Posted 10/30/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)
Migraine headaches afflict more than 30 million Americans. about 20 percent of migraineurs have a warning called the aura, which typically starts 15 minutes to an hour before the headache itself. Aura happens when the blood vessels that deliver blood to your head suddenly constrict. Symptoms mostly involve your eyes, flashes, shimmers, or floaters in your vision. You may have cold hands, vertigo and a tendency to yawn repeatedly.
With conventional treatment, prevention consist of medications for blood pressure, depression or seizures. When the migraine has started, conventional medicine uses over-the-counter and prescription pain killers (including narocotics) and abortive or "rescue" migraine medications (the triptans such as Imitrex and the ergot derivatives such as Migranal which constrict those dilated arteries. And because migraines can strike at any time a dose of Imitrex in your pocket can give you peace of mind. Take any rescue medication before the digestive impairment causes the somach emptying. Once that occurs, you might as well throw the oral meds in the trash.
For natural treatment, the goal of Zero headaches can be achieved through patience, persistence and some trial and error. For those occassion when a migraine does break through, you want rescue therapy available FAST. One of the best immediate relief treatments is Butterbur( Petasites hybridus) for both prevention and treatment of one in progress.
You also can use the BeKool packs and aply an ice pack over the temples to constrict the temporal arteries. The most effective natural treatment (cutting migraines by 50% or more) reduce not only the frequency but also the severity and duration . In may take 3 to 12 weeks to see maximum improvement, though, so be sure to give each treatment enough time before deciding whether it is working for you.
Since 80 percent of migraineurs report stress as a major factor, chiropractic message, spinal manipulation, and periodic adjustments of joints and soft tissue cn reduce frequency by 90%. Because your digestive system naturally produces nueropeptides and neurotransmitters and manufactures 95 % of your body's serotonin, researchers consider it the second brain. In recent studies migraine suffers have a low serotonin level. So you need to heal your gut to eliminate migraines. The following is a list of nutrients that are effective at preventing migraines while improving cellular energy production. Coenzyme Q10 30 mg. three times daily of the ubiqinol form, magnesium 250-500 mg. is effective migraine preventive, but can cause diarrhea in some people (think milk of magnesia). It is recommended to take magnesium glycinate to avoid the possible side effect of diarrhea.
If you experience migraines with aura, you are seven times more likely to suffer a stroke tha non-aura migrainers. DNA analysis has shown migrainers with aura are significantly more likely to occur in people with who have gene mutation that contribute to high levels of homocysteine. Folic Acid significantly cuts your risk of stroke. Vitamin B2 (400mg) is a well-known migraine preventive. Vitamin B6, the fermented foods that trigger migraines such as cheese, beer, or wine do so because these foods contain histamine-like compounds that can cause blood vessels to expand. Women tend to lack an enzyme (diamine oxidase) that inactivates histamine, but Vitamin B6 increases diamine oxidase activity and can help prevent or stop this type of migraine. L-Tryptophan: Your body manufactures a compound called 5-HTP from the amino acid tryptophan. 5HTP then serves as a precusor for the neutrotransmitter serotonin.
In menstruating or menopause women, migraines are triggered by a drop in ovarian hoormones, particularly estrogen. If this describes you, then get your salivary hormone levels tested so see if your hormones are out of balance for your age.
Migranes are certainly enough motivation to keep working on a program until you find the treatment right for you.
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