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Migraine cause, symptoms and home remedies

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Migraine is a debilitating and recurrent neurological disorder, characterized by a throbbing headache that is usually made worse by movement and is often associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia. It is increasingly recognized as a disorder that seriously undermines patients’ ability to work, study and have a normal family life. Pain of a migraine headache is generally moderate to severe and is usually located on one side of the head.
Migraine pain differentiates from other types of headache, it has specific symptoms. These symptoms appear different from person to person in intensity, character, frequency and duration. Migraine attacks can appear as infrequently as a couple of times a year or almost every day. There are two main types of migraine: Classical Migraine – migraine with aura- and Common Migraine – migraine without no warning or aura.
A minority of migraine patients experience aura, which is the term for the sign of the pain to come. The sign can be described as bright spots or zigzag lines before the eyes and blurred vision or temporary visual loss. In rare cases numbness or tingling of the face and lips can be observed. These symptoms usually go away within one hour and replaced by a headache. But it also possible to have the aura and not the pain that comes after.
Most migraineurs can deal with mild-to-moderate migraine attacks at home. The following measures may help relieve migraine headache pain:

  • Using a cold compress to the area of pain
  • Resting with pillows comfortably supporting the head or neck
  • Resting in a dark, quiet place
  • Avoiding odors
  • Withdrawing from stressful surroundings
  • Sleeping
  • Drinking a moderate amount of caffeine

Migraine cause, symptoms and home remedies

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Migraine is a debilitating and recurrent neurological disorder, characterized by a throbbing headache that is usually made worse by movement and is often associated with nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia. It is increasingly recognized as a disorder that seriously undermines patients’ ability to work, study and have a normal family life. Pain of a migraine headache is generally moderate to severe and is usually located on one side of the head.
Migraine pain differentiates from other types of headache, it has specific symptoms. These symptoms appear different from person to person in intensity, character, frequency and duration. Migraine attacks can appear as infrequently as a couple of times a year or almost every day. There are two main types of migraine: Classical Migraine – migraine with aura- and Common Migraine – migraine without no warning or aura.
A minority of migraine patients experience aura, which is the term for the sign of the pain to come. The sign can be described as bright spots or zigzag lines before the eyes and blurred vision or temporary visual loss. In rare cases numbness or tingling of the face and lips can be observed. These symptoms usually go away within one hour and replaced by a headache. But it also possible to have the aura and not the pain that comes after.
Most migraineurs can deal with mild-to-moderate migraine attacks at home. The following measures may help relieve migraine headache pain:

  • Using a cold compress to the area of pain
  • Resting with pillows comfortably supporting the head or neck
  • Resting in a dark, quiet place
  • Avoiding odors
  • Withdrawing from stressful surroundings
  • Sleeping
  • Drinking a moderate amount of caffeine

Control your stress – a few tips

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Understand the type(s) of stressors affecting you (or the stressed person), and the contributors to the stress susceptibility – knowing what you’re dealing with is essential to developing the stress management approach.

improve diet – group B vitamins and magnesium are important, but potentially so are all the other vitamins and minerals: a balanced healthy diet is essential. Assess the current diet and identify where improvements should be made and commit to those improvements.

reduce toxin intake – obviously tobacco, alcohol especially – they might seem to provide temporary relief but they are working against the balance of the body and contributing to stress susceptibility, and therefore increasing stress itself.

take more exercise – generally, and at times when feeling very stressed – exercise burns up adrenaline and produces helpful chemicals and positive feelings.

