ACHE FREE HEADS
You don’t have to experience a headache to read this.
Actually, you will get tips on how to be free from headaches.
With the stress and pressures from work, do you sometimes experience seeing an aura of stars, sparks, and flashes of simple geometric forms passing across the field of vision?
If you do, this is one of the symptoms of having a classic migraine. Otherwise, migraine begins with the throbbing sensations by the temples usually centered above or behind one eye. Or it can start at the nape or entirely spread at one side of your head. Usually we feel nauseated and wanting to throw up. Sometimes, our vision becomes blurred and there is tingling and numbness of the limbs that last for quite a time.
Seventy percent of migraine sufferers are women, and it often runs in he family. It has been found that many patients have abnormal level of brain chemicals that cause excessive dilation and/or contraction of the brain’s blood vessels.
Allergies are sometimes the culprit as the common cause of migraine is attributed to allergies. Sometimes due to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, women have migraine headaches. After menopause, the headaches usually decrease. Liver malfunction can bring about migraine, as well as constipation, stress, environmental allergies, and the lack of exercise.
Herbal Medicine and Other Treatments
When I had these excruciating migraine headaches, herbal medicines helped a lot. Gingko biloba extracts from that ancient Gingko tree is very beneficial for opening up constricted vessels in the brain.
Feverfew, peppermint, rosemary, and wormwood are also effective in the treatment of migraine headaches. Feverfew helps alleviate pain.
From a study at the University of Notingham, patients who are given feverfew herb got an average of 24% lesser migraines, and vomiting was reduced, with no side effects. All these herbal medicines can be purchased from health food stores in the shopping malls.
Niacin amide 800 mg. plus niacin (B3) 200mg. taken three times a day is essential in increasing the blood flow to the brain.
On the other hand, Rutin 200 mg. removes toxic metals which cause migraines.
Royal jelly which is high in pantothenic acid (B5) helps the adrenal glands when the body is under stress.
Vitamin C 3,000 to 6,000 mg. aids in producing anti-stress adrenal hormones, and enhances the body’s immunity system.
We should also be conscious of our diet as food immensely affects the body’s functions. Try to avoid salt and acid-producing foods such as meat, cereal, bread, and grains.
Also, avoid fried foods or fatty and greasy foods. Some researchers have found out that drinking cold water also causes migraines. Eat small meals and eat between meals to help stabilize wide swings in blood sugar that may precipitate a migraine.
Exercise is important. You can also massage the neck and back of the head daily.
Here are some neck rolling exercises which can alleviate stiffness in the neck area.
(a) Turn your head to the right and left. Repeat this eight to 10 times (both ways equal one time).
(b) Then, looking straight ahead, alternately bend your head to the right, then to the left. Repeat this eight to 10 times.
(c) Gently bend your head backwards and forwards. Repeat this eight to 10 times.
(d) Then, gradually rotate your head in a circular motion. Begin with small circles and gradually increase the size to as large as possible without straining or screwing the neck. Relax your muscles around the neck. Do at least eight to 10 revolutions and eight to 10 counter clockwise revolutions.
If you do this properly, your neck will make some crackling noises. This is cause by the release of tension and the massaging of the ligaments, nerves, and muscles. This will help prevent tension headaches. When you are finished, you will feel relaxed and slightly light headed.
There are certain points at which you can apply acupressure. These are at the end of the eyebrow at the temple side, at the end of the eyes at the side of the nose, beyond the hairline above the earlobe (locate the tender area). You can also apply pressure on the web between the thumb and index finger and at your exterior side of the forearm just below the elbow joint. Some patients have found a relief by placing slices of lemon on the temples.
Now you have different alternative solutions every time that excruciating migraine attacks.
Remember, diet and exercise is essentials in attracting that good health that we need.