Migraine: treatment with herbs and natural resources
Why do we more and more often go trough the old traditional herbal recipes?
In the recent decades, official medicine began to pay more attention to naturopathy. More and more doctors warn against the addiction to medicines and how dangerous they can be. Means for decreasing the blood pressure for example, which are taken for a longer period, can result in breast cancer in women. "Most diseases are the result of medication which has been prescribed to relieve and take away a beneficient and warning symptom on the part of Nature" Elbert Hubbard
Types of migraine. Treatment at home.
Severe painful headache that is often preceded by warning signals or signs, like tingling of the hands and feet, nausea, vomiting, white spots and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Heavy and piercing headache can last for hours and even days. Migraine is a result of the dilation of blood vessels and the release of chemicals from the nerve fibers. During a headache an artery, which is located on the outside of the skull, expands and we feel inflammation and pain. Accordingly, the sympathetic nervous system responds by nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, and slows down gastric emptying into the small intestine. This leads to reduced blood circulation (cold hands and feet), and increased sensitivity to light and sound. What is the cause of migraines? Unfortunately, the exact cause of this disease is still unknown. It is believed that some biochemical reactions (associated with confusing signals) unlock it. And yet here are listed some of the possible reasons:
allergy and allergic reactions
noise, odors, lights and perfumes
physical / emotional stress
smoking / exposure to smoke
skipping meals or fasting
fluctuations in the menstrual cycle
taking pills for birth control
hormonal fluctuations during menopause
stress and tension
foods containing tyramine (red wine, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs)
other foods causing migraine: chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products, fermented and pickled foods
Migraine – Symptoms
An interesting fact is that the symptoms of migraine can occur shortly before the headache, during and after it. Some of the most characteristic symptoms are:
moderate to severe pain - usually on the one side of the head
severe throbbing pain in the head
an increase in pain when performing physical activity
inability to perform daily duties
nausea / vomiting
extreme sensitivity to light and sound
Women suffering from migraine may have different premonitions, also known as warning symptoms, which can occur several hours or days before the headache. These premonitions can be expressed as too much energy, enthusiasm, appetite for sweets, thirst, drowsiness, irritability or depression.
Phases of migraine
The migraine attack can be divided into four phases: 1. Warning phase - it occurs in half of the people suffering from migraine. You may feel irritable, depressed, tired, experiencing hunger. You may experience these feelings for hours or even days before the headache. 2. Phase "aura" - it is also possible not to happen at all. 3. Phase "headache" 4. Phase "resolution" - the headache gradually fades away. At this time you may feel tired, irritable, depressed, having difficulty with concentration.
Rare types of migraine
1. Menstrual migraine. The symptoms of this type are similar to the usual migraine but migraine attacks are associated with the menstrual cycle. There are two such types: pure menstrual migraine (met only during the cycle); and migraine associated with the menstrual cycle (happening before or after the cycle, but can also occur in other days of the month). The treatment for these two types is the same as for any other type of migraine.
2. Abdominal migraine. It occurs most often in children. Instead of headaches, abdominal pain is observed that lasts for several hours. During each attack the headache is less pronounced or absent. Nausea, retching, or other symptoms can be observed. An interesting fact is that children who have suffered from abdominal migraines in teenage years develop common migraine.
3. Ocular migraine (also known as retinal migraine). It causes a temporary loss of vision in a part of or in the entire eye. It may proceed with or without headache. Each attack usually occurs in the same eye. During this migraine are not observed any serious problems with the eyes and the vision is returned to normal. Attention! If you get a sudden loss of vision, see a doctor immediately! There are various reasons for this and they should be excluded before ocular migraine is diagnosed.
4. Hemiplegic migraine (a rare type). Besides severe headache the symptoms include temporary paralysis of the body and weakness. This can last for several hours or even days before fading. Therefore, this kind of attack can be mistaken for a stroke. Other symptoms also may occur - dizziness, double vision, visual problems, hearing problems and speech difficulties. Important! If you get these symptoms, visit a doctor immediately, you may have symptoms of a stroke!
5. Basilar-type migraine. (a rare type). The basilar artery is located in the back of the head and it makes us think that this type of migraine has occurred because of a problem with the basilar artery. However, the exact causes are yet unknown. The symptoms include headaches at the back of the head, double vision, dizziness, tinnitus, slurred speech, etc.. Attention – with this type of migraine there is an increased risk of stroke!
Determine by monitoring what factors provoke attacks and minimize their impact. For example, if the migraine is associated with premenstrual stress and hormonal changes, do not plan any important events at that time. If you noticed that your complaints are related to travel problems, avoid eating plenty before a long road. If the attacks occur periodically - in 10 to 40 days, do not allow during "the critical days" factors triggering the condition.
Nutrition: In unbalanced nutrition the likelihood of occurence of migraine attack is greater, so use foods rich in vitamin B (riboflavin): whole grains, yolks, milk, spinach and tender meat.
To avoid fluctuations in blood sugar, eat little but often and pick slowly digestible complex carbohydrates (whole grains and beans) instead of foods containing white flour or sugar. Sweet and refined products quickly raise blood sugar, then it drops sharply and such fluctuations cause migraine attacks in some people.
To determine which foods trigger the condition, record everything you eat in details for a few weeks. Some migraine sufferers are intolerant to tyramine, an amino acid which is one of the probable causes due to its influence on the blood vessels in the brain. It is contained in the following foods: chocolate, cheese, beef liver, eggs, beer, red wine and other products in which there is fermentation, as well as in some fruits and vegetables (bananas, oranges, plums, beans, spinach , tomatos, etc.). The reason for the attack can be a food allergy (mostly from wheat, milk, cheese, tomatoes, oranges and potatoes) or intake of tea, coffee, colas and other caffeinated beverages.
