Roughly three-quarters of Americans suffer from occasional headaches. But women are the most affected due to the unstable passage of hormones during different stages of life.
Headache is a real torment that can lead to disabling headaches. Let’s see together which are the most natural solutions to solve headaches, even the most difficult ones.
Headache is one of the most challenging pathologies to treat because the causes are so many, direct and indirect. The most common are attributable to the cervical (tensive muscle tension) and postural problems, bad dental occlusion, stress, digestive difficulties, hormonal alterations (menstrual cycle, menopause). The use of some drugs and the contraceptive pill can also trigger seizures.
Other triggers are fatigue and poor restorative sleep, visual problems or too many hours passed in front of the PC screen or watching TV.
Common Headache and Cluster Headache
The common headache is classified as primary and determines the actual illness. Pulsations and circle to the head are instead the symptoms of the tension headache and can last even for several days. The cluster headache is the most invalidating form of headache. Generally, the common denominator of those who suffer from it is familiarity. This aspect makes it difficult to manage and treat definitively.
The symptoms manifest themselves also surrounding the orbital area (eyesight and eyes) making it impossible to practice any activity with the need to isolate oneself in a dark and peaceful environment. The pain you feel, tell the people who have tried it, is intense but resolves within the hour. Its appearance is isolated at certain times of the year.
Migraine, on the other hand, differs from the cluster headache because it concentrates on one of the two sides of the head extending up to the cheekbones involving the eyes and temples with strong pulsations that can last minutes as whole days. Migraine requires immobility since it can worsen with the movements and oscillations of the body and the head itself, causing vomiting and nausea.
There is also an expansive headache also known as “stress” whose onset appears suddenly following a coughing crisis or the ingestion of too cold food.
5 Types of Headaches and How to Get Rid of All of Them
Here are the simple ways to remedy headaches:
1) Attention to feeding (and digestion)
Arachidonic acid and monosodium glutamate and synthetic sweeteners such as aspartame, contained in many industrial food preparations, are responsible for food allergies and intolerances leading to headaches.
Furthermore, arachidonic acid acts as a powerful inflammatory, while monosodium glutamate is frequently used in oriental (Chinese) cuisine and can trigger violent and immediate headache crises, the so-called “Chinese restaurant syndrome” and referred to this side effect. Glutamate works by stimulating the nerve centers, triggering this type of discomfort.
Very severe headaches can also trigger bad digestion. It is good to learn to moderate yourself at the table and to understand which foods are more tolerated for the stomach.
This shrub belongs to the Asteraceae Compositae family, and its leaves and roots are used. The active ingredient of Tanacetum parthenium (partnership) is parthenolide.
It works by inhibiting thromboxanes and leukotrienes (molecules with pro-inflammatory activity), responsible for the activation of pain. The action of the partnership compared to the headache, involves a calming and modulating activity of the intensity of the pain and in thinning the times of onset of the headache and as a preventive treatment. During the migraine attack, the production of serotonin inhibited by Parthenos is released. Its effectiveness is explained.
Contraindications: Not recommended in case of ulcers and gastritis, anticoagulant drugs and anti-platelet aggregation. It is taken in tablets of 500 mg with titrated and standardized active principle. One or two tablets a day are enough. Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic characteristics. It is very effective, and the result is almost immediate in solving the headache. In herbal medicine, it is also found in capsules in concentrated form. If you suffer from recurrent headache, it is good to stock up on it.
Often, the pain is so sharp that you do not have the necessary strength to prepare the infusion. If not, grate a piece of the root as big as an inch and leave it to infuse in hot water for about ten minutes. Drink two or three cups if necessary.
4) Mint essential oil
Mint essential oil has pain-relieving properties, which make it an effective remedy against migraine and headache. To get benefits dilute 2 or 3 drops of essence in vegetable oil and spread on the temples and forehead, always being careful not to get too close to the eyes. This way you will find immediate relief from headaches.
5) Yoga and meditation
Yogic and meditative techniques are good allies to overcome migraine attacks. As a preventive in everyday practice, they help the psychophysical relaxation by thinning out the attacks of headache or reducing its intensity at the time of onset.
In the state of emergency, the yogic respiration favors the maintenance of calm and does not worsen the discomfort.
During a headache attack, close your eyes (if you can) and take long, deep breaths trying to push the air into your abdomen. Exhale then slowly through the mouth. Repeat this technique until improvement.
Lavender is a fantastic green remedy for headache with psychosomatic characteristics. Its relaxing and sedating power helps to relax the nerves and to relax the tensioned muscles responsible for the headache. A couple of drops are enough to practice a delicate, relaxing massage on the temples and if necessary, do the same thing on the wrists.
Contraindications: may affect blood pressure. It is not recommended for hypotheses.
7) Herbal tea
A hot cup of herbal tea is like a therapeutic cuddle useful for loosening headache. Get yourself ten grams (corresponding to an abundant teaspoon) of chamomile with sedative and digestive properties, balancing nettle and lavender with a decongestant, relaxing and analgesic properties. Leave to infuse in boiling water for five minutes, strain and drink.
If the headache originates from tension or digestive problems, it may help you. The herbal tea can also be drunk several times during the day.
Contraindications: ascertained sensitivity towards the individual components.
More often than not, the onset of headaches has more common causes. Identifying them all is difficult. This is the aspect that makes it even more difficult to determine the right care for it in a short time.
It takes a lot of patience, of course, but the remedies listed above are undoubtedly valid methods and of great help in alleviating all the inconveniences that the headache brings with it.