Remedies for Migraine Headaches

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Migraine is a disorder characterized by repeated attacks of severe headache. A migraine headache causes throbbing or pulsating pain, usually on only one side of the head. These headaches are often associated with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound; they generally last between four hours and three days. Migraine headaches, which are often misdiagnosed as sinus or tension headaches, are severe enough to interfere with sleep, work, and other everyday activities. They may occur as often as several times per week or as rarely as once or twice a year. During a migraine, the temporal artery, an artery that lies outside the skull and just under the temple, enlarges or dilates. This enlargement stretches the nerves that are coiled around the temporal artery and causes them to release chemicals that can cause inflammation, pain, and even greater enlargement of the artery. As the artery grows larger, the pain becomes worse. Both migraine and tension headaches plague women more than men. In fact, 70 percent of migraine sufferers are women. This may be due to hormone fluctuations brought on by menstruation or menopause. Migraines do not always require a prescribed or over the counter medicine. Migraines can be cured, or at the least lessened, by using folk remedies. More commonly called alternative medicine, home remedies are not complex chemical compounds but rather common sense and know-how. There is inexpensive forms of relief from migraine headaches. One that is packaged on the open market is ice wraps. The store bought type is meant to be placed on the forehead or neck of the migraine victim. This originated with the homemade version of ice wraps. Wet a towel liberally, then squeeze, not wring, some of the water out. Fold until the towel can easily be placed in the freezer. Leave in for about five minutes or until the towel begins to stiffen up. Unfold the towel and refold, trying to place the frozen section towards the middle and the wet sections toward the outside. When the towel is reasonably frozen, place around the head and eyes. Another home remedy is salt consumption. If the migraine is in the starting stages, a snack of Fritos corn chips, fries covered with large amounts of salt or any other very salty food will calm the attack. Sometimes this calm before the storm is the end, sometimes it is not. However, this calm period does provide you with time to prepare the frozen towel treatment. This next treatment requires a second person. In a darkened quiet room, relax as someone massages your scalp. Massage the head, but not the temples. Another form is to be massaged with the ice towel wrap on the head and eyes. Ten minutes of massage should do the trick, if not then it is time for something else.A good way to relieve the headache is to prevent it. Close scrutiny can uncover patterns, such as getting a migraine attack after eating certain foods or after not getting enough sleep. Some people may find that the attack is caused from bright or flashing lights, loud noise or even stress. Defining the cause is a giant step in controlling and relieving migraine headache attacks. Not all migraine attacks are treatable with home remedies. If you are suffering and these tips do not help, then there is treatment medicines that can be purchased. If you are suffering many headaches, or are receiving no relief from over the counter medicines, please consult your doctor for medical care.

Best Remedies For Depression

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Find out which home remedy for depression is safe and effective and learn what role diet and exercise can play in helping relieve symptoms of depression.

The best home remedies for depression are to pray. Prayer has the magic effect, which can help anyone to get their hope back and live their lives with confidence. It is also good to be in company of those who don’t add to the negative feeling but give positive advice to face the life.

To treat depression one should be careful about their diet . It is not good to eat lot of sweets, as it will just give temporary relief but will not cure the depression. The same thing is applied to drinking caffeine and alcohol. One should limit drinking these drinks if they really want to fight with depression. Eating vegetables , nuts and whole grains will give enough magnesium, which helps in curing the depression.

In some cases, exercise can work as well as antidepressants. Find out how exercise is an excellent treatment for depression symptoms and may help to boost your mood.

For treating depression the root of asparagus is also helpful. Once in day, take one or two grams of powder if the dry roots of asparagus.

The home made tea made by boiling one cup of water , sugar and two green cardamoms is also good solution over depression. This tea can be easily drunk two times in a day.

For example, one can be depressed by something as easily diagnosed as a lack of Vitamin B Complex; the consumption of foods that have a lot of that vitamin (broccoli, cauliflower, beans and most fruits) can relieve the symptoms of that particular depressive state.

Depression Home Remedies

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

There are three types of depression

  • Dysthymia: it is the mild form of depressive condition that has a long history and sometimes shows chronic presentation. It gets triggered any time and does not fade away with time and keep on relapsing time and time again.
  • Bipolar disorder : a condition also called manic depressive illness. It is not a common type of disorder which presents sudden fluctuation of moods.
  • Major depression : it is a kind of disorder that occurs several times in life time. Its involvement interferes in day ti day activity of a person disturbing his normal lifestyle.

