9 Tips on how to deal with migraines


Migraine: When a headache becomes agony

Migraines are so much more than just a headache. The throbbing in the temples. The bright light. The loud noises. People suffering from migraines know how severe a migraine attack can really be. Many people have problems concentrating and working because of the severe pain. On the other hand, it is equally difficult to rest. “My head is buzzing. Everything hurts. Every sound is too much.” All you want is for the pain to go away.

So what to do? Of course, there are painkillers. But these are known to not only ease the pain but also to have unpleasant side effects. Permanent chemical/synthetic medication is definitely not a healthy solution.


Fight a migraine – without medication!

Would it not be better to let a headache disappear with gentle methods? It is not impossible. We’ll show you nine tricks that can help you keep migraines out of your life forever – or at least significantly minimise them, both regarding intensity and frequency. Even as a long-standing migraine patient, you may be lucky enough to never suffer from these attacks again.

Before we start, it is essential to know one thing: you need to find out the reason behind your migraine headache. Talk to your doctor or analyse your lifestyle a little more. Are you suffering a lot of stress? Are you eating unhealthy? Do you feel drained and never seem to get enough rest? These can be possible signs for your migraine.

The good news is: Most migraine triggers can be cured or at least reduced. The second good news: All these methods are natural. So you can fight a migraine safely and healthily by helping your body.


9 methods to reduce or eliminate (susceptibility to) a migraine

Tip 1: Listen to your body.

Atlanta’s Headache Center has discovered that stress is the primary cause for migraine. Around eighty per cent of all migraine patients say that stress accompanies and burdens them in their daily lives. Other reasons include hormones (65%), odours (44%), light (38%), smoke (36%), heat (30%), food (27%) or imbalances in the body, like magnesium or calcium deficiency.

Once you find the cause of your migraine, we say: Avoid the factor as much as possible. This increases the probability that pain intensity and frequency will be reduced or even no more migraine attacks will occur in time.


Tip 2: Meditate every day.

For a woman, hormonal fluctuations may be the cause of migraines. Especially at a young age, as the body is developing, women can often be struck by headaches. Did you know: adolescent females suffer 3 times more than adolescent men.

Whether you are suffering from migraine as a result of menstruation or after having given birth, the following method can help you: Hari Om meditation. This meditation, by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, focuses on regrouping the imbalanced hormone levels. What is particularly important, as explained by Dr Shiksha Thakur, an ayurvedic physiotherapist: “You need to meditate regularly to see effective results.”

If you fall into the category of stress-ridden migraine sufferers, the Shanti meditation is better. This one is also conducted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. With this meditation, the body is more able to heal and relax. In deep relaxation, the healing mechanisms of the body are automatically activated. Above all, meditation is not only useful for individuals suffering from migraines!

In addition, Shanti meditation helps lower the blood pressure, which can be one more migraine cause – but this is rarely the case. Meditation can be done regardless of age, gender, nationality or religion. “Meditating can also help the blood vessels to relax, it can minimise stress, increase tolerance to pain, and improve the overall well-being.” Shiksha Thakur added.


Tip 3: Do your best to eat healthily.

Have you observed your eating habits recently? Are you more likely to eat fast food and ready-made meals or do you put a high value on a healthy diet? Migraine can also be affected by food and food habits.

The most effective way to fight migraines is routine changes: do your best to have the main meals three times per day or alternatively have six small, healthy meals. Depending on which one suits you better.

Many doctors have found that individuals suffering from migraines are less likely to complain about pain when they are not using certain foods. Even if you find it difficult and some of the following products are among your favourites, do your best to eliminate them from your menu – or at least eat them occasionally. These foods include caffeine, sugar, alcohol and processed food. Maybe find tasty alternatives to the “forbidden” food?


In addition, Shanti meditation helps lower the blood pressure, which can be one more migraine cause – but this is rarely the case. Meditation can be done regardless of age, gender, nationality or religion. “Meditating can also help the blood vessels to relax, it can minimise stress, increase tolerance to pain, and improve the overall well-being.” Shiksha Thakur added.


Tip 3: Do your best to eat healthily.

Have you observed your eating habits recently? Are you more likely to eat fast food and ready-made meals or do you put a high value on a healthy diet? Migraine can also be affected by food and food habits.

The most effective way to fight migraines is routine changes: do your best to have the main meals three times per day or alternatively have six small, healthy meals. Depending on which one suits you better.

Many doctors have found that individuals suffering from migraines are less likely to complain about pain when they are not using certain foods. Even if you find it difficult and some of the following products are among your favourites, do your best to eliminate them from your menu – or at least eat them occasionally. These foods include caffeine, sugar, alcohol and processed food. Maybe find tasty alternatives to the “forbidden” food?

