Migraine relief; should you try ginger as a safer alternative medication?
People who experience migraines are always looking for a better and safer way of getting relief. Chiropractic care helps, and often resolves these types of headaches, although sometimes, you need a medicinal substance to help you get relief fast.
Most people who have migraines are familiar with drugs that offer relief. One substance that is safe and effective is ginger root.
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Ginger: An Effective Treatment for Headaches
With all the modern prescription medicines and over the counter remedies available, researchers have found ginger, a well know spice, is a good way to treat headaches. While is may seem unusual for a spice to be used as a treatment ginger is actually no stranger to the medical profession. For more than 5,000 years ginger has been used for various medicinal purposes. In Ayurvedic medicine, which is an ancient healing system, ginger is used often as a medicine. In Sanskrit, Ayurvedic means “science of life.” This type of healing is becoming more popular in modern healing as people are realizing the importance of the connection between the body and the mind.
For years, ginger has been well known as a treatment for nausea. Recently, however, it is gaining popularity as an effective remedy for headaches. In fact, ginger is so effective in treating headaches that it has positively endorsed by many doctors and neurologists.
How Ginger Works on Headaches
While it is not exactly known how ginger treats headaches it is known that headache sufferers say ginger decreases the incidences of headaches as well as the intensity of the headache pain. These positive effects are attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger. Initial research shows ginger seems to prevent the blood vessels from becoming inflamed. This is good for headache sufferers because when blood vessels are not inflamed, they do not become enlarged and begin pressing on the nerves, the main cause of headache pain.
One study conducted in Denmark seems to reinforce the idea that ginger is good for the prevention of migraines. These tests, however, were initially intended to determine the effect of ginger on those suffering with arthritis. Results of the study indicated 75% of the people who were tested had less pain and swelling when ginger was included in their diet. How does this show ginger is good for migraines, you may ask. Like a migraine, arthritis is a condition caused by inflammation. It makes since that if ginger will help with the inflammation of arthritis, it would also help reduce the inflammation that leads to migraine pain.
Along with reducing the number of headaches a migraine sufferer has in a particular time period ginger can also help reduce the unpleasant side effects associated with a migraine. One of the main side effects ginger can help control is that of nausea and upset stomach. For more than two decades, ginger has been known to prevent nausea as well as motion sickness. In fact, ginger has been proven to be more effective than Dramamine, a popular over the counter medication for motion sickness. In 1982, The Lancet, a British medical magazine for doctors, published a study whose results indicated that ginger was twice as effective as Dramamine in preventing nausea and motion sickness. Ginger is believed to act either on the digestive or central nervous system in reducing nausea and vomiting. When ginger is taken as soon as a migraine is felt coming on, the spice can provide relief from the nausea.