Instant Migraine Relief

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What are some tips for instant migraine relief?

Nicole Galan, Medical News Today – Migraines can be debilitating and a chronic condition that can impact daily life for some people.

Here are some natural remedies for migraines – some are even said to work instantly:

1. Acupressure

Acupressure involves the application of pressure to specific parts of the body. Stimulating specific points of the body in this way is believed to release muscle tension and alleviate pain.

One popular pressure point is the LI-4 point in the space between the base of the left thumb and pointer finger.

Applying firm but not painful circular pressure to the LI-4 point, using the opposite hand for 5 minutes, may relieve headache pain.

A 2012 study found that pressure on the PC6 acupoint, which is located three fingers up from the base of the wrist on the inside of the arm, was effective in relieving migraine-associated nausea or vomiting associated with a migraine headache.

2. Diet changes

Being aware of what might be triggering a migraine is critical. Some people use a food diary or migraine journal to keep track of potential triggers.

Common food triggers for migraines include:

Changing diet or eating patterns to avoid triggers may help to prevent migraines in the future.

3. Essential oils

Essential oils are often used as natural remedies or as an antimicrobial in homemade cleaning products.

Lavender is an essential oil often recommended as a remedy for stress, anxiety, and headaches.

4. Ginger

A 2014 study using 100 participants compared the effectiveness of ginger powder with sumatriptan, a common migraine drug.

The researchers found the effectiveness of ginger was statistically comparable to sumatriptan, and users were as willing to continue with either treatment.

One definite benefit for people who get migraines is that using ginger cannot hurt and, aside from an existing allergy, there are no side effects to using it. Read more. 

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