In addition to wrong food, insufficient water-intake can be a migraine factor. Dehydration is best avoided by drinking plenty of water. According to Dr. med. Shiksha Thakur, it is especially effective to drink plenty of water early in the morning.

Unfortunately, there is only one “tip” for smokers: it is to stop smoking. Smoking will definitely not contribute to stopping migraines from happening.


Tip 4: A short walk in the morning can do wonders.

In the context of obesity and migraine, it has been found that some movement can bring relief.

It does not have to be a great sports program, just a few minutes of walking per day can bring relief. Simple yoga postures can also aid significantly in bringing wellbeing. Start with simple yoga postures, such as Veerbhadrasana or Gomukhasana. Pay attention to your neck though. This is usually a very sensitive area, and for those who suffer from migraine, a slight wrong twist may trigger migraine headaches. Also, avoid extended stretching of the back and forward bend poses.


Tip 5: Sleep well and sufficiently.

The darker the bedroom, the deeper you can fall asleep. Whoever goes to bed at the same time can easily get a grip on migraines. Dr Shiksha also recommends that you always sleep for at least seven hours, preferably between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Tip 6: Do not stretch yourself – take a break!

The more you stress, especially at work, the higher the likelihood that the next migraine attack will be around the corner. Therefore, you should treat yourself with vacation and quality time with the family in regular intervals – if you find it necessary – you can also go alone. During this time, you can treat yourself with ayurvedic treatments, such as relaxing massages or a detox.

In an Ayurveda clinic, you can learn, among other things, how to do relaxation exercises mentioned in the next tip. By the way, it is even scientifically proven that they reduce and/or eliminate migraine attacks! In addition, during your visit, you can consult experienced doctors and therapists who will take care of your migraine with other non-invasive and natural methods.


Tip 7: Do relaxation exercises.

A relaxation technique in Ayurveda is, for example, the Brahmari pranayama. It is designed to release serotonin and help heal migraine caused by menstruation or postnatal depression. “This method stimulates the upper respiratory tract, which is often a reason for migraine attacks.” – Shares dr. Shiksha.

Then, for example, you can do Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing and relaxation technique that effectively heals many people suffering from migraines. The aim is to increase the GABA levels (Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or the “calming” neurotransmitter). Also, Sudarshan Kriya rebalances the stress hormones responsible for the migraine. It is said that around 90% of toxins can be flushed out of the body with Sudarshan Kriya.

Rajaque Rahman is the living proof that Ayurveda actually works. The journalist suffered from a chronic migraine for many years. Since he regularly uses this relaxation technique, his life has improved dramatically regarding severe old headaches. “It’s been 13 years since my last migraine attack and my first practice of Sudarshan Kriya,” he says proudly, with a smile on his face.


Tip 8: Detoxify yourself.

If we feel bad, we would like to be pampered and cared for. And there is nothing better than a soothing full body massage, right? Experienced Ayurvedic therapists can help you to fully relax.

There are unique detox methods – such as Varmana and Virechana – that allow you to detoxify your body naturally. It is assumed that even a single treatment per year improves the health significantly.


Tip 9: Remove fear from your mind.

Have you ever noticed that only the fear of migraine can trigger another attack? Do you catch yourself unconsciously thinking that doing certain things could be detrimental to your headache? Then worry about it all day, about what you’ve done, feeling the slight headache coming, that will drag throughout the day.

All these tips are suitable for practising at home, as home remedies. But, of course, not every remedy is suitable for everyone. That’s why we recommend that you try out different combinations to find what works best for you. Every human being is different, and other things are the cause for migraine headaches, a helpful method for one person can be entirely inappropriate for the other.

Mainly: Listen to your body and try to strengthen it. You can also manage to fight your migraines – living permanently with migraines does not have to be the case any longer.

Another example of the success of Ayurveda: Gurudatt Anvekar

“I do not have to worry about migraine attacks anymore!”

Gurudatt Anvekar works as a professional graphic designer and has to spend a lot of time in front of the computer screen for work-related reasons. However, he did not have any serious migraine problems last month.

“As someone who suffers from migraine, I am often very sensitive to light.” – he shares. “Yet I now manage to sit in front of my computer for a longer time than before. The strength of my headache has also decreased significantly since I started meditating.

Before I started, I had a migraine attack once or twice a week, which lasted for two to three days. In the meantime, I only get an attack every two months, and it is far less painful than the previous migraine attacks.” He adds.

“My secret is definitely yoga and meditation. If I even do some sports before meditating, I find my mediation particularly deep. And the deeper my meditation is, the more I relax. I do not need medication anymore, I prefer meditation and Sudarshan Kriya to all other solutions. ”

Athena Theel

Athena studies Chinese & Economics at the University of Cologne. Having spent many years in China and Japan, she has developed an interest in holistic medicine. Based on her interest, Athena joined Sri Sri Tattva as a content writer, social media manager and translator.
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