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Yoga can relieve migraines
Scientists believe yoga could be an effective addition to standard treatments
Adding yoga to your migraine treatment plan can help reduce the intensity and frequency of headache attacks, as well as reduce the need for medication. This is evidenced by a new study published in the journal Neurology.
A number of medications have been approved for the treatment of migraines, but they do not work for every patient and have significant side effects. Many people quit treatment because of unwanted medication. Therefore, the question of how to effectively and safely relieve migraine pain remains relevant.
The new study, conducted in India, involved 114 patients who suffered from recurrent migraines. They were divided into two groups: in the first, people received the usual treatment for migraines and performed exercises of a special yoga complex, in the second, patients received only conventional therapy.
The yoga complex included breathing exercises, relaxation and yoga postures (asanas). The duration of the complex was one hour, the study participants did it three times a week under the supervision of an instructor for a month, and then independently five times a week for two months.
In both groups, the number of migraine attacks in patients decreased. But in the yoga group, patients had less and less headaches and took an average of 47% fewer medications.
More than 12% of people in the yoga group had stopped migraine attacks by the end of the study, and in the conventional treatment group, headache persisted in all participants. Yoga practitioners have reported that their headaches go away faster.