Migraine is a medical condition that involves chemicals in the body. These chemicals, such as serotonin, when present in high levels, causes blood levels to constrict. Sudden drop in levels of these chemicals causes the blood vessels to suddenly dilate and enlarge resulting to a migraine. Although much is known about migraines, doctors still do not know how to cure it. This makes it very complicated to deal with. What most doctors and migraine patients do is to use remedies in the forms of medicines and therapies that help people deal and cope up with migraine and its accompaniment symptoms.
The most common form of dealing with migraines includes medicines, such as analgesics, non-steroid anti inflammatory drugs. These give instant relief. But there are cases wherein it causes more pain than relief; as a result, some people opt for other forms of remedies.
Some forms of home therapy and physical process can be considered as alternative home remedies for migraines. One is acupuncture. This procedure involves inserting needles into specified points to influence the balance of the body. The aim of this procedure is to stimulate the release of endorphins, influence the sympathetic and automatic nervous systems and to stimulate and improve blood circulation. Acupuncture has shown to be effective for helping people deal with pain and injuries as well as preventing headaches, muscle stresses and spasms. Another one is biofeedback. Biofeedback allows a person to consciously change and control the body's vital functions that are normally unconscious. After much training, processes such as breathing and the heart rate can be controlled with the mind. Other forms include message therapy and hydrotherapy, external application of water in various forms to a part of the human body. It can be done using materials found at home such as hot and ice water. These materials help in blood circulation. These alternative home remedies deal mainly with the physical state of the person.
Another alternative remedy considered by plenty is taking in herbs. These remedies mainly deal with the intake of the person suffering migraines. In some ways, it serves as supplements to people so as to decrease the symptoms that they feel and to further less the chances of migraines occurring the future. One such herb is cayenne. It contains capsaicin which is believed to block a chemical that is involved in pain transmission in the nerves. Some studies have shown that patients who take in cayenne experienced a significant decrease in the intensity of pain during their migraines. Ginger, a herb commonly found in the kitchen, reduces pain because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been observed that ginger decrees the tension of blood platelets to clump together, reducing the head pain present in migraines.
These home remedies or treatments can be effective with migraines. But most doctors and specialist have to be consulted when considering with these alternative remedies. It is always possible that these alternative remedies, instead of helping a person deal with migraine, can further aggravate the situation by means of allergies and added headaches, etc.