If you’ve ever had a migraine, then you know just how awful they feel. For people who have never had the experience, a migraine is more than just an annoyingly bad headache. Frequently, migraines are accompanied by alterations in vision, changes in taste and smells and numbness or tingling. Many people with migraines also experience a visual aura and have difficulty thinking clearly during an episode. Although there are several medications to treat migraines available, there are also natural remedies that are highly effective.
Feverfew has been used for centuries as a natural folk remedy to help migraine sufferers. Derived from the feverfew plant, it contains compounds that fight the symptoms of a migraine in the early stages of an episode. In clinical trials, feverfew was found to be effective in reducing the number of migraine episodes a person experiences. Migrafew is a product that is commercially available that contains feverfew.
Butterbur is a natural remedy that is derived from a plant that is native to North America, parts of Asia and Europe. It commonly grows in marshy and wet environments. The large leaves are commonly used to wrap and protect butter during warm weather, but it has surprising health applications. It is extremely effective to treat pain, such as migraine pain. It is also effective in treating fever, anxiety, fever and gastrointestinal conditions. Traditionally, it has been used to treat asthma and allergies, along with distressful migraine headaches.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese remedy that is used to treat a wide variety of health conditions and ailments. By inserting fine, thin needles along energy meridians, acupuncturists are able to rebalance the body for health. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, it was discovered that individuals with migraines who underwent acupuncture treatment experienced fewer headache episodes, used substantially less medication and needed to see their doctor less often for treatment. Acupuncture is often used to treat chronic pain conditions, in addition to migraine.
If you get migraines, there are other options available for effective treatment other than prescribed pharmaceuticals. Effective folk remedies, such as feverfew and butterbur, have been used for years because they are effective. Chinese medical approaches, such as acupuncture have been used for thousands of years effectively. Folk remedies often have fewer side effects and are less expensive to use than going to your doctor and getting a prescription.
– The Alternative Daily