About Migraine and the Natural Ways to Reduce it

A migraine appears as a sudden throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation of headaches.

Usually, it is on one side but it can be spread.

It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine is a common, multifactorial, disabling, recurrent, hereditary neurovascular headache disorder.

It usually strikes sufferers a few times per year in childhood and then progresses to a few times per week in adulthood, particularly in females.

Attacks often begin with warning signs (prodromes) and aura (transient focal neurological symptoms) whose origin is thought to involve the hypothalamus, brainstem, and cortex. ¹

Before the pain, there is sometimes auras
(numbness and blurred vision or light glints accompanied by nausea, stomach upset, fatigue, anxiety, vague thinking and/or peripheral numbness).

The main challenge with a migraine is finding out the root of the problem.

First, it is important to identify and avoid the triggers generally stimulated because they have cumulative effects.

Food intolerance and allergy may be connected to migraines, it is recommended to eliminate allergenic foods while trying to identify the trigger to the migraines.

Relaxation techniques can be used effectively.

There are several theories about the cause of migraines

There are multiple pathways involved in a migraine headache but a clear understanding of the pathogenesis is not yet clear.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but they’re thought to be the result of abnormal brain activity temporarily affecting nerve signals, chemicals and blood vessels in the brain.²

MIGRAINES POTENTIAL TRIGGERS

  • Low levels of serotonin
  • Food allergy/intolerance: cow’s milk, wheat, chocolate, eggs, oranges, benzoic acid (food preservatives), aged cheese, tomatoes and tartrazine (food colouring)
  • Increased protein intake and decrease the amount of carbohydrates you consume (for example in certain diets)
  • Alcohol – mainly beer and red wine
  • Chemicals – nitrite (preservative) / MSG – Monosodium glutamate (flavor enhancer with an umami taste)
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Stress
  • Emotional changes
  • Hormonal changes
  • Excess or lack of sleep
  • Exhaustion
  • Incorrect posture
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weather changes
  • Diet-related triggers: hypoglycemia, increased sodium intake, lactose intolerance and aspartame intolerance may cause migraines.

SUPPLEMENTS & HERBS:

Recommendations are individual to health conditions, after consulting with your healthcare practitioner you can consider the following:

  1. Essential fatty acids- Omega 3 fatty oils:
    EPA and DHA: primarily found in certain fish.
    ALA (alpha-linolenic acid): found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.
  2. Riboflavin B2 (within B complex)
    Vitamin B2 showing in research decreased ‘attack frequency’ and ‘headache days’.³
  3.  5HTP
    The molecular intermediate between tryptophan and serotonin (a chemical in the brain that regulates pain, sleep, and mood).
    Serotonin levels become even lower during a migraine or headache attack.
    5HTP supplement is easily absorbed when taken orally and easily crosses the Blood-Brain Barrier.
  4. Magnesium
    Magnesium deficiency is related to factors that promote headaches. People who experience migraine headaches may have lower levels of serum and tissue magnesium than those who do not.
  5. Ginger
    Fresh ginger root has significant effects in suppressing inflammation and platelet aggregation (symptoms that demonstrated in migraine patients both during and between attacks).
  6. Feverfew
    Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium L.)  is a medicinal plant traditionally used for the treatment of fevers and migraine headaches.
    The feverfew herb has a long history of use in traditional and folk medicine.
    Feverfew action does not appear to be limited to a single mechanism. Plant extracts affect a wide variety of physiologic pathways including inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, a decrease of vascular smooth muscle spasm, and blockage of platelet granule secretion.

Research suggests that 3,000 migraine attacks occur every day for each million of the general population. This equates to over 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK.5

If you feel that your trigger is food/stress related, and for a further individual consultation you can contact me on my contact page.

Until the next time
Xx Paz

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