What is a migraine?
The migraine is a severe and disabling , pulsating headache on one side of the head, with an unbearable pressure in the head, the temples, the whole … Some people have problems with the sight, problems with the concentration and total feeling of pain and weakness.
Neuroscientists believe that migraines are caused by changes in the blood flow in the brain and the activity of the nerve cells.
Statistics show that 70% of the migraines are inherited.
Migraines occur more often in women than in men.
A recent study at Harvard was conducted to see whether there is and what kind of effect the migraines have on a heart attack. The study was conducted on more than 20 000 men at the age between 40 and 84, and the conclusion was that people with migraines have a 42% higher risk for a heart attack. The migraine is much more than a headache and carries the possibility of serious complications. Therefore, it is recommended to be treated on time.
Millions of people silently suffer from migraines, and even a greater number of people live with daily headaches. Studies have shown that about 50% of the affected people will not leave the dark room and try to find the cause of the unbearable pain.
Usually, the problem is eased with a couple of pills from a pharmacy or from a friend, who says that “it” helped them.
However, even with the strongest pills, a large number of people simply cannot function and perform basic daily tasks while having a migraine.
The attacks vary in strength and they are manifested in different ways: from the striking and pulsating pain, sensitivity to light and sound, to nausea and vomiting.
Although there is no single and unique explanation of why the migraine occurs, there are a number of triggers that have a significant role in the activation of the migraine attacks:
- fluorescent lights
- excessive smoking or alcohol
- high blood pressure
- low blood sugar levels
- deficiency of vitamin B or D
- imbalance in minerals
- reactions to food additives (colors, sugar, preservatives, MSG, etc.).
- oral contraceptives
- allergies and sensitivity to certain foods
It is believed that the migraines and headaches are just a symptom, a sign that the body is out of its optimum balance. Instead of waiting for the next attack and then reach for a bottle of pills, you should try to determine which are the triggers, or more importantly, what disturbs your natural balance.
Types of headaches and migraines
Probably everyone who suffers from headaches and migraines suffers in their own unique way. However, there are a few basic types.
A headache caused by tension will occur in stressful situations, while the migraine generally occurs 3-4 times a month. The tension can cause migraines and that usually occurs 2-3 days after major mental excitement, and not immediately as it happens with a headache.
The chronic migraine occurs 15 or more times a month.
The classic migraine is a migraine with an aura or a light circle.
The common migraine occurs suddenly, without any signs and without an aura.
The abdominal migraine is common in children and it happens without headaches. It can also occur in adults.
Natural treatments for a migraine
There are many ways to ease migraines and headaches by using natural products without the risk of side effects that the pharmaceutical cures carry. In addition to herbs, essential oils and supplements, the acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy can help as well.
There are several things that can ease the pain when a migraine attack occurs.
Black cumin oil
Helps if you massage the temples, the inside of the nostrils and the top of the head with it. Also, you can take half a tablespoon of black cumin oil with a little unpasteurized honey, twice a day.
Despite the avoiding of the triggers, many will sooner or later get a migraine attack again. There are testimonies that the black cumin oil could be a way to eliminate the pain permanently, not just temporarily. And it can be done with minimal cost and simple method of use, without seeing a doctor.
Or alternate showering with hot and cold water, is a simple method and helps with many problems. Spend the first two minutes under hot water (as hot as you can stand it). This will increase the blood flow in the skin. Then, spend the next two minutes under cold water – this will send the blood deeper in the body. About twenty minutes of this alternate showering will increase the blood circulation, carrying the useful elements in the organs and taking away the waste matters and toxins.
Another way is to put your feet in ice water, and put a hot bandage on the back of your head.
The application of acupressure on certain parts of the body, such as massaging the soft tissue between the thumb and the forefinger, was proved to be very useful in eliminating the headaches and discomfort caused by the migraine.
Another way is to put your thumb on the inside of your cheek and press the cheek bone. Start on the side where you feel the pain of the migraine, and then repeat this on the other side. Then put both thumbs on the upper palate near the teeth and press towards the cheeks. You may need to repeat this several times. Relax and breathe deeply. Inhale slowly and exhale fully.
It is important to pay attention to the diet and probably make some changes. Remember that there is no substitute for water. When you are thirsty, you need water, not coffee, soda or juice. Eat more vegetables and freshly squeezed juices from fruits and vegetables. This will help to bring the pH of the body into balance.
Consult your doctor for the appropriate supplements.
Usually, the lavender oil and mint oil are used, but the essential oils of rosemary, eucalyptus, sandalwood and basil are also very helpful.