Natural Ways to Relieve Headache

Viburnum Opulus

If you are a person who suffers from headaches you will know how debilitating and how inconvenient they are. They can affect you anywhere and anytime, even when you are on holidays. Some people take medication to alleviate the pain but some of these pain relievers can come with side effects.

What is the cause of these headaches? Some of the most common causes of headaches are from muscle tension, dilation and constriction of blood vessels in the head. Another reason could be attributed to hormonal fluctuations in the body or you may be sensitive to a particular food. If you do suffer from headaches, it is always wise to discuss this with your health care professional. So now that your health care professional has ruled out any serious problem you may want to try some natural methods to see if you can get rid of the pain.

 The first one is Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus)

Viburnum opulus is one of the species of viburnum that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a herb that helps relieve muscle tension and cramps. There is another herb of the same family (viburnum prunifolium) that is used to relieve uterine cramping. Viburnum opulus has been used to prevent and treat tension headaches. It can be taken as a capsule or the bark can be made into a herbal tea.

 The second way is Massage

Massage is used to release the muscle tension and also increase the circulation. Both of these will help reduce the symptoms of the headache. One important factor after a massage is to drink copious amounts of water to flush the toxins out of the body. You can learn some techniques that you can do at home by yourself or you can go to a professional therapist and have a massage.

 The third way is Chiropractic.

It stands to reason if your bones and joints are misaligned, you could be suffering from severe pain. If you get an adjustment from your chiropractor you may notice that your headache will vanish. You may need more than one treatment to get a permanent result.

 The fourth way is Feverfew.

This herb is considered by some herbalists to be a very effective remedy for migraines. Some people take it in capsule or tablet form but it will take from 4-6 weeks to really prevent migraine attacks.

 The fifth way is Willow

White willow is used as a pain relief; but there are various willow (Salix) species can help relieve pain. This is the precursor to aspirin; the inner bark of the white willow can provide pain relief for headaches. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect. White willow (and other willow bark) is usually taken in capsules.

 The sixth way is by managing stress.

It is accepted that stress and headaches are connected. There are several ways to reduce stress and prevent such headaches. Yoga, Pilates and meditation are great for reducing stress levels and aligning the body, soul and mind. You may do one or more of these to achieve results but which one you choose – it must be done at on a regular basis to achieve permanent relief.

 

4 comments

  1. Hi Sue
    I suffer from migraine, but can’t take the medication recommended, I am allergic to something in it! I tend to try and sleep it off when I can, if it gets really bad I lose the use of my left side, a bit like having a stroke. It started when I was first pregnant, so I guess it is hormone related.
    Dee

    1. Hi Dee

      My husband used to suffer migraines but he did yoga for a few years until he had a stroke but still today he rarely get a headache. So I know that yoga worked well for him.

      To YOUR success

      Sue

  2. Hi Sue

    I can honestly say that I only suffer from headaches on a very occasional basis but I sympathize with anyone who gets them regularly.

    I think a lot of headache sufferers could well benefit from the natural treatments as long as they believe they will help them.

    If someone takes any medication in the belief that it will help their condition then it will. I have heard of tests done where people where given a placebo instead of what they thought they were getting and it had the same or an even better effect that the actual medicine they thought they were on.

    So belief is paramount in getting relief from the pain.

    Richard

    1. Hi Richard

      Yes belief is very important but I also feel sorry for people who suffer from headaches. I very rarely get a headache but when I so it is usually tension.

      To YOUR success

      Sue

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