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A Naturopathic Approach To Managing Migraines

Migraines are characterized by severe headaches, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and/or sound. They can last from several hours to several days. And, for some people, they can be debilitating.

More than 2 million Canadians are affected by migraines. Many find relief in over-the-counter medications. Some require prescriptions to manage the symptoms. But, for others, neither option helps to calm the symptoms quickly and effectively.

 If you suffer from migraines and are looking for gentle and effective relief, IV Therapy may be the right migraine treatment option for you.

What causes migraines?

There is no one cause for migraines. Different things trigger different people.  But, if you pay attention, you may be able to see a pattern emerge around your migraine episodes.

Some of the most common migraine triggers include:  

Emotional triggers such as stress, anxiety, shock and even depression can cause migraines.

Physical triggers include poor sleep quality, strenuous exercise, and high or low blood sugar levels.

Hormonal triggers can surface during menstruation, pregnancy or menopause.

Dietary Triggers like consuming too much caffeine or sugar have been known to cause migraines. For some people foods containing tyramine like yeast, aged cheese, and pickled herrings can be a trigger. 

Environmental Triggers include drastic changes in the weather, flashing or bright lights, high elevation, smoke, and certain smells.

Knowing what triggers your migraines helps you prevent them and minimize the symptoms when one starts.

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A Different Kind Of Migraine Treatment: IV Therapy 

The direct cause of migraines is not known. But, many of the triggers people experience are. If becoming hydrated, getting better quality sleep, reducing your stress levels and detoxifying your body will help to prevent your migraines, then addressing those issues in part of an effective migraine treatment plan. 

Fortunately, IV Therapy is a versatile naturopathic treatment option. It is a safe and effective way to make nutrients and minerals available to your body. Delivering nutrients directly into the bloodstream allows the body to absorb them more quickly and in a higher concentration than it can when they pass through the digestive system. And, by giving the body the nutrients and hydration it needs, a migraine can be stopped in its tracks and many migraine-triggering conditions can be avoided.

When a patient receives IV Therapy, a nutrient-rich solution is prepared to address their individual needs. It is administered via IV in the safety and comfort of our clinic under the care of Dr. Richa Grover, ND.

How Does IV Therapy Help To Prevent And Treat Migraines?

IV therapy is versatile because the solutions are tailored to the individual. An IV Therapy solution can include a wide range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients. This means IV Therapy can address many different conditions that trigger migraines and help to boost a person’s overall health and wellness.

Some of the nutrients that you may find in an IV Therapy treatment for migraines include:

Vitamin C – Vitamin C can help improve mood and cognitive function. It has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression–both of which are common migraine triggers.

Magnesium – Magnesium helps to calm stress, relax the nervous system, improve a person’s mood and reduce the risk of depression. Magnesium also helps to relieve the tight muscles that can come from grinding your teeth. Night grinding is another common trigger for migraines.

Zinc — Zinc has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Not having enough zinc can trigger migraines. 

Glycine – Glycine is an amino acid. It helps to promote calm, to regulate mood and to relieve anxiety. Studies show that glycine also helps promote good quality sleep.

Other nutrients that may be included in an IV Therapy treatment for migraines are B5, B6, a variety of amino acids, Taurine, and Carnitine.

IV Therapy also helps hydrate which helps to flush toxins and dietary triggers from the system. Being dehydrated is, in itself, a possible trigger for migraines. So, the hydrating effects of an IV Therapy treatment help to prevent and reduce migraine symptoms on different levels.

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Fast And Effective Relief From Your Migraine Symptoms

Once your IV is in place, it only takes approximately 30 minutes to absorb the solution. Many patients start to feel the symptoms of their migraines easing up after only a few minutes. In part, this is because of the immediate hydration IV Therapy provides. As we saw above, dehydration is a common migraine trigger. So, restoring more optimal hydration can offer immediate relief.

By giving your body easy access to a high concentration of the vitamins. minerals and nutrients it needs, an IV Therapy can target different systems and processes in the body at the same time. Nerve endings are soothed and inflammation is reduced quickly.

Prevent And Treat Migraines With IV Therapy Tailored To Your Individual Needs

IV Therapy offers relief from migraines in many ways. It provides your body with the hydration and nutrients it needs to address a migraine, its triggers and its symptoms.

Migraines should not prevent you from enjoying life. At Horizon Family Naturopathic Clinic, Dr. Richa Grover, ND provides customized IV Therapy to treat migraines and feel your best.

To find out more about IV Therapy treatment for migraines in Peterborough, click here to book a FREE 15-MINUTE CONSULTATION or call (705) 775-8118.