Home Remedies

  • whenever you fell depressive just add some rose petals in boiling water and add some sugar to it also
  • A glass full of warm milk sweetened by honey when taken with an apple relives from depression.
  • Two cardamom are added to a cup full of boiling water with sugar is a very effective method that relieves from depression.
  • Neutral immersion bath everyday for and hour has been very effective.
  • Drinking of rose water diluted in water is a good remedy t keep away from depression.
  • One should take a balanced diet as it also helps in maintaining mental calm.
  • One must perform yogic exercises like hala asana, paschimuttan asana, sarvang asana, shava asana, shalabh asana, vakra asana and bhujang asana to keep physically and mentally fit.
  • Deep breathing is also advised and doing pranayam is also very useful.
  • Taking orange juice in morning is very helpful in relieving from mental strain
  • Intake of chamomile in one cup of water (boiled) is also very helpful..
  • Take tulsi (holy basil) and two time’s sage. Now prepare herbal tea by using it.
  • Chewing 5 to 7 over night soaked almonds with its cover removed is very effective in relieving from depression.

Depression is a psychological condition

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Depression is a psychological condition that changes how you think and feel, and also affects your social behavior and sense of physical well-being. We have all felt sad at one time or another, but that is not depression. Sometimes we feel tired from working hard, or discouraged when faced with serious problems. This too, is not depression. These feelings usually pass within a few days or weeks, once we adjust to the stress. But, if these feelings linger, intensify, and begin to interfere with work, school or family responsibilities, it may be depression.

Depression can affect anyone. Once identified, most people diagnosed with depression are successfully treated. Unfortunately, depression is not always diagnosed, because many of the symptoms mimic physical illness, such as sleep and appetite disturbances. Recognizing depression is the first step in treating it.

Depression – Psychological causes

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Depression
Personality/ Attitudes:
Following types of personality traits predispose to depressive illness.

  • Very ambitious
  • Anxious
  • Obsessive/perfectionist
  • Setting very high standards for self

Persons having above traits/attitudes are more likely to experience depressive episodes in their lives as compared to people who don’t have such type of personality.

Coping strategies with life events: How we deal with stressful events like separation/divorce/death, etc. determines how predisposed we are to depression. People who are

  • Impulsive
  • Aggressive
  • Self centered

Are more likely to have depression.

Depression – Biological causes

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006


Chemicals / Neurotransmitters:
Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers, which are critical in the transmission of nerve impulses in our brain and nerves. The level of certain neurotransmitters, NORADRENALINE & SEROTONIN are decreased in the brain. Most of the medications used for treating depression (Anti depressants) help in elevating the levels of these chemicals in the brain.

Genetic: For every possible physical and mental feature there is a gene in our cells. So is a gene for Depression. The parents of a depressed person are at a higher risk for depression. If a sibling has depressive illness then there is a 15% chance, that it will be there in another sibling .If the onset of depression is after the age of 40 yr. then chance of it being genetically transmitted is less.

Hormonal imbalance: Though the exact mechanisms are not understood but imbalance of female sex hormones can lead to depression. Depressions in the postmenopausal and post partum (after delivery) period are the examples.

Types of Depression

Friday, August 11th, 2006

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are three main types of depression: Major depression, Dysthymia, and Bipolar Disorder.

  • Major Depression

This form of depression is disabling and directly interferes with a person’s ability to work, perform daily activities, and enjoy life. People who experience major depression often have emotional and behavioral symptoms, and may avoid going to work or being in public.

  • Dysthymia

This form of depression does not disable someone entirely, but generally impacts someone’s ability to feel good, engage in social activities, and perform daily activities. A person with this form of depression may still be able to function at work and in their home life without others being aware of a problem.

  • Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes severe mood swings, a state of mania (high), and a state of depression (low).

Diagnosis of Depression

Friday, August 11th, 2006

When deciding whether to give someone a diagnosis of depression, professionals look for the following key symptoms:

  • Loss of interest or pleasure
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Sleep problems
  • Agitation
  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

A diagnosis of depression should be given if you experience at least five of these symptoms over a two-week period. However, everybody’s experience of being depressed is different. For example, some people are severely depressed for a relatively short time while others have milder depression over a number of years, and there are other patterns in between. Even if the depression seems mild it is still important, and can have a big impact on someone’s life and ability to enjoy life.