Wednesday, February 20, 2008

How To Manage Headaches

Some tips:
  1. Figure out your danger foods; then avoid them. Caffeine withdrawal is a commom culprit, so if you're trying to cut back, do so gradually. Instead of coffee, drink pleny of water. The pain will eventually go away.
  2. Mix 2 drops of peppermint oil (mentha pepperita) in a teaspoon of olive oil. Rub on your forehead and temples for instant cooling to ease pain. Or try putting 2 drops of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), mandarin (Citrus reticulata) or clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oils on a cotton ball. Inhale for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Some find accupressure helpful: For pain in the front of the head, apply pressure for a minute or so in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger. For pain on the sides of the head, press on the top of the foot, between the big toe and second toe.
  4. Mortin or Advil help, but if you need any drug 2 or 3 times a week or more, see your doctor. sk about triptans or drugs to stop headaches before they start. Magnesium CoQ10 and riboflavin may also prevent them. If you have new, severe headaches, it may be a sign of a serious problem.

Bottom Line:
"A headache is your body's cry for help. Prevent recurring headache by treating triggers, such as stress, environmental toxins or inadequate sleep. With treatment. less is better, since the drugs can cause side effects. Try acupressure on the brow between your eyes or just above your temples."