The Chinese and Indians have used ginger tonics to treat ailments, including migraines, for over 4,700 years.
Packed with over 200 substances, mainly present in its oils, the root is known to block prostaglandins that stimulates muscle contraction, controls inflammation and affects the release of some hormones. All of which, act directly on how a headache affects our body.
Because nausea and vomiting are common migraine symptoms, ginger is also helpful in offering some migraine sufferers relief of their stomach upset.
Ginger – for instant headache relief
Ginger acts on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings.
Similar to the initial intense burning feel you get when you consume spicy pepper, ginger’s burn only lasts but a second, and researchers discovered that it “affects the pain pathways directly but also relieves the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.”
1. Grind up a half-teaspoon ginger, stir it into a glass of water, and drink this “ginger juice“.
2. Just crush fresh ginger, boil with water, filter and drink the warm liquid and you will notice a marked reduction in the intensity of your headache.
3. Crush a piece of ginger or use a tablespoon of dry ginger powder and add it to boiling hot water, inhale the vapours and get instant relief from a headache.
4. Apply paste of ginger on your forehead. Take dry ginger powder (as much as you would need to make a paste). Add a little warm water to it and apply this paste over your forehead.
It is best to rest with your eyes closed in a calm room to allow that ginger paste to take effect. You should find instant relief from your headache.
Note: This is only a home remedy; please make sure you visit a doctor if the symptoms persist. Do not use this as a substitute for medical advice. Your doctor will be better equipped to diagnose any serious condition you might have.
Who should not take ginger root to stop migraine:
– Pregnant or breastfeeding women
– People with gallstones, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease or blocked intestines as well as those taking medicines that weaken the immune system
– Ginger may interfere or interact with heart medications, vasodilators, any drugs that are broken down by the liver, as well as drugs for nausea, vomiting, arthritis, blood disorders, high cholesterol, blood pressure, allergies, cancer, inflammation, stomach acid or weight loss.