One of the oldest herbal remedies for migraines, this plant can be used in many forms, included steeped in tea or even eaten raw, according to Alexander Mauskop, M.D., a board-certified neurologist focused on headaches and the director and founder of the New York Headache Center.
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Sniff Peppermint As anyone who gets headaches knows, certain smells can trigger the pain. But peppermint in particular seems to have pain-reducing effects, says Mauskop. “It’s very individual,” he says, and may not work for everyone. Or, it could just mask less pleasant smells.
Rubbing The Temples
Riboflavin Riboflavin (and an enzyme that acts similarly called CoQ10) is involved in producing energy inside the cells of the body, Mauskop explains, so it’s better to take in the morning to ward off migraines, in case it disrupts sleep.
Omega 3s A dose of these healthy fats can fight inflammation, which is a likely culprit in many headaches and possibly some migraines. Everyday Health recommends flax seeds but fish, like salmon, and fish oil supplements may also help.
Magnesium Mauskop’s own research found that people with migraines and cluster headaches are often deficient in magnesium.
Ginger This spice is well-known for being friendly to upset stomachs, and it can ease migraine-related nausea, too, says Mauskrop. It may also ease pain thanks to some anti-inflammatory properties. Just be sure you’re getting the real thing, he says — ginger ale doesn’t cut it.
Feverfew One of the oldest herbal remedies for migraines, this plant can be used in many forms, included steeped in tea or even eaten raw, according to Alexander Mauskop, M.D., a board-certified neurologist focused on headaches and the director and founder of the New York Headache Center.
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“Caffeine is a double-edged sword,” says Mauskop. If you’re too dependent on multiple cups of coffee a day (or even frequent doses of certain headache medications formulated with caffeine) you’re likely to experience rebound headaches when the jolt starts to wane. However, in small doses, a little bit can help reduce pain.
Butterbur Unlike feverfew, this herb is toxic in any form but the processed supplement, says Mauskop. However, its headache-preventing properties are equally impressive. The chemicals in butterbur are thought to relieve spasms and decrease inflammation, which can cause headaches, according to WebMD.
Acupuncture There have been mixed results in the research examining this ancient Chinese medicine’s effect on migraines. Most recently, a study questioned whether the traditional practice offered much more than a placebo effect, perhaps due to the extra attention lavished by the acupuncturist. Proponents maintain that the needles trigger pain-reducing chemicals, Reuters reported, but all those visits could become time consuming and expensive