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Alternative medicines for migraines

According to some statistics published in The Journal of Headache and Pain, 1 person out of 6 is suffering from head pain, all types combined (headache, migraine, tension headache). 

This makes headache disorders among the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide.

According to specialists, it is growing every year, with a broader range of people suffering from it, stronger symptoms, and more occurrences. 

In general, women are more affected than men, suffering from more severe and recurrent forms. 

Is there a difference between headaches and a migraine?

Although conventional medicine makes some difference between the two, in natural medicines, we don’t really care.

The reason is that with a holistic natural health approach calling it a headache or a migraine is not going to help. What will be important is, as always, identifying and treating the causes of the headache in order to have a lasting result. 

To do that, and holistic natural health expert is going to analyze the symptom “headache” in detail as well as the rest of the health of the patient. 

Concretely, about the headache, that means we are going to look at all those criteria:

  • Where the pain is located
  • When the pain appears
  • What improves or aggravates the pain
  • What position triggers/improves/aggravates the pain
  • Do any other symptoms appear at the same time
  • How long does the pain last
  • What type of pain is it, and how does the patient describes it
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Common symptoms and causes of migraines

Let’s specify here that, as for natural medicine, we don’t make a difference between headache and migraine, we consider migraine as a symptom and not a disease.

In general, connected symptoms can be:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

In a holistic health approach, all these symptoms will be, of course, taken into account in order to better refine the diagnostic and therefore increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

Concerning the causes, this is maybe why headaches are so prevalent worldwide, as almost anything can cause headaches. 

Here is just listing a few:

  • Flu
  • Food poisoning
  • Menstruations
  • Constipation
  • Hypertension
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleeping problems
  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Pregnancy
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Lack of oxygenation
  • Mold
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Air conditioning
  • etc.

Alternative medicines and holistic treatment for migraines

Natural medicine has lots of different tools to treat migraines. First, the capability to understand the cause. As strange as it seems, migraines can be caused by digestive problems, food allergies, hormonal problems, contraceptive pills, drugs, dehydration, lack of vitamins, and much more.

Phytotherapy and other biotherapy will be very specific to the cause and the migraine itself. There are hundreds of different treatments, and that is the good news, every person who suffers from migraine should find a solution with natural medicine.

Natural medicine also gives importance to situations that can increase the recurrence of migraines, such as lack of sleep or stress. 

Depending on the causes, on top of phytotherapy and other biotherapy, treatments may include manual techniques such as:

  • Osteopathy
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture

Additional therapies like chromotherapy and electromagnetic fields can prove to be very useful, depending on specific cases.

Using natural medicines first to treat migraines is, in our opinion, the best reflex to have. It is a side-effect-free option that, in the worst-case scenario, won’t be sufficient to treat the problem. 

Taking powerful chemical painkillers is not without risks and side effects, so what do you lose by trying the natural way first?

Finally, we can say that natural medicine is good for preventing migraine, and this is of great value for someone that wants to anticipate potential health problems. 

As a general rule, it is always easier to prevent than to treat. Hopefully, this is why natural medicines exist, as they excel at preventing diseases.

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