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Home remedies are a great way to complement the medical treatment of migraine, helping to relieve pain faster, as well as helping to control the onset of new attacks.
Migraine is a headache that is difficult to control, which mainly affects women, especially in the days before menstruation. In addition to teas and medicinal plants, other natural options, such as controlling the type of food you eat, as well as acupuncture or meditation, are also recommended.
See a list of the main remedies that the doctor may recommend to treat migraine.
1. Tansy tea
Tanacet, scientifically known as Tanacetum parthenium, is a medicinal plant that has a strong effect on migraine, helping to relieve pain, but also preventing the onset of new attacks.
This tea can be used during a migraine attack, but it can also be drunk regularly to prevent new attacks.
- 15 g of tannin leaves;
- 500 m of boiling water.
Add the tannin leaves to the boiling water and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Then strain, let it cool and drink up to 3 times a day.
This plant should not be used during pregnancy or by people using anticoagulants, as it increases the risk of bleeding.
Another way to use tannin is to take the capsules, as it is easier to control the amount of active substances. In this case, up to 125 mg per day should be taken or according to the manufacturer's or herbalist's instructions.
2. Ginger Tea
Ginger is a root with potent anti-inflammatory action that seems to be able to relieve migraine pain. In addition, ginger also works on nausea, which is another symptom that can arise during a migraine attack.
According to a study done in 2013 , ginger powder seems to be able to decrease the intensity of the migraine attack in up to 2 hours, being its effect compared to sumatriptan, a drug indicated for the treatment of migraine.
- 1 teaspoon of ginger powder;
- 250 ml of water.
Place the ingredients to boil together in a pan. Then let it cool down, stir the mixture well and drink it up to 3 times a day.
Ginger should be used with medical supervision in cases of pregnant women or people with diabetes, high blood pressure or who use anticoagulants.
3. Petasites hybridus
The use of the medicinal plant Petasites hybridus has been associated with a decrease in the frequency of migraines and, therefore, its intake can help prevent the onset of new attacks, especially in people who regularly suffer from migraine.
How to use
Petasites must be taken in the form of capsules, in a dosage of 50 mg, 3 times a day, for 1 month. After this initial month, you should only take 2 capsules a day.
Petasites is contraindicated during pregnancy.
4. Valerian Tea
Valerian tea can be used by migraine sufferers to improve sleep quality, which is often affected in people who suffer from frequent attacks. As it is calming and anxiolytic, valerian tea also helps prevent new migraine attacks.
- 1 tablespoon valerian root;
- 300 ml of water.
Place the ingredients in a pan to boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes, strain and drink 2 times a day or 30 minutes before bed.
Along with valerian tea, you can also supplement with melatonin, since in addition to helping to regulate sleep, melatonin also has a strong antioxidant action and seems to help prevent the onset of new migraine attacks.
Valerian tea should not be used for more than 3 months and should also be avoided during pregnancy.