Headaches are the body’s response to physical or emotional stress. These stresses can make the muscles in your head and neck contract to create tension headaches, or it can make blood vessels constrict and later expand to produce migraines or vascular headaches. And if your sinuses are congested, pounding headaches are frequently the result.
More than 47 million Americans have experienced a severe headache in the past three months. While taking an over the counter remedy is the solution for some, there are many natural solutions to alleviate the pain or prevent the headache altogether.
1. Ginger Tea
Crush up a piece of ginger root and add it to boiling water. This homemade tea will reduce inflammation in about the same amount of time as it would take an aspirin to work. It has been used for centuries in Asia to treat a number of ailments.
Take a daily vitamin that contains magnesium. Magnesium helps to calm nerves and some studies have found that migraine sufferers tend to be deficient in magnesium. Increase your magnesium by eating foods like broccoli, beans, soy milk, nuts and spinach.
Butterbur is an ancient herb that has been used for centuries for migraine relief. So effective, physicians who specialize in treating migraines often recommend it. At least three studies have been conducted on Petadolex, an over-the-counter butterbur extract. Each study concluded that the herb significantly reduced migraine attacks when compared to a placebo.
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