According to a study by the American Migraine Foundation: vascular constriction of blood vessels in the brain, long believed to be the cause of migraine pain, has been disproved.
Danish research, involving participants with all types of migraines, found that a migraine’s monsterous pain is caused by extra-sensitive nerve fibers around blood vessels in the brain. When these nerve fibers become extra sensitive, the blood’s normal pulsation in an artery can feel like arteries are going to explode during an attack. Fortunately, this is not the case.
This may seem counter-intuitive, because caffeine can be dehydrating, but caffeine really does help with migraines. How does this work? Mysteriously and in moderation. Migraine sufferers often find that medicines and beverages with caffeine helps reduce their migraine pain. Unfortunately more than 100mg of caffeine each day (1-2 cups of coffee) leads to more headaches.
Naturopathic Remedies: 5-HTP, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Feverfew & Ginger
Naturopathic doctors, Michael Murray & Joseph Pizzorno, recommend in theirEncyclopedia of Natural Medicine the following nutrients and amounts as supporting health for migraine sufferers:
- 5-HTP – increases production of serotonin: 100-200mg, 3x daily
- Magnesium – for cellular health, with lower amount if loose bowels
form: 250-400mg, 3x daily
- Vitamin B6 – for energy production & migraine prevention:
25mg, 3x daily
- Feverfew – for inhibiting inflammatory substances & improving blood
vessel tone: 0.25-0.5mg of parthenium
- Ginger – for anti-inflammatory benefits: 250mg, 4x daily
Some practitioners also regularly add coenzyme Q-10, which is essential to creating cellular energy and resilience, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish and flaxseed oil) to address inflammation issues.
Managing Dietary & Stress Triggers Lead to Vast ImprovementsPart of every good protocol for preventing and managing the frequency of migraines is to eliminate dietary triggers, ranging from red wine and cheese to nitrates, tyrosine, and MSG found in processed foods, as well as to manage stress through mindfulness or other stress relief practices.
We wish all in your world who suffer from migraines greater ease and hope to hear from you about your personal journey in healing from these tsunamis of the headache world.