Tips For Coping With Headaches

Have you ever suffered from a migraine?  I am so fortunate that I have not.  I have had a few headaches in my life, but very seldom.

People usually describe a migraine headache as a throbbing, very intense headache.  Often there will be blurred vision, difficulty concentrating, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, and the intense head pain.

Headaches usually are a result of the arteries of the brain and scull (the dura mater that covers the brain and the cranial nerves), which are infected, pulled, inflamed, stretched, compressed or irritated.

Headache sufferers have benefited from the drug-free, natural methods used by Chiropractors for over 100 years.  You may want to start going to a Chiropractor on a regular basis.

Keeping a journal and becoming aware of what you eat/drink, what is going on around you (your environment such as noices, changes in weather, etc) , maybe could provide you with some answers as to what to start eliminating that may be the cause.

Foods such as: dairy products, eggs, chocolate, coffee, wheat and wheat products, nuts and peanuts, red wine, MSG, artificial sweetners, alcohol and some food additives can be the cause of migraines.  Also stress, anxiety,  fatigue and missing meals will be cause for some people.
Most people end up having to go into a dark, quiet room and going to sleep to get relief.

Here are a couple of alternatives that may offer some relief:

  • Feverfew – taken daily over several months, many sufferers will have a dramatic decrease of migraine activity. This can also be taken preventatively.

What’s feverfew made of?
Feverfew products usually consist of dried feverfew leaves, but all parts of the plant that grow above ground may also be used for medicinal purposes. The migraine-relieving activity of feverfew is believed to be due to parthenolide, an active compound that helps relieve smooth muscle spasms. It also helps prevent the constriction of blood vessels in the brain (one of the leading causes of migraine headaches). Parthenolide also inhibits the actions of compounds that cause inflammation.  (This is from www.umm.edu – University of Md. Medical Center)

  • Aromatherapy – apply several drops of lavender on a warm cloth and place on the forehead.  This can often take the edge off the pain on an attack.

Lavender essential oil has a calming scent which makes it an excellent relief for stress, migraines, headaches, depression, nervous tension and high blood pressure.  It also helps to induce better quality of sleep, thus commonly used for treating insomnia.  Try to buy high quality oils.

  • Stay cool – being hot tends to trigger migraines.  Avoid hot tubs, saunas, and going out in hot weather.
  • Make sure you are drinking enough water daily.
  • Try tai chi, yoga or the Alexander technique – therapies that promote relaxation and reduced physical stress.

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