A migraine is a headache disorder characterized by recurrent headaches that are moderate to severe. They usually only affect one side of the head, feel as if they pulsate and can last from two to 72 hours. These painful headaches are debilitating and can get in the way of work, physical activity, or relaxation. But how can you reduce the pain and stress from your migraines? Dr. Matthew Milestone and our friends at The Migraine Center of New Jersey have a few methods for you to try to cure migraines holistically near Passaic, NJ.
Two herbs that can ease the pain of migraines are feverfew and butterbur. Research shows that feverfew consumption reduces migraine frequency and headache symptoms and a review of six studies reveals that feverfew is effective in migraine prevention and poses no major safety concerns. Dr. Matthew Milestone says that butterbur is similar to feverfew, but i it reduces inflammation and regulates blood flow to the brain. One study performed over four months showed that consumption of 75 milligrams of butterbur twice a day actually reduced migraine frequency by 48 percent.
Sugary drinks, coffee, and alcohol are all beverages that can actually dehydrate your body and leave you with a painful headache. Water itself can relieve symptoms and pain from headaches, and staying hydrated will ensure less instances of a migraine. It’s even possible to stay hydrated by eating fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, and oranges, which can contain a water content over 90 percent. One of our friends at The Migraine Center of New Jersey mentions that the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery concluded that there is a water deprivation headache and that a lack of water can cause irritability and a lack of concentration.
Peppermint and Lavender Oils
Peppermint oil is known for its lasting cooling effect on the skin, ability to stimulate blood flow in the forehead when applied topically and its ability to stop muscle contractions. Dr. Matthew Milestone mentions a study done in 1996 that revealed peppermint oil’s effectiveness in alleviating tension headaches and that it should be applied to the forehead 15-to-30 minutes after the start of a headache to experience significant relief. Lavender oil has been proven to be a reliever of pain in the nervous system like migraines, and a 2012 study published in European Neurology found it to be effective and safe in migraine management.
Migraines are a symptom of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and can be relieved through treatment from a medical professional like a dentist or orthodontist. However, the migraines experienced from this disorder are actually caused by the temporomandibular joint which allows your jaw to move. Dr. Matthew Milestone treats his TMD patients with the new TruDenta system, which is non-invasive and drug-free. This treatment involves gentle pain-relief technologies like microcurrent, ultrasound, and cold-laser therapies to ease the pain in your temporomandibular joint and treat symptoms of TMD like migraines.
Using these methods, it’s possible to alleviate pain and stop migraines! If you’re seeking a doctor who can treat your migraines holistically, then Dr. Matthew Milestone is here for you! Feel free to call 201.845.8411, and any of our friends at The Migraine Center of New Jersey near Passaic, NJ would be happy to help you with any questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matthew Milestone.