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Migraines affect 9% of the U.S. population, that’s more than 47 million Americans, at a cost of $1 billion in
medical expenses per year. Here are some tried-and-true approaches to dealing with debilitating headaches.
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3. With fewer adverse side-effects,
acupuncture has been proven to combat
migraines. Thin needles are inserted
under the skin to realign the flow of the body.
Routine massages of the neck, back
and head help with circulation, and to
release tension. Once or twice a week
for 6 weeks is recommended.
Stretching combined with silent
meditation brings the mind and body
to a zen state. Try stretching twice a
day for 20 minutes per session.
6. Practicing yoga is a remedy for
migraines. According to the National
Center For Complementary & Alternative
Medicine, yoga combines physical postures,
breathing exercises and meditation to boost
relaxation and balance every corner of your being.
Cold presses soaked in water with
drops of lavender relieve migraines.
Lavender is an analgesic and an anti-
inflammatory; placing cold presses soaked
in water to the forehead helps to alleviate
Setting aside 15 minutes in your day to
sit quietly and listen to your favorite
relaxing music has proven benefits
when it comes to migraine relief. Getting in a
routine of listening to relaxing melodies builds a
healthy routine that helps quell migraines.
Avoid eating foods high in caffeine
(found in cheese and chocolate).
These ingredients are headache
triggers. Instead, incorporate riboflavin
and magnesium as part of an anti-migraine