Do you feel that there are 100 people standing on your head or have a feeling of been hit with a hammer on your head or you just don’t know why you have headache that is not letting you do anything? Do you think it is a normal headache?
Don’t be surprised if I said you might be having Migraine.
Migraine is known as the most common and painful headache. It is an unending neurological disorder that causes frequent mild to severe headaches. Migraines are very common in women when compared to men.
Migraine is generally towards one half of the head. You can also have some common symptoms like sensitivity to light or sound, vomiting or nausea, cold hands and feet. A good amount of rest during Migraine can be helpful as any physical activity can only worsen it. People who face sensitivity to light and sound can lie down in dark closed room that is isolated from light and sound.
Migraine can come to people within age group of 5-35 years. It can be treated but has no cure. Migraine is generally not a dangerous disease which can lead to death but severe Migraines can cause stroke.
There are two types of Migraine;
- Migraine with aura – The neurological symptom with visual disorder is termed as aura. It causes flickering or zigzag line usually at the side of the visual area. The other symptoms include tingling of lips, fingers of one hand, lower face and numbness of lips. Some people can also experience temporary paralysis on one side of the body. Aura cannot last longer than 1 hour and after this follows the headache most of the time.
- Migraine without aura – This is the most common type of Migraine that majority of people face. The common symptoms include fatigue, mood swings, fuzziness in head, fluid retention. Some people also have nausea, vomiting, frequent urination and diarrhea. This type of Migraine can last longer i.e for 3-4 days depending on the treatment.
There are different reasons why a person gets Migraine. Drugs, consumption of alcohol, allergic reactions, smoking, lack of rest or sleep, excessive work or stress, drop in blood sugar level, hunger, menopause or environmental factors are some very common reasons that lead to Migraine.
There are some simple and very effective home remedies for Migraine;
- Take 1/2 glass each of carrot juice and spinach juice. Mix them well and drink it.
- Pound few fresh cabbage leaves and apply it on forehead with a cloth for relief.
- Peel 5 lemon and grind it well by adding little water. Apply this paste on forehead.
- Add some chamomile powder to 1 glass boiling water. Drink this mix when it is hot to get instant relief.
- Drink lots of water as dehydration can cause Migraine.
- In small amounts drink coffee. Caffeine can help in relieving Migraine. However, too much intake can also trigger Migraine.
- Massage your head by applying gentle pressure on scalp or temples.
- Try to sleep more or rest well. Always maintain proper sleep timings.
- Try to eat your meals at proper timings. Skipping a meal or eating late can trigger Migraine.
- Crushed Podina leaves if applied on forehead and temple can provide relief from Migraine.
- The smell of menthol in podina or mint leaves helps in the relief from nausea due to Migraine.
- Try to eat spicy food as the hot content in red pepper, capsaicin is a good pain killer and helps in relieving Migraine.
- Prepare chicken broth and have it if you have vomiting due to Migraine. Chicken broth helps you by providing strength.
- Prepare mint tea by taking some fresh mint leaves and adding it to 1 glass boiling water. Allow steeping for 5 min, and drink this tea. Inhale the steam while you drink.
- Manage your day to day activities well to reduce the stress level. Stress and migraine are related. Though you cannot pull out stress from your life, you can at least try to manage it well.
- Apply a paste of ground clay or sandalwood powder for relief from burning sensation on head.
- Make a paste of 1/4 teaspoon clove powder with 1 teaspoon cinnamom oil. Mix them well and apply it on forehead for 20-30 min for relief.
- There are some ayurvedic therapies like Nasya [herbal oils for nostrils] and Shriodhara [head massage] for Migraine. It is highly recommended for people to get relief from Migraine.
- Head massage with bhringraj oil can provide a soothing effect in Migraine. This oil helps to calm the nervous system of the body.
- Mix 1 glass watermelon juice with 1 teaspoon sugar and drink it. This helps to cool down your body thus relieving headache due to heat.
- Ginger has high anti inflammatory property and is very helpful in Migraine. Eating raw ginger or ginger juice or dried ginger can be very effective.
Life with Migraine itself is a big challenge. Adapting to a healthy lifestyle can help you in overcoming Migraine. Always have a positive approach and believe that you can overcome pain. The simple home remedies can provide you some relief from Migraine. However, if it is not providing you good results, you will have to consult a doctor for thorough examination.