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Natural Migraine Relief

When a migraine hits, thinking becomes near impossible. Keep these remedies on hand and ready for prevention and/or relief at those moments.

Feverfew: In supplement form — as long as it contains at least 0.2 percent parthenolides — 100 to 150 milligrams a day may work in reducing migraines. Feverfew has been shown to be effective in numerous studies for migraine prevention.

Butterbur: A small 2004 study found that patients who took 75 milligrams of butterbur twice daily had around 50 percent fewer migraines, compared with a 25 percent decrease experienced by people given only a placebo. The chemicals in butterbur are thought to decrease muscle spasms and inflammation in the blood vessels of the brain, which can cause headaches,

Ginger: Ginger can help in two ways — as an anti-inflammatory and as an anti-nausea medication. Fresh ginger appears to work the best; you can try to smell freshly crushed ginger for nausea, or steep some in hot water for a tea. Ginger ale, unfortunately, does not work for migraines.

Caffeine: Caffeine can both worsen and improve a headache, so use this remedy wisely. Caffeine-rebound headaches are common sources of migraines, but a cup of tea or coffee may help relieve a migraine.

Magnesium: According to a study by the University of Maryland, people with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium than those who don’t have migraines. Studies suggest that magnesium may reduce frequency by more than 40 percent, compared with 15 percent in those who took a placebo. Other studies suggest magnesium may be particularly helpful for women with menstrual migraines. Starting doses can be 200 to 600 milligrams per day.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): Some studies show that this vitamin may also be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines at a dose of 400 milligrams a day. Note that riboflavin can interfere with some medications such as antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs and medications for gout.

Exercise: Researchers found that aerobic exercise was as effective at preventing migraines as the preventive migraine medication topiramate. In a 2011 randomized, controlled study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, some patients in the three-month study exercised on a stationary bike three times per week for 40 minutes, while others took topiramate. The exercisers and drug group were equally effective in reducing migraines, but 33 percent of topiramate users also experienced adverse side effects of the medication.

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): Research by the Harvard Medical School and the Natural standard suggests that 5-HTP may be particularly effective in reducing both the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. This is thought to work as 5-HTP increases the body’s production of serotonin, and low serotonin levels have been associated with migraines. Supplementation is at 200 to 600 milligrams a day on 5-HTP for migraine prevention.

Coenzyme Q10: This antioxidant may help prevent migraines. Studies, including a double-blind, randomized trial showed that more than 60 percent of patients who took 150 milligrams of CoQ10 daily experienced a 50 percent or better reduction in the number of days with migraines.

If you have new-onset headaches, a change in frequency or intensity, or any neurological symptoms, you should speak with your doctor before trying any remedies. A new or increasing headache may be a sign of an underlying medical problem, and needs to be evaluated prior to chronic treatment for presumed migraines.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/14/5651123/integrative-medicine-natural-remedies.html#storylink=cpy

Emily Farish is Atmanjai’s Resident Integrative Medical Practitioner. Her passion is healing – Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbal Treatments. She is available for consultations at Atmanjai.

Why Spiritual Intelligence?


Never heard of it , you may say? Why would it be important? Good questions!

Not that long ago, the only intelligence that was given any credence was good old IQ. We were all graded on that to see how smart we were. Smart people did well and had a great life, earned lots of money, lived happily ever after…….

Gradually, people  became aware that maybe this wasn’t entirely the case.  ‘Bright’ kids did drop out or go off the rails.

The concept of intelligence was broadened when Howard Gardiner talked of multiple intelligences and Daniel Goleman brought the idea of emotional intelligence (EQ) to life in the ‘90s. It is now well accepted that skills in this area can make a big difference in how we interact with others and understand ourselves.

