There is a huge controversy regarding natural treatments for migraine among migraine sufferers and scientists. Are there any natural options that work? The answer is not a simple one.
For the majority of natural remedies that are traditionally passed from one generation to another, they are thought to lack scientific proof and to only use the placebo effect as a means of providing relief to patients. Despite the above fact natural treatments for migraine are widely spread and people seem to disregard scientific appeals.
One can understand that natural remedies exist for certain reasons:
- The majority of them are based on natural substances that are easily available.
- Usually the natural treatments are handled better than the prophylactic medications that a migraine sufferer often has to take everyday to prevent migraine attacks from occurring and with fewer side effects.
- The cost of natural remedies are most of the times markedly less than the one of migraine medications, especially the modern ones.
- They may work after all!
One of the most common natural treatments for migraine headache is apple cider vinegar. It is believed to normalize the body’s pH so that migraine can be prevented. It is not scientifically proven to work but some people use drops of apple vinegar in their water or inhale the fumes of boiling water that contains apple vinegar.
Feverfew is natural herb that allegedly helps to prevent migraine attacks and to decrease the frequency of them. The migraines that occur are supposed to last less and have fewer and less severe accompanying symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Feverfew has been tested safely in research studies up to 3-4 months. No scientific proof exists for a period of use longer than that.
Apart from those two natural treatments for migraine there are some organized methods where a combination of strategies is used to treat migraines. Whatever you do, before taking any supplement consult your physician as some substances can interact with your current medication or medical conditions you might have.