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Can You Cure Migraines Without Medications?

author image Elizabeth Thatcher
Based outside Boston, Elizabeth Thatcher began writing health-related articles in 2007. Her work has appeared in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science," "Nature Genetics," "Journal of Cell Biology," "Developmental Dynamics," "RNA Biology" and "BMC Genomics." Thatcher earned a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Mercer University before starting medical research and receiving her doctorate in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University.
Can You Cure Migraines Without Medications?
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Migraines cause incapacitating headaches that induce an extreme sensitivity to light and noise. The National Headache Foundation found "More than half of patients say that migraine attacks cut their work and/or school productivity at least 50 percent." Women and men experience migraines differently. Women often experience migraines due to monthly changes in estrogen levels that induce tension headaches. You should try several of these techniques to determine what methods work best for you.

Step 1

Remove yourself from any visual or auditory stimuli. According to the American Headache Society, bright lights and repetitive noises trigger more than half of all migraines. You should practice several deep-breathing exercises to relax your entire body. Breathe in through the nose for a count of five and out through your mouth at the same pace.

Step 2

Massage your temples. You may want to use aromatherapy oils to calm your senses. Francois Rapp, a renowned chemist, gives several recipes at the resource link below.

Step 3

Place a cool towel over your head and eyelids. Wrap an ice pack with towels and place on the back of your neck.

Step 4

Soak your feet or hands in warm water to release tension by drawing blood away from your head and toward your extremities.

Step 5

Learn methods to deal with excess stress, anxiety and depression. A counselor will be able to help you learn constructive strategies to relieve stress. Elevated tension triggers severe headaches.

Step 6

Focus on maintaining a consistent healthy lifestyle. Regular sleep and balanced regular meals can prevent migraines. You should aim for six to eight hours of sleep every night. You should go to bed at the same time every night.

Low blood sugar can trigger tension headaches. Maintaining a consistent plan of balanced, regular meals will prevent low blood sugar episodes.

Step 7

Stay hydrated and exercise. Dehydration damages organ systems. You should aim for six to eight glasses of fluids a day. An average of three to five exercise sessions per week is ideal for physical health. Excessive exercise or irregular exercise patterns create a stressful physical environment that often leads to intense headaches.

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