Natural headache relief


The greater parts of headaches are caused by tension, which tightens the muscles in the head. Vascular headaches, such as migraines and cluster headaches result from constricted blood vessels. Medications relieve headache temporarily. Long-term use of medications such as Demerol, ibuprofen, aspirin and codeine may increase the frequency of headaches or make them more severe. Natural remedies can offer relief, without side effects, by promoting relaxation or dilating constricted blood vessels. Some foods can trigger migraines. Migraine sufferers should avoid cheeses, such as Brie, Gruyere and cheddar, onions, alcohol and black tea. Coffee can provide relief for a headache when taken with aspirin. Coffee, which constricts blood vessels, increases the pain-relieving properties of aspirin. Intake of coffee should be limited to about two cups a day and no more than two aspirins should be taken a day.

Cures for headaches

When the headaches first starts, applying an ice pack can provide quick relief. The ice pack can be placed on the top of the head or on the forehead. Tension headaches result from stress and reduced blood flow to the brain, causing the neck muscles to tighten. To soothe the neck muscles apply heat. Applying a heating pad or taking a hot bath can provide relief. A massage can relieve stress and relax the muscles in the neck and other parts of the body. With the fingertips, massage the scalp and temples, using a circular motion. Studies have shown that Feverfew and Ginkgo reduce migraines and vascular headaches. The leaves of the Feverfew contain parthenolide, which inhibits the production of substances that dilate blood vessels and cause inflammation. Ginkgo also relieves ringing in the ear, and dizziness often associated with headaches. Feverfew and Ginkgo are available at health food stores.

Other cures of the headache

Ginger relaxes blood vessels in the head and reduces swelling in the brain. It activates natural opiates in the brain that relieve pain. Ginger can be taken in the form of tea or in tablets available at health food stores. Aromatherapy can promote relaxation and relieve stress and pain. Biofeedback techniques can be effective in preventing and relieving headaches. It helps change and controls the body's vital functions such as temperature, muscle tension and blood flow. Watching bodily reactions on a computer screen does this. Thermal biofeedback is commonly used for migraines. In this type of biofeedback, relaxation techniques are used to increase blood flow to the fingers, thereby diverting blood flow from the head. A certified biofeedback practitioner should be consulted for this technique. Although exercise should not be done during a headache, regular exercise, such as walking, jogging or swimming, can help prevent the occurrences of headaches.

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