The extreme discomfort of pain and pressure in your head: this is how a headache during a migraine attack can feel. In many cases, this is combined with feelings of dizziness and nausea, which can of course make the life of the migraine sufferer extremely difficult. In order to make this condition less unpleasant, today we would like to recommend a plant that you likely had no idea could be such a big help.
An unwanted everyday companion
Some of us are likely familiar with the following scenario: you have an important appointment or a private gathering to attend, perhaps something that you've been looking forward to for weeks. On the day of the event, you wake with such a severe headache that you're not sure if you'll be able to even leave the house. In many cases, such headaches are accompanied by general fatigue, nausea and feelings of vertigo. When this happens, it's quite clear that you're experiencing a migraine. Often the attacks can happen without a lot of warning during the day, and all of the physical symptoms can take the affected person out of the action for days. Bed rest in a completely darkened room is certainly the first thing many do when suffering with a severe migraine, as it offers the body some respite from pain and other symptoms. Instead of reaching for that well-know pain reliever, there's a plant-based remedy that one can use to significantly reduce the symptoms and quickly restore a sense of well-being.
A small root with a big effect
Research has revealed that when one is confronted with a migraine, ginger is a very suitable remedy. Just a quarter teaspoon of grated ginger dissolved in a glass of warm water can be enough to greatly reduce the pain. When needed, this drink solution can be used up to three times per day. Ideally, even after the attack is over, one continues with this habit as a preventative measure and drinks the ginger-water solution one or two times per day in order to avoid prevent another bout from ever occurring again.
Also effective for other symptomsAn additional area of application for grated ginger is especially useful for younger women. Many women suffer regularly with so-called premenstrual syndrome along with other more global symptoms around the time of their periods. The boon of grated ginger has also been shown to be very effective in such cases. This was confirmed by subjects who participated in a study: drinking a glass of warm water with grated ginger mixed in greatly reduced their symptoms. The control group, who received a placebo, noted no improvement. For menstrual symptoms, it's recommended to drink a glass of warm water to which you've added 1/8 teaspoon of grated ginger. In order to reduce premenstrual symptoms, you can even use this solution twice per day for about a week before the beginning of your period. Drinking ginger water in this way is also very helpful for the treatment of nausea. If you suffer with motion sickness, you can do something to counter the symptoms: before you set off on your journey, prepare a thermos full of the drink we've described and use it as described when on your trip.
Ginger can also be used as a natural treatment for mourning sickness, although one should take care to avoid consuming more than 20g of ginger per day as doing so can have a stimulating effect on the uterus. If you adhere to the dosage recommended above, you'll certainly still be in the safe range.
So the next time you're confronted with headache or nausea – which we of course hope never happens – then you can rest assured that it won't be so bad in the end as you have a plant-based solution you can rely on, thanks to ginger!
Source: Dr. Michael Greger and Gene Stone, How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, Flatiron Books, 2015
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