What is Migraine? Migraine is the third most common neurological condition in the world. Almost, 15% of population is a victim to it and it is more common in between 15-45 of age. There are so many different causes of migraine but is also a genetical disease. Difference between Migraine and headache Migraine is different than headache. Migraines are a recurring type of headache. The dilation and constriction of blood vessels in the head were thought to be the primary source of migraine pain, and early medications focused on the blood vessels as the principal target for treatment. Migraine is much more than a bad headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. The pain often lasts from 2 hours to 3 days. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. You may be sensitive to light, dizziness, vomiting, numbness and sound. There are different types of migraines. determining which type of migraine you’re facing can help you better to treat it and wether to consult a doctor. 1. Migraine with Aura 2. Migraine without Aura 3. Migraine without head pain 4. Hemiplegic migraine 5. Retinal migraine 6. Chronic migraine 7. Cluster headaches 8. Ice pick headaches 9. Cervicogenic headache Top 5 tips to cure migraine Acupressure Acupressure is an effective remedy in which you put pressure on specific parts of your body also called acu points or pressure points. Putting pressure on these parts of the body helps in blood circulation and it also releases muscle tension. • Third eye- the pressure point between the eyebrows is known to be the “third eye”. Pressuring or messaging around the third eye helps releasing the muscle tension. • Gates of conciousness- on the base of the skull hollow spaces on each sides of the spine. Just a little pressure with the fingers interlock the fingers behind the head and press the thumbs into the hollow spaces at the base of the skull. • Union valley- it is commonly known as a hegu pressure point. It is on the lose skin in between the thumb and index finger. Press this pressure point between the thumb and index finger of the opposite hand. Either hold the union valley pressure point or massage it by moving the thumb in small circles. Hydration One of the main causes of the migraine is due to the less fluids in your body which then causes in dehydration. The body requires the proper balance of fluid and electrolytes to function properly. Every day, the body loses water through daily activities, such as urinating and sweating. When the body is dehydrated, the brain can temporarily contract or shrink from fluid loss. This mechanism causes the brain to pull away from the skull, causing pain and resulting in a dehydration headache. So, try to stay hydrated. Drink as much as water you can. If you cannot drink water, you can also try these fresh juices; • Cucumber juice • Pineapple juice • Celery juice • Leafy green juice • Peppermint juice Massage therapy Massage therapy have proven to be one of the most effective cures for migraine. According to research; massage can decrease the pain, muscle tension, frequency and intensity of the migraine. Which are also the causes of migraine. We know, getting a massage therapist can be a little expensive but dont worry. There are few massage techniques that you can try all by yourself or can also ask someone in the family; • Take essential oil- you can use any of the following essential oil to massage 1. Peppermint oil 2. Lavender oil 3. Coconut oil • Use few drops of these oils and massage them onto your scalp and forehead in circular motion. • Do it for few minutes. You can also dilute or use two essential oils mixed with each other. Yoga Yoga is known to calm your mind and bring you peace. According to a research in 2014 found that migraine frequency and intensity was reduced in people who practiced yoga in addition to their regular treatment regimen. These people also experienced an improvement in vagal tone, which refers to the amount of activity in the PNS. Also, the breathing exercise in yoga also helps your body in bringing peace and calmness into your mind. Here are few effective yoga techniques that can help you in treating the migraine; • Child’s pose • Downward facing dog • Corpse pose • Bridge pose Sleep The relationship between migraine and sleep goes a long way. Disruptions in the biology of sleep and/or circadian rhythms can cause migraine so try to maintain a healthy balanced sleep schedule to cure migraine. • Try to have a proper sleeping routine to go to bed and get up at the same time each day, as sleeping during the correct phase of your circadian cycle is important. • Also, you can take a nap if you’re having a migraine because migraine can also occur due to lack of sleep or disturbed sleep and taking a nap can be helpful in preventing the migraine. Migraine can certainly put your activities on hold until you’re feeling better, but getting the right and instant treatment can help you feel better, faster. Instead of trudging through your day with a migraine, take time out to care for yourself. These mentioned five instant tips are known to be effective ones and they would hopefully relief and cure the migraine.