Apple cider vinegar is so famous around the world for its amazing medicinal qualities. It can be used topically or you can drink it to help treat different types of health conditions, which includes migraines and headaches.
Currently there is no solid scientific evidence that suggests efficacy of apple cider vinegar in treating migraines outside of anecdotal evidence. However, apple cider vinegar offers so many health benefits that have been thoroughly researched. Most of these studies refer to unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar. Some of these could indirectly help heal headaches, but more research is definitely needed.
Potential benefits for migraines and headaches
Apple cider vinegar improves digestion, and also helps in regulating blood sugar spikes. It’s possible it could help prevent migraines or headaches caused due to digestion or blood sugar problems. In one study, for instance, it was found that apple cider vinegar can assist in improving insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes.
Apple cider vinegar has lots of potassium, which could potentially help prevent migraines. In fact, inhaling its steam vapors can help with sinus headaches.
Proven Headache remedies
- Apple cider vinegar with some honey
To benefit from its digestion benefits, you should drink apple cider vinegar. Mix one tablespoon of this vinegar in one teaspoon of honey in a eight ounce glass of water. Drink this daily early in the morning or evening. There’s anecdotal evidence that this can prevent and even heal migraines.
- Apple cider vinegar on a cold compress
Soak a clean washcloth in some cold apple cider vinegar for few minutes. Wring out this cloth and apply the compress to your forehead. It can help sooth your pain. It would be very helpful if you add few migraine-healing essential oils to your compress, such as stress-fighting lavender or peppermint oil.
- Breathe in water and apple cider vinegar vapors
Breathing in apple cider vinegar and steam vapors will help in getting some relief from sinus infections and headaches they can cause. Mix about 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar in two cups of water. Heat this mixture to boil, and then inhale this steam for about five minutes.
Risks and complications
Apple cider vinegar has negligible side effects and is regarded as safe for regular consumption. It can be used to treat migraines and headaches. That said, some complications and risks exist.
It’s better to talk to your doctor about its use for anything if you’re suffering from prediabetes or diabetes as it can affect your blood sugar. If you want to use apple cider vinegar as a treatment, make sure you know your blood sugar levels and measure them more often until you know how apple cider vinegar affects you.
People suffering from gastroparesis, or slow emptying stomach, should remain careful, when taking significant amount of apple cider vinegar, as it can help slow digestion. Gastroparesis can often occur in people with or even without diabetes.
Although raw, apple cider vinegar has acidic nature, though unfiltered varieties may contain lesser acid. However, if you take large frequent doses, it can affect your tooth enamel or burn the esophagus.
It’s better to consult your doctor and see if it is a safe treatment for you.
Other treatments options
There are many different treatment options you can use to help relieve your migraines and headaches. if you need some quick fix to solve a headache once it’s come on, you can also use OTC medications such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol). However, they may cause many side effects when you use it on a long term basis.
If you experience severe or regular headaches, your doctor may prescribe preventive medication. This will help in preventing headaches, and in some cases, stopping them all together. These medications include topiramate or propranolol.
Sometimes alternative remedies such as heat therapy, meditation, and even massage can help in reducing headaches. if stress is thought to be partially responsible, your doctor may also recommend cognitive behavioral therapy to learn many additional and effective stress management techniques.