Migraines: Causes & Natural Treatments

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: As many as 16-18 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines. Is there anything you can do to ease the pain?
Air Date: 2/4/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Patrick Fratellone, MD
Patrick Fratellone is one of the few integrative physicians with a medical degree (MD) as well as being a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbal Guild. Although his conventional training was in Internal Medicine and Cardiology- the scope of his practices is vast. He trained with both Andrew Weil, MD, and Tierona LowDog, MD, RH, at the Fellowship of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He has written the forward to two recent books: My Journey with Celiac Disease: Jennifer Esposito and the Tracy Piper Protocol by Tracy Piper. He writes a daily blog, and has a weekly internet radio show.
Migraines: Causes & Natural Treatments
As many as 16-18 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines.

Many of those individuals notice their migraines are worse with drastic temperature changes (especially cold temperatures), while others notice more migraines during PMS.

What are some natural ways you can prevent migraines? 

Feverfew is one herb that can be an effective remedy to stave off migraines. Jamaican Dogwood, made into a compress and pressed to your temple, can also be beneficial. Or try lemon balm plus skullcap in a tea.

Unfortunately, once a migraine starts, you can't stop it... you can only mitigate the symptoms.

An anti-inflammatory medicine (such as Aleve, Advil) will help ease the symptoms.  

As far as natural options, lavender and peppermint essential oils can do wonders. Essential oils are very strong, so be careful about putting them directly on your body as they can burn. The best way to utilize essential oils is by diffusing them.

What are some other causes of migraines?

Many can be food-related. An allergy to a food can present as GI symptoms or as headaches. 

What are some remedies for headaches in general?

Ginger, turmeric, white willow bark typically work better for regular headaches than the remedies mentioned above, but they may also help with migraines. 

Listen in as Dr. Patrick Fratellone joins Andrea and Lisa to share more about what causes migraines, how you can prevent them, and what you should do if you are suffering from migraines on a regular basis.