Preventing Migraines Naturally
Migraine pain is characterized by throbbing head pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting, which usually attack in the morning, so it is very disturbing activities. Headache is rather difficult to distinguish from sinus headaches or neck muscles tense. First of all let us get to know more closely what the migraine. In the end of this article we will show you various herbs that can be used for preventing migraines naturally.
Although certain unknown cause, migraine is thought to occur due to hyperactivity of the brain electrical impulses that increase blood flow in the brain and result in brain blood vessel dilation and inflammation. Migraine is estimated to suffer 25% female and 10% of men worldwide. Statistically,
Hormones connection of migraines
Migraine headaches are not normal. Headache this one marked pain, throbbing, especially on one side of the head. Sometimes accompanied by nausea to vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
According to Carolyn Bernstein, author of The Migraine Brain (2008), migraine occurs because cells in the brain swelling and send a signal at the wrong time. Nerves are more sensitive brain also causes one to frequently get migraine headaches.
It is estimated that 18 of 100 women aged 12 years and over at least feel migrate or not had any headaches that one side attacking the head. In men, attacked the head pain is only from 6 percent of the population. This disease is often more attacking Women, Why? Expected because the experts for the hormone.
Many factors that cause headache incidence, both men and women, and including the age Genetic factors. In Women, more because the main cause hormonal changes caused.
Migraine caused by hormone, in fact, many patients experiencing migraine near, during, and right after menstruation. Migrate suffered by many women of productive age, and now gradually disappeared menopause.
The use of hormone therapy and the contraceptive pill can also trigger headaches. Mass during pregnancy, headaches are usually reduced to assault.
MayoClinic sites mentioned in the hormones estrogen and progesterone, play an important role in the menstrual cycle give pregnancy, affects chemicals in the brain that cause headaches. High estrogen levels will cause headaches, beside estrogen level that is to low, actually trigger the head pain.
Suspected stress factors can also increase the frequency of attack migrate. While foods containing tyramine, such as cheese give feniletamin (in chocolate) also can stimulate migrate attack.
Compared with men, women are more often attacked by migraine. Generally, migraine attack women aged 10 to 46 years and gradually disappear after menopause.
“In addition to its hormonal factors, many women are also affected by migraine psychological reasons, but the rise and fall of hormone levels in the female body is the most obvious cause of migraine,” said Bernstein, who also founded the Women’s Headache Center in Cambridge, U.S., this.
In women, usually migraine often occurs at the menstrual periods. However, there are women who experienced hormonal headaches, during fertile period. Bernstein suggested that we note the menstrual period so that it can find a connection with the occurrence of migraine. Other trigger factors include stress, eating too late, less rest, too little exercise.
General recurrent migraine attacks. But migraines can not be cured, so that the patient is recommended preventive action by changing your lifestyle and take medication only when attacks occur. Enough sleep, regular exercise, will make the pain caused by migraine reduced.
Recent research shows that apart from the influence of a particular disease, migraine is often caused by the consumption of certain foods, such as red wine, caffeine, cheese, and oranges. Foods that contain Vaso-active amines that can enlarge the blood vessels, causing a migraine for some people. In many cases, migraines are caused by this chemical reaction than an allergic response. However, only in a small proportion of patients, the disease is caused by allergies.
Preventing Migraine with Proper Diet
Nutritionist Fiona Hunter explains that this problem can be overcome with the right diet. British Migraine Association suggested to prevent blood sugar levels decrease as the distance between each meal apart. Eat a little, but often. Avoid sweet foods, like chocolate. Instead, choose vegetables and fruits. Also it’s good eating snacks late at night to prevent migraine attacks in the morning. Do not be late for breakfast.
Here are some notes from Alicia Hunter for migraine sufferers. If you often get migraines, then:
- Avoid drinks that come from grapes, such as red wine, port wine, sherry (wine that taste sweet), and beer. Instead you can drink white wine. If you have a habit of drinking red wine, replace it with high quality. Research shows that red wine is very expensive to reduce attacks.
- Reduce consumption of tea, coffee, cola, and chocolate. If forced to, you can replace with tea or coffee that does not contain caffeine and herbal tea.
- Reduce consumption of oranges and fruit juices. Instead you can eat apples and pears.
- Avoid cheese, or replace with a softer cheese, yogurt, and fromage frais (a cheese made from goat’s milk).
- Avoid consuming yeast extract, beans, bananas, avocados.
- For those who often experience migraine attacks in the morning, should eat a snack before bed that night.
- Make a note if accompanied by a migraine attack or if other symptoms recur after eating certain foods or beverages.
- If migraine attacks associated with menstruation, avoid foods which cause a week before the menstrual period.
Actually migraine attack is preventable, especially if we made a success of finding the causal factor, so that we can avoid it. Have enough bed time will help greatly. While if you want to kick a habits of drinking a tea or coffee, it is good if you do it gradually.
But if migrain has came, try to take a rest and have a sleep in the dark room. Also you can apply a cold compress at your head to tighten blood vessel around scalpserangan. And then drink a analgetyc, either chemical medicine or using herbal ingredients, to smoothen blood stream. And better you go to a doctor if soreness still sensed.
