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Updated on April 16, 2012


A headache is one the body's most powerful alarm signals.It is often a sign of physical or psychological overload.There are many different types of headaches, and each is different according to how and when the pain occurs. These include tension headaches,cluster headaches,simple headaches,combination headaches and migraines-which are especially intense, often accompanied by nausea and impaired vision. The pain of a headache can be triggered by many different things. A very common cause of headache is tense muscles in the head or in the neck. Headaches may also be a sign of stress,caffeine withdrawal,allergies,certain infectious diseases or the effect of too much alcohol. Constricted or expanded blood vessels,and also altered pressure in the head (sometimes weather related),can produce headaches as well.Natural methods-including massage,homeopathic remedies and relaxation exercises can sometimes be as effective as standard medications in preventing or simply relieving the pain caused by different forms of headache.If you suffer from frequent, severe headaches that put you out of commission several times a month,it would be advised to seek medical attention.Also if your headaches are associated with physical exertion,changes in vision, or weakness,numbness, or paralysis of the limbs,do not attempt to self treat-see a doctor. If this does not help ask for a referral to a headache specialist.

Do not overdo pain pills.Although occasional analgesic may help temporarily alleviate your headache. Taking these drugs too often may worsen the pain.These drugs are ok taken in moderation but if you feel the need for more than two doses a day, you should see a doctor. Lying down, with eyes closed for 30 minutes to an hour or more, may be the best treatment for a bad headache.Try not thinking of anything stressful, or think of pleasant and positive thoughts.

Types of Headaches

1.Simple headache- Hammering,buzzing,pulsing in the head. Main causes are: stress,sensitivity,high blood pressure,fever,changes in atmospheric pressure, or lack of oxygen.

2.Tension headache-Dull,oppressive pain occurring in the temples. Begins in back of head and neck or in the forehead and spreads throughout the head. Main causes are: muscular tension or bad posture.

3.Cluster headache-Piercing burning pain,which occurs on one side of the head and always in the same place.Main cause is unknown.

4.Migraine headache-The pain is usually on one side of the head only. Often accompanied by nausea,vomiting and vision problems. Main causes are: Hereditary factors or circulatory disturbances in the brain.

5.Combination headache-Dull oppressive pain that usually begins in the morning and reoccurs between migraine attacks. Main causes are unknown.

Help for Headachs

Headaches can be alleviated by using a cold compress,a bath,acupressure and relaxation techniques.Minimizing your exposure to external stimuli,Exercise in fresh air.Quit smoking and do not use alcohol.

Creating a soothing environment free of external stimuli, such as light and noise.Close windows and blinds and use a fan to ventilate and circulate the air around you.Do not let the fan blow directly on you.Unplug the phone and shut of the Television, computer,radio and quiet any other source of noise.You can also use ear plugs or put cotton ball in your ears. Try to relax,with the help of a relaxation technique such as yoga or meditating.

Acupressure can help also-using your thumb and index finger, gently press against the bridge of your nose and at the corners of your eyes.You can also rub the fleshy webbing between your thumb and index finger.

A foot bath diverts the blood supply from your head down to your feet.Soak or bathe your feet in a tub or basin of 95 degrees F water. Add hot water every five minutes until water reaches 115 degrees F. After soaking feet for about 5 minutes,pour in some cold water slowly until the water temperature is lukewarm.Then put on a pair of wool socks and lie down for at least 20 minutes.

You may also speak to a nutritionist or your doctor about taking herbal supplements to prevent headaches.It is believed that kava kava can relieve tension headaches. Feverfew and gingo biloba are often useful and recommended to help prevent migranes.

Cold Compress--Moisten a washcloth with cold water,put 2 drops of peppermint oil on it and apply to the area of pain for about 15 minutes.

Potato poultice- Cut 2 large, unpeeled potatoes into quarters, boil until tender.Mash the potatoes and press out excess moisture.Wrap the warm potatoes in a cloth, and place in on the back of neck for 15 minutes.

Horseradish poultice--Add a small amount of water to finely grated horseradish. Wrap into a cloth, apply to the neck for no longer than 5 minutes.This will stimulate the skin,which will help to relieve headache pain.If you have sensitive skin spread a layer of cream over your neck before applying the poultice.

For quick headache relief , put a few drops of fresh lemon juice into a cup of black coffee and sip small sips.(This is not for sensitive stomachs)

Also you can run a hot bath to alleviate tension and relax blood vessels.Mix in your hot bathwater these essential oils with an emulsifier ( cream of honey) 3 drops of chamomile, 3 drops of rosemary.

Some Recipes for Relaxation

This exercise can be memorized or written down or you may want to record it on a cassette or disc-or have a friend with a soothing voice record it for you-

This exercise takes about 5 minutes.

1. First and most importantly find a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed or distracted-shut off phones,radios or anything else which may interrupt.

2. Find a quiet and comfortable place to sit and relax (your favorite chair or couch). Let your muscles become loose and heavy.

3. Wrinkle up your forehead, hold it,then smooth it out, picturing the entire forehead becoming smoother as you further relax

4. Frown,creasing your eyebrows tightly,feeling the tension. Let go of the tension,smoothing out your forehead once more.

5.Close your eyes more and more tightly. Feel the tension as you hold them shut.Relax your eyes until they are closed gently and comfortably.

6.Clench your jaws and teeth together. Feel the tension build,then let go and relax.letting the lips part slightly.Allow yourself to feel relief in the relaxation.

7.Press your tongue hard against the roof of your mouth.Again, feel the tension, then, relax.

8.Purse your lips together more and more tightly, then relax


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    7 years ago

    Thank You for commenting mslizze I hope something here helps.

  • mslizzee profile image


    7 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

    This is good! I give allergic reactions to SOY and the headaches resemble migranes I guess. If I'm just really careful about what I eat I don't get headaches, but trying to find things without soy is impossible, so I make most things myself. Thank you for your research on this subject, and don't forget to Genetically altered Soy as a culprit.

  • IN2Deep profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Hi Kosmo- If you like you can try a warm bath to alleviate tension and relax blood vessels.Combine the following essential oils with an emulsifier(cream of honey) 3 drops of chamomile,3 drops of lavender and 3 drops of rosemary.Add the mixture to the bathwater. relax for 15-20 minutes.( Don't fall asleep in the water)

    Or If you don't have a weak stomach- try a few drops of fresh lemon juice into a cup of black coffee and sip it.Hope this helps. Kava Kava is also thought to relieve tension headaches.

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    Kelley Marks 

    7 years ago from California

    I get these really annoying headaches that hurt along my right eyebrow. They're not that painful but can last for hours until I ingest caffeine or some other drug that dilates blood vessels. I'm currently experimenting with ginkgo biloba. So far it helps somewhat. Any advice? Later!

  • IN2Deep profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago

    Thank you! I hope it helps.

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    7 years ago from Blaina South Wales UK

    This is a brilliant hub on information and management of headaches. Very useful for me as a requent sufferer of mirgraines. Thank you.


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