If you suffer from migraines, you know they can cause excruciating pain, visual disturbances and nausea.
- Change your diet. Some foods and/or alcohol, artificial sweeteners, cheese, chocolate, MSG and processed meats/foods are some of the most common causes of migraines. The best way to determine if foods trigger your migraines is by keeping a food journal. Take notes of what foods you ate when a migraine came on, and then eliminate these foods one at a time to see if your migraines improve.
- Try acupuncture. Independent studies suggest that acupuncture as a complementary therapy can ease migraine pain and may reduce the number of headaches you have.
- Breathe. Stress can often trigger a migraine, so try relaxation and meditation techniques, including deep breathing. With practice, you may soon be able to head off a migraine before it starts.
- Get a massage. A 2006 study found massage therapy reduced the number of headaches people experienced (though it has no benefit once a migraine has started). Massage can also reduce stress, which is a known migraine trigger.
- Take a supplement. Some research suggests that vitamin B2 may reduce the frequency of migraines. Talk to your health-care provider before starting a supplement regimen.