10 Natural Ways To Cure Headaches

From Healthy Living on Women.com


The next time your head begins to pound, consider some natural remedies before reaching for the aspirin. Here are 10 holistic approaches that offer relief for various types of headaches:

1.  Acupuncture: For headache relief, the key points are the head, neck, hands and feet. Seek out a licensed acupuncturist through your doctor or local health center.

2. Acupressure: Using an ancient Chinese therapeutic technique, press a point in the web of skin between your thumb and forefinger for 20 seconds; stop for 10. Repeat four times.

3.  Hydrotherapy: Press an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables) on your forehead or the top of your head. For heat treatment, place a heating pad or a moist, hot towel on the back of your neck.

4.  Homeopathy: Remedies include nux vomica for a migraine or a hangover, bryonia for a headache compounded with nausea and belladonna for a violent, throbbing pain that comes on suddenly.

5.  Diet: Avoid the "trigger" foods, which include smoked meats, many cheeses, bananas, chocolate, nuts. Watch out for Chinese food and packaged seasonings, which may contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), and hot dogs, bacon and pepperoni, which may contain nitrates. Beware of caffeine.

6.  Vitamins: Take a B-complex vitamin supplement to prevent deficiency-linked headaches. Better yet, eat foods rich in B: broccoli, spinach, green peas, whole-grain cereals, orange juice and brewer's yeast.

7.  Ginger: National Headache Foundation research indicates that ginger's antihistamine and anti-inflammatory qualities could fight migraines. Try ground ginger in water at the first sign of pain; it's also available in tablets or liquid.

8.  Aromatherapy: Since lavender has sedative properties, rub its essential oils around your temples, the base of your skull and your hairline. Also helpful: drops of lavender oil in your bath.

9.  Herbal medicine: Feverfew (you can chew its leaves as well as take capsules or tablets) eases headaches, as does tincture of meadowsweet. Also try chamomile, lime-blossom or peppermint teas.

10. Massage:
Massage eases tension headaches by redistributing blood flow. Rub your forehead, neck and scalp as if you were washing your hair. A vigorous hair brushing can also bring you relief.