Acupuncture is effective against migraine, study finds
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicates that acupuncture helps reduce the number of days of migraine and can have lasting effects on the problem. The analysis was led by a researcher from the University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. In the research, almost 500 adults underwent sessions of traditional Chinese acupuncture or sham acupuncture, in which needles are inserted in non-specific points of the body. The experiment lasted about four weeks and the groups were not informed about the type of method they would receive. During the test, subjects undergoing the Chinese method reported having fewer episodes of migraine than before acupuncture. Before the study, most suffered from migraines every month, with about six occurrences per month.
Even after four weeks of acupuncture, participants in the more traditional method reported having fewer days of migraine, less frequently and less intensely. Those who did sham acupuncture did not report any change in the routine.
Foods That Fight Migraine
There are many causes of migraine, or even a simple headache: lack of sleep, stress, temperature variations , eating habits ... There is still, in the case of women, that typical headache of the pre-menstrual period. According to World Health Organization data, 15% of the world's population suffers from this disease, which includes approximately 25 million Brazilians affected by the disease.
In addition to using drugs and avoiding the above causes, one of the powerful Remedies against migraine may be the same habit that causes it - feeding. Did you know that some nutrients have the power to relieve symptoms and reduce this complication? See what they are and why:
1. Selenium against free radicals
Present mainly in salmon, raw oysters, Pará nuts, ox liver and wheat bran, selenium is a mineral capable of removing toxic metals from the body. "These toxic metals, when deposited in our body, not only contribute to the increase of free radicals but can also cause migraine symptoms, and raise the risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's," says nutritionist Roseli Rossi of Clinical Nutritional Balance
2. Magnesium for relaxation
The role of magnesium in fighting headaches and migraines has been demonstrated in a number of studies. According to nutritionist Roseli Rossi, the concentration of magnesium in our body affects the serotonin receptors - a substance responsible for regulating perception of pain and mood - as well as other receptors and neurotransmitters related to migraine. Excessive consumption of inflammatory foods, such as refined carbohydrates, fats and sausages, causes the production of pro-inflammatory substances, which cause the dilatation of the vessels and, consequently, the headache . In that case, omega 3 is the best medicine. "It has anti-inflammatory action, combating these migraine substances," says nutritionist Roseli Rossi.
4. Invest in antioxidants
"Antioxidant substances have the power to scan excess free radicals and other toxic substances in our body," says nutritionist Roseli Rossi. This action contributes to the metabolic balance and the better functioning of the circulation, besides being anti-inflammatory. "These functional properties may ease the pain symptom, indirectly interfering, therefore, in the incidence of migraines," Roseli adds.
Those who practice do not give up. And, if you've never tried it, it's time to quiet your mind with some meditation exercises. "Meditation is an age-old habit, cultivated in many cultures and religions," says transpersonal psychologist Ana Maria Cabrera. "At times of practice, the brain rests and the brain waves decrease," explains the transpersonal psychologist Ana Maria Cabrera.
The year goes by and your head is already screwed? The usual rush added to the worries often cause stress and fatigue. How about taking a relaxing weekend? And for this, it is not necessary to spend days in absolute silence. "To get a new pique it is necessary to take care of the menu, the body and the mind," according to physiotherapist Tatiana Matsuda.