Natural Remedies for Migraines during Period

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Make some changes in your diet!

In fact, there are some women who can have food cravings prior to and during menstruation. A theory suggests that eating certain foods during this time can increase the chance of developing menstrual migraine, particularly in women who are vulnerable to have premenstrual migraines [1].

As written before, foods that are often associated with a trigger factor of this pain headache include alcohol beverages, caffeinated beverages, some cheeses (especially aged cheeses), and foods rich in MSG (monosodium glutamate).


So, restrict your diet in the days before the start of your menses! Focus on a well-balanced diet with eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, or other healthy foods!

Make a diary of your migraine!

This idea can help you to find other trigger factors other than hormonal changes related to your menstrual cycle. It may also be helpful to analyze the natural remedies and treatment options you have tried, which then eventually can help find one that can work most effectively.

Medical intervention

There are many factors that can work together to cause a migraine attack. Addressing one of these trigger factors may not be enough to improve and heal the problem.

In other words, the problem doesn’t always improve with the lifestyle approaches alone. Sometime, it can require medical intervention.


To keep safe, see a doctor if you in-doubt with your condition to have your problem completely investigated so thus you will get appropriate treatment.

The following are some medicines that can be prescribed to treat menstrual migraines [4]:

  1. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications) such as Relafen, Nalfon, Naprosyn, Orudis, Motrin and Advil. The use of NSAIDs is common for the treatment of menstrual headache pain.
  2. Other less common medicines may include beta-blocker, calcium channel blocker, anticonvulsants, or ergotamine (in small doses).

Additionally, fluid retention is common before and during period. For this reason, the use of diuretics may also be prescribed.

To reduce fluid retention you don’t have to reduce the amount of water you drink because however it’s very important to keep hydrated. Instead, it’s better to limit dietary salt few days before your menstruation start, because salt can retain fluid in the body.

Furthermore, make your dietary salt in moderation! However, diet high in salt can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure).


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