Alternative treatment for Migraine
Some herbs can be used to treat migraine. The herbs used for this purpose are:
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
- Passionflower (Passiflora alata)
- Ginko (Ginko biloba)
- Cayenne (Capsaicin)
- Butterbur extract
Though use of herbs is an alternative line of treatment, they should never be consumed without adequate medical supervision. Some herbs like Ginko cause serious side effects when consumed with headache medications like aspirin and lithium.
The homeopathic medications for migraine are:
- Belladona: Used for the treatment of right-sided headaches and migraine.
- Bryonia alba: Used for treating pulsating throbbing centralized near or into the left eye.
- Cimicifuga: Used for migraine and throbbing headache.
- Cocculus indicus: Used for headaches or migraine resulting from worrisome behaviour or insomnia.
- Cyclamen: Used for migraine attacks associated with dizziness, blurred or dimmed vision, or eye spasm.
- Iris versicolor: Used in the treatment of headaches or migraine that typically comes during the weekend or during rest periods. It is also a remedy for migraine with aura.
- Lachesis: Used in the treatment of left-sided migraine.
- Ranunculus bulbosis: Used in the treatment of migraine attacks triggered by weather change.
The other alternative course of treatment
- Acupuncture - During this course of treatment, a practitioner inserts many thin, disposable needles into several areas of the skin at defined points. This line of treatment reduces headache pain.
- Biofeedback - This line of treatment is also effective in relieving migraine pain. Through this relaxation technique, a patient uses special equipment to monitor and control certain physical responses related to stress, such as muscle tension.
- Massage - Massage helps in reducing the frequency of migraines. It also improves the quality of your sleep, which can, in turn, help preventing migraines.
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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: July 31, 2012