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Other Natural Solutions for Headaches

by Shane Black / Nov 19, 2016 / category : headache / 4715 views
Other Natural Solutions for Headaches

One thing that you should understand about defeating a persistent or chronic headache problem is that what works best for any individual is an entirely individual thing.

In other words, every natural headache solution or cure or that you read of in his book is worth trying because every one of the proposed solutions may be exactly the thing that you’re looking for.

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Unfortunately however, the opposite is also true, which is exactly the reason why you should try many different solutions until you find something that works for you.

The same proviso applies to all of the various different solutions that you are going to read of in this chapter of the report as well. All of the following have been reported as being effective for dealing with chronic headache or migraine problems by some sufferers but you should not assume that the first solution that you try is going to work for you.

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Many headache sufferers find that it is a question of trial and error, using many different solutions until they find something that works for them. Consequently, it may be necessary to be a little patient when trying these proposed headache ‘cures’ but the fact is, they have all been reported as effective by different people.

There are plenty of herbal and nutritional solutions as well as traditional cures that are recommended for those who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines to try. I would therefore suggest that you give some or all of the following a go until you find something that works for you.

Peppermint oil is generally believed to be very effective for reducing the pain caused by headaches and migraine, to the extent that some doctors in Europe will prescribe peppermint oil capsules instead of analgesics for headache sufferers. In small doses, peppermint oil taken internally is completely harmless and has no adverse side effects for the average healthy adult whilst it can also be used by applying the oil to the temple or scalp in or around the area where the headache pain is most acute.

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Combine peppermint and wintergreen oils in equal measures and apply the salve to your temples and the side of your head. You can also apply a small amount beneath your nose when congested nasal passages is a problem that might be causing a headache, although you should be careful to avoid getting it in your mouth or eyes.

Alternatively, make a cold compress by soaking a cloth in ice cold water or by placing a damp cloth in the deep freeze for 10 minutes. Once the compress is ready, apply a couple of drops of peppermint oil to it and then apply this to the painful area for 15 minutes to reduce the pain levels significantly.

If you are suffering from a tension type headache brought on by stress or pressure, try applying an ice pack to the muscles of your neck and upper back. If you do this at the same time as bathing your feet in warm water, the pain relieving effect is often enhanced still further.

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If applying an ice pack in this way does not relieve the pain of your headache, reverse the situation by applying a hot cloth or hot water bottle to the muscles in your neck and upper back. Again, this may work more effectively if you bathe your feet in warm water at the same time.

Even a hot foot bath on its own can help to reduce the pain of a headache as bathing your feet in hot water diverts your blood to that area of the body, reducing the pressure in your head that may be causing you pain.

In this case, add water that is around 95°F to your footbath and then add additional hot water to gradually increase the temperature to around 115° to 120°. Let your feet soak for 10 or 15 minutes before adding cold water to take the temperature back down to lukewarm before drying your feet and keeping them warm, wearing socks if necessary.

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In terms of herbal remedies that are effective for dealing with headaches, one that is often put forward is butterbur (Petasites hybridus).

In a controlled test, 50 mg or 75 mg a day of butterbur was shown to induce a 56% reduction in the number of migraines suffered in those who were given the smaller dose, whereas those taking the larger dose enjoyed a reduction of 68%. These results were compared to the placebo group who showed a reduction over the same period of 49%.

However, it is important to be careful if you are considering using butterbur to deal with headaches or migraine problems because in its native, natural state, it is believed that butterbur does contain some carcinogenic elements. On the other hand, the purified commercially produced version of butterbur Petadolex is safe and also relatively cheap too (search the net by brand name to find many cheap ‘deals’).

Another herbal remedy that is thought to be of benefit for reducing the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines is feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), which is a traditional herbal remedy used to treat many different conditions.

Although over the years, its effectiveness for dealing with headaches and migraines has been questioned as being inconclusive, more recent studies suggest that a 6.25 mg dosage of feverfew every day will help to both prevent migraine attacks happening and reduce their severity when they do.

In an open label trial carried out several years ago, it was also established that supplementing your diet with coenzyme Q10 could prove a significant step towards preventing migraines, as the trial established that patients who were treated with 100mg a day saw the number of days on which they suffered migraines fall significantly.

Moreover, less than 1% of the study subjects reported any kind of side effects whilst a further placebo controlled trial a couple of years later reported very similar results.

There are a couple of the vitamin B ‘family’ of vitamins that are also reported to have beneficial effects for chronic headache or migraine sufferers.

The first of these is vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) which was shown to reduce the number of migraines suffered by regular sufferers in a placebocontrolled trail when taken in high dosages (400mg a day), whereas there is some tentative evidence that vitamin B12 can also to prevent migraines and headaches.

In a trial where migraine sufferers were given a form of vitamin B12, 1mg a day taken daily for three months was shown to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks in 10 out of 19 test subjects by more than 50%, suggesting that supplementing your diet with vitamin B12 could help to reduce the likelihood of suffering migraine attacks in the future.

Another substance that has been indicated as having some effectiveness as a migraine and chronic headache attack preventative is melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone found in many animals and plants such as algae. There are many websites where you can buy melatonin capsules on the net which can easily be found by running a search for ‘buy melatonin’ or something of this nature.

The final substance that is believed to have the ability to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headache attacks is magnesium citrate, as in a placebo-controlled test, those who were supplementing their diet with magnesium citrate were seen to have a significantly lower number of migraine attacks than those in the placebo group.

Those test subjects who were taking 600mg a day of trimagnesium dicitrate reported over 40% less migraine attacks in weeks 9-12 of the test period, whereas those in the placebo group only saw the attack rate fall by 15.8%.

As you will have gathered by now, there are many herbal remedies and nutritional supplements that you can take to either prevent headaches and migraines or to reduce their longevity and severity when an attack strikes. In addition, there are also traditional natural remedies that you can use which are in many cases surprisingly effective as well. And here’s the final reason why you should try these natural solutions before resorting to drugs and analgesics.

For many headache and migraine sufferers, using analgesics will actually make the condition worse, as taking painkillers actually lengthens the period during which they suffer their headache or migraine. On the other hand, if these people take no painkillers or analgesics, then the period for which they have a headache or migraine is shortened.

In effect, bizarre as it may sound, taking analgesic painkillers can often make your headache worse, which must be one of the best reasons for not doing so.


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