6 Natural Ways to Ease Migraines

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Migraines can be intensely painful and debilitating. Learn six steps to reduce your suffering.
Air Date: 8/27/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Anjan Chatterjee, MD
Dr. Anjan Chatterjee knows all about the pain you or your loved one experience when you have to deal with severe headaches or migraines. As a neurologist, he has seen and treated several thousand patients with headaches of all kinds. And, as a lifelong migraine sufferer, Dr. Chatterjee has lived with debilitating headache pain himself.

Dr. Chatterjee has had migraines from a very early age and watched his father, also a physician, struggle to function with his own migraines for sometimes days at a time.

Like so many headache and migraine patients, Dr. Chatterjee has tried many different treatments, prescription and non-prescription, to manage his pain with limited success. Inadequate pain relief and side effects limited his treatment choices.

Motivated by his own experiences and those of his patients, Dr. Chatterjee developed Ausanil™ – a non-prescription, homeopathic nasal spray specifically formulated to provide rapid pain relief from severe headaches and migraines.
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6 Natural Ways to Ease Migraines
Migraines are horrible to experience.

Even if you haven't suffered from them routinely, they can pop up later in life, especially as your hormones change.

Symptoms can include intense pain, seeing wavy/squiggly lines or spots of light (called auras), nausea, mood changes such as depression or irritability, and changes in appetite or cravings for certain foods.

Dr. Anjan Chatterjee knows the pain and symptoms of migraines all too well, having suffered with them from a very young age. And, as a neurologist, he has also met with countless patients who have struggled with migraines as well.

Instead of being stymied by his condition, Dr. Chatterjee found ways to address his migraine symptoms and reduce the number of episodes he had.

What are some ways you can do the same?

Lifestyle changes are huge.

One shift that Dr. Chatterjee highly recommends is regimenting your life. The more uncertainty you have about your daily schedule, the more anxiety and stress you have, which are two of the biggest triggers of migraines.

In Dr. Chatterjee's words, "Be boring; regularity is good!"

Second, get enough rest. Sleep is very important; but oversleeping can trigger migraines as well, so make sure you're getting the number of hours your body requires.

Third, eat on a regular schedule. Nothing brings on a migraine faster than skipping a meal or fasting.

Fourth, make sure you're well hydrated, especially if you exercise. While a regular exercise regimen is good for warding off migraines, too much vigorous exercise can trigger migraines via dehydration.

Fifth, identify triggers in certain foods such as red wine, chocolate, aged cheese, meats, and artificial sweeteners. Some research has suggested that if you reduce the amount of fat in your diet, you can reduce the number of migraines you experience.

Finally, things like yoga or acupuncture can also be helpful.

Tune in as Dr. Chatterjee joins Andrea and Lisa to share more information on easing migraine pain and even potentially eliminating your migraines altogether.