This is a persistent ache in the head, usually a response to stress or tension, ‘or to toxins circulating in the blood as a result of infection.
Typical migraine symptoms include visual disturbances or hallucinatory “aura”; throbbing headache (classically on one side, known medically as hemicrania); nausea and vomiting; sensitivity to light, movement, and touch; and mood swings. Attacks last between two hours and two days. Migraines are often confused with headaches but are a quite separate disorder of the nervous system, although treatments for the two conditions overlap.
Diet and Nutrition Elimination diets pinpoint trigger foods, but avoid missing meals altogether because low blood sugar levels can bring on both headaches and migraines.
Aromatherapy A combination of aromatic oils and massage is an excellent way to soothe head pain. An aromatherapist will prescribe your own personal combination of oils, or you can massage your own head and temples with lavender, basil, or camomile oils. An inhalation, or hot water bath, containing the essential oil of true melissa, rosemary, or sweet marjoram can provide soothing relief.
Herbal Medicine The herb feverfew is one of the most effective natural medicines for migraine. Dried feverfew is sold in capsules by health food stores, and the recommended daily dose is 125mg, or one fresh leaf in a sandwich daily. Valerian is a natural herbal sedative that helps reduce stress and is useful for headaches: pour a cup of boiling water onto two teaspoons of the root and infuse. Willow bark and meadowsweet are natural herbal painkillers. Lavender can also help.
Homeopathy Treatment should be constitutional but remedies for acute attacks include Natrum Mur., Lycopodium, Silica, and Spigelia.
Relaxation Exercise and Meditation These can help to relieve the cycle of tension, stress, and headache.
Alexander Technique Migraine and head pain may be triggered by tensed muscles, and exercises of the Alexander Technique help maintain and develop a stress-free posture and allow the mind to focus on the structure of the body.
Acupuncture Migraine sufferers respond to treatment on the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians, some of which are on the head.
Take vitamins B3 and C.
Exercise regularly. Learn to recognize and anticipate stressful situations that are likely to trigger an attack.