Chili Peppers to Combat MigrainesI
may seem strange to use chili peppers to combat migraines, but many people find this remedy works if used at the first sign of a headache.
A migraine headache can really ruin a person’s day. Not only does it bring racking head pain, it is often accompanied by severe nausea and inability to tolerate light or noise. Medications such as rizatriptan (Maxalt) or sumatriptan (Imitrex) can help if they are taken early enough in the course of the migraine, but people don’t always have one on hand. And of course, there are others who don’t tolerate such drugs or who are taking other medicines that would interact with them in a dangerous fashion.
That is why we are always excited to learn about a home remedy that works to stop a migraine in its tracks. The people,s pharmacy reports two stories of its readers which makes a a compelling story:
“ I was not a fan of chili peppers before we moved to the state of New Mexico (not to be confused with the country of Mexico). Since that time, I have used salsa with chili peppers to combat migraines. I now eat salsa about once a week and no longer get migraines. It may not work for everyone, but it works for me.
We have heard from other readers who have found that eating hot spicy soup at the first hint of a migraine can prevent the pain. One person preferred gumbo, while another chose Chinese hot and sour soup. Perhaps it is capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, that seems to help.
One reader shared this story:
“I was fascinated to read the letter linking spicy gumbo to relief for migraine headaches. I have a similar history of migraines which occur in clusters or cycles. Over the past 40 years doctors have given me a variety of medications, many with side affects more debilitating than the headaches. Between headaches during these cycles, most of the medications kept me feeling drugged or ‘hung-over.’
“Several years ago I was in the middle of a migraine cycle, feeling as if my head was under water. I had a bowl of Chinese Hot and Sour soup and my head instantly cleared. In addition, the cycle of headaches ended.
“Since then I have used this soup to halt migraines-and the cycle-in mid-stream. I order the soup extra hot and my favorite restaurant provides a small container of extra red pepper in oil. The best part of the soup is that there is no drugged feeling afterwards.”