Migraine headaches are the second most common cause of disability worldwide. It is a debilitating condition triggered mainly through “stress, fasting, atmospheric changes, sleep-related factors, and hormonal fluctuations in women.” It affects 18% of women and 6% of men globally.
Luckily, some natural remedies can help relieve pain and reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Ginger for migraines is a remedy that has been used for centuries to treat migraines.
What Is A Migraine?
New research that was just published defined “migraines headaches” as follows:
- “Migraine is a familial, episodic and complex sensory processing disturbance which associates a constellation of symptoms, being headache the hallmark. The migraine attack can last 4–72 h and it consists of 4 overlapping phases.
- Premonitory phase: Non-painful symptoms appearing hours or days before the onset of the headache. These symptoms can include yawning, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, neck stiffness, fatigue, thirst and elevated frequency of micturition.
- Aura: About one third of the patients with migraine, especially women, suffer this transient focal neurological symptom before or during some of their headaches which is called aura. Visual aura is the most common type (90%) followed by sensory (30–54%) and language aura (31%).Motor, brainstem and retinal aura are atypical and therefore far less often.
- Headache: This phase is caused by the activation of the trigeminal sensory pathways which generates the throbbing pain of migraine. The intensity of the headache increases progressively or is explosive at the onset and disrupts daily activities. Headache typically gets worse with head movement. It is usually associated with nausea and vomiting with an aversion to touch (allodynia), light (photophobia), sound (phonophobia), and smell (osmophobia).
- Postdrome: The most frequent symptoms in this phase are tiredness, drowsiness, difficulty in concentrating and hypersensitivity to noise. The greater the intensity of the pain, the more intense and prolonged these symptoms will be. This phase is colloquially known among patients as the “migraine hangover.”“
A migraine is a severe, throbbing headache that can cause sensitivity to light and sound. It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to noise. Symptoms typically start on one side of the head before spreading across both sides.
Ginger As A Remedy For Migraines
Ginger is a natural remedy that can help relieve pain and reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat migraine headaches. But is there scientific evidence that it works for migraines? The answer is an astounding “YES!“
The video below from NutritionFacts.org explains it perfectly.
The video also mentions a double-blinded randomized clinical trial that was conducted comparing ginger’s efficacy to migraines with a potent and expensive prescription drug called “sumatriptan.“
The clinical trial had this to say about ginger for migraines:
- “The effectiveness of ginger powder in the treatment of common migraine attacks is statistically comparable to sumatriptan. Ginger also poses a better side effect profile than sumatriptan.”
Not only did ginger hold its own, but it had minimal side effects compared to sumatriptan. Sumatriptan has some severe side effects, including death.
Another report from 2020 that conducted a systemic review and meta-analysis (meaning a deep-dive thorough investigation) on the effectiveness of ginger for migraines concluded by saying, “Ginger is safe and effective in treating migraine patients with pain outcomes assessed at 2 h.”
How To Use Ginger For Migraines
Here are some tips on how to use ginger if you are experiencing a migraine headache:
- Ginger has been found in studies to reduce the duration, frequency, and severity of migraines. It also helps relieve muscle spasms and nausea associated with migraines.
- Take a teaspoon of ginger juice in water or warm milk before bedtime if you experience intense headaches during the night.
- Dilute two teaspoons of raw ginger root in 1 cup of boiling water, let it steep for 15 minutes, then strain it into a glass of cold water. Drink this every morning to prevent or alleviate migraines.
- Add two teaspoons of ginger root powder to a bowl of oatmeal or hot cereal before cooking. It will add flavor and provide you with some extra vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
- Make a paste from 1 tablespoon of grated ginger root, one tablespoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (optional). Spread this paste on your forehead and temples before sleep to relieve headache pain overnight.
Ginger is not only a refreshing and tasty ingredient, but it’s also a natural remedy for migraines. Studies have shown that it works.
Please do not substitute ginger for medication that has been prescribed to you. Always speak to your doctor before using any home remedy for illnesses.