Alternative Methods To Treat Headaches And Migraines

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Headaches

 

One of the worst things that we can wake up with, or deal with throughout our day, is a headache. It can be worse still if it turns into a migraine. There is just something crippling about the pain in your head. Sometimes we can work through it, and forget about it in time. Other times it can just stop us in our tracks. A headache can strike at anytime. We could have had a busy day with work; we may not have slept too well the night before. There are many reasons why a headache or a migraine could happen. However, for women, we can get headaches for other reasons. It can even be a symptom of that regular time of the month; it’s not just those cramps that cause us pain. Headaches can even be an early symptom and sign that you are pregnant.


Many of us will reach for some form of medication. Paracetamol and aspirin can be easily accessed and most of the time they will do the job. There’s nothing wrong with using medication to solve the problem. However, if you do suffer from headaches and migraines, then you may want to consider some alternative methods to help combat them. So I thought I would suggest a few of them and explain in more detail how they may help you. Anything is worth a try.


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Drinking More Water

 
Headaches can often be caused because you are dehydrated. Your brain needs water in able to function properly. If you are one of those people who doesn’t get enough water throughout the day, then you are more likely to suffer from headaches. These can turn into migraines which can be quite stressful. One of the best ways to try and reduce headaches is by drinking more water. The recommended amount would be 2-litres a day. Having more water can help in many other ways, but it can be a natural healer to many other health problems including digestive issues.


If you can increase the amount of water you drink, you are reducing the chance of a headache striking. If you struggle, the best thing to do is to get a water bottle and keep it close by. It will be a constant reminder to drink more throughout the day.
 


Herbal Vaporizer

 
Vaporing is becoming a new thing for many. Some people use it as an alternative to smoking a cigarette. As a way to quit the habit. Others vapor for fun. In definition, Vaping is the act of inhaling water vapor through a personal vaporizer. It is seen as an alternative to smoking. However, you can now use herbal recipes to enhance the experience.


There are many recipes for your herbal vaporizer online. Some have all kinds of different qualities. Some can ease a headache and migraine. The combination of herbs used in the recipe can bring relief to aches and pains. Specifically using herbs like lavender as one of the ingredients. There are many other possibilities out there for other things. This may just be something worth a try.


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Herbal Remedies

 
There are many different herbal remedies you could use to relieve a headache. It would all depend on you as a person as to whether any would suit. First, the spice cayenne is well-known to help alleviate pain. While I wouldn’t suggest trying it in it’s powder form, there is a strange way to utilize the spice. Add a quarter teaspoon to 4 ounces of warm water.  Then take a cotton swab and stir to make sure the cotton end is completely soaked by the space. Place the cotton swab up your nostril and rub on the sides until you can feel the heat from the spice. It may feel unpleasant, but take that as a sign it is working. Once the sensation subsides you should be headache-free.


Another herbal remedy would be to consider the feverfew plant. It has been proven to relax tension in muscles easing the pain. Add one ounce of the fresh or dried flowers to a pint of boiling water and let stew. Drain the water into a jug and drink 1 cup full, twice a day, as and when needed.


You could also use apple cider and add some to a bowl of steamy hot water. Place a towel over your head and breath in the vapours. There are a number of different things you could try but these are some of the best and fast-acting herbal remedies you could consider.


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Exercise More


When you get a headache, I can imagine the last thing you would want to do is get out for a run or take some exercise. But, in fact, exercising can help relieve the tension that is being applied to your head area. Running and being outside in the fresh air will ultimately help anyway. Exercising produces endorphins that can burst around your body with a flow of adrenaline. It’s the adrenaline that can relieve the pain in your head. Regular exercising anyway will always put you in better shape health wise. Meaning you are less likely to suffer from things like this going forward.


You don’t have to be a marathon runner or an expert gym attendee to get the most out of exercising. Just moving more in general on a daily basis will increase your fitness. Many people have decided to start tracking the steps they take each day. Working on increasing them as they go. A better fitness level will always make you feel much better within yourself. If you want to start tracking your exercise or step, there are many things you can buy to do that.


Acupuncture


Acupuncture is where thin needles are inserted under the skin. This is to realign the energy flow in your body. This is something that would need to be done to you by a professional. There are many centres that would be able to offer this service. It has a lot to do with the energy levels in your body. There are studies to support this theory.  People who received regular acupuncture treatments were less likely to have recurrent migraines. Acupuncture can relieve tension in many places in the body. While focusing on one area they can help prevent tension and pain in another.


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Massage


While massage won’t provide you long term relief, it can be a non-medicated approach to providing you with a temporary fix. Rubbing your temples in circular motions in one way that you can do that. There are serums you can apply to the temples which can also aid in the relief. Alternatively getting a shoulder, neck and head massage by someone would provide you with relief from the pain a headache can cause.


Meditation


The art of meditation is allowing your body to get into a relaxed state. At this time, you will put yourself in a quiet surrounding and focus on your breathing. Allowing yourself this time to relax your mind could be the answer to resolving any headache and migraine issues you have.


It is good practise to mediate when you wake up and just before you go to bed. However if a headache strikes there’s nothing wrong with trying to relive the pain there and then. While there are no proven studies to support meditation being a cure for headaches, a relaxed state of mind is something that can help. Mostly a headache can be brought on by the stress of our lives. Giving yourself an opportunity to sit and relax is a great way to calm your mind from the day.


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Yoga


Yoga is a great exercise routine for helping you with your muscles and posture. So it’s no surprise that yoga could help alleviate pains in your head. Yoga combines physical exercise, breathing techniques and meditation. This is all in aid of boosting relaxation and creating a balance of the mind and soul. A small study shows that that the people practising yoga got less painful and recurrent migraines over all.


Yoga can be done easily in your home by watching YouTube videos, or you could attend a class. Many yoga classes cater for beginners through to experts. Hot yoga is a new thing that can provide even more benefits. The heat of the room you practise yoga in allows your muscles to physically relax more. Meaning you are more able to get into the postures.


A Cold Compress
 
If you are in a bit of a rush, then an icy cold compress can provide temporary relief to your headache pain. It would help if you can lay down in a quiet room while doing this. This will allow your body to relax and let the icy temperature do it’s thing.
 


Caffeine And Alcohol
 
Finally, if you want to reduce the risk of recurrent headaches and migraines, then you may want to reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake. Both substances can dehydrate your body making it more likely to suffer from headaches in the first place. This is more of a lifestyle choice than anything else.

I hope these methods help you combat any headaches or migraines you get without reaching for medication.

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