With National Migraine Awareness Month well under way, we look to natural ways to stave off those mammoth headaches without the use of prescription medications. As licensed acupuncturist and Zeel Expert Dr. Aram Akopyan explains, alternative modalities of treatment like acupuncture can often be enhanced with nutritional, dietary and lifestyle modifications in an effort to truly thwart this debilitating condition once and for all.
If you're someone who suffers from migraines, then be sure to check out these small adjustments with big time results, from basic home remedies and simple supplements to dietary tweaks and more.
- Keep it real. Eat wholesome foods with no preservatives, additives or artificial compounds. Artificial coloring agents and preservatives have been known to cause headaches.
- Eat clean. Consume whole grains, fiber-rich foods and green leafy vegetables. Parsley, chrysanthemum flowers, mint, green tea, onions, ginger, pearl barley, carrots, prunes, buckwheat, peach kernels and almonds are advisable ingredients.
- Eat regularly. Meals should be consumed more frequently and in smaller quantities. Do not eat while on the run or under stress. Do not eat late at night. And do not lay down immediately after eating.
- Caffeine and spice-free. Avoid spicy, heavy or starchy foods and those that cause stagnation. Alcohol and coffee should be abstained from, as should chocolate, red wine and dairy products, especially cheese.
Basic Home Remedies
- Tea for two. Concoct a brew from Chinese prunes, green tea and mint.
- Peachy keen. Mash lightly roasted peach kernels and walnuts with rice wine. Take two tablespoons three times daily.
- What's up doc? Juice a carrot and squirt into the left, right or both nostrils, depending on the location of the headache.
- Ice, ice baby! Place an ice pack at the vertex of the head.
Potentially Helpful Supplements
- Butterbur (petasites hybridus) rhizome extract was shown in a controlled trial to provide 50 percent or more reduction in the frequency of migraines.
- Kudzu root (pueraria lobata) may be instrumental with migraine and cluster headaches caused by menstruation.
- Magnesium and coenzyme Q10 supplements may help to decrease the onset of migraines.