Those who suffer the effects of migraine headaches will tell you that there is no way to describe the sensation. Even today, researchers are not all in agreement about the causes and treatments for migraines. But we’ve been dealing with them long enough that a number of herbal, homeopathic and other holistic remedies are in wide use. Many people have tried to use a natural remedy for migraines at some point in a desperate attempt to get rid of them.
Some alternative remedies for migraines include acupuncture, which can relieve headache pain; massage, which can reduce the number of migraine episodes by improving the quality of sleep; biofeedback, which treats migraine headaches by encouraging muscle relaxation and tension relief; and vitamins, minerals and herbs, which can potentially reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches.
Although it has not always been the case, today’s modern homeopathic practitioners are willing to combine their homeopathic remedies with more conventional medicine. Over the years the medical community has begun to realize the importance of a patient’s emotional condition as well as their physical condition. Homeopaths have known this all along and base their treatments on a complete holistic evaluation which happens prior to any actual treatment. The evaluation includes a complete medical history, as one would expect, but it also includes answering questions regarding your daily routines; diet exercise, sleep patterns, etc.
While homeopathic remedies can be effective in treating or reducing migraines, it is generally not recommended that an individual treat themselves. There is a reason for this. Homeopathic medicine doesn’t deal with a given malady. It focuses on treating the individual’s symptoms in a very specific way and since migraines can manifest with numerous different symptoms, those treatments can vary widely. If a migraine causes pain on the left side of the head, one treatment is applied. Conversely, if the pain is on the right side, a different treatment is called for. If you choose this path of treatment, it is recommended that you consult a professional homeopathic practitioner.
A couple of herbs have shown promise as migraine home remedies. Feverfew has been used for centuries to treat arthritis, migraines, and fever. It has been shown in some tests to help with migraine pain as well as reduce the frequency of migraines. However, because of possible side-effects, it should not be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing. Butterbur has also been suggested for preventing migraines. The one drawback is that it is in the ragweed family, so if you have allergies, it is best to look for another herbal remedy.
Nutritional supplements should not be overlooked as an effective means to treat migraines. Vitamin B2 has been effective in reducing the number of migraine episodes and B12 helps raise the level of serotonin which also helps prevent migraines. Fish oil and flaxseed oil can also help. Magnesium can also play a part in migraine reduction, but it should only be taken after consulting with your physician.
Another natural remedy for migraine headaches is the consumption of fresh grapes, either eaten as is or made into juice, but only if not diluted in any way. Cabbage leaves have also been suggested as a way to deal with migraines. A compress made of crushed cabbage leaves wrapped in clean cotton cloth and applied to the forehead is said to relieve the pain of a migraine.
Homeopathic practitioners, herbalists, and others have a lot to share, so don’t overlook them in a search for migraine relief. All of these methods have been proven to help, but should never be tried without first consulting your physician!