I met Al a few years ago, when he was
decorating my new house.
Al was a good looking 45 year old, happy man
with lots of clients.
But Al had a horrible secret.
Every now and then he had to avoid going to
work and stay at home, because he was suffering
from these crippling headaches.
“ It’s one of the worst feelings; I start
experiencing a building pressure that grows
worse and worse, then I feel dizzy and nauseated
until I throw up.
I have to stay in bed because I feel so weak and
really sick until this headache goes gradually,
which takes usually a couple of days “.
He said to me one morning on one of his breaks.
” I remember my father was suffering from
these debilitating headaches, so it seems it is
in my genes; the only thing I can do now is to
take preventative measures not to suffer it
very often ” ……….
Claudius Galenus Hemicrania
Migraine is an intense and very strong headache
in one side of the head.
According to research, the nerve cells in the
brain become overstimulated and release chemicals,
that cause inflammation and swelling in the
blood vessels in the brain.
It can affect people of all ages, and it can last from
four hours to three days.
Migraine is a very common condition, and it affects
an estimated 20% of females and 10% of males
The majority of all sufferers will experience an
attack before or around the age of forty years old.
A number of people suffer very often, others
are in pain only occasionally.
The causes and triggers of migraine headaches
are very individual to the patient.
Many factors can induce a migraine attack,
and they can take place up to 24 hours prior
to the onset of the headache itself.
The following are the main triggers:
1) Genetic predisposition
2) Certain diet, irregular meals or dehydration
3) Excessive exercise
4) Stress, anxiety or depression
5) Travel and jet lag
6) Very loud noise
7) Very bright or flickering lights
8) Hormone fluctuations
9) Smoke or smoking
10) Very heavy smells
11) Various medicines
12) Variable sleeping patterns
13) Too much caffeine or alcohol
14) Various weather changes
15) Many food additives
16) Sexual activity
The following are the basic important symptoms
of a migraine headache:
a) Pulsating headache
c) Various body sensations
d) Visual sensitivity
e) Hearing sensitivity
f) Nausea and vomiting
The prognosis for these headache attacks can be,
* the symptoms can continue in the same way
* the symptoms can become worse
* the symptoms can continue but be reduced and milder
* the symptoms can clear up completely
Aretaeus Of Cappadocia
Here are the best natural options for migraine
relief, to prevent, reduce and manage this debilitating
Take moderate exercise like walking on a daily basis
to eliminate tension, stress and anxiety, which are
very well-known triggers for migraine attacks.
Adopt relaxation techniques like Yoga and massage
to unwind and feel calm and peaceful.
c) Coenzyme Q10
Take this supplement regularly to improve the
circulation in the brain and stabilize the blood
sugar levels in the body.
d) Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Take this supplement on a daily basis to reduce
inflammation in the body and the frequency
Take Vitamin B complex every day.
Take Vitamin C every day.
Take Vitamin E every day.
To prevent migraine attacks.
Take this supplement daily to relax the nerves
and the muscles in the body.
g) Elimination Diet
Remove all allergens and chemicals
from your diet.
— If you are already suffering from a migraine,
try the following home remedies:
1) Apply Lavender essential oil topically on
the temples a number of times a day, as well
as inhaling its aroma.
2) Acupressure points to try:
GV24.5 (The Third Eye point) between the
Press this point firmly for one minute.
LI4 (He Gu point) the muscle between thumb
Press firmly this point alternatively for one minute.
PC6 (Nei Guan) inner forearm, between the two
tendons, three finger breadths below the wrist.
Press this point firmly for as long as necessary.
3) If you can drink anything, make chamomile
or lime tea and sip it slowly.
4) Rest or sleep in a dark and quiet room
until you feel better.
— If you choose to use any medication,
try over the counter common painkillers, but
in soluble or liquid form for faster absorption.
Also you can use an anti-emetic suppository.
Medicines should always be taken at the beginning
of the attack in order to be effective.
The Head Ache
by George Cruikshank