Although migraine headaches are common among both men and women, there are important differences.
The prevalence of migraine headaches is 2-3 times higher in women – with over a quarter of women being affected at some stage during their life. So how do you prevent migraine headaches and what are some migraine remedies?
The character of the headaches also differs. Women tend to report higher levels of pain, longer duration of headaches, and more associated symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. Visual symptoms are also less common in women.
Because stress often triggers migraines, people who are habitual sufferers should learn relaxation and stress management techniques. These are especially helpful in aborting headaches when warning signs are felt.
Vedic Meditation is one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. It is also one of the easiest to learn and the simplest to practice.
Massage, relaxation exercises of the neck, shoulder, and jaw muscles may all be helpful. Resting in a dark room with cool compresses on the forehead can prevent migraine headaches.
Foods such as alcohol, aged cheeses, chocolate, fermented or marinated foods, MSG, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, and caffeine all may trigger headaches; diet should be monitored to reduce or eliminate intake of these.
Nicotine may also be a cause of migraine headaches – yet another good reason to give up smoking!
In summary, each person’s migraine pain, the triggers, and “headache calendar” (when headaches tend to occur) are unique. Treatments are also unique for each case. Those who get migraine’s need to consider their individual triggers, lifestyle issues such as stress level and eating habits, and their own preferences for medication as they and their physicians choose treatments.
People with a history of migraine headaches who learn to Meditate usually find the frequency of migraine attacks diminishes:
… And whilst they may still get migraines headaches they find that the intensity is much less after meditating.
Therefore, learning to meditate has to be one of the easiest of migraine remedies to administer – find somewhere to sit, close the eyes, done!
Vedic Meditation is also one of the most powerful techniques available for reducing stress and anxiety. It is also one of the easiest to learn and simplest to practice.
If you are in Auckland (NZ) call me, Warwick Jones, on 021 532 768. Or email to find our how Vedic Meditation could help you achieve better health.
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