First aid with headaches

headachesWe all have problems with headaches, and many immediately use pills to get rid of them. Before you do that, try a few natural ways.

Tension headaches are the most common type. They occur when the muscles of the scalp, face or neck thigh (knots) and pressed the nerve. This type of headache is characterized by constant pain which starts from the front or from the back of the head, and can be extended to the whole head. Possible causes are stress, poor posture (especially back and neck) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

Other types of headaches are migraines. These are vascular headaches (associated with the dynamic expansion and contraction of blood vessels), which is characterized by a pulsating and a sharp pain in the head. People suffering from migraines sometimes have symptoms such as tingling on the body, a feeling of numbness in various parts of the body, blurred vision, bright spots in front of the eyes, are upset, tired, or can not think. Migraines are more common in women.

For instant relief

Ice. This is recommended by Dr. Lawrence Robbins, and Dr. Fred Seftel, co-founder of the Center for Headache in Stamford. In acute attacks, he brings instant relief, alleviating the pressure of swollen blood vessels in the nerves, blocking the transmission of pain in the brain and reducing the rate of metabolism, which reduces the contraction of muscles. You can take the ice cubes from the refrigerator, wrap them in a thin paper towel and put it on the sore spot. There are plastic bags that are filled with water and thus freeze in the freezer so that you can always have on hand. Keep the ice on the painful spot for a while, and remove for a little, and later put it back. This procedure should not be used for more than 20 minutes per treatment.

The essential oil of mint. Rub a little bit of oil on the temples. Its effect can be improved if it mixed with essential oils of lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary.

Pressure on the spot between the thumb and forefinger. This is acupuncture point associated with headaches. Touch to see whether there is a sore spot on the fleshy part between the thumb and forefinger, then press right on that spot with your thumb and index finger of the other hand. You will feel a twinge. However, pregnant women should not pressed that spot.

Diet and lifestyle for continuous improvement

Eat a healthy diet – a natural food that necessarily includes fresh and cooked vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. For this amount will not count sodas, coffee and alcohol.
Implement mandatory physical activity each day – walking, jogging, bike, sports …
Daily devote at least 10-15 minutes of relaxation techniques – deep breathing, yoga, visualization, meditation.
Avoid sugar (except the one from the fruit), alcohol and caffeine, or at least reduce the amount you consume.

Get tested for allergies – can provoke a headache. If it is determined that you are allergic to a food or substance, avoid it.
In particular, beware of monosodium glutamate-because it can cause headaches in susceptible people, especially those prone to migraines. American physician Dr. Gerard Gilori claims the following: “80 percent of my patients are able to avoid migraines when they kicked monosodium glutamate-out food.” It is particularly common in Chinese cuisine (that is used routinely), industrial mixtures of spices and the like. Read the declaration. In some declarations are not mentioned monosodium glutamate-but “hydrolyzed protein”, “yeast extract”, “maltodextrins”, “autolyzed yeast” – it’s the same thing. The best way to avoid this ingredient is not to use industrially processed, packaged foods, but You create meals from fresh ingredients.

Avoid aspartame, it is also a potential trigger of migraine.

Migraines can be associated with hypothyroidism (decreased function of the thyroid gland), so you need to check that as well.

Any other natural resources

Some doctors advise taking magnesium supplements, 250-500 mg daily for tension headaches, and twice as much for migraines.
Some doctors recommend daily: vitamin C, 500-1000 mg, 200-400 IU of vitamin E, and one teaspoon of ground flaxseed.

Treatment with chiropractors can also help to alleviate some chronic tension of headaches.