Headaches – Relief and Prevention
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from regular headaches or migraines, you know how debilitating they can be. The good news is that there are a number of remedies available that can help relieve your pain. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most effective headache and migraine remedies. We’ll also provide tips on how to prevent them from occurring in the first place. So, if you’re looking for relief from your chronic headaches, keep reading!
First, we will cover professional treatments, then go over the natural remedies.
Professional Treatments for Headaches
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the most common thing people reach for when they have a headache. Advil (ibuprofen or NSAID) has been shown to provide similar results as Tylenol when dealing with tension headaches. Both will also have side effects. With prolong use, acetaminophen can cause liver damage while ibuprofen can cause kidney damage. Aspirin is also an NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug).
Breathing pure oxygen has brought relief to migraine and cluster headache sufferers. They have reported relief within just a few minutes. Oxygen Therapy is effective for most patients, but not all. It’s worth a try since there are few side effects.
Sumatriptan is a medication that is used to treat the signs and symptoms of migraine headaches (intense, throbbing headaches that sometimes are accompanied by nausea or sensitivity to sound and light). Sumatriptan is a selective serotonin receptor agonist, which means it works by blocking the transmission of pain signals from reaching the brain. It inhibits the release of certain natural substances that cause pain, nausea, and other migraine symptoms while also narrowing blood vessels in the head and stopping pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. Sumatriptan does not prevent migraines or decrease the number of attacks you have.
Prednisone is a prescription drug that has been used for decades to treat intractable migraine and rebound headaches. It’s a life saver for some patients, but not all; in fact, it may just relieve the pain throughout treatment rather than eliminating the condition completely. Long term use has side effects so consult your medical professional before use.
Caffeine has vasoconstrictive effects, which mean it narrows blood vessels to limit blood flow and relieve discomfort. When caffeine is combined with pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, it improves the absorption and strength of the medicine to provide faster relief.
Because caffeine is habit-forming, the body becomes dependent on its effects over time. When coffee is stopped, the blood vessels surrounding the brain expand as a result of caffeine’s vasoconstrictive effect. This leads to an increase in blood flow throughout the brain and increased pressures on sensory nerves. Caffeine withdrawal headaches are a result of this process. Because it takes time for the body to get accustomed to not having caffeine in its system, withdrawal headaches can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
When you’re worried, your chances of getting a headache increase. Tension headaches and migraine are both triggered by stress and can bring on other types of headaches or make them worse. However, stress doesn’t have to go into your head. Taking small actions to manage your stress may help you avoid getting headaches.
Try relaxation techniques such as:
- Deep Breathing
Other ways to reduce stress:
- Get enough sleep
- Worry less about things you can’t control
- Take a break and do something else for a while
Natural Remedies for Headaches
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help with digestion and blood sugar fluctuations, among other things. It’s plausible that it might assist with headaches or migraines caused by blood sugar or digestive issues. In people with diabetes, apple cider vinegar has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity. There’s a lot of potassium in apple cider vinegar, which may also help prevent migraines. Steam vapors of apple cider vinegar have been used to treat sinus headaches before.
The apple cider vinegar is necessary for obtaining those excellent digestive benefits. Every day, mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey in an 8-ounce glass of water. There’s some proof that this may aid in the prevention and treatment of migraines.
The active ingredient in Cayenne Pepper is Capsaicin.
Capsaicin works to desensitize nerve endings by releasing the pain-inducing chemical called substance P, a neurotransmitter that sends pain messages to your brain. When taken by mouth, the capsaicin in cayenne pepper overwhelms your nerves and depletes them of substance P, so that pain transmission stops.
Use 1/4 teaspoon with a full glass of warm water.
High-flow oxygen inhalation is one of the most successful acute therapies for cluster headache. Horton first described the treatment for cluster headache in 1952, and it has shown some advantages and effectiveness when compared to other acute drugs.
Same as above in the Professional Treatments section. Stress management is good not just for headaches, but for almost all ailments.
Check out this article on how to use acupressure for your headache:
Drink a couple of glasses of warm water. This will help eliminate toxins through the bowels. Eliminating toxins will greatly reduce your headaches.
This one may seem like magic, but it works. Give it a try since there are no side effects from doing this.
- Find a quiet and dark place to do this.
- Get comfortable.
- Breathe slowly and deeply.
- Forget about the outside world and concentrate on the pain in your head.
- Imagine your head is made of energy. Give that energy a color.
- Locate the pain center and focus on it with the energy.
- Make the energy get smaller encircling the pain center.
- Visualize moving this energy (containing the pain) out of your head.
- Keep moving it until it is far away and, in the ground, somewhere else.
- Repeat if necessary.
This technique is from: Stop A Headache With Visualization
Comment below your results of if you have other remedies that worked for you.