As it has mentioned, there are several herb that can be used for preventing migraines naturally or substitute chemical medicine. The Herbs that can be used to againts migrain are ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale rosc.), bangle rhizome (Zingiber cassumunar roxb.), pegagan (Cetella asiatica L. Urban), and ginkgo leaf (Ginkgo biloba L.).
Ginger rhizome content of atsiri volatile oil and oleo resin (resin oil).
Atsiri volatile oil content of seskuiterpena, which spread unique ginger aromatic. while monoterpena and alcohol that are contained in, give spicy taste, and also as an anti-queasiness and anti-vomit. And what is more, ginger also have benefit as an anti-inflammation, pain abating agent and smoothen blood stream. That is way ginger is effective to against migraine. For children, ginger is effective for migraine disease, because its anti-toxic character.
It is not complicated to use this herb. Just take its rhizome powder that has been dried up. For adult and for with more than 6 year old. use 50 grams of ginger powder. This ingredients is for once drink (a dose). In order to become heal, it is better to drink this recipe twice to four time a day.
Bangle rhizome (Zingiber cassumunar roxb.) has the same benefit too. bangle plant is implied in empon-empon (Java) spices. Has specialty characteristic as an anti-inflammation that is stronger, and also as a migraine abating agent. For that used, you can use 0.5 grams of dried bangle rhizome powder (for a dose), drink twice a day.
Next, a herb named pegagan (Cetella asiatica). This plant that is implied in Apiaceae family, is believed to loosen a migraine.
Chemical characteristic : Asiaticoside, thankunside, isothankunside, madecassoside, brahmoside, brahmic acid, madasiatic acid, meso-inosetol, centellose, carotenoids, garam K, Na, Ca, Fe, vellarine, tatin, mucilago, resin, pektin, gula, vitamin B
Pharmacology effect : Its characteristic is sweet and fresh, antiseptic, anti-toxic, fever reduction (Antipiretika), asiaticoside and vellarine.
Pegagan Leaf : as atringensia and tonic ; Pegagan also used for vitality, brain exhaustion and also for woman fertility. Restore sirculation by revitalized blood stream. So it is effective to smoothen blood stream, as a pain abating agent and tranquilizer. But remember, this herb is for adult only. Don’t give it to children.
Ginkgo leaf (Ginkgo biloba L.) that actually grow in china, content of flalonoid in monoglikosida, diglikosida and triglikosida shaped, also ester koumarat acid. The importance is, like the the other migraine repellent herbs. Ginkgo leaf extract also have benefit to smoothen blood stream in brain (head).
Take medicine at the beginning of the emergence of signs of illness will have maximum effect. This is important for migraine. Can be marked with migraine symptoms, such as disturbance of vision, a great pain in one of the head, nausea, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smell.
Herbal Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
Member of the aster family, contains active substances called parthenolide. These substances can prevent the body to produce prostaglandins. That is, this herbal medicine can reduce the incidence of infection that is produced by its gland. This herbal medicine also helps to determine the amount of blood that must be distributed to body networks.
An anti-inflammatory herb called feverfew works for a lot of people. Clinical trials conducted by a doctor, who is a leading migraine specialist, found that:
- Approximately 72% of the 253 people involved, who were suffering from true migraine, found that feverfew was helpful for the prevention of their headaches
- 78% of the 23 people suffering from tension headaches also found that feverfew reduced headache frequency and severity
- Of the 242 patients who recorded the frequency, 33% no longer had attacks and 76% had fewer migraines each month compared to before taking feverfew
- Associated nausea and vomiting decreased or disappeared
- A proportion of patients experienced the migraine aura without the attack
- When attacks did occur, they responded better to conventional painkillers
- Feverfew users experienced no adverse interactions with their orthodox medication
- The onset of the effect was slow and gradual, often taking several months
What are the side effects?
There are no known side effects to this herb, when given as a tincture. However, allergic contact dermatitis has been noted after contact with fresh feverfew leaves.
When consumed regularly, can be trusted butterbur reduce migraine attacks up to 60%. Clinical-trial experiment showed that the attack does not happen awfully and the duration is usually shorter.
Butterbur and feverfew supplements are available in health food stores and Internet site. Ask your personal doctor.
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
This herb has muscle relaxant and painkilling properties. It is traditionally prescribed for Migraine. It also reduces anxiety.
Science-based 21st Century Herbal Medicine enables us to identify the key active chemical constituents in a plant and understand their effect on the body’s biochemistry.
Treatment can take several months but the incidence and severity of Migraine is usually reduced.
What are the side effects?
None expected if taken within the recommended dose range.
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Skullcap can be used as a mild sedative in the treatment of Migraine. It has been traditionally prescribed for nervous tension and restlessness. It nourishes the nervous system and calms and relieves stress and anxiety. Its antispasmodic action is useful where stress and worry cause muscular tension.
What are the side effects?
None expected if taken within the recommended dose range.
These are just three of the herbs that may be used. A variety of others can be used depending on the individual patient and his / her needs. This is why an extensive case history is taken. For example, if the Migraine is triggered by stress, herbs to support the nervous system are given along with herbs to help the body’s response to stress.
In cases where the trigger is hormonal, herbs to balance the hormones may be given. Patients are sometimes asked to have a blood test to ascertain hormone levels, which can usually be done through their GP.