Dr Oz: Migraine Headaches
Most everyone has experienced a migraine headache at some point. That awful stabbing feeling in your skull that is possibly joined by other symptoms.
I consider myself fortunate enough to only get migraine headaches once a year, but mine are accompanied by nausea, tunnel vision, and lightheaded-ness. I’m confined to my bed in absolute darkness when I have a migraine headache. So when Dr. Oz shared that he had alternative no-pill solutions to fight migraines and even prevent us from getting them in the first place, I was all ears.
Dr. Oz explained that migraines happen in the brain when our trigeminal nerves get irritated. The trigeminal nerves are the nerves in our face that are connected to the brain. They can be triggered by things that irritate the blood vessels, such as noise and stress.
Dr Oz: Migraine Solutions + Feverfew Ginger Gel
Dr. Oz said one of his favorite solutions for migraines is what’s called Feverfew Ginger Gel. He said that in the clinical trial, 65% of the people who used it experienced relief.
To take it, just place the gel under your tongue for one minute and then swallow. Take two doses 5 minutes apart. It is said to help the neurotransmitters of the brain and the ginger is also an anti-inflammatory.
Dr Oz: Magnesium + Riboflavin for Migraine Relief
The next solution for migraines is magnesium and riboflavin.
Foods rich in magnesium relax the blood vessels. Foods full of riboflavin can help brain cells use energy the right way. Combine foods high in each to help brain cells use energy and stabilize blood vessels.
Some examples of what you could eat include a cooked egg inside a slice of bell pepper on top of whole wheat toast or a banana with some almonds.
Dr Oz: Cefaly, No Pill Solution for Migraines
Dr. Oz said that he was perhaps most excited about the third no-pill solution for migraines. He said this option was so “space age-y” that it had him excited.
It’s called Cefaly, and it’s a FDA approved medical device used to prevent migraines. You wear it for 20 minutes a day or while you’re having a migraine and it pulses electricity into your head. It’s described as feeling like an electrical massage of your head. It costs a couple hundred dollars but you can apply to your insurance company and see if they will cover it.
Next time I feel a headache coming on, I think I’ll try the food option first.