There may be more varieties of headaches than there are apples at a farmer’s market and the causes for some are more obvious than for others.
The following natural remedies for alleviating headaches are generally for tension, cluster or migraine headaches. Of course, not every remedy is equally effective with everyone so experimentation is to be expected. Don´t suffer! Natural remedies for alleviating headaches are here to help.
4 Natural Remedies for Alleviating Headaches
Stress Management and Relaxation
Try to get some rest. Go into a darkened room where you can get away from others and enjoy some silence. Lay down for a half hour or more in a comfortable position with your head well supported. Envision your muscles starting from your toes and working up toward your head. Sense their tension and “release” it.
Sometimes a heating pad can help muscles relax. Have one on hand. A warm shower or bath might also work for alleviating headaches. Then to go in the opposite direction, you could try an ice pack on the specific location of the headache.
Acupressure, Acupuncture and Massage
Ask a friend to massage your neck and back or if possible, treat yourself to a professional massage. If there’s a trained acupressure specialists nearby, it’s probably worth a visit. Some basic acupressure techniques can be done at home. For a headache, try pushing down on the top of the skull three times, for 30 seconds each time. Be sure to breath deeply.
Closely related to these strategies is reflexology. Use your thumb and finger of one hand to squeeze the fleshy skin between the thumb and index finger of your other hand. Hold it for up to two minutes. Some people report immediate relief. For others it doesn’t seem to work.
Many headache suffers have found relief through acupuncture. Patients will be treated one or two times a week with each session lasting anywhere between five and 30 minutes. According to practitioners, some symptoms may be relieved in one visit while chronic sufferers may require several treatments.
Headaches and neck pain are also reported to respond well to chiropractic treatment.
Herbal Remedies for Alleviating Headaches
Feverfew has a good reputation for alleviating headaches. Migraine suffers are advised to take one or two leaves each day. According to reports, this decreases the frequency and intensity of the migraines.
Peppermint, lavender, magnesium, passion flower, rosemary and willow bark have worked for some people.
You can also find homeopathic supplements recommended for the treatment of headaches. These include bryonia, iris, sanguinaria, and spigelia.
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Chris Turberville-Tully is a marketing strategist for College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, a university in the UK offering students acupuncture, herbal medicine and pediatric acupuncture courses.
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