Migraine headaches may be one of the oldest medical conditions known to man. The first migraines were recorded about 3,000 B.C., during the Mesopotamian Era. Scientists are constantly learning more about the biological mechanisms which initiate migraine attacks. Additionally, major strides have been made in the last 50 years in the treatment of migraines.
Considering how migraines were treated throughout history, there is no doubt we have come a long way. In ancient times headaches were treated in the following ways:
Drilling a hole in the skull the free evil spirits
Purges and bloodletting
Applying a hot iron to the site of pain
Inserting a clove of garlic through an incision in the temple
Thankfully the treatments offered today are much less invasive! In addition to medication, Botox injections, cold laser therapy, and trigger point acupuncture are helpful in the treatment of migraine headache. Aromatherapy, coupled with relaxed breathing, has also proven to be effective among some sufferers.