The severe pain and nausea caused by a migraine can interrupt daily life. If migraines occur regularly, a patient should look into alternative methods for migraine relief. Some approaches to migraine relief within the framework of alternative medicine are listed below. Patients should consult a care team for complimentary migraine treatment.  

Aromatherapy 

Essential oils can relax the body and decrease pain perception. Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, and sage oils can all provide some level of migraine relief. 

Electromyographic Biofeedback

Technicians put electrodes on a patient’s skin to measure biofeedback about bodily stress signals. This practice can pinpoint specific migraine trigger areas and relieve pain quickly.

Dietary Changes

Some foods have a higher likelihood of causing a migraine than others. People who experience migraines should consider avoiding processed foods, beans, chocolate, cold foods, pickled foods, dried fruits, and cultured dairy products, among others. Specific dietary triggers can vary by individual. 

Yoga

A regular yoga practice can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. Yoga is a stress-relieving exercise, and stress can cause migraines. Stress relief is a key component to migraine relief. 

Massage

Weekly massages can reduce stress, improve sleep quality, and reduce heart rate. Releasing tension and increasing blood flow within the body can lessen a migraine’s overall effect. 

Magnesium

People who suffer from frequent headaches or mgiraines should consider increasing their magnesium intake. Magnesium can be ingested through a supplement, or included in a diet. Some foods that contain magnesium are eggs, peanut butter, almonds, and sunflower seeds. 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help with pain reduction for a number of illnesses and conditions. It is possible that the practice could have long-term effects on reducing migraine pain. Acupuncture specifically helps treat migraines through releasing pain in the neck and shoulders. 

Herbs

Feverfew is a popular herbal method for migraine treatment. There are mild side effects associated with feverfew, and more research is necessary to determine its effectiveness. Butterbur is another herbal treatment for migraine relief. The only safe butterbur products to use are ones that do not have pyrrolizidine alkaloids in them. 

Mind-Body Practices 

Hypnosis can be helpful for migraine treatment, as it puts patients into a relaxed state where they are open to potential changes in pain reception. Relaxation training uses breathing practices through the diaphragm to target different muscles for relaxation, which can relieve migraine-related tension. Cognitive behavior therapy can aid in stress reduction, and ultimately reduce the frequency and severity of stress-induced migraines. 

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