Migraine is one of the most common conditions in the world, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Migraines can run in families with children and adults known to have them.
Migraine headaches are not simply a severe headache. Migraines are part of a neurological condition and often have other symptoms, including:
- tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- visual changes
- sensitivity to sound, light, or smell
Migraines can be debilitating and a chronic condition that can impact daily life for some people.
There are many different medications used to treat and prevent migraines. But some people prefer to use natural treatments as alternatives or to supplement medical treatment.
Here are some natural remedies for migraines that people may want to try:
Acupressure involves the application of pressure to specific parts of the body. Stimulating specific points of the body in this way is believed to release muscle tension and alleviate pain.
One popular pressure point is the LI-4 point in the space between the base of the left thumb and pointer finger. Applying firm but not painful circular pressure to the LI-4 point, using the opposite hand for 5 minutes, may relieve headache pain.
2. Diet changes
Many people who get migraines notice certain foods can trigger them.
Common food triggers for migraines include:
- processed foods
- red wine
- caffeinated beverages
Being aware of what might be triggering a migraine is critical. Some people use a food diary or migraine journal to keep track of potential triggers.
3. Essential oils
Essential oils are often used as natural remedies or as an antimicrobial in homemade cleaning products. Lavender is an essential oil often recommended as a remedy for stress, anxiety, and headaches.
4. Stress management
Stress is a common trigger for migraines. Stress can also create a cycle where migraine pain worsens the stress, which then triggers another migraine. Finding outlets for stress, such as journaling, exercise, or meditation, may help to prevent future migraines.
5. Yoga or stretching
Yoga is thought to help improve blood flow and reduce muscle tension, which can help relieve symptoms for people who get migraines. A comprehensive 2014 study compared conventional migraine treatment with and without the addition of regular yoga practice. The researchers found that the group who participated in a yoga program had greater relief than the group who joined in conventional treatment alone.
People need to collaborate with a doctor or migraine specialist to find a treatment regimen that works, even when trying natural remedies.