A migraine or headache can be a debilitating affliction. Although the most obvious symptom is an intense a lot of pain, usually at the side or front of the head, many migraine or headache sufferers also manifest other symptoms during an attack. These can include an increased sensitivity to light, visual issues such as seeing flashes of light, feelings of nausea, and a loss of consciousness in extreme cases. So, as we can imagine, regularly suffering with migraines is not a pleasant experience. In many cases conventional medicines can help to relieve some of the symptoms, however for some suffers these more traditional methods have little or no effect. This is why more and more people seek natural remedies for migraines. In this article, I take a look at some of the more popular remedies and evaluate their effectiveness.
One treatment option causing something of a stir amongst migraine sufferers is the herb feverfew. Feverfew is said to work by actually treating the underlying cause behind the onset of a migraine. What feverfew does is prevent inflammation that agitates nerve endings, causing the blood vessels in the head to expand. The length and intensity of an existing migraine is said to be reduced, as well as helping to reduce the chances of developing migraines in the future. Anecdotal evidence suggests feverfew is one of the more popular natural remedies for headaches migraines. Its effectiveness will vary on a case by case basis. It should be noted that if you are using feverfew as a preventative measure, you will need to practice patient, it is estimated it can take up to six weeks before you feel its full effect.
Feverfew is probably regarded as the leading natural migraine treatment; there are several other alternatives. Some people believe a poorly functioning liver is the root of many migraine attacks. They recommend taking a blend of roots and herbs called Xiao Yao Wan, believed to help to improve liver function and help prevent migraines. Many advocates recommend the butterbur root. It is extracted from the root of the daisy plant. Feedback from some users suggests it can be an effective treatment. One study claimed a forty eight percent reduction in migraine frequency amongst those who took butterbur root. Finally, another popular natural ways to get rid of migraines is omega-3. Found in foods such as fish, or available as a supplement, omega-3 is said to help lessen inflammation experienced during a migraine attack.
As we can see, if more traditional treatments have for migraines have failed, there are plenty of alternatives available in the form of natural remedies. Of course, I can’t guarantee which, if any, will work for you. However, I can say they do appear to work for some. So why not try them out? You never know they could provide you with the solution to your migraines that you have been looking for.