Migraine is a severe headache accompanied by throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting, and photosensitivity. Usually migraine affects only one side of the head. It occurs more commonly in women. The frequency and symptoms of the onset of migraine varies from person to person. Drugs taken at the onset of symptoms or on a more regular basis can help prevent migraine.
Causes: Migraine may be triggered by a sudden change in weather or sudden change in food habits which can cause digestive problems such as acidity or flatulence. Increased stress may also cause migraine. Neurologically, migraine is caused by the constriction of blood vessels of brain and irritation of nerves in the brain.
Symptoms: Unilateral or bilateral acute pain. The pain aggravates due to exposure to sun and loud noises. It is preceded by symptoms such as temporary vision problem, fatigue and flashing lights. The patient feels very weak after an attack of migraine.
Treatments: There are many treatments which help relieve pain. But these treatments tend to be very strong and cause side effects. Therefore, home remedies such are herbs are increasingly being used to treat migraine. Herbs can cure the root cause of the and even prevent attacks.
Ginger powder or ginger extract is vasodilator. It can be quite beneficial if taken at the onset of migraine. Take half gram of ginger powder and mix in water. Drink 3-4 times a day depending upon the severity of pain. Take it regularly for few days. It will reduce the frequency and severity of pain. It also helps with digestion which can be the cause of migraine.
Feverfew extract can also be quite effective in preventing migraine. It should be taken regularly and as soon as the pain starts. Capsules containing dried leaf extract of feverfew are usually recommended to treat migraine. Dried leaves should not be chewed as they can cause ulceration in the mouth.
A few drops (4-5) of almond oil in each nostril in the morning and before going to bed can help reducing many migraine related problems. Almond is a brain tonic. It also reduces stress and anxiety which can causes migraine.
4-5 drops of Brahmi ghee in each nostril relaxes the nerves. A head massage with Brahmi oil reduces headache, nourishes the brain and reduces stress and anxiety.
Apply a paste made from equal quantity of ginger powder and turmeric powder in milk on fore head. Keep it for 20-30 minutes and wash the head.
Drinking juice of fresh purple grapes or eating fresh purple grapes can be highly effective in reducing pain.
Chamomile tea, decoction of Jamaican dogwood, peppermint tea or leaf extract, rosemary, Skull cap, butter bur and california poppy are among the other herbs which are used as pain killers. These herbs strengthen the nervous system.
An ice wrap made of the ice-cold towel if wrapped around fore head also reduces pain.
Contraindications: Dose of herbal treatment should be taken under constant supervision of medical professional. Feverfew is not advisable for pregnant women. It can cause gastric problems to the sensitive persons if used for long time.