Until now, there has been no drug that can cure migraines. Medicines that only relieve pain due to migraines but do not cure migraines themselves.
How to treat migraines without drugs
Here are some things you can do to treat migraines without taking medication:
The nicotine content in cigarettes can tighten blood vessels in the brain, too much heavy exercise, stress, changes in sleep patterns, head and neck pain, dental problems, certain foods, strong odors, light, and menstruation.
Pay attention to blood sugar levels.
A decrease in blood sugar levels can trigger a migraine because it leads to glucose released into the bloodstream, causing blood pressure to rise. Eat regularly every 4 hours and not more than 12 hours a night without food.
Choose foods with a low glycemic index such as fruits and vegetables, yogurt, and low-fat cheese. Avoid foods with a high glycemic index such as white bread, pastries, sugary drinks, and sweets.
Check caffeine intake
Too much caffeine can cause blood vessels around the brain to become too limited, which can trigger migraines. More than 300 mg of caffeine a day (3 cups of ground coffee or 5 cups of instant) can cause problems. Try reducing or switching to decaffeinated drinks. Chocolate also contains caffeine.
Food additives or ingredients (BTP)
Many people report being sensitive to food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (artificial sweeteners), tartrazine (yellow coloring used to color fizzy drinks and marzipan), sulfite (found in wine) and sodium benzoate (found in shrimp, margarine, drinks light and candy).
Chewing ginger can relieve nausea and digestive problems that tend to accompany migraine symptoms. Ginger can also block the effects of prostaglandins, which can cause inflammation of blood vessels in the brain and trigger migraines.
Increase serotonin levels
Studies have shown low levels of serotonin in migraine sufferers. Eat protein-rich foods such as chicken, turkey, eggs, dairy products, bananas, dates, wheat, rice, beans, and seeds to increase serotonin levels.
Dehydration can also trigger migraines. The tissue around the brain consists of water so that when it loses fluids, the tissue will shrink, causing irritation and pain. Drinking between 1 and 2 liters of water a day can reduce the severity, duration, and frequency of migraine attacks.
5HTP is used to make serotonin so that it can help to reduce the body’s vulnerability to migraine attacks. Butterbur and Coenzyme Q10 are also believed to help prevent migraines.
Eat foods rich in magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency can cause reduced blood flow to the brain and reduce blood sugar, affecting migraine attacks. Foods such as green vegetables, tomatoes, beans, seeds, whole grains, potatoes, oats, peas, and extra-yeast contain lots of magnesium.
Yoga can make you calm, reduce stress, and relieve aches and pains. Yoga can also ease stiffness in the neck and shoulders to prevent the recurrence of migraine symptoms.