Many sufferers take prescription medications. However, for those interested in battling the pain through natural remedies, there are many to try.

More than 38 million Americans suffer from migraines — an estimated 13 percent of adults — according to migraine.com. About 5 million people experience at least one migraine a month.

Symptoms generally start with throbbing, pulsating pain and elevate to include blurred vision, nausea and vomiting. Many sufferers take prescription medications. However, for those interested in battling the pain through natural remedies, there are many to try.

Adriene Mishler, international yoga teacher and founder of Yoga with Adriene online, offers a free “Yoga for Migraines” video. The 24-minute session includes self-massage, hydrating the body with water, alternate nostril breathing, stretching through the neck and shoulders, and an essential oil mist sprayed onto an eye pillow. She tells her viewers, “The natural remedies and the power of the breath can help shift a migraine. I believe in it immensely …”

Massage therapy is another option. A therapist can focus on relaxing tense muscles in the shoulders, neck and head to provide relief.

“Alternatively, taking a tennis ball and using it to do a self-massage along the shoulders and back is another, more cost-effective, option,” shares medicalnewstoday.com.

Other natural tips from an August medicalnewstoday.com report:


— Acupuncture. Studies have found that pressure in the PC6 acupoint, located three fingers up from the base of the wrist on the inside of the arm, is sometimes effective at relieving migraine symptoms.


— Aromatherapy. Lavender and peppermint are a few of the essential oils that can be inhaled or dabbed on the skin to alleviate pain. Dilute with a carrier oil, such as coconut, and massage a small amount into the temples, neck and shoulders.


— Herbal supplements. Ginger, eaten fresh or taken as a supplement, as well as butterbur and feverfew, are a few considered helpful.  

Also, hydration, cold compresses and rest are self-helps for migraines.

Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason for the onset of a migraine, but particular foods often trigger one. Pay attention to whether processed foods, red wine, alcohol, chocolate or caffeinated beverages might be causing a migraine.

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