Migraine, or hemicranias is a widely spread vascular disease. One third of the population on Earth is suffering from periodical migraine attacks. It’s known that women are liable to this disease three times more frequently than men.
Migraine attacks are caused by enlargement of blood vessels. Classic migraine can be described as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. A severe headache can last for hours or even for several days. This vascular disease is usually accompanied by such symptoms as nausea, vomiting, diarreha, problems with concentration and coordination, sensitivity to noise, light, smells and in some cases even loss of conscious.
The origin of this severe vascular disease is yet a mystery to the physicians. Some of them believe that migraine is caused by genes controlling the activity of certain brain cells. It’s commonly known that disruptions of the serotonin level lead to migraine attacks, which can be caused by stress, hunger, fatigue, hormones (female), sleep disruptions and lack of food.
There are foods that can also cause serotonin disruptions and result in migraine attacks. Thus, the physicians advise their patients to minimize daily use of such foods as cheese (except for cottage cheese and ricotta), red wine, beer, oranges, chocolate, nuts, etc.
Everyone experiences migraine in its own way. That’s why the physicians can’t prescribe any remedy without making a thorough examination of the patient. Besides, this vascular disease has no cure. The patients can only be advised to take some medicines to relieve their pain. These medicines should be taken before the migraine attack. Sleepiness, yawning and visual problems are the major symptoms of the coming migraine attack.
Except for medical treatment, there is a number of alternative therapies to migraine: Magnesium (the main sources of magnesium are chocolate, cashews, spinach, etc.), acupuncture, chiropractic, theurapeutic herbs (feverfew) and massage therapy.
Photo © allspice1