What is the simplest way to cure a headache?

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  1. Simone Smith profile image87
    Simone Smithposted 12 years ago

    What is the simplest way to cure a headache?

    I know it is good to drink water... is there anything else one can do aside from the obvious 'take some pain meds' option?


  2. pstraubie48 profile image80
    pstraubie48posted 12 years ago

    it really depends on the kind of headache.
    if it is a simple uncomplicated one, sometimes something as simple as eating a light snack will make it subside. for other uncomplex headaches one over the counter pain reliever should do the trick.
    sometimes facial, neck, and head massage also helps.
    if it is a sinus headache, taking a hot shower and letting the water pulse on your face often will help relieve it. sometimes however medical attention is needed  if an infection is present.
    migraines are in another category..have had them all of my life...will answer that one in another hub...hope this helps.....

  3. tsmog profile image84
    tsmogposted 12 years ago

    (In jest - run from it!) My old hangover solution for headaches was two breakfast jacks (take the egg & cheese from one put on the other and give the extra buns to the birds), two tacos, and two milks. Although that is from my youthful days, I may have been loading up on protein - I dun'no.

    This is an interesting question for sure. A hub is in there somewhere. Probably more than one. Aren't headaches kinda' like bulging blood vessels or something. I dun'no that one either.

    I will be watching for answers.

  4. JT Walters profile image70
    JT Waltersposted 12 years ago

    About 400 mg of B-2 other then that I would I would reccommend decapitation:).


  5. Jlbowden profile image85
    Jlbowdenposted 12 years ago


    That's a real good question as what works well for one individual; may not work so well for another. I know my dad used to suffer from terrible migranes. In his case these were not your ordinary headache. So he would go into a dark bedroom, which was very quiet. Than he would place a cool compress...wash cloth etc... on his forehead. This would usually remedy the situation in about a half hour. In addition he said that two aleve or advil liquid gel capsules would sometimes do the job. You know this would definitely make a great hub article.


  6. marriedwithdebt profile image77
    marriedwithdebtposted 12 years ago

    Google this: pressure point hand headache

    Supposedly if you squeeze or massage pressure points in your hand, it can help. Hope it works.

  7. TahoeDoc profile image79
    TahoeDocposted 12 years ago

    Hi Simone-
    It really does depend on the type of headache. An simplistic, older model of migraines supposed that they were caused by the constriction and then dilation of blood vessels in the head and neck. For this, caffeine was often recommended. While our theory of migraine now includes alterations in brain chemicals, there still may be a component of changing blood flow or caffeine may cause changes in the neurochemicals, and so may still help.

    Might be worth a try to have an extra dose or two of caffeine. You can get rebound headaches if you do this too often, though.

    Good luck and I hope you (if its your headache) feel better soon.

  8. thumbi7 profile image62
    thumbi7posted 12 years ago

    Drink more water
    wash your face and feet
    See if you have pulled your hair so tight, if it is ,put it down
    Eat if you have not eaten for  a long gap
    Go for a walk and get some fresh air.
    Sleep for sometime if you can afford.

  9. Ramsa1 profile image62
    Ramsa1posted 12 years ago

    The best drug-free way to cure a headache is meditation.

  10. lobobrandon profile image87
    lobobrandonposted 12 years ago

    Go to sleep or if you're at work busy in the hub office find yourself some greenery and look at it. It's the most soothing.. About tablets I have no clue as you'll get different ones there

  11. duffsmom profile image61
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    I don't have many headaches. On occasion a migraine - rarely. I find sleeping is about the best cure for my headaches.

  12. Millionaire Tips profile image89
    Millionaire Tipsposted 12 years ago

    Besides what the others have said, there are two other reasons I get headaches.  One of them is sensory overload - this happens when I am at a fair or someplace where there are lots of things to see.  Looking away from the stuff and looking at something boring like the sidewalk, or natural, like water or greenery helps me a lot.

    The other cause of my headaches is there isn't enough oxygen getting to my brain. This used to happen when I was sleeping, and I had the blankets pulled over my head.  In that case, making sure I always had air intake, and sitting up and taking deep breaths helped.  Sometimes allergy or asthma medication helps with that too, if that is what is causing the oxygen problem.  (Reminder: you said no pain meds.)

  13. dinkan53 profile image70
    dinkan53posted 12 years ago

    Really it depends, I heard from some peoples that the new pepper nasal spray is effective in relieving normal headaches and sinus related headaches. Tension related headaches can be relieved by taking a shower, which will help to relax the tensed muscles. There is a miss belief among peoples that a smoke can be helpful while having headache and please don't do that, it will only worsen your headache. After all quit smoking (for smokers) as it is one of the reasons for having regular headaches. Avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol, cheese, chocolate. Drink plenty of water to avoid lack of oxygen which is another cause of headache.

