Migraine headaches – the mere sound of that can give you a headache. Anyone who has ever experienced a migraine headache knows how incapacitating it can be. Routine activities become unbearable and it seems like you have to put your life on hold until the headache passes, which can be from hours to days, I might add. Most doctors recommend migraine medicines to ease the pain of migraines. However, many people have negative side-effects from the medications or they just do not want to take them. Whatever the reason, there are alternative treatments for migraine pain. Here are some of the most common alternative treatments available.
With acupuncture, the practitioner inserts many thin, disposable needles in certain areas of the skin at specific points. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture may help relieve headaches.
This relaxation technique is especially effective for treating migraine headache. The concept behind biofeedback is interesting. Special equipment is used to teach patients how to control and monitor certain physical responses related to stress, like muscle tension.
Manual massage and chiropractic treatments may help reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. They also help improve the quality of sleep, thereby preventing the frequency of migraine attacks.
HERBS, VITAMINS, AND MINERALS
Evidence exists that the herbs feverfew and butterbur may prevent migraines and reduce their severity. A high dose of riboflavin (Vitamin B-12) may also prevent migraine headache by correcting tiny deficiencies of B-12 in the brain cells. Coenzyme Q10 may reduce the frequency of migraines but they do little to improve the severity of these headaches. Some migraine patients have low magnesium levels. An increase of magnesium supplements have been used but with mixed results. The best advice is to consult with your doctor to see which treatments work best for you. Sometimes you have to try them out to see if they are worth your time and money and many times you can use a combination of several treatments.
One thing is for sure. Alternative treatments have been shown to help many people in their fight against the agonizing pain of migraine headache. Which treatment is best depends on your type of migraine and how your body responds to treatment. They are worth a try and if you succeed in one or two of these treatments, then you are well on your way to curtailing the symptoms of migraine and perhaps preventing future migraines from occurring.