People who are in the throws of debilitating migraine headache pain are often anxious to get rid of their terrible symptoms. Their knee-jerk reaction is to reach for a prescription or over-the-counter pain medication.
But what many sufferers don’t know is that many of their pain symptoms can be treated by safe, drug-free alternatives. Among them? Certain foods and chemicals that may contribute to the onset of a migraine headache, or their their resolution.
Here are some ways you can get drug-free relief.
1. Avoid Food Additives and Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners, preservatives and flavor enhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), are known to create severe reactions in some people, triggering migraine headaches.
Despite numerous reported side effects and symptoms of aspartame toxicity, the FDA has allowed the product back on the market where it continues to cause numerous problems for consumers.
Sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin and Splenda can be replaced with stevia, a naturally sweet herb with no known side effects and no calories.
2. Avoid Foods that Trigger Migraines
Chocolate, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sodas, refined sugars, genetically modified foods, gluten-containing grains, aged cheeses and peanuts are some of the more common food culprits that may cause migraines.
Reintroduce potential problem foods one at a time over a period of weeks to find out which one is causing the problem.
3. Add Tryptophan to Your Diet
Tryptophan, one of the 10 essential amino acids, stimulates the production of the brain transmitter dopamine, which in turn contributes to the release of serotonin. Migraine relief often results from the flow of serotonin, which elevates moods, relieves anxiety and tension, and relaxes tiny muscles around capillaries in the scalp.
4. Surround Yourself With Lavender
Lavender is used by herbalists to soothe jangled nerves and has an analgesic effect on migraine sufferers. Lavender reduces the inflammation that occurs in blood vessels during a migraine, and relieves spasms in the muscles of the neck, around the eyes and in the scalp.
Place dried lavender flowers in sachets or herbal hot packs to use when headaches start. Alternatively, make a tea by steeping one teaspoon of the dried flowers in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.
5. Get to Know Butterbur
Butterbur, a herb native to Europe and Northern Asia, was found to reduce the intensity of migraine headaches by lessening inflammation and stabilizing blood flow to the brain. It acts as a beta-blocker, helping to control blood pressure and preventing spasms in the capillaries.
Only use butterbur that is labeled PA-Free, ensuring that any harmful toxins have been thoroughly removed from the supplement, making the herb safe for use. Butterbur is also known to relieve numerous allergies, especially those that may contribute to causing headaches.
6. TruDenta Treatment for Migraine Headaches
While not a food or additive, TruDenta is a highly-specialized form of migraine headache treatment that focuses on drug-free techniques to relieve pain symptoms.
The TruDenta system is designed to get at the heart of your headaches and migraines, as well as TMJ, jaw pain, and face pain. Through proven, state-of-the-art technologies in the fields of advanced dentistry and sports medicine, you can finally get headache and migraine relief in a way that will:
- Reduce your pain levels as well as the duration of pain
- Provide headache relief without dependence on drug-related solutions
- Give you control of your healing process
- Possibly even give you your life back — the one you enjoyed before all this pain took you down the path of “trying to cope”
Effective Pain Management in Southern California
Here at Pasadena Pain Management, we are dedicated to pain treatment without heavy use of prescription medications. Our TruDenta pain therapy relies on scientific dental technology and sports medicine techniques to relieve pain without drugs or invasive needles.
Contact Us Today for a FREE CONSULTATION at Pasadena Pain Management. We can evaluate your headaches, migraines, TMJ pain, head and neck pain and tell you whether our TruDenta care program is right for you.