Spiritual Intelligence takes the story one step deeper. Steven Covey articulated it well saying “Spiritual intelligence is the central and most fundamental of all the intelligences, because it becomes the source of guidance for the others”

Cindy Wigglesworth, who created the Spiritual Intelligence assessment tool (SQ21)  defines Spiritual Intelligence as “the ability to act with wisdom and compassion, while maintaining inner and outer peace, regardless of the circumstances”

Don’t know about you, but the concept of maintaining outer AND inner peace sounds pretty damn good to me! Many people learn the skills of maintaining outer peace whilst inside is anything but! This imbalance is unhealthy – our bodies and nature all aim for balance. Homeostasis is the technical term. This inner and outer imbalance shows up in varied ways – maybe eventually the pressure valve lets go with a bang and casualties usually occur! Or it eats away internally in us and personal health suffers.

By learning about your own Spiritual Intelligence capacity, you can begin  to understand your own innate strengths and identify unconscious patterns that may not be serving you well. You also come to understand how you make meaning of your life and see how your view of the world impacts on your daily life.

The results are empowering in all aspects of your life – personal and professional, family and community. We are all born with Spiritual Intelligence capacity and we can grow that.  Just as you nurture your physical body, caring and growing the spirit helps you truly flourish.Spiritual Intelligence


Nikki Thompson is a personal and business coach who works with the SQ21 assessment tool. She can be contacted at nikki.a.thompson@bigpond.com and her website and blog is www.innercirclework.com.au


Nikki and her husband Peter are regular guests at Atmanjai and hope to run a retreat here in 2014, called ‘Roar to Raw’ – a journey of transformation. For more information about this please contact Nikki.a.thompson@bigpond.com .

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Holistic Health – The Spirit of Wellness

When we experience imbalance on the physical, mental or emotional level, it simply means that on the Spiritual level, we are not in alignment with our highest potential.

If you can step out of the immediacy of a situation and see the experience symbolically, you can gain valuable insights into yourself, your health and your life. There are no set rules about what constitutes a ‘good’, ‘successful’ or ‘worthy’ life; we are all different and we need to live a life which is in harmony with our own individual self.

So, how Spiritually aligned are you with yourself? Try the following exercises to tune in and connect to your Higher self and purpose.

–  What makes you happy? What makes you feel really good, fun and happy deep inside? It could be something as simple as walking up a mountain or dancing and singing at the top of your voice, or it may be something as grand as volunteering for a charity or investing in an organic farm. It doesn’t matter how ‘selfish’ or ‘altruistic’ it appears to be. All that matters is that you discover what makes you feel really good. So make a list of the things that you enjoy and which make you feel joy, and then make a point of doing them on a regular basis.

–  Another great list to make is a Gratitude List and it is a wonderful exercise to do first thing upon awakening in the morning. While you are still lying in bed, make a mental list of all the things in your life that you are grateful for; general things as well as specific things which are relevant to that day or week. Feel the gratitude and joy at having these things/people/experiences in your life deep within. If you would like to, afterwards is a great time to make a wish for something which you want to attract into your life. Wish only for one thing and then imagine having it and experiencing it and really feeling the joy and gratitude at having it in your life. If you practice this every day, you may be amazed at what you can manifest!

–  If you are currently experiencing any illness or disharmony in your life, take a step back and try to see it symbolically. Instead of feeling resentful or punished, see it as an opportunity: your Higher self is giving you a clear message that something in your life needs to change. Have a think what it may be and listen to what your inner voice is telling you with an open mind and an open heart. If you want to delve deeper into the symbolic meaning of illness and experience, look out for the book, ‘Sacred Contracts’ by Caroline Myss.

–  Take some quiet time each day to simply tune into yourself. You can listen to some soothing music, take a silent walk in the park or lie on a cushion with a crystal on your forehead; whatever helps you to be still and feel connected. Ask yourself how you are feeling or if there is anything you should be doing differently. Listen to the answers that come up and then follow any advice or inclinations you receive.

You can read more about holistic health and wellness on Christina’s website, www.anamwellness.com or visit her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AnamWellness. Christina can also be contacted through Atmanjai where she offers her services and treatments.

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