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Alternative Treatment for Migraine Sufferers

Updated on May 18, 2015

A migraine headache is a debilitating illness which can manifest itself with severe physical symptoms. It is estimated that about 30 million Americans, mostly women, currently suffer from migraines.

There are 2 different types of migraines. The first is referred to as migraine with aura and the second is simply called migraine without aura.

Migraine with Aura

A migraine with aura involves one or more neurological visual disturbances associated with it. Some of these visual problems include:

  • tunnel vision
  • blind spots
  • flashing lights
  • colored spots
  • zigzag lines
  • temporary blindness

Migraine without Aura

This is the type of migraine that is more severe and renders a person virtually useless for days. It can sometimes last up to 3 days before symptoms subside.

Some of the more common symptoms of migraine without aura are as follows:

  • severe headache usually on one side or the other in the temporal area
  • sensitivity to light and sound
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness

A few of the less common symptoms that have been reported are:

  • ringing in the ears
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • low back pain
  • loss of appetite
  • insomnia

Causes of Migraine Headaches

While there are no real definitive causes of migraines, they are believed to be linked or triggered by the following list of things.

  1. Stress
  2. Food allergies (MSG, chocolate, avocado, nuts, peanut butter, citrus fruits and a few others)
  3. Poor diet
  4. Lack of sleep
  5. Menstrual cycle
  6. Changes in the weather pattern
  7. Odors or certain perfumes
  8. Alcohol
  9. Birth control pills

If you are fortunate enough to figure out which of these may be causing your migraines, then you might be able to control them on your own without a prescription or other means.

Treatment of Migraine Headaches

The most common treatment for a migraine headache is either an over-the-counter or prescription oral medication. In some cases, they may have been treated by injection too. However, there are other means of treating them as well.

A person suffering from this type of condition would most likely be willing to try just about anything to be able to gain relief.

Although there is really no cure, there are certain treatments that will reduce the frequency as well as to assist in the reduction of pain.

Two of these natural, alternate methods of treatment are:

  1. Acupuncture
  2. Chiropractic Care


One treatment that has been recognized by the World Health Organization is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is not only a safe alternative therapy, but also an effective one too. Research proves that it activates the body's own pain-relieving endorphins, which produces effects that are very similar to morphine, resulting in pain reduction and a feeling of well-being.

Acupuncture is a natural and affordable treatment plan that has no negative side effects.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic manipulation is another safe form of treatment for migraine sufferers. There have been several studies conducted on the benefits of receiving regular chiropractic care. About 65% have reported a reduction of frequency and pain associated with a migraine headache. In addition, some have also been able to discontinue their prescription medication.

There is much to be said about natural therapies versus traditional. It is always worth trying the first of the two. Natural alternative treatment for migraine sufferers is safer, less expensive and a means of becoming healthy and strong.

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