Migraines can be extremely severe and debilitating episodes. The migraine can last for a few hours or sometimes for days at a time. The patient is sensitive to light and can do little to alleviate the pain, except shut themselves away in a dark room until it passes. They are often unable to tolerate food during an attack and many suffer from vomiting.
Research into the cause of migraines has been inconclusive so far. There are various theories about spasm in the arteries that supply the brain with blood and some believe that low levels of serotonin lead to the migraines.
Whatever the reason, those who suffer from migraines have often tried all the commercial remedies with little success and turn to herbs for migraine treatment. Some herbal remedies have proven effective in reducing the severity length of time the migraine attack would otherwise have been expected to last.
Effective Herbs for Migraines
- Feverfew has been used in medical trails with some success in the prevention of migraines in people who had been subject to regular attacks. Those who normally suffered from nausea or vomiting during a migraine, reported a decrease in the severity or none at all. Patients reported that when they did have an attack conventional painkillers proved to be more effective. There were no adverse reactions reported when used with conventional drugs.
- California poppy contains muscle relaxant and pain relieving properties. Treatment needs to be ongoing over several months to be effective in reducing the severity and occurrence of migraines. There are no reported side effects.
- Skullcap has sedative properties used for migraine treatment. It helps to reduce stress, muscular tension and anxiety. There are no reported side effects.
- Peppermint oil mixed with an equal measure of lavender oil can be rubbed into the temples to help relieve migraine pain. Other oils such as eucalyptus may also be used. Adding a few drops to your pillow helps to relax and promote sleep.
- Garlic and onions help to reduce the cell activities and assist in thinning the blood. Thereby reducing the pressure on the arteries. Have culinary uses, which can help towards prevention of migraines when eaten regularly.
- Willow is extracted from the bark of the willow tree and is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Not advised for use by anyone who has a sensitivity to aspirin.
Patients are often advised to keep a diary of the onset of migraines. This helps to narrow down the likely causes so the patient can take steps to avoid these attacks.
Migraines can affect the eye sight during an attack and sufferers are usually advised not to drive or handle machinery while they have a migraine. The regular use of herbs for migraines can help to reduce the symptoms, even if they cannot eliminate them completely, so are well worth trying. Health food stores and herbalists will provide information and advice on the proper dose and use of herbs.