The effects of a migraine can be so severe, that some persons will do just about anything to get some relief. This relief can be in the form of medication or alternative treatments.
Migraines have been attributed in part, to changes in the body chemical serotonin. If serotonin levels are high, then blood vessels tend to shrink, and if they are low, blood vessels will swell. This swelling is thought to contribute to migraine headache pain.
Migraine headaches can be triggered by certain foods such as cheese and red wine, smoking, warm weather, stress, poor diet, strong scents and lack of sleep, among other factors.
In order to find the best relief, it is recommended that you keep track of the particular factors that preceded the onset of the migraine attack. This can be done by keep a ‘headache diary. ‘ This is simply a log of the food you eat, stressful events, weather changes etc, all factors that can set off a headache. With this is place, you can more easily identify the trigger of your migraine headache, and either eliminate or reduce it.
For example , if your migraine headache is stress related, then you can look at techniques such as meditation or massages, to alleviate the problem.
If on the other hand, your headaches are the result of low blood sugar levels caused by irregular eating patterns, then you will have to start eating regular nutritious meals throughout the day. For a better meal mix it is recommended that you combine protein with complex carbohydrates an example of this is a meal of chicken and brown rice.
To get relief from migraine headaches triggered by the food you eat, will involve eliminating them from your diet altogether.
Moderate exercise has also been found to minimize headaches. The action of swinging the arms while walking, is beneficial in reducing the build-up of tension in the shoulders and neck, thereby alleviating the pressure that is at the root of some migraines.
Studies conducted by researchers in New Zealand and Australia have confirmed that folic acid supplements can prevent migraines. The results of the studies indicated that migraine sufferers have higher than normal levels of the amino acid or protein called homocysteine, in the blood. The high level of this amino acid was the result of an existing genetic condition. After patients were treated with folic acid, there was a noticeable reduction in their headaches.
There is also natural migraine relief available. Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin has been found to be very beneficial in treating migraines. Studies done have concluded that it can reduce the frequency and duration of a migraine headache. The recommended dosage is 400mg per day. Taken over a period of 2 months, its benefits have proven to be very significant.
One of the best ways to achieve long lasting migraine relief is to be able to identify the cause of your migraine headache. We have seen that if this is done, then it is easier to identify the best method to get the desired relief.