One feature, however, prevents the accurate determination of the cause that provokes the attack. Before the actual headache the already disturbed levels of neurotransmitters cause desire for certain foods. Therefore, what you eat right before the attack, is not the actual culprit for it, although the symptoms appear right after its use.
Sensitivity to light: the reflections from water, snow and other surfaces provoke migraine attacks in people who are oversensitive to light. For them are recommend nigh quality sunglasses with polarized lenses. If the problem appears to be due to the computer screen adjust the levels of the contrast and brightness to avoid light reflection. Sometimes the attacks can be prevented, if the surrounding area is dominated by blue or green tones, which is easily achieved with certain lenses.
Air Quality: In very dry air the concentration of positively charged ions increases, which boosts the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, which levels also rise during a migraine attack. Negative ions relieve symptoms and shorten their duration. Thus, to increase the concentration of these ions, ventilate often, keep many houseplants and use a humidifier and / or ionizer.
Stress: It is among the most common causes of migraines, so learn to control it. For this purpose relaxation therapy, massage, yoga, meditation and aromatherapy are especially useful. Some people deal with stress, but get attacks after it is over, so be sure to look for more effective techniques to deal with it.
Nutritional Supplements: There is evidence that the 5-hydroxytryptophan, a form of the amino acid tryptophan prevents migraine attacks. Take 100 mg. of it three times a day. However, some people get nausea from it. If you take antidepressants, consult your doctor. The intake of dietary supplements such as calcium and magnesium, and vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is also recommended .
Herbalism: Certain substances in the bitter leaves of tansy maiden possess anti-inflammatory and vasodilatory effect. If you feel the approach of an attack, add 2-3 leaves of the plant to a sandwich to avoid the unpleasant taste, or take a tablet or a capsule with herbal extract. An everyday use for long-term prevention is possible. Do not use the herb if you are pregnant, nursing or allergic to it.
Healing coolness: Lean your head against a hot-water bottle, filled with cold water, or replace it with a cold shower or pour cold water over your head.
Acupuncture for migraine: Press with thumbs the area between the eyebrows (the point in-tan) for 7-10 seconds. While pressing relax and breathe deeply. Additionally press point LV 3 on the top of the foot in the pit where the bones are on the first and second finger joined.
Rest and sleep: Lie down in a darkened and ventilated room as soon as you feel the approach of the migraine attack. Thus, either you will be able to prevent it or at least reduce its intensity.
Herbal Treatment: In case of complaints the tea of rosemary, melissa or peppermint has an antispasmodic effect and relieves the symptoms.
Aromatherapy: If you feel the approach of the attack, add two teaspoons of sweet almond oil to one drop of peppermint oil and one drop of lavender. Rub a little of the mixture in the temples and on the back of neck.
Hot and cold: Put a cold compress on the forehead or the neck. If it fails, alternate hot and cold compresses. Start with cold on the forehead and warm on the neck. Change their places every two minutes. Repeat six times.
Another method: For migraine also helps cranial osteopathy or cranio sacral therapy and the method of reverse biological connection and the method Alexander reduce the predisposition of the organism to such attacks.
Aromatherapeutic compress: When you are under stress, place daily compresses on the forehead and the temples. For this purpose, add some water to a few drops of lavender or marjoram, dip in the mixture a piece of cotton cloth, wring it well and apply to these sites.
Place one tablespoon of the herb in a cup of water (250 ml.) and boil for about 15 minutes. Strain and drink the potion, half a cup 3 times a day.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – tea
Take a tablespoon of the herb and place it in a pan with 300ml water. Leave it for about 10 minutes and strain. Drink the tea while it is hot, but not more than 2 cups a day.
Melissa (Melissa officinalis) – tincture
Take half a teaspoon of the herb and pour a glass of hot water. Leave the mixture for about 30 minutes. Take one or two tablespoons, 6 times a day.
Primrose (Primula officinalis) – tea
Take a tablespoon of primrose flowers and pour a glass of hot water. Leave on for 15 minutes and strain. Drink the tea while it is hot, but not more than 2 cups a day.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) – roots
Take 1 tablespoon of ground roots of valerian, pour 250 ml. water and boil it for 15 minutes in a water bath. Remove from the heat and leave it for about 10 minutes. Take 1 tablespoon three times a day.
Linden blossom (Tilia) – decoction
Place a tablespoon of linden blossom into 250 ml. water to boil about ten minutes. Strain and drink several times a day.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Take some dried rosemary leaves and pour a cup of hot water, cover the bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain and drink several times a day.
Here are also some special exercises. They are recommended by the folk medicine and by the official one:
Intertwine both your hands and place them behind your head. Press the neck while trying to resist this pressure.
Sit on the chair, again intertwine both hands, but this time behind the back of the chair and then force them to stretch up. Count to six and relax them.
Sit on the edge of the chair. Relax your hands free. Stare at the ceiling and count to 10. Inhale deeply and as you exhale, lean to your knees. Looking at the floor inhale and while exhaling slowly go back to your previouse position.
If you try to apply these simple exercises, you can prevent migraine attacks.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP
Migraine occurs regularly and prevents your everyday activities.
When taking oral contraceptives.
The picture of the migraine attacks changes.
See a doctor immediately if for the first time the headache makes you completely helpless and incapacitated.