Migraines and headaches unfortunately play a large part of many of our lives and again unfortunately most of us that suffer don't know why and therefore are unable to treat it correctly.
Firstly in order to treat head pains you really need to understand the symptoms to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on. There are four main types of headaches and each one can tell you a little something about your body. Knowing what type of headache you are experiencing can allow you to treat it correctly. While painkillers may work temporarily, I’ve included some more natural options to help you alleviate your pain.
Did you know that so many people are incorrectly diagnosed when seeking medical help. This is manly due to the fact that scientist haven't been able to work out exactly what causes these head pains other than the obvious of dehydration, fatigue or life stresses. Even though it could be one of these 3 simple things is could also be a sign of a more serious illness.
Therefore before you reach for the pill bottle take the time to notice your symptoms from the list below and try one of my natural alternative treatments or even seek further medical advice.
This is the most common form of headache affecting people mainly between the age of 25 and 55 years old, but of course no matter your age you could be greatly affected.The symptoms include severe recurring and intense throbbing pain on one side of the head, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the face. In summary migraines are often throbbing or pounding pains that occur randomly throughout the day on one side or in or behind the eye.
How to treat it : If your symptoms are similar to the description above then you are most probably suffering from a migraine and I would highly recommend taking vitamin B12 and trying aerobic exercise. Vitamin B12 contains magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids which have been proven to be important in reducing migraines, so make your sure you have enough of these in your diet. Think also about eliminating alcohol and coffee from your diet
2. Tension Headache
This is the most common of all headaches and it is constant ache or pressure around your head, especially at your temples or the back of your head and neck. Even the most common it isn't as bad as a migraine and therefore won't cause nausea or vomiting. Scientific reports have shown it to be stressed related and could be due to the contraction of head and neck muscles. The pain is often like tightness and pressure and often gradual through out the day.
How to treat it : Ginger tea has been shown to help to reduce inflammation, and adding peppermint oil to your hairline can create a cooling sensation to relax the muscles in your head and neck. As it is strongly related to stress, relax, meditate, and eliminate the stress from your life where possible.
3. Cluster Headache
These oddly affect men more than women and most commonly occur over one eye. It is a recurring sharp pain, often at the same time of day every day. When experiencing a cluster headache, you may also experience a watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose. The cause is unknown, but this type of headache occurs when a nerve pathway in the base of a brain is activated. Doctors suspect the hypothalamus, part of the brain that controls the body clock is involved.
How to treat it : This can be triggered by alcohol and smoking and therefore you could start by eliminating these from your diet. As a natural pain killer you could alternatively rub capsaicin cream which contains cayenne pepper to your nostril where you are experiencing pain, as it can help to block nerve pain signals.
4. Sinus Headache
It is actually extremely uncommon and most people who think they have one actually have a migraine. But when it does occur it is when a sinus becomes inflamed, and painful. Sinus headaches are caused by an infection, and they are usually accompanied by a fever, and pressure around the eyes, cheeks and forehead.
How to treat it : As with a common cold I recommend a warm soup, and lemon drink and maximizing your natural intake of Vitamin C. You may even consider adding ginger to your hot lemon drink as it has natural anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties.
In conclusion whatever your symptoms, migraines and headaches can be a true nightmare to live with to the point it can severally affect our lives, so don't suffer in silence. Make sure you are probably hydrated, rested, getting all the nutrients your body needs and avoiding all stress possible.