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Migraine Relief: 3 Easy Hacks for Managing Pain Naturally

  • Dr. Steve Young
  • 27 Mar, 2023

Migraines, which can cause throbbing, incapacitating headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound, are a strange and mysterious thing. Migraines affect about 12% of the population, with women being three times more likely than men to have them. Migraines can be so bad that they make it hard to work, go out with friends, or even do simple things like brushing your teeth. While medications can be effective, many people prefer to use natural remedies to manage migraine pain. But which ones actually work? In this article, we'll look at three unusual, but research- and expert-backed, ways to get rid of migraine pain without drugs.

Hack 1: Butterbur
Butterbur is an herb that has been used for centuries to treat migraines and other ailments. Recent studies have shown that it may work to reduce how often and how bad migraines are. Butterbur works by reducing inflammation and relaxing blood vessels in the brain. The recommended dosage is 75 milligrams twice a day, and it's important to choose a brand that is labeled "PA-free" to avoid potentially harmful compounds. While butterbur is generally safe, some people may experience side effects such as upset stomach, fatigue, and allergic reactions.
Hack 2: Vitamin B2
Riboflavin, which is another name for vitamin B2, has been shown to help stop migraines. Studies have found that taking 400 milligrams of vitamin B2 daily can reduce the frequency and duration of migraines. Vitamin B2 helps brain cells make more energy and decreases oxidative stress, which is thought to be a cause of migraines. Foods high in vitamin B2 include dairy products, eggs, and leafy green vegetables. However, taking a supplement may be more effective in managing migraines.
Hack 3: Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment that involves sticking thin needles into the body at certain points. While it may seem like a strange and daunting practice, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines. A 2012 review of studies found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture and other treatments for managing migraines. Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system and releasing endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. Acupuncture is generally safe, but it's essential to choose a qualified and licensed practitioner.

Migraines are hard to understand and can be frustrating, but there are natural ways to ease the pain. Butterbur, vitamin B2, and acupuncture are three unusual ways to treat migraine pain that research studies and expert opinions have shown to work. By adding these tips to your daily routine, you can reduce how often and how bad your migraines are and improve your overall health.

References:

  • 1. Lipton, R. B., Goadsby, P. J., & Cady, R. K. (2015). Chronic migraine: etiology, diagnosis, and management. The Lancet Neurology, 14(1), 64-74.
  • 2. Schoenen, J., Jacquy, J., Lenaerts, M., & Masson, P. L. (1998). Effectiveness of high-dose riboflavin in migraine prophylaxis: a randomized controlled trial. Neurology, 50(2), 466-470.
  • 3. Gobel, H., Schmidt, G., Dworschak, M., Stolze, H., & Heuss, D. (1995). Essential plant oils and headache mechanisms. Phytomedicine, 2(2), 93-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0944-7113(11)80053-X

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