What You Can do To Try to Reduce and Avoid them.
The general consensus of opinion of the cause of migraines remains “we do not know – it’s in the brain”! I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be simply to cover the fact that there are a multitude of possibilities, often the result of what goes into our mouths! For one thing is certain; in the modern food and drinks industry there are too many toxic ingredients allowed which should, in an ideal world, be banned. So, let’s try to see what are the most common causes.
In no order of importance:
Food & Drink – Remember that there are poisons deliberately added to things like Violet or other deep coloured foods and cordials; Red Bull, among others, was blocked in many countries until they reached an “understanding”; but chocolate, cheese – dairy in general – are high on the list of culprits. You need to look at what you ate just before the onset of the pain and then avoid that, taking each item in turn. Caffeine in tea and coffee is notorious; so is monosodium glutamate, which is also cancerous!!
Clothing – Cotton and other supposedly safe products come from toxic beginnings, are treated by things like Roundup and finally given a toxic treatment to make them look good! New clothes should be “deep washed” at least three times before being used. By deep washing I mean a long hot wash. A cool wash is often too weak and remember, the washing powder itself could be a candidate. Which leads me on to:
Air Sprays & Perfumes – Those of you who follow my Facebook page will know how I have harped on about the dangers of toilet air sprays – especially for children. They are almost top of the list for Head, Ear, Nose & Throat problems, Migraine first! And we do need to add perfumes to this list. I know of many folk who simply have to leave the room when encountering these toxins. The non essential ingredients are put there simply to help sell more chemical medications. Why add chemicals to Nature’s finest aromas? The solution to the toilet sprays is on the Facebook page – it costs about 10p a month at the most. The solution to perfume is, like the chemical creams – use natural ones.
Stress – For many people, especially those suffering from such as Fibromyalgia, MS, ME et al, even the smallest amount of stress is a trigger. I have experience of a family member who used to be confined to bed in a darkened room for days at a time thanks to her migraines. But no longer – now we have found what to do to avoid it. But how to avoid stress in the modern world? Choosing a lifestyle that suits you is one way; another is to take natural calming agents such as Passiflora Incarnata. Please do avoid the products in the stores that are mixes of several products. They are only there for the benefit of the producer, not your health.
Hormones – Many people, ladies especially, at certain times in the month, are susceptible to a migraine. This is one that often defies an answer. One possible way to reduce this is by the taking of Wild Yam or for some the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture from a fully qualified Chinese taught practitioner. Many Western acupuncturists have only a very scant training. I found one who was pleased to tell me he had received one week at a college!!! Be sure you ask.
Accident Damage – This is often not regarded, especially long term, but if there is a mis-alignment of the back or neck vertebra then this needs remedying. If you have had an accident of even a mild nature, a fall could be enough, a visit to a chiropractor is well worth it. You have your car serviced regularly do you not? Then why not your body? And please do not think that a chiropractor is a “bone manipulator”. The modern chiropractic practitioner is very gentle.
This is far from an exhaustive list. There are other causes and remedies which I will happily help with. Please do get in touch.
John Osborne is a self-trained Naturopath with over 35 years of experience. Of an engineering formation, he looks at the root causes of people’s problems to discover the “why” rather than the “visible”. Using all forms of a natural approach, John includes phototherapy, homeopathy and aromatherapy among the means of aiding people to find a solution to their problems. John is not a doctor, so cannot diagnose, but works with the leading authorities in the world on the natural ways to cure serious illness.. His advice is given free and he is readily contactable via his website Remede Naturel.