Migraine Treatment - Alternative Therapies

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As we are discussing the migraine treatments ...Its important to know the alternative treatments for migraine other than common systems of medicine

Here are the some alternative therapies for migraine cure

Acupuncture treatment

A typical acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points on the body followed by gentle manipulation of the needles. This instantly increases blood flow in the tissues through a mechanism know as the "axon reflex", which dilates the small vessels around the needle area. An increase in circulation where blood flow is poor is called removal of "stagnation" in Asian medicine and is generally considered a very good response for most chronic conditions and for migraine prevention.

But during a migraine attack the pain is believed to be associated with dilation of blood vessels in the head, inducing this physiological reaction through the insertion of needles into the head & neck it may even temporarily worsen the patient's pain.

Instead to minimize activity of the blood vessels in the head and neck during a migraine attack. By limiting the acupuncture points selected to those on the arms and legs. The head and neck areas are rarely stimulated to avoid unnecessary dilation of vessels in that area.

In addition, the entire treatment is often done with the patient in sitting position rather than the usual lying position. This is because blood vessels are under greater control in sitting position, minimizing the chance of undesired dilation of the blood vessels following acupuncture. In certain situations, a high frequency (100 Hz) electrical current may be connected to the acupuncture needles to help constrict the blood vessels.


Sniffing certain essential oils may help to treat migraines. The olfactory (smelling) organ in the nose is connected to parts of the brain that control emotions and hormone release. Peppermint, lavender, and marjoram have been recommended.

The essential oils can be mixed with the edible kind of alcohol and rubbed on the neck and forehead, also an opportunity to massage these areas.


"Myotherapy...a method for relaxing muscle spasm, improving circulation and alleviating pain. To defuse 'trigger points,' pressure is applied to the muscle for several seconds by means of fingers, knuckles and elbows. The success of this method depends on the use of specific corrective exercise for the freed muscles. The method was developed by Bonnie Prudden in 1976.

Blood Sugar

Studies show that when a migraine person eats refined sugar; their blood sugar level goes up very high, and then quickly comes down again. Any kind of refined sugar causes this effect: sucrose, glucose, etc.

Natural sugars, such as fruit, completely unprocessed sugar cane juice, etc. Do not cause this effect. Eating natural sugar causes the blood sugar level to go up, but not as high, and it doesn't come down so fast. Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), molecule containing chromium, may be responsible. Chromium is usually present with natural sugars, and is missing in refined sugar. It works with insulin to help the body process sugar.

Going without eating for 3 to 4 or more hours causes low blood sugar levels which can also trigger a migraine.

Nutritional Supplements

The following supplements, taken regularly, can help:

? Vitamin C (is needed to convert tryptophan to serotonin)

? Vitamin B6 (also needed to convert tryptophan to serotonin)

? Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA's), e.g. unrefined, cold-pressed, uncooked flax seed oil, nuts, seeds, wheat germ etc

? Magnesium melatonin and B6 at bedtime treats a headache.

Tea to relieve migraine

Fever plants and leaves are used to treat and relieve migraine headaches. It takes about two weeks to relieve pain when drinking feverfew tea.

Herbal Tea Recipe for Migraine

1 ounce valerian leaves+1/2 ounce of juniper berries+1 2/3 ounce of St. John's wort+1 ounce of linden flowers.

Ginger tea can be used to relieve the nausea that sometimes accompanies headaches.


Burton Goldberg, Larry Trivieri, John W. Anderson, Alternative medicine: the definitive guide, Edition 2, Celestial Arts, 2002 (accessed on 12-09-2010)

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/medicine/migraine/natural-cures/ (accessed on 02-09-2010)

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Dr.S.Gunasakaran's picture

Dear Spandana, You provided a nice informative blog. Regards, Dr.S.Gunasakaran,MD

Dr.S.Gunasakaran,MBBS,MD. Head - Clinical Research & Medical Affairs www.clinicalresearchsociety.org/forum

spandananunna's picture

Its nice feeling when we get encouraging comments from doctors for my blog. I dont know about the clinical relevancy of these therapies. Still we are working on some blogs to provide the clinically proven therapies also. If possible please share your views on clinical relevancy of these alternative therapies for migraine treatment.
D Shravani's picture

Dear Spandana, I can find some problem reading your blog from myotherapy Kindly check it and make the necessary changes required..


spandananunna's picture

Thanks for pointing out the problem.
Uma Pratyusha's picture

Hi Spandana, A very well explained but isn't the homoeo and ayurvedic, unani medicines alternate systems? How are they used in the treatment of migraine?


Uma Prathyusha

P.V.ABHIGNA's picture

Dear spandana, Good information on diabetes.What do you think would be the best treatment in the alternative ways. Regards,


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