Migraine headaches are one of the most difficult health problems that people face. Alternative and traditional medicine have not found a reliable way to relieve migraines. This is partly because there are many types of migraines. Each person is unique and has their own set of circumstances that can contribute to the problem. Spasms of cerebral blood vessels can be dangerous as they are often linked to strokes.
These are the ones that are associated with the classic “aura” phenomenon. Dilated arteries in brain – the most severe type of migraine. Intracranial aneurysms are a swelling of the blood vessels that puts pressure on your brain. While some drugs can be effective in migraine relief, side effects can occur and they tend to lose effectiveness over time. There are many things to consider when looking for natural migraine relief.
First, as with many other health issues, it’s often more important to do what you don’t do. It is important to avoid foods that stimulate the brain and food additives. These foods, known as ‘excitotoxins, can cause brain nerve signals to be disrupted.
What should you avoid? Hidden food sensitivities are another cause of migraines. The Stage IV Adverse Food Reactions are the most difficult to identify. These food sensitivities are caused by the reactive substance reaching the cellular level. This process can take up three days before symptoms appear. A blood test called Mediator Release Testing is the best way to detect hidden food sensitivities.
This test measures your response to 150 common reactive foods. You can also take proactive steps to reduce your risk of getting migraines. These may help reduce their severity and duration.
- Magnesium – Numerous research studies have shown that migraine sufferers are often chronically deficient of this vital nutrient.
- Riboflavin – protects the brain from excitotoxins.
- Curcumin, quercitin, and hesperidin are anti-inflammatory flavinoids.
- DHA – A component of fish oil that is potently anti-inflammatory.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – A powerful antioxidant.
- B vitamins – are good for nerve and brain health.
- 5-HTP – This is a precursor to serotonin, an inhibitory brain neurotransmitter.
- Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in migraine cases many times.
Each person’s migraines is unique so none of these methods can be considered 100% reliable. If you suffer from migraines, you can try one at a given time to see if they make a difference.