  14. thesingernurse profile image73
    thesingernurseposted 12 years ago

    Generally, it would be ideal if the individual would do his best to settle in a state of decreased stimulation. If in case you had a headache within the premises of your home, one may try resting in a dark room or an area with dim lights, decrease exposure to noise, or lay on a comfortable bed. However, techniques may vary to each individual as there could be some who finds secure remedy in some over-the-counter medicine. If headache persists or seem to occur without known cause, one would be advised to seek a physician's advice.

  15. missbritt08 profile image60
    missbritt08posted 12 years ago

    There's a few things that I have tried that tend to work. Putting your hands or feet in ice cold water (I know it sounds weird), laying down with no lights or sounds, heat or ice on the area. If it is a tension headache you can use trigger point therapy which is  finding the knot and pressing on it for 9 seconds until it releases (its not going to feel good) sometimes its easier for someone else to do it because we don't use as much pressure on ourselves. If its a migraine sometimes eating can help. Also if you are not having the same amount of caffeine as usual that can also cause headaches so either no more caffeine or try to have the same amount each day. I hope this helps!

  16. aygabtu profile image63
    aygabtuposted 12 years ago

    Advil and a nap is my remedy for a headache.  If I just try to sleep it off or ignore it without an pain reliever, it never seems to go away.

  17. bfair333 profile image58
    bfair333posted 12 years ago

    Sounds like you're not getting enough oxygen to your brain.
    If you want to increase the amount of oxygen to the body you do this:
    Germanium is a trace element/mineral,which promotes cell oxygen absorption.Germanium enhances the cell's ability to generate energy by raising the cell's oxygen supply.
    Germanium strengthens the immune system,normalizes high blood presure/cholesterol & protects the body against cellular aberrations.
    Germanium stimulates the immune system in cancer patents as well as healthy individuals.
    The highest concertrations of Germanium were found in medicinal plants: ginseng,shitake mushrooms,aloe vera,comfrey & garlic.
    Russian shelf fungus had the highest level of germanium.
    Germanium appears to significantly enhance the body's production of interferon.
    Germanium helps normalize the body's defenses in cancer patients.
    Also 2 tsp of apply cider vinger the golden color in 1 cup of warm water sipped throughout the day will help.
    But once you start drinking this vinger mixture you can never stop or your headaches,other aches & pains will come back.
    I take the vinger mix my self & it works.
    My headaches,other aches & pains are gone.
    Plus on top of that I have noticed that I haven't had a cold in 3 years.
    Google apply cider vinger & you'll see what it does for the human body & more.
    Doctors use drugs to keep everybody sick.
    I you're looking for a cure stop eating junk food & get some real food in your body.
    It works for me.

  18. agaglia profile image78
    agagliaposted 12 years ago

    the very simplest way to get rid of a headache, in my experience, is to take a nap.

  19. RealHousewife profile image68
    RealHousewifeposted 12 years ago

    My dads a doc and moms a nurse - they always caffeine is a catalyst for aspirin or Tylenol - if you drink a cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage with your aspirin or whatever it makes it work faster....but I don't know of an alternative.

  20. terced ojos profile image62
    terced ojosposted 12 years ago

    The simplest way to cure a headache is to pound your head against the kitchen table; this will shift the focus of the pain from your headache to the localized pain on the portion of your head that struck the table. 

    Works every time.

  21. Abbasangel profile image65
    Abbasangelposted 12 years ago

    Prevention is always the best cure.

    Sleep well, drink plenty of water. Reduce stress

    Lavender Oil and Peppermint Oil.

    Migraines are different

  22. eugbug profile image96
    eugbugposted 12 years ago

    The best way to cure a headache, and it is nearly essential if you have a migraine, is to sit down or lie down and just wait until the headache passes. Any exertion such as exercise or simple household chores will tend to increase blood flow in the brain when you have a headache and this exacerbates the pain. Also ringing telephones and other loud noise distractions will tend to make your head "jump".
    You can try cooling patches available from pharmacies or even ice in a bag placed close to your forehead to cool the pain.
    Dehydration and going without eating for too long a period can also cause a headache as can getting too much or too little sleep.

