By VIRGINIA SOLE-SMITH
What Are Migraines?
A recurrent throbbing headache, often in one side of the head, frequently accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines may include a stage called aura, which is marked by visual disturbances (flashes, splotches, zigzags, or shimmering colored lights surrounding a blind spot).
Why Migraines Happen
"A migraine is a neurobiological disorder involving both neurological and vascular changes in the brain during an attack," says Susan Broner, MD, medical director of the Manhattan Headache Center in New York City. "People with a genetic predisposition have a reduced threshold for the activation of the brain's 'pain centers' and become hypersensitive to stimuli that cause pain. These set off a wave of nerve cell activity and neurotransmitter release that activates blood vessel...
Everyone gets headaches every now and then, but when they become persistent, it gets more difficult to treat them and some medicines may stop working. The pain reliever that you used to take maybe making little to no difference and a simple rest may not be enough.
Unfortunately, there are risks involved in taking higher doses of pain relievers and they can also get expensive. The best way to relieve headaches is through natural remedies. There are different techniques that work on different types of headaches. It’s important to understand what may be causing the headache and what remedies work for that specific type of headaches.
Types of Headaches
There are a wide variety of headaches but they can be categorized into the four most common types.
Headaches are the worst. You can't concentrate, you're dragging yourself around all day with the hopes that the Advil, Motrin or Tylenol you took is going to kick in. Why not try something that's natural that won't kill your liver and not to mention it actually works!
Apply an apple cider vinegar compress
Apple cider vinegar can either be used as a cold compress or inhaled via steam to soothe headache pain. Soak a clean cloth with ACV and refrigerate to create a compress that may be rested on the forehead and temples to relieve pain.
You will need…
1/4 cup of ACV
Roughly 1 quart of boiling water
1 cup of fresh cool water
Pour ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar into a large bowl, and then fill the bowl halfway with boiling water. Place a...