Re: Herbs for migraines
By: Lark Moderator / Knowledgeable Dec 10, 2014
Post # 2
If you truly have migraines and not just frequent, bad headaches, then you first need to see a doctor about them. There are a number of medications that can help prevent and also to relieve migraines, but they must be prescribed by a physician.
I would not recommend asking for advice about herbal remedies on a board where many of the answers you get will be from those who actually don't know much about herbs, their side-effects, and their interference with other medications you might be taking. Nor do we know about any allergies or other health issues that you have.
If you want to go the herbal route, then I would suggest that you be evaluated by a licensed herbalist, a naturopathic physician, or someone who practices Chinese medicine. They are far more knowledgeable about all of the risks and benefits of herbal treatments.
In the meantime, there are many things which can trigger both migraines, if that is what you have. Food is often one of the triggers. So avoid things such as:
Aged cheeses: blue cheese, mozzarella, feta, cheddar, parmesan
Alcohol: red wine, beer, whiskey, champagne
Caffeine: coffee, chocolate, tea, colas, sodas
Pepperoni, hot dogs, luncheon meats
Bread and other baked goods
Smoked or dried fish
Pizza, peanuts, chicken livers, and other specific foods
Keep a log for yourself of what you had eaten right before one of your migraines and you may begin to see a pattern that indicates that one of the above foods or something else might be one of your triggers. Avoid that and see if your migraines become less frequent.
You caqn see what the Mayo Clinic has to say about migraines and migraine triggers at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/basics/causes/con-20026358
Remember too that not every bad headache is a migraine. Many of them are caused by tension in the muscles of the neck and head, the so-called "tension headaches". The treatment for these headaches is very different than the ones for migraines. That's why it is important to have a physician evaluate you to determine exactly which type of headache you're experiencing.
They are migraine I've seen my doc for them but they just put me on pills an I'm really against taking pills if not absolutely nessecary! Was mainly just tring to find some home remedies for them. Thank you for the advice though really wasnt smart to start askin for herb remedies when I have no idea about any herbs at all!