    Personally I have suffered migraine for over 30 years. You can read about it in my hub here:


  23. prettylittlewhims profile image61
    prettylittlewhimsposted 12 years ago

    Sometimes, headaches are caused by:

    1. tooth ache
    2. lack of sleep
    3. tired eyes

  24. dfuntanar profile image60
    dfuntanarposted 12 years ago

    Hey Simone ^^

    A headache is your body telling you something is wrong.. You will need to trace your steps back and figure out what may have caused it.  For example, if I was out drinking last night, the headache is a hangover, and I'd get lots of liquids and some strong coffee.  It could also be  a side effect of colds, cough, or the flu, and I'll take the necessary stuff to counter it..
    A few things to keep note:
    - Try non-meds first before nuking your body with pain meds
    - Steam inhalation works wonders, a hot cup of tea, or you can try putting clean water into a vaporizer and inhale steam for a few minutes..
    - Increase your Vitamin C intake, eat lots of citrus fruits.
    - Those vapor rub things do wonders too. Massage the area on your head with some vapor rub and the cool effect should dull the pain for it to be manageable.

    If you have to take meds,
    - Try the mild ones first. Do not nuke something you can kill with a pellet gun, your body will get accustomed to the nuke (anti-biotics, heavy pain meds) and will do harm to your system in the long run.

  25. profile image0
    madmilkerposted 12 years ago

    drop an anvil on your foot and spell Otto backward.

  26. jeanniedoe profile image55
    jeanniedoeposted 12 years ago

    Most of the time headaches occur because of fatigue or stress that we have so for me enough rest and sleep are best and simplest way to cure it.

  27. possum lover profile image51
    possum loverposted 12 years ago

    The Southern way is old fashion Goody's headache powder. Works in a flash.

  28. PMS9 profile image66
    PMS9posted 12 years ago

    Better go for good sleep for atleast 2-3 hours. Also rub some ayurvedic balm to forehead to get some relax.

  29. OfTheHeart profile image75
    OfTheHeartposted 12 years ago

    Whenever I get a headache, which is more often than I would like, I remind and ask myself, "have I been drinking water today?".  The answer usually is not as much as I should be.  I feel better as soon as I drink a few glasses.  Water is essential!!!

    Also, sometimes I find that drinking juice helps because of the sugar.  Maybe a little sugar rush is all you need to keep the blood pumping.

  30. creativebutterfly profile image62
    creativebutterflyposted 12 years ago

    Use emotional freedom techniques it works every time.  Holistic and no side affects.  http://www.vellaandassociates.com

  31. smarter4ever profile image61
    smarter4everposted 12 years ago

    Yoga might help.  I also place an ice pack on the back of my neck at the base of the skull, and sometimes on the side/top of my head where the pain is.  It takes a good 20 minutes of ice to notice pain relief. 

    Lie flat on your back on an even surface and pull your knees up to your chest, then try to pull your legs/knees over your head so your toes touch the floor behind your head.  If you can't reach your toes to the floor, then as far as you can position yourself this way is still helpful.  This is hard to do, but for me, it REALLY stretches my back and spine.  Then I lie flat for a few minutes and repeat again.  You do have to be careful though, so you don't injure yourself. 

    I also swear by McDonald's fountain soda, namely, Coke.  If my head hurts bad enough, I'll go pick one up at the drive through.  It really helps. It probably does not matter where it comes from, as long as it's foundain soda.  I think the concentration of syrup with sugar and caffeine is what does the trick. 

    I believe headaches are caused partially by constricted blood vessels in the head, so depending on what is causing them to do so will determinbe the course of action.

    I hope this helps!

  32. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 12 years ago

    Panadol and a good sleep take away all the misery. don't think or work, remove kids and old folks from your house. peace and quiet helps alot

  33. profile image0
    MP50posted 12 years ago

    Proper Planning and Preparation can Prevent any Possibility of a Headache!

  34. CodeMaster profile image76
    CodeMasterposted 12 years ago

    Salt and potassium. Lots of water. Calcium magnesium helps too. I'm keeping it simple cause this has always been effective for me and my family. Local vitamin shop should have what you're looking for.

  35. NiaLee profile image61
    NiaLeeposted 12 years ago

    drink water and massage head, nose to improve circulation

  36. profile image53
    artistlifeposted 12 years ago

    There are lots of very good answers to the headache question, and all of these things will help, but I suggest that headaches are caused by feelings of guilt and disapproving of oneself (as suggested by Louise L. Hay: You Can Heal Your Body).
    Following these suggestions I cured my migraines and all other headaches (compeletely) by using positive affirmations!
    Try saying: "I love & approve of myself" - it's like word medicine & it worked for me.


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