Finding the right combination of therapies on how to treat a migraine can be time-consuming and extremely difficult.
While most patients opt for traditional medication, many people are still turning to more natural therapies such as relaxation techniques and herbal remedies, when referring to how to treat a migraine.
Feverfew - Modern uses of feverfew have been linked to the treatment of migraines, dizziness, and breathing problems.
Peppermint - Peppermint oil and its active ingredient, menthol, are available in liquid capsules. You can also dilute the oils and apply them locally, which is the primary method for migraine treatment. Apply diluted peppermint oil to your forehead and temples in a 10 percent solution.
Valerian - Its sedative properties can relax over-contracted muscles and tension, which is often associated with migraine pains.
Medication is a proven way on how to treat a migraine. But medication is only part of the story. Your lifestyle choices that promote good health can reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines.
In fact, combining good lifestyle routines with medication is often the most effective method on how to treat a migraine.
â€¢ Turn off the lights. Migraines often increase sensitivity to light and sound. Rest in a dark, quiet room. Sleep if you can.
â€¢ Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a freezing effect, which may reduce the sensation of pain.
â€¢ Massage painful areas. Apply gentle pressure to your scalp or temples. Ease muscle tension with a shoulder or neck massage.
â€¢ In small amounts, caffeine alone can reduce migraine pain in the early stages or increase the pain-reducing effects of acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and aspirin.
â€¢ Have a good sleep. Migraines may keep you from falling asleep or wake you up at night. At the same time, migraines are often generated by a poor night sleep.
â€¢ Your eating habits can influence your migraines. Eat at about the same time every day. Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast. If you suspect that a certain food â€” such as cheese, chocolate, caffeine, or alcohol â€” is triggering your migraines, remove it from your diet to see what happens.
â€¢ During physical activity, your body releases certain chemicals that block pain signals to your brain. In addition, they also help reduce anxiety and depression, which can often lead to migraines.
â€¢ Stress and migraines often are inter-connected. You can’t avoid daily stress, but you can keep it under control (by using breathing, relaxation, and positive thinking techniques) – which can help you prevent migraines.