There comes a point when the world of deadlines, irksome bosses, late nights, skimpy sleep schedules and traffic jams takes a toll on us. It is then when our quintessential cup of coffee surrenders to splitting headaches. So, what do you do when you're bad day culminates to a severe migraine?
A headache is more like a symptom of some underlying problem than a disorder itself and therefore, it is vital you find out what the matter is.
It's important to figure out what type of headache is causing your pain. If you know your headache type, you can treat it correctly. So here at Arogyada we try and help our readers differentiate it and lucky for you, we've compiled a list of natural home remedies that will zap the pain from your debilitating headache.
There are broadly five types of headaches:
Tension headache: It is the most common type, feels like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Not as severe as migraines, they don't usually cause nausea or vomiting, and they rarely halt daily activities.
Cluster headache: It affects more men than women, are recurring headaches that occur in groups or cycles. They appear suddenly and are characterized by severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head, and are often accompanied by a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose on the same side of the face.
Sinus headache: When a sinus becomes inflamed, often due to an infection, it can cause pain. It usually comes with a fever and can be diagnosed by symptoms or the presence of pus viewed through a fibre-optic scope.
Rebound headache: Overuse of painkillers for headaches can, ironically, lead to rebound headaches.
One theory is that too much medication can cause the brain to shift into an excited state, triggering more headaches. Another is that rebound headaches are a symptom of withdrawal as the level of medicine drops in the bloodstream.
Migraines can run in families and are diagnosed using certain criteria.
• At least five previous episodes of headaches
• Lasting between 4–72 hours
• At least two out of these four: one-sided pain, throbbing pain, moderate-to-severe pain, and pain that interferes with, is worsened by, or prohibits routine activity
• At least one associated feature: nausea and/or vomiting, or, if those are not present, then sensitivity to light and sound
Your search for the best headache cure ends here:
⦁ If the headache seems to be concentrated in the forehead region, place both your index fingers on either side of the bridge of your nose; between your eyebrows. Press down and move your fingers in circular movements across the eyebrows. This will help relieve the tension in the muscles in the front part of your skull.
⦁ If you have a tension headache that seems to be squeezing your head, try giving yourself a quick massage on the scalp with some essential oil such as peppermint or lavender oil. The friction and the action of the oil increases blood to circulation on your scalp, and this helps reduce the spasm of the muscles on the skull, providing relief from the headache.
⦁ According to Ayurveda texts too much of heat generated in the body (or pitta) leads to headaches. In such situations, cooling the body down may help reduce the pain. Drink some buttermilk or tender coconut water; or try massaging some castor oil onto your scalp and the soles of your feet.
⦁ Ginger: Wondering how to use this miracle ingredient? Steep ginger root for tea, or mix equal parts of ginger juice and lemon juice and drink up. You can consume this once or twice a day. You can also apply a paste of ginger powder and 2 tablespoons water on your forehead for a few minutes to provide quicker relief.
⦁ Eat right: Research increasingly shows that certain foods have the ability to trigger headaches – especially migraines. Foods such as cheese, coffee, chocolate and tea that contain vasoactive amines,that are known to trigger painful migraine headaches. These amines affect the flow of blood in and around the brain, leading to headaches. If you frequently suffer from headaches, maintain a food diary and note down what food specifically triggers your headaches and avoid these foods to keep headaches at bay.
⦁ Basil: A strong-scented herb which is used for natural headache treatment, it has many analgesic benefits. The oil works as a muscle relaxant and helps get rid of headaches caused by tension and tight muscles. You can put 3 or 4 fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water and let it simmer. Add a little honey and sip the tea slowly. You can also chew some fresh basil leaves, or inhale the steam after boiling basil in a pot of water.
⦁ Stretching exercise: Headaches are characterized by a feeling of tenseness in the neck, shoulder and scalp. A few simple exercises to stretch these areas can help reduce the intensity of the headaches. Move your chin upwards and downwards, towards left and right alternately and bend the neck sideways towards each shoulder by turns. You can also try to slowly rotate the neck in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions to help the shoulder and neck muscles relax. This relaxation of the tense muscles will reduce the pain of the headache.
⦁ Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away:
Both apples and apple cider vinegar can be used to fight off a headache. They help restore the acid-alkaline balance in the body. "Mix half cup of apple cider vinegar with half cup of water and boil the mixture in a covered saucepan. Remove from heat, hold a towel over your head and slowly inhale the steam. This will provide instant relief from sinus headaches"
If you wake up with a headache, just eat a piece of apple sprinkled with salt, and drink some warm water after. Or add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, with honey and a splash of lemon juice. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day.
⦁ Green tea: Rich in antioxidants, green tea is an excellent remedy for headaches. Brew a little green tea and squeeze in the juice of half and lemon and drink warm.
An occasional headache that comes on because of having missed a meal or having missed your habitual cup of coffee in the morning is nothing much to worry about. But if you find yourself suffering from frequent headaches and reaching out for those painkillers more often than once a week, it could be an indication of a deeper ailment. A headache is more like a symptom of some underlying problem than a disorder itself and therefore, it is vital you find out what the matter is. If these natural remedies do not provide much help, visit a physician to find out what exactly you need to do to heal yourself.
Dr. Khushboo Murarka
NagpurMarch 27, 2017