Multiple triggers. Multiple drugs. Multiple yucky side effects. Multiple migraines.
How do you break the severe headache cycle without introducing prescriptions into your routine?
Stress, lack of sleep, exposure to bright light, shift in weather or barometric pressure, certain foods, loud noises, and extreme temperatures can all be potential triggers for severe headaches.
Tip two: Stop them before they start.
In addition to recognizing triggers and avoiding them when possible, it also helps to pay close attention to the signs and symptoms as you feel a headache coming on, which allows you to take action before it becomes too painful.
Try these other options under your doctor’s supervision.
For some people, headaches can be caused by eating certain foods, such as chocolate, aged cheese, processed foods, or anything that puts extra stress on the digestive system.
By the same token, caffeine, red wine, and some beers can also be a trigger. It’s not always easy to give up your favorite foods or beverages, but many natural practitioners believe that poor digestion can lead to severe headaches.
A natural cleanse helps clean out your GI tract, and after a certain point in the cleanse, you may even find that you have less of a craving for problem foods.
Because there are a variety of products designed to support the detoxification process, it helps to speak with your doctor about which one can benefit you most without harmful side effects.
We suggest looking for a formula with L-Glycine, which is important for the amino acid conjugation pathway to neutralize and eliminate unwanted substances.* It also contains powerful antioxidants to help protect important cells in the body.*
Choosing a calming and invigorating scent to have on hand as an essential oil can be extremely helpful when you feel a severe headache working its way into your dome. Lavender and peppermint are popular favorites.
Coenzyme Q10 (commonly known as CoQ10) is also known to support liver health and normal detoxification processes.* Additionally, researchers have studied CoQ10 to determine how it supports the body’s ability to reduce severe headache frequency.
Magnesium, and the herbs feverfew and butterbur have also been studied for their effectiveness in headache support, but you should always ask your doctor for advice before taking any new supplements. Some ingredients may interact with other medications.*
Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy
According to the Alternative Medicine division of the National Institute of Health (NIH), acupuncture is one of the oldest natural healing practices in the world, and it is often used to treat intense pain, such as headaches.
The theory behind this traditional Chinese practice involves inserting thin needles into the skin on certain parts of the body, which “regulates the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.
Many patients suffering from pain due to injuries or severe headaches use acupuncture to treat their symptoms. The NHIS reports that while acupuncture does show some positive results as a natural alternative to treating pain conditions, clinical trials are difficult to conduct due to the nature of this treatment.
Even though further research is needed, many major health insurance companies have policies that help cover the cost of acupuncture.
Craniosacral therapy is also used to treat severe pain and headaches. However, this practice is not as widely accepted as acupuncture and typically not covered by standard health insurance policies. Ultimately, it is up to you, the patient, to decide if these types of alternative treatments work, or if it’s worth any out-of-pocket costs.
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