Natural Ways to Reduce Migraine Symptoms

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We either know someone or are currently, one of the 39 million men, women and children in the U.S. and 1 billion worldwide who suffer from migraines
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are a public health issue with serious social and economic consequences. Healthcare and lost productivity costs associated with migraine are estimated to be as high as $36 billion annually in the U.S. More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine.

A migraine is much more than a bad headache, it is a severe neurological disease often causing throbbing pain, nausea, vomiting and heightened sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can be triggered by stress, anxiety, sleep or food deprivation, bright lights, loud noises and hormonal changes. 

Tension headaches, also known as “stress headaches”, are the most common type of headache. In comparison to migraines, tension headaches are dull, constant pressure or pain usually on both sides of the head. These headaches can last for days or minutes and tend to come back when a person is under stress.

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a study showing that acupuncture helped reduce the frequency of migraines in participants who were chronic sufferers. Acupuncture and acupressure, offer a natural approach to migraines and headaches without the side effects that often accompany medication.

ACUPRESSURE may offer relief 

Head: Yin Tang - On the forehead, midway between the eyebrows.

  1. Touch the point between your eyebrows with your index finger or thumb.
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure in a circular motion.

Neck: GB 21 - On the top of the trapezius muscles, halfway between the shoulder point and the base of the neck.

  1. Touch the point at the top of the trapezius muscle with your opposite hand. 
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure with the index and middle finger in a circular motion.
  3. Apply the same technique to the opposite side.

Hand: LI 4 - On the back of the hand, at the apex of the muscle between the thumb and the index finger.

  1. Touch the point on the muscle between the thumb of your opposite hand.  
  2. Take slow, deep breaths and apply pressure with the thumb in a circular motion.
  3. Apply the same technique to the opposite side.

In conjunction with acupuncture, there are other drug-free ways to reduce migraine symptoms for the majority of people.

Many foods and beverages play a vital role in both preventing and triggering migraines. If you experience migraines, due diligence is essential by keeping a food diary and logging everything you eat and drink, and most importantly how you feel afterward. According to healthline:

FOODS that may trigger migraines

- foods with nitrates including hot dogs, deli meats, bacon, and sausage

- chocolate

- cheese that contains the naturally occurring compound tyramine, such as blue, feta, cheddar, Parmesan, and Swiss

- alcohol, especially red wine

- foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer

- foods that are very cold such as ice cream or iced drinks

- processed foods

- pickled foods

- beans

- dried fruits

- cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream, and yogurt

MODERN RELIEF may support migraines

Our Modern Relief pharmaceutical grade supplement is formulated and designed to support the body’s response to stress and inflammation. It contains curcumin, boswelia, fenugreek and ginger all helping to bring down inflammation, help with muscle tension and improve circulation. Modern Relief is an ideal addition to daily routines that cause mild to moderate pain, swelling, or other stress on the body.

Check with the clinic nearest you to verify available supplements. 

If you have a migraine or headache coming-on, also consider a natural route to healing. Acupuncture along with food monitoring, can start your natural approach to reducing symptoms and making your life better.




Written by:  MOD LIFE Support Team
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