Like stated before, there are more natural treatments (eg. willow bark for normal headaches as well as magnesium for migraines).
Feverfew is an herb widely used by headache sufferers. It acts by restricting the production of prostaglandins, the brain chemicals accountable for contracting blood vessels. The contraction and expansion of blood vessels are considered to cause the “pounding” which typifies many headaches, and feverfew seems to lessen it. It’s natural, but – as with OTC pain relievers – abruptly discontinuing its use after habitual ingestion can result in more headaches.
The acerola cherry is known as a Latin American “super vegetable. ” It’s loaded with all known antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients typical of all berries, but it also contains high amounts of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are known for being anti-inflammatories similar to aspirin as well as ibuprofen, which are can be helpful to help remedy headaches.
Easier if you have a very willing partner, but head massages may be self-applied. Strong pressure at the origin of pain has a reducing effect. If you have someone, have them press on either side of the head with their hands, like they’re trying to crush a melon. If the pain’s situated in the temples, rub them. If it’s just sort of throughout the head, palm the top of the head and massage along with squeezing the scalp.
Stress is a common – by far the most common – cause of headaches. Have a glass of red wine (but not that many, unless you want a different sort of headache) and rest. Take a nap. Stress caused by lack of sleep can cause headaches (particularly cluster headaches). Read something. Take a bath. Spend quality time with your family. Get some intense workout and let those endorphins circulation. Get a massage (once again); it will offer dual relief – physical as well as mental.
Prevention is, like always, the best way to avoid a headache. If you aren’t a sufferer yet, you’re doing right something, but it’s best to shore up your accomplishment. Eat Primal foods. Avoid stress. Avoid pro-inflammatory grains as well as sugars. Follow the 10 Laws of the Primal Blueprint and get lots of sleep and leisure moments. Go on hikes. Play games. Enjoy life and live a good life, and I think you’ll find headaches to become a thing of the past.
I’m sure there are a large number of other herbs or natural remedies out there. I’d be interested to find out about them, but if you’re pursuing the Primal Blueprint in just about all of its facets – diet regime, activity, exercise, leisure, sleep, stress prevention – I believe you’ll find them being highly unnecessary.