This is one of my favorite topics! Wanna know
Because I've suffered from migraines for 2 years, and my
unique position as an herbalist and acupuncturist has allowed
me to learn about and experiment with a number of home migraine
remedy you may not have heard of.
Chinese herbal medicine is still new and unknown to most westerners.
I've found some effective solutions from China that few people
And now I get to share them with you!
On this page, I'm going to talk exclusively about home migraine
remedy - if you want to read more about migraine symptoms, causes,
and acupuncture, check out my previous articles:
What is a Migraine, anyway?
It's more than a headache. It's a neurological configuration
- any number of symptoms can show up, and more than one thing
can cause it.
It's as if you tend toward this neurological configuration,
called migraine - like you're already on the edge of it, and certain
things can push you over.
Or, it's like you're filling a water glass, but you can't stop
pouring, and it overflows. In this analogy, the water is all the
factors that cause your migraine, and the overflow is the migraine
How do you stop the Migraine tendency?
The way to prevent it is to balance the imbalances that lead
to migraine. Your home migraine remedy should take care of
at least one of these imbalances.
I'm going to suggest our basic home migraine remedy, called "Relieve
Constraint" that will help with a number of the causes of migraine.
Here are the major migraine contributors,
with at least one home migraine remedy each:
Home Migraine Remedy Options
|1. Stress and emotional constraint
Constraint herbal formula
|2. Sinus congestion and sinus headaches
||Relieve Constraint herbal formula, and
possibly a Sinus
Infection Home Remedy
|3. Indigestion and dysbiosis
||Relieve Constraint herbal formula, get
any complicated or chronic digestive problems diagnosed and
treatment by a natural medicine specialist
||Relieve Constraint herbal formula
|5. Neck misalignment and tension headaches
||Chiropractic and acupuncture, stress reduction,
and Relieve Constraint herbal formula
|6. Food allergies
Get good IgG and IgE food allergy tests, make sure you
don't also have systemic candida, and avoid/rotate the foods
you are allergic to.
If you can't afford the $100 food allergy test from your
alternative medicine provider, you can instead try going
1 month each without wheat, dairy, and yeast. Those are
the most common offenders. If any of them is involved, you
should notice a difference!
|7. Irregular eating
Eat more regularly. Identify and deal with hypoglycemia
- research shows, and specialists know that hypoglycemia
can cause rebound migraines. See below for eating tips.
If you don't have a regular appetite:
- Relieve Constraint may help with that, or
- You may want to consider medical-quality enzyme supplements.
|8. Fatigue or lack of exercise
- If exercise makes you worse, then you need strengthening
herbs. However, you may have to wait til #1-6 above are
better before you can tonify yourself.
- If exercise makes you better, then you're stagnant.
Keep exercising, especially aerobic like basketball, running,
or swimming, and take Relieve Constraint.
Dietary Home Migraine Remedy Options:
As mentioned in the chart, hypoglycemia can lead to rebound
migraines. There's some research to back that up - see the
references at the bottom of the page.
How to control your hypoglycemia:
- Increase the amount of protein in your diet (meat, poultry,
fish, nuts, beans) and eat smaller meals more frequently during
the day to sustain energy.
- Never go for more than four or five hours without eating -
preferably no more than three hours.
- If you sleep in on weekends, but find you wake with the beginnings
of a migraine, keep a starchy snack by the bed.
- Eat small, starchy snacks, but not sugary or processed foods,
on a regular basis. Crackers, rice, bread, and pasta are all
good, as are fruits and nuts.
- Many migraine sufferers find that strenuous or prolonged exercise
lowers their blood sugar levels and makes them more prone to
attacks. Try taking a glucose tablet (or a teaspoon of glucose)
before exercising, and a starchy snack within half an hour of
finishing. This may help compensate for lost energy. However,
once your diet has been corrected, glucose tablets shouldn't
Not having an appetite is a problem!
Most people worry about their weight and want to get rid of their
appetites. But for a migraineur, no appetite is a problem. Whether
you are enzyme deficient, or your gastrointestinal system is all
backed up, or both, you need to fix it.
If you don't have an appetite, you won't eat enough (leading
to hypoglycemia), and even if you do eat enough, you won't
be able to digest it properly. Indigestion will create
more problems, like acid reflux or intestinal stagnation.
Since everything in your body is connected, and migraineurs are
so sensitive, all of these things can contribute to a migraine.
Herbal Home Migraine Remedy Options:
Let me tell you about a modern migraine formula, called
This is a modern Chinese herbal formula, a home migraine remedy.
It comes from a book by Philippe Sionneau, a famous European Chinese
medicine translator and author. Philippe translated it from the
Chinese article written by Dr Cao De Ting in the Shan Dong Chinese
Medicine Journal (1988, #1).
The full name of this home migraine remedy is the "Order the
Qi and Resolve the Depression Decoction." It's based on what has
become one of my favorite Chinese herbal formulas, "Yue ju wan,"
also known as the "Escape Restraint Pill." This formula was written
by herbal master Zhu Dan Xi in the 14th century A.D.
The Relieve Constraint home migraine remedy relieves all
6 types of constraint (with the herb for each):
- qi (cyperus)
- blood (ligustici)
- dampness (atractylodes)
- food (shenqu)
- phlegm (atractylodes)
- heat (gardenia)
Added to the basic Escape Restraint Pill (to make the Relieve
Constraint home migraine remedy) are several other herbs for
emotional constraint, nourishing, moving the excess qi and blood
down out of the head, relieving tension, and stopping pain. These
herbs are chrysanthemum, cassia, tribulus, uncaria, peony, and
How do you use it?
Take it when you know a migraine is coming, or even before that
after one of the migraine contributors has occurred in your daily
life. It can help once the migraine is already there, but as with
other home migraine remedy, it's much more effective the sooner
you take it.
Depending on how bad and how frequent your migraines are, you
might use this home migraine remedy every day, or every few days.
If they're really bad, I'd take it every day for a while (2-4
weeks) until it's much better. Then, you still may need it occasionally
unless you eliminate all migraine triggers, move to the countryside,
and live a perfectly relaxed life ;-)\
here for more information about Relieve Constraint and how to
Nutritional Supplement Home Migraine Remedy Options:
Here are some nutrients suggested to be very important in the
Balch's Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing:
- Calcium and Magnesium: 2000 mg daily Ca, 1000 mg daily Mg
- CoQ10: 60 mg daily
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Multivitamin and mineral formula
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) plus niacinamide: 200mg 3x daily of niacin,
800mg daily of niacinamide - but do not take if you have
a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure
- Rutin: 200mg daily
Find live links to these supplements on this
Home Migraine Remedy References:
- Sionneau P. Xin Fang: Modern Chinese Herbal Formulas.
- Balch J & P. Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing.
- WholeHealthMD. Healing
- ITMOnline. Famous
Doctors: Zhu Dan Xi.
- Jacome DE. Hypoglycemia
rebound migraine. Headache. 2001 Oct;41(9):895-8.
- Annequin D, Tourniaire B, Dumas C. [Migraine,
misunderstood pathology in children]. Arch Pediatr. 2000
- Moskowitz MA. Basic
mechanisms in vascular headache. Neurol Clin. 1990 Nov;8(4):801-15.