There are a few natural remedies that have proven to be extremely effective for both preventing and treating headaches and migraines. These include:
- Magnesium: Research suggests that magnesium supplements may shorten the duration of a migraine and reduce the amount of medication needed. I recommend taking magnesium glycinate or citrate, taken to bowel tolerance each night (approximately 200mg – 600mg). If you get loose stools you can reduce the dose.
- Coenzyme Q10: Take 100mg up to two times daily. Like magnesium, Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to reduce the frequency of migraines.
- Eliminate your food allergies for two weeks: This includes the removal of all of the most common food allergies (all grains that contain gluten, dairy, citrus, peanuts, caffeine, sugar and soy). After the 14-day removal period you should slowly reintroduce the foods one at a time. By doing so, any physical or mental symptoms related to the food can be isolated. You can also follow The Hormone Diet or The Supercharged Hormone Diet for a complete detox meal plan and recipes.
- Feverfew: Take a standardized herbal extract providing 250 mcg of parthenolide a day to help reduce the frequency, severity, and length of migraine attacks.
- Lastly, working with an osteopath, acupuncturist, chiropractor or massage therapist will help you to reduce muscle tightness and improve your posture - both can contribute to migraines. For best results, ask your practitioner for some homework to do in between treatments. This may include corrective exercises, ergonomic adjustments (particularly at work) and even relaxation techniques.
Wishing you perfect balance,
Dr. Natasha Turner ND