Migraine is a neurological condition characterized by intense, debilitating headaches.
The diagnosis of migraine headaches can be determined by clinical history, reported symptoms, and by ruling out other causes. It may start in childhood or in adulthood and women are more likely to have migraines than men. The two common categories of migraine headache are:
Migraines with aura: known as classic migraines.
Migraine without aura: known as common migraine .
Migraine have some stages:
Its progress can go through four stages, but not everyone who has migraines tests all stages.
It occurs one or two days before a migraine, and considered as a warn of an upcoming migraine.
- Mood changes, from depression to euphoria
- Food cravings
- Increased thirst and urination
- Frequent yawning.
It might occur before or during migraines. It is reversible symptom of the nervous system which are usually visual, but can also include other complications as:
- Visual phenomena, as seeing bright spots or flashes of light
- Vision loss
- Weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body
- Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
- Hearing noises or music
- Difficulty speaking
Migraine's pain usually exists on one side of the head, and often on both sides with pulses and sensitivity to light, sound.
After a migraine attack, some symptoms can exist as:
Feeling drained, confused for up to a day.
Any sudden head movement might bring the pain again briefly .
Natural remedies for migraine:
Years before the introduction of modern medicine, cultures worldwide developed herbal remedies for headaches and other common migraine symptoms. Many of these herbal traditions have survived the passage of time. Although most herbal migraine remedies haven’t been thoroughly scientifically tested for their effectiveness, many are rapidly gaining the support of the modern medical community.
1- Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium):
It was first used in ancient Greece to treat a variety of ailments such as fever, swelling, and inflammation. People used to took the herb and use it to relieve pains such as headaches in the first century. Eastern European cultures traditionally used feverfew for headaches, insect bites, and other pain.
2- Ginger (Zingiber officinale):
It is a tropical Asian plant which has been used as a remedy for:
headaches, stomach pain, nausea, arthritis, cold, flu symptoms and neurological problems.
Ginger has also been used as anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial. In 2014, published study in the Phytotherapy showed that ginger powder’s benefits were comparable to sumatriptan’s, which is a prescription drug for migraine but with fewer side effects.
3- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis):
Valerian is native to Europe and Asia that can be found now in North America. It was used as a remedy for insomnia. Valerian was known as “all-heal” in the 1500s, as it was used to treat a variety of ailments.such as:
insomnia, headaches, heart palpitations, tremors and anxiety.
It’s sometimes used in the modern treatment of headaches, but valerian hasn’t been researched enough to determine its usefulness in the treatment of migraine pain.
4- Coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum):
Coriander was known for its ability to treat ailments that ranged from allergies to diabetes to migraines. Traditional Ayurvedic medicine used coriander to relieve sinus pressure and headaches by pouring hot water over the fresh seeds and inhaling the steam.
Coriander seeds can be chewed and used in food or teas. Oral extracts are also available.
5- Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia):
It is known for its sweet smell and it is extracted from the flowers of lavender plant.
Lavender oil was used in ancient Egypt during the mummification process. Because of its antimicrobial properties. The aromatic flowers and their oil were used to treat everything from headaches and insomnia to mental health complaints such as stress and fatigue. Many of these historical uses remain popular today.
- In 2012, a study suggested that inhaling lavender oil may help relieve migraines' symptoms quickly. It can be toxic when taken orally at certain doses.
6- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis):
Rosemary is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used to treat:
muscle and joint pain, memory problems, concentration difficulties, nervous disorders, circulatory problems, liver ailments and migraines
It can be diluted and applied topically or inhaled for aromatherapeutic purposes. The plant’s leaves can also be dried and ground for use in capsules. It can also be used in teas, tinctures, and liquid extracts. It is also believed to have antimicrobial, antispasmodic, and antioxidant effects. Still, its ability to reduce migraine pain hasn’t been well studied.
- Just like any other remedies, herbs can have significant side effects on the body and can interact with other medicines .