Anyone who has experienced a migraine can understand why they’re so feared – it’s almost impossible to focus on anything but the pain. While the market offers variety of promising treatments to banish our headbangers, many of us continue to look for relief in any form we can find it.  Here are four of our favorite natural migraine remedies that actually work.

1. Magnesium
Virtually every scientific study on the efficacy of magnesium in treating migraines can agree: it works. According to the University of Maryland, people who suffer from these pounding headaches typically have lower levels of magnesium than those who do not. A study through the university found that patients who treated themselves with magnesium were able to reduce migraine frequency by 41.6%, as opposed to a 15.8% success rate for the individuals who did not. If you’re interested in using magnesium as a natural treatment for migraines, take a look at Jay S. Cohen, MD’s book The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches.

2. Feverfew
It’s more than just a pretty flower, this distant relative to the daisy is a lifesaver for people who suffer from chronic migraines. The herbal remedy effectively reduces inflammation to help people recover from pain quickly and effectively. It’s a favorite treatment because it has so few side effects – and it works. 270 people took part in a study in Great Britain, and over 70% felt tangible relief from migraines after taking two to three feverfew leaves each day. Dr. Jonny Bowden writes in The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, “Using feverfew together with another herb, white willow bark, reduces the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine attacks by up to 60 percent.” Bowden suggests a treatment of 600 mg per day for two weeks in order to see results.

3. Ginger
Remember the age-old claim that ginger ale will cure nausea? It’s not so far off – but ditch the canned liquid in exchange for the real thing. Cut up ginger root or use the powdered form in tea to prevent migraine-triggered queasiness. This herbal remedy is especially useful because it has virtually no side effects and is perfectly safe for people of all ages to use. Studies have also found that ginger successfully reduces inflammation to help patients feel better faster.

4. Hydration
It sounds like a no-brainer, but dehydration is one of the most common triggers of migraines. Water deprivation causes the brain’s blood vessels to constrict, resulting in the chronic head pain that is associated with migraines. A report released by the European Journal of Neurobiology found that consuming 6 to 8 glasses of water each day can be instrumental in reducing the intensity and frequency of debilitating headaches. Their study revealed that nine patients who drank one liter of water per day collectively suffered from migraines 21 hours fewer than those who did not hydrate adequately.

Over 37 million Americans suffer from migraines. If you’re one of these people, don’t feel dejected. You can get relief from the pain – and by infusing these techniques into your daily routine, fewer and less intense migraine are in your future!

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