A migraine state is defined as an attack that lasts for more than 72 hours, while those suffering from chronic migraine, it is a debilitating state that lasts for several days and even months. Migraine sufferers often don’t know “where to hit their head” in the truest sense of the word. It derives from a dysfunction of the humoral regulation of the nociceptive pain pathways and which results in an increased perception of the pain afferents of vascular pulsation and of visual, olfactory and auditory sensations. Migraine sufferers can’t stand anything.

The analysis of migraine problems is complex and concerns the musculoskeletal, vascular, hormonal condition, magnesium homeostasis, neurological nociceptive alterations, hypothalamic hypersensitivity, etc.

But apart from the pharmacological component and adequate physical and therapeutic care, much can be done on a nutritional and integrative level to prevent attacks and reduce their intensity.

For example, there are foods that contain mimetic sympathetic amines such as chocolate, aged cheese and dried fruit which increase the pain perception of the attack if it is due to an altered perception, their reduction greatly reduces the intensity of the attacks and sometimes they completely delete. Furthermore, they are elements that cause vasodilation such as alcohol which only exacerbates the problem for the same reason, always if the migraine is of vascular origin.

Fasting, exposure to the sun, lack of sleep and rest can be harmful for migraine, but even excess rest does not improve the situation, the altitude, the hormonal cycle and some drugs.

As far as the diet is concerned, it must be varied, rich in vegetables and above all not lacking in elements which, if lacking, make the symptoms worse, such as: magnesium which must be integrated in those with migraine attacks, riboflavin (therefore eggs, meat, dairy products) and coemzyme Q10 which should be integrated as it is deficient in the diet.

So anyone who suffers from this problem should at least implement some food and lifestyle practices and then see, when it doesn’t improve, what else to do in terms of therapy or physiotherapy.

Remove aged cheeses, chocolate, excess sweets, dried fruit, alcohol. Drink coffee and green tea. Limit sleep to the right time. Do daily physical activity. Take care of your eyesight. Integrating the diet with vitamins of the B complex, coenzyme Q10 and magnesium and then with a little patience and the use of some soothing herbs such as griffonia and feverfew there is the hope that things will improve.