Having Headache? What To Do

A headache is the term used to define any kind of ache or pain that occurs in and around the head, or even in the upper neck. Headaches may occur independently, in the sense that they are unconnected to any health condition or disease, or they may at times occur as a symptom of some disease. All of us experience headaches at some point or the other and it is in fact one of the most common complaints and also the most widely treated with home remedies and pharmaceutical headache treatments.

Although headaches may in most cases be unconnected to specific ailments or health conditions they are often like a warning system from our body that something is not right. In most cases it is stress, lack of sleep, and other such circumstances that trigger this response. For example, if you haven’t had adequate sleep for a few nights in a row you would most likely experience headaches. Headaches may not necessarily be trigger by psychological factors such as emotional distress, stress and so on, but could also be triggered by physical stress and exhaustion.

The common causes and triggers of day to day headaches include:
  • Emotional stress
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • The constriction of blood vessels or the tightening of facial and scalp muscle when feeling negative emotions can all result in decreased blood and oxygen flow to the brain, which can lead to a headache.
  • Illnesses: Sinus infections, eyestrain, vision problems, allergies, dental infections, grinding and clenching of teeth, viral infections, urinary tract infections, and head injuries can all cause headaches.
  • Insomnia: The lack of sleep or sleep disorders can cause muscle tension, which can lead to headaches.
  • Food sensitivities: Chocolate, caffeine, dairy products, food additives like nitrates, nitrites and monosodium glutamate are well-known headache triggers
  • Skipping meals: Irregular meals and fad diets can lower blood sugar levels and give you a headache. Dehydration is also a common cause of headaches.
  • Alcohol & drugs: The consumption of alcohol, prescribed medication, cocaine, amphetamines, and diet pills can lead to headaches.
  • Rebound headaches: Regular use of some painkillers may result in a rebound headache once the painkiller begins to wear off. Headaches may also occur during withdrawal from addictive substances such as drugs, caffeine, and prescription medication.
  • Other factors: Glare, poor lighting conditions, physical exertion, and chemical sensitivities also causes headaches.

Head Ache Symptoms

  • Pain in the head
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hearing impairment
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Malaise
  • Discomfort

Tips for Head Ache

  • Eat a healthy diet filled with fruit and vegetables, and do not skip meals for too long.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated.
  • Exercise regularly to improve your circulation
  • Use relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, hands-on-healing, and therapeutic touch to reduce the intensity of a headache.
  • Keep a headache journal to document each headache – how long it lasts and when it happened and what triggered it, to discuss with your health care professional.
  • Apply an ice pack to your forehead and temples or a heat pack to the back of your neck to loosen tense muscles.
  • Soak in a hot tub; the hot water helps to relax the contracted muscles that cause the headache.
  • Spend time outside in the fresh air or go for a walk on the beach.
  • Limit alcohol consumption and increase water intake.
  • Limit hours spent in front of a computer screen.
  • Avoid watching television for too long or in a dimly-lit room.
  • Try to get a good night’s rest.

Home remedies

  1. Coenzyme Q10 plus: Coenzyme A Improves tissue oxygenation. Take 30 mg twice daily.
  2. Calcium and magnesium are Minerals that help to alleviate muscular tension. Use chelated forms. Deficiency may be a cause of migraines. Relaxes muscles and blood vessels. Take 1,000 mg daily.
  3. Sulfate is a natural alternative to aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  4. Cayenne thins the blood, which reduces pain and allows beneficial blood flow.
  5. Chamomile relaxes muscles and soothes tension.
  6. Ginkgo biloba extract improves circulation to the brain, and may be helpful for certain types of headache.
  7. Guarana can alleviate cluster headaches. Taking Steam containing Eucalyptus oil drops or decongestant vaporizing ointments like Vicks vaporub, Sensor or only steam helps to get rid of headache due to cold congestion or sinus problems.
  8. Applying Eucalyptus oil on the forehead also helps to relieve headache due to cold.
  9. Equal quantities of Cumin seeds , Black pepper , Coriander seeds, Dry ginger powdered. A spoon of this powder boiled in water with Jaggery and taken before sleep helps to get relief from head ache due to cold.
  10. Eating a Apple everyday with salt helps to overcome headache.
  11. Cinnamon grinded with Lemon juice applied on the forehead helps to get relief from head ache.
  12. Dry Coconut chewed with Sugar candy helps to get relief from headache.
  13. Applying Castor oil or Gingery oil or Coconut oil on the center of the head helps to get relief from head ache.
  14. Tamarind mixed in water with Jaggery, filtered and taken twice a day helps to overcome headache which comes because of heat.
  15. Use a homeopathic remedy suitable for the particular headache symptoms you are experiencing. Belladonna helps with sudden, severe pain that is worse on the right side ,of the body. Natrum muriaticum is recommended for tension headaches and periodic headaches. Sanguinaria is good for pain that is sharp and splitting.