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Types of Migraine: Symptoms and Remedies

Updated on August 28, 2012

There are several types of migraine. Meditation, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment can help to reduce the symptoms

Migraine is a neurological disorder. There could be a variety of causes of migraine headache. Migraine headache symptoms are different from the usual tension headaches. The headache may be experienced on one side of the head. The pain may shift from one side to the other, during the attack. The pain could be mild to severe. Certain types of migraine may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and blurred vision.  

Migraine headache symptoms may last from 30 minutes to several hours or even days. The cause of the headache is generally the expansion of the blood vessels in the head and neck.

The symptoms could include a visual disturbance which is called as aura. The impending headache could be indicated by the aura. Not all migraine headaches are accompanied by aura. In fact migraine headache without aura is more common.

There are several rarer forms (types) of migraine headaches

  • Basilar artery migraine
  • Carotidynia
  • Opthalmoplegic migraine
  • Status migraine
  • Headache free migraine

Migraines may occur at any age. But generally they occur between the ages of ten to forty. About ten million people suffer migraine in the United States alone. More women are afflicted by migraine than men. Several types of migraine medications are available to treat the disease. Some of the migraine cures include natural remedies.

Chiropractic treatment

Chiropractic treatment offers a remedy to the problem without drugs. Studies have shown that the treatment has provided substantial relief to several patients.


Acupuncture is used to treat different types of chronic pain. Acupuncture may provide immediate and long lasting relief from migraine.

The treatment involves sticking needles into the acupuncture points and gently manipulating them. It helps to increase the blood flow in the tissues and dilates the blood vessels in that area.


Massage has brought relief to several patients of migraine. A well known technique called as deep tissue massage, helps to relax the muscles in the body. It gives an overall feeling of relaxation and loosens the stiffness of the muscles.


Meditation reduces anxiety, tension and depression. Regular practice of meditation helps you to relax and provides relief.

Cold Compress

A cold compress is sometimes effective to relieve migraine. A zipper-top bag filled with ice cubes can provide immense relief.

Drink lots of water if you are suffering from migraine. Migraine some times begins with dehydration. Exercise helps to relieve symptoms in certain types of migraine.

Food allergy can also cause migraine. If you are sensitive to certain foods or alcohol, you should avoid it.

If you have migraine headache symptoms you can follow some of the above treatments for immediate relief.


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      bnsridhar 6 years ago from India

      Natural remedies are always better, because they rarely have any side effects. But it takes some time for them to act. I believe it can be used as a preventive measure for many diseases.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Great work. The natural remedies are always the best choice and sometimes work better than others.

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      bnsridhar 6 years ago from India

      Migraines could be hereditary. Stress can also trigger migraine. Meditation is a very simple remedy. But relief can be expected only after some time.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for this informative article. When I'm not feeling 100%, I'm willing to try anything other than taking medication.