Headaches are one of the most common health problems among people and nearly every one among us has experienced a headache. According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of the world population has suffered from a headache at least once in the last year. No matter what is the cause of your headache, it certainly feels like a head throbbing pain.
How can you fight migraines?
Whether you are suffering from a chronic headache or migraine, it is important to figure out the cause, to begin your treatment. I remember once I used to have a persistent headache that was diagnosed as a sinus headache. Following the diagnosis, I immediately headed towards the ENT specialist in Peshawar, but later it was revealed that I was suffering from migraines.
Migraine diagnosis was a life-changing experience for me and I’m hoping that sharing my journey will help you if you are going through a similar experience.
1. Avoiding certain foods
Some of the food components are known to trigger migraines. Therefore, avoiding certain foods can help to prevent migraines. Some of the foods that are migraine triggers include;
- MSG containing foods
- Cold foods
- Cheese containing tyramine component
- Nitrate containing foods
- Essential oils
Some of the essential oils such as lavender oil are known to relieve migraine pain. Lavender oil can help with the acute management of migraine pain. Apart from lavender oil, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint oils can also relieve migraine pain.
Acupressure techniques can help to relieve migraine pain as well as chronic headaches. In this therapy, manual pressure is applied using fingertips instead of needles. This is a centuries-old method that is used to alleviate pain by activating the self-healing mechanism of our body. For migraine relief, the LI-4 pressure point is utilized that is located between the index finger and base of our thumb.
3. Try some herbs
Some herbs including feverfew are known to prevent migraines. The aromatic herbs have components in them that react similarly to the hormones present in our bodies. The herb not only prevents migraines but can also help to relieve headache symptoms and frequency.
4. Yoga might help you!
Other than medications, a natural way to fight migraines is practicing some yoga. This ancient technique combines several breathing and posture techniques. The method doesn’t have any side effects and can easily help to manage the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks. Some of the yoga poses that can help to relieve migraine are;
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
- Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
- Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
- Shishuasana (Child Pose)
- Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
- Paschimottanasana (Two-legged Forward Bend)
- Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
- Savasana (Corpse Pose)
5. Try ginger
Among all the food effective against migraine, ginger is one of the most effective ones. You can use ginger oil and massage it into your forehead, neck back and temples to get rid of headaches. Apart from migraines, ginger is also known to ease nausea that can be due to migraines.
6. Biofeedback therapy
Other than yoga, biofeedback therapy is another body relaxing technique. This mind-body involvement technique helps to have better control over involuntary body activities. This allows you to have better control over stress and blood flow etc. Biofeedback therapy can help you reduce the frequency and severity of migraines particularly the ones triggered by stress and muscle tension.
When I was getting treated for migraines, my friend who worked at Dr. Habib hair transplant Clinic was also suffering from the same problem. He once told me about biofeedback therapy and it really helped me a lot.
7. Try magnesium
Among all possible reasons, nutrition deficiency is one important cause of nutrient deficiency. Adding magnesium to your diet can help to relieve menstrual related-migraine. You can combat magnesium deficiency either through diet or dietary supplements. Some of the magnesium-rich foods are oatmeal, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, eggs, etc.
If you are suffering from migraines, you already know how challenging it can be for you. Migraine can affect your work performance and can badly interfere with your concentration abilities. However, you can try all these home remedies to relieve your symptoms. If your symptoms persist, make sure you visit some good physicians.