Migraine is the most common type of neuro-vascular headache. And it can be extremely debilitating to our clients.
Unfortunately, the most common drugs used to “treat” them can have major, long-term side effects in the GI tract which tend to create disease elsewhere. And over-use of drugs (too long OR too much) can actually cause the very headaches they are truly to relieve! Trust me: your patients and clients are HIGHLY unlikely to realize this fact – and thus realize the importance of addressing their headaches in other, truly healing ways.
I delve into all of these juicy details in our SAFM Headache/Migraine clinical course.
But I want to share with you some key pearls about migraine right now. Below is a specific set of remedies I have seen work many times in providing ongoing migraine prevention. Fewer headaches. Less intense. Shorter. And in some cases: full relief. They can take 2 or 3 months to achieve full effectiveness, so it’s important for your clients to be consistent and committed (and be sure to set their expectations properly!). And of course, if we are practicing in the true spirit of functional medicine, then we will not stop with just supporting this type of Relief and will continue to support each unique patient or client in exploring and identifying their other specific Root Causes of migraines.
For real-time migraine relief, it’s important to take action as soon as the first inklings of one appear. Help your clients to choose to honor their body’s needs and slow down the process by lying down in a dark, quiet room and practice vagus-triggering breathing (e.g. box breathing). A combination of lavender and peppermint essential oils can be quite powerful if used quickly and repeatedly to prevent a “spiraling-up” migraine or at least reduce the intensity. I most often recommend doTERRA essential oils, though there are many excellent brands. Inhale the lavender frequently and apply both topically (to the head and pulse points as well). If you are interested in research findings about these oils, check out this and this.
I hope this quick, clinical tip serves you and your clients!
P.S. If you do want a deeper dive – one that includes a broad array of different headache types, as well as their specific triggers and specific remedies – please do join us to experience the SAFM Headache/Migraine clinical course.
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