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A migraine is a vascular headache that involves the excessive dilation or contraction of the brain’s blood vessels. Migraines are classified into two major types: classic and common. The common migraine slowly produces a throbbing pain that may last from two to seventy-two hours. Often centered at the temple or behind one ear, the pain is severe. Alternatively, it can begin at the back of the head and spreads to one entire side of the head (the word "migraine" comes from the Greek hemikrania, which means 'half a skull'). Nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and tingling with numbness in the limbs can last up to eighteen hours usually accompany a full blown-migraine.

A classic migraine is preceded by a set of symptoms referred to as an aura which can consist of speech disorder, weakness, and disturbances in the senses of vision and/or smell.

Causes of Migraine Headaches

One factor behind higher incidence of migraines in women may be fluctuations in the level of the hormone estrogen. Around the time of menstruation, when there is hormonal fluctuation, women typically get migraines. Any number of things can trigger a migraine in a susceptible individual including allergies, stress, constipation, too much or too little sleep, liver malfunction, emotional changes, sun glare, hormonal changes, flashing lights, lack of exercise, and changes in barometric pressure. Low blood sugar is frequently associated with migraines and studies have shown that blood sugar levels are low during a migraine attack and the lower the blood sugar level the more severe the headache. Dental problems may also be a factor.

Smoking can cause an attack because the nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke affects the blood vessels – the nicotine constricts them while the carbon monoxide tends to expand them. Foods may also precipitate an attack. Some of the most common offenders are chocolate, citrus fruits, alcohol (especially red wine), and any food that is pickled, cured, aged, fermented, yeasty, or soured.

Natural Progesterone Cream and Migraine Headaches

Transdermal application of topical progesterone immediately at the onset of a headache, has successfully aborted significant numbers of migraines. A suggested amount is up to 1 teaspoon of progesterone cream. This simple and often effective treatment, is worth trying with most female migraine sufferers.

Migraine headaches that occur with regularity in women only at premenstrual times are most likely due to estrogen dominance. Estrogen causes dilation of blood vessels, and thus contributes to the cause of migraines. One of the many virtues of natural progesterone is that it helps restore normal vascular tone, counteracting the blood vessel dilation that causes the headache. Progesterone is safe and treats the cause in a normal, physiologic way. The more dangerous pharmaceutical drugs can be reserved for the rare case that does not respond completely to progesterone.

Natural Alternatives for Migraines

Bioidentical Progesterone Cream

Natural bioidentical progesterone cream provides significant relief from symptoms related to shifts in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. It is known that transdermal application allows for easier absorbtion also, with any oral medication or supplement the health and state of the colon can compromise its effectiveness. Natural bioidentical progesterone provides a safe alternative to regulate PMS without the use of artifical pharmaceutical hormones.

Premenstrual Formula

The natural herbal formula will support a women's body during premenstrual syndrome allowing a woman's body the strength and hormonal balance to overcome PMS without harmful hormone manipulation or pharmaceutical suppression. Dandelion is also found in this synergistic herbal formula that helps the body remove exogenous,(external estrogen) from hormone therapy or contaminated foods (xenosteroids) all of which contribute to a woman's hormonal imbalance.

Gymnema(Blood Sugar Regulator)

Gymnema is a rain forest vine found in Central and Southern India which has a long tradition in the treatment and management vasilating blood suger levels. Its use has been documented in Ayurvedic medical texts for over 2000 years in the treatment of blood glucose stabilization.

Gymnema is gaining popularity with clinicians utilizing natural therapy protocols in the management of diabetes and hormonal headaches, hyperinsulinemia, and impaired glucose tolerance. For women with PMS or hormonal headaches gymnema regulates and stabilizes blood sugar so that you do not get vacillating levels of blood glucose levels and the resulting headaches. Women also find that they have more energy throughout the day and do not get the food cravings from low glucose levels.
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