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5 Natural Remedies for Migraines

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5 Natural Remedies for Migraines

By Jennie Doris, Natural Solutions

Imagine wearing a football helmet that’s too tight. Add to that upset stomach, blurred vision, and flashing lights. This is a migraine—a type of headache one memoirist described as feeling like “God just punched you in the side of the face.”

In the simplest terms, migraines are caused by the brain’s blood vessels enlarging and stimulating nerve endings. Most migraine sufferers (75 percent are women) experience more than one symptom. And the triggers are just as varied—from bright lights to stress to changes in hormones. Mary Gustafson, 30, of Chicago says that if she sneezes too many times or watches a 3D movie, she can get a migraine.

With that many triggers and symptoms, “it’s a bit of a detective game trying to find the cause,” says Brent Mathieu, ND, of Boise, Idaho. He suggests that patients first remove possible food allergies and emotional stressors. But if migraines persist, he says, they may be the result of more complicated issues: hormonal imbalances, toxins in the body, or inflammation.

1. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
This herb treats migraine pain by interrupting its main cause: inflammatory reactions in your head that aggravate nerve endings and cause the blood vessels to expand. When taken daily, feverfew can prevent migraines, according to Gene Bruno, a nutritionist in New York City, as well as “reduce their severity, duration, and frequency.” Be patient: The results can take four to six weeks. But if you stop taking it, your migraines might return.

Take: Bruno suggests 500 to 600 mg of standardized feverfew daily to treat or prevent migraines. Take two equal portions of feverfew on an empty stomach in the morning and evening.

2. Omega-3s
During a migraine, the tissue surrounding the brain becomes inflamed. That’s why Roy Upton, herbalist and executive director
of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, suggests taking omega-3 fatty acids, which lessen cells’ reaction to inflammation.

Take: 4,000 to 6,000 mg of fish oil daily with meals for best absorption. After eight to 12 weeks (if the migraines have stabilized), you can adjust the dose to 1,000 mg per day.

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5:12AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thanks for the info.

12:15PM PDT on May 23, 2013

I suffer from them thanks for posting.

12:07PM PDT on May 23, 2013

For a little over a year now my, five year old daughter has been experiencing terrible migraines. My work colleague recommended Schrier Family Chiropractic in Delray Beach. Dr. Elan was very patient and thorough in his examinations. I notice since the treatments her condition has gotten much better. Today my daughter calls him Dr. magic hands. I would definitely recommend him, check out the website www.drelan.com.

6:23AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing

1:05PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

noted thanks

7:37AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

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6:27PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

As a migraine sufferer for so many years, I think the only thing that works for me is relaxation. I have migraine headache after a terrible day at work. I always try as much as I can to take it easy, but sometimes I can't help it. I will love to try any herbal medicine that will work without complications. Recently my 10 years old boy started complaining of headaches. I immediately thought he inherit the headaches from me. I hope and pray we both find a cure to this headaches very soon..

7:41AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thanks for the useful info.

7:15AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Off to try them - migraine!!!

6:07PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Thank you for info.

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