotonin in the brain sparks spasms in the arteries that supply blood to the brain causing the debilitating pain. Early warning signs might include tingling sensations, ringing in the ears, visual disturbances such as wavy lines or flashing lights, sweating, nausea, chills, fatigue, irritability, or swelling around the face area. Recent studies have shown some supplements may aid with the prevention and treatment of the intense, throbbing pain which accompanies a migraine. There is even speculation that certain herbs and vitamins may be superior to the conventional medicines offered to treat a migraine.
Two of the most important supplements needed are calcium and magnesium. Both should be taken daily using 100 milligrams calcium and 400 milligrams magnesium. Both minerals aid with maintaining healthy blood vessels and studies have shown that those who have migraines also have low levels of magnesium. Studies in Belgium have shown that 400 milligrams of Riboflavin, a B vitamin, will reduce the frequency and number of occurrences of migraine headaches in chronic sufferers. This dosage may need to be reduced if the pain is continuous. Feverfew taken in a 250-milligram dosage has proven to reduce the frequency and intensity. Vitamin C and pantothenic acid will boost the production of hormones that aid the body in dealing with stress and the production of serotonin. A form of the amino acid tryptophan, 5-HTP, will also reduce the frequency and intensity of these headaches.
Since it is known that certain triggers lead to migraine headaches, try to learn what these are. Foods and beverages containing amines are known migraine triggers. Avoid beer, red wine, pickles, nuts, freshly baked yeast products, caffeinated drinks, sour cream, aged cheese, eggs, tomatoes, onions, and citrus fruits. Eating a diet of fish which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids appears to alter blood chemicals and reduce the risk of blood vessel spasms. Drinking plenty of water and regular exercise will help with the elimination of migraines.