Before taking any type of medicine to get rid of the pain when I have a headache, I use a simple remedy: I drink lots of water and eat a banana. It helps sometimes, but not for all times. This is because there are hundreds of different types of headaches. There are headaches that appear simply as a result of dehydration or fatigue or headaches that signal a more serious illness. In the video below, Neurologist Sakib Qureshi MD explains the “red light warning signals” that may accompany certain headaches, and how to make the difference between a temporary headache and something that may be more life-threatening. Recognizing what type of headache you have, helps you to treat it correctly. You will also find below some natural remedies that might help.
- Tension Headache
This is the most common type of headache. You may recognize it if you feel a constant pressure around your head, especially at your temples or the back of your head and neck. It may also feel like a radiating pain above and below your eyes. According to the experts, this type of headache may be produced by the contraction of neck and scalp muscles, as a response to stress.
You can treat this type of pain naturally with ginger tea in order to reduce inflammation. You may also use peppermint oil applied on your hairline to relax the muscles in your head and neck.
According to the statistics, migraines affect 38 million men, women and children in the United States. They occur mostly between the ages of 25 and 55. This type of headache tends to radiate from the top of the face downward. A migraine includes a severe recurring and intense throbbing pain on one side of the head (in about 1/3 of attacks, both sides are affected), accompanied with other symptoms that can include visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the face.
In order to treat migraine, it is recommended to increase the Vitamin B12 (riboflavin) intake. Magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids also help those who suffer from migraine. It is important to include these vitamins and minerals these in your daily diet to prevent migraine attacks. Experts say that aerobic exercise proved to be effective at preventing migraines.
- Cluster Headache
This type of headache usually occurs over one eye, and affects more men than women. A cluster headache can appear suddenly and cause a severe, debilitating pain on one side of the head. Watery eye and nasal congestion or a runny nose may also appear. It seems that it occurs when a nerve pathway in the base of a brain is activated.
Capsaicin cream which contains cayenne pepper is very efficient. When you have pains, apply a small amount of this cream to your nostril. It can help to block nerve pain signals.
- Sinus Headache
When a sinus becomes inflamed can lead to pain, causing sinus headache. Sinus headaches are caused by an infection. In such cases, you may also experience fever and pressure around the eyes, cheeks and forehead.
It is very important to hydrate your body when you have an infection. Warm water can help open your sinuses and reduce inflammation. Vitamin C also helps the body to fight infection. Hot and cold compress are also helpful. It is also recommended to consume some fresh ginger, which has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.