Did you know that migraine is a chronic neurological disorder characterised by severe headaches, mostly affecting one side of the head?
Better understanding and trying to learn what triggers your migraine will go a long way in taking preventive measures and reducing the severity as well as the frequency of the problem. There are several home remedies which provide relief to a great extent. Here are a few:
Using ice wraps is said to provide great relief when wrapped around your head or neck. It also improves blood flow and provides relief to migraine pain almost instantly. You could also try the ice towel method. Wet a towel, wring it dry and place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Take out the towel, refold it and place it back in the freezer. Once the towel is completely cold from all sides, wrap it around your neck or head and wait for the pain to subside.
Water and caffeine
Dehydration is one of the major causes of headaches. So make sure you drink the prescribed three litres of water every day and if you are prone to migraines, drinking water is an absolute must. And then comes the coffee, which can be called the double-edged sword because, it can cause as well as relieve headaches! You might be interested in knowing that caffeine can actually lessen pain by restricting the blood vessels. Another interesting fact is that some of the over-the-counter pain medications have caffeine as one its constituents. When consumed in moderation, caffeine can be a boon, however, excess usage can actually make your migraine worse!
Experts say that henna is extremely effective in healing migraines and headaches. Here’s what you can do: Soak the henna flowers in vinegar for a few minutes, rub the flower against your forehead and watch the pain disappear!
Fruits and vegetables
Magnesium is an important supplement that all of us need as it helps our body to relax. So, low levels of magnesium can cause migraines. So, make sure you consume vegetables and fruits that are high in magnesium.
Leafy vegetables, especially dark green ones, fruits and nuts are high in magnesium. Make them a part of your daily diet and you will notice that your migraines are less frequent now!
Juice made of spinach, beetroot, cucumber are said to alleviate migraine headaches really quickly. If you don’t like having them individually, combine all three and make a cocktail! Oatmeal, wheat, garlic, ginger, fish and broccoli are also foods rich in magnesium.
Keep a log
Knowing what triggers your migraine is important. So, keep a log. Make a list of everything you eat as certain foods are known to trigger migraine. This might not be easy as it would differ from individual to individual. But make an effort and also log the time or when your migraines occur. Once you’ve figured out the trigger, just remove it from your diet. Also, sometimes it could be a perfume, deodorant, incense sticks or room fresheners. In that case, all you have to do is stop using them.
If none of these remedies work, it’s time you met your doctor for a complete diagnosis and treatment.
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