Natural Treatment For Menstrual Migraines

Migraines are never pleasant, but when combined with the other common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, they can be a nightmare. Understanding the reasons for your pain and what your natural options are may help you decide whether or not to seek additional help.

Why They Occur

There is a significant correlation between migraine headaches and hormones. The drop in estrogen before a woman’s period may increase the likelihood of having a migraine and may make pain less tolerable. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Headache is a common symptom of premenstrual syndrome, and up to 60 percent of women with migraines report headaches before or during menstruation.”

What You Can Do About Them

The most common treatment for menstrual migraines is hormone therapy, which in studies has proven effective, but which not everyone can tolerate. If you find yourself among those who cannot, then you may want to try a homeopathic remedy.

Feverfew, a natural herb, may provide some relief for the symptoms associated with a migraine. It can be purchased as capsules, liquid extract and tablets. It has been used for centuries as an aid in childbirth and for general menstrual complaints.

Chamomile, taken as a capsule or tea, may help ease tension as will the scent of chamomile and lavender, either together or separately.

Black cohosh may provide relief, too, because it also has been associated with menstrual ailments. According to The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “The underground stems and roots of black cohosh are commonly used fresh or dried to make strong teas (infusions), capsules, solid extracts used in pills, or liquid extracts (tinctures).”

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Lack of sleep, while not the cause of your migraine, can aggravate it. If you have issues sleeping through the night because of your symptoms, try taking Melatonin. It usually is purchased as a pill and should be taken about an hour before you go to sleep. It won’t put you to sleep, but this naturally occurring substance in the body will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Anti-inflammatory medications, when taken prior to your menstrual period, can reduce significantly your chances of having an attack. If you aren’t comfortable with them, try a vitamin B complex along with folic acid.

If you find that your migraines are resistant to a moderate homeopathic approach, consider changing your diet to an anti-inflammatory diet. According to Dr. Marcelle Pick, a diet that reduces inflammation in the body can prevent issues or lessen those that are inevitable.