Natural Therapies For Headaches
Many people live with migraines for years without finding relief. Although it’s possible to cure migraines with natural therapies such as Ayurvedic treatment, it’s obviously better to prevent them in the first place. If you can learn to recognise the pre-attach symptoms before they become full-blown, it’s easier to prevent the migraine with natural therapies. The involvement of the expertise of a number of health professionals in a multi-pronged approach to curing migraines is essential.
Try some of the following natural remedies:
• Feverfew leaves: Take one fresh feverfew leaf a day (eaten in either a salad or sandwich) as prevention for migraines. However, feverfew is not nearly as effective once the attack is underway. If no fresh leaves are available, take 125mg capsules or tablets.
• Peppermint: Using peppermint in the form of peppermint oil in balms and massage oils can be helpful if the migraine is linked to digestive problems.
• Vitamins and minerals: For prevention or alleviation of migraines, take vitamin C, B and magnesium. A high-quality multivitamin containing these is a good idea. Alternatively, good sources of magnesium are leafy green vegetables and nuts.
• Royal jelly: Taking royal jelly on a regular basis can help prevent migraines.
• Fresh juices: Include in your diet a regular intake of freshly juiced carrots, celery, beet, cucumber, spinach and parsley.
• Enemas: If a headache is due to constipation, an enema will help to relieve it almost immediately. However, if you decide to have an enema, make sure you seek professional advice first.
• Modifying your diet: Choosing wholegrain products, fruits and vegetables, limiting protein, refined sugar, processed foods and fat intake and increasing water intake could be a few helpful alterations to begin with.
• Posture and sleeping position: Use a pillow that holds your head symmetrically in line with your spine while you sleep. Don’t sit at a desk for longer than 35 to 40 minutes at a time.
• Therapy: As with treating any ailment, it’s always important to look at the emotional and mental state of a person. Natural therapy may help to uncover and overcome emotional, psychological or mental issues connected to headaches and migraines.
Although yoga on its own is not a cure for headaches and migraines, it’s recommended as part of a treatment program and one of many effective natural therapies for headaches. Bear in mind that beneficial yoga poses will differ from one individual to another, so if you suffer from headaches or migraines, it’s best to get personal advice from a professional yoga teacher or doctor rather than attend a yoga class, which may aggravate the condition. That said, here are some natural therapy yoga poses that are generally effective for migraine and headache sufferers.
The Natural Therapy of Palming in Yoga
Sit quietly and close your eyes. Rub the palms of your hands together briskly until you can feel the heat in your hands. Gently place the palms of your hands over your eyes with your fingers crossing over the third eye. Hold them there until the heat has been absorbed into your eyes. Feel and visualise the energy and warmth moving from your hands to your eyes as your eye muscles relax. Enjoy resting your eyes in the soothing darkness. Keep your eyes closed as you lower your hands to your knees. Repeat the process at least three times. It’s said that the benefits of this practice are increased if practised in front of a rising or setting sun. Yoga Palming helps to soothe eye tension that often contributes to the pain and discomfort of headache and migraine.
Natural Therapy Breathing/pranayama
Various rhythms of breathing in Yogahave different effects on the mind, body and spirit. According to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the International Art of Living Organisation, 70 per cent of the body’s toxins are released through the breath. The breath is a subtle yet powerful tool through which we release stress, tension or anxiety associated with headaches.
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