Migraines – Some Causes And Natural Ways To Alleviate Pain

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While the exact mechanisms behind migraine headaches are not fully understood, we do know that specific foods, environmental factors, and even some over-the-counter headache medicines can trigger migraines. There is also an ever-increasing body of knowledge about effective ways to prevent migraines without the use of drugs.

Here are some facts about migraines you may not know:

Migraines Affect Women More

Women may be more susceptible to migraines due to fluctuations in estrogen levels just before or during their menstrual periods. Some may be more prone to migraines during pregnancy or menopause. Also, did you know that oral contraceptives can intensify migraines?

It’s The Weather

Sensory stimuli such as sun glare, loud noises, bright lights, and unusual odors can trigger a migraine. People who suffer from this condition should also be wary of changes in the weather and barometric pressure. AND…If your pain increases with barometric changes, your body is sending you to your room for something you ate in the past 6 weeks…. Most likely dairy, gluten, or sugar.

Your Diet May Be Painful

Foods like aged cheese and salty or processed foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG) may trigger migraines. People who are susceptible should also watch their red wine and alcohol intake and reduce their consumption of caffeinated beverages. It’s also a bad idea to skip or miss meals.

Deal with the Stress

Stress is a significant contributor to migraines, whether it originates at work or home. Stress reduction techniques are important, and learning how to say “no” more often can keep some of the pain away.

Too Much Medicine Can Be Bad for You

Abusing over-the-counter (OTC) medications can cause a specific problem known as medication overuse headaches (MOH). If you use OTC drugs for more than 10 days a month for three months or if you take them in high doses, you may be creating a larger problem than the one you’re trying to solve. Tylenol for example is known to cause rebound headaches.

A practitioner at Blatman Health and Wellness Center can assess the type of headaches you’re having and whether you can benefit from more natural solutions. A good example of a natural remedy is Feverfew, an herbal headache treatment that studies have shown to alleviate migraine pain with daily use.

Other non-medical options include lavender oil, peppermint oil, basil oil, flaxseeds, and buckwheat. Diet modification to eliminate migraine triggers, like smoked meats and dairy products, can help to reduce and even prevent the pain.

Natural Migraine Relief in the Tri-State Area

Blatman Health and Wellness Center can assist you in developing a healthy and natural non-medicinal plan for dealing with migraines. Contact our integrative medical clinic today for more information about holistic treatment options in the Cincinnati area.

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