7 Natural Remedies That May Help Relieve Headaches

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Headaches need no great introduction. So, let’s get to the nitty-gritty: seven good natural bets for relief:

1. Feverfew: This herb could fight headache in many different clinical ways. For example, here is one way: feverfew stops serotonin from secreting and also reduces the size of inflamed blood vessels in the brain. (The ones that cause throbbing pain). Many clinical studies have proven that feverfew could relieve headaches and migraines. The herb could lead to less frequent, less severe, shorter migraines.

2. Peppermint oil: Smoothing this oil across your temples might just help to relieve a tension-related headache. A 10% peppermint oil lotion rubbed three times in a half-hour over the temples has been found more effective than Tylenol in relieving headache pain. Its main ingredient, menthol, has been found as effective as over-the-counter pain medication, and also better than placebo.

3. Ginkgo: This famous herb may be effective in relieving cases of migraines. It is believed to stop the “platelet-activating factor” that may trigger migraines. Two small studies in France have also alluded to ginkgo’s potential in relieving migraine’s painful effects; although no major clinical study has looked into the issue just yet.

4. 5-HTP: For tension headache, the use of 5-HTP may be able to reduce pain and frequency. In several studies, the supplement has reduced the number of headaches experienced. Again, people have had to take fewer
painkillers when taking 5-HTP.

5. Melatonin: If you suffer recurrent bouts of headache, or have what are called “cluster” headaches, then taking 10 mg of melatonin each night may help reduce the number of episodes. It is a natural substance, opposite to serotonin, which our bodies manufacture during the nighttime.

6. Magnesium: This essential mineral is used in a plethora of ways by your body and found in many locations. About half of it is stored within the cells that lie in your tissues and organs, because magnesium is absolutely needed by every cell. Magnesium’s been dubbed “nature’s calcium channel blocker” on account of its ability to stop calcium from entering places where it would cause harm: the cells of your heart and muscles. And this may the reason why magnesium has been found to help reduce the severity of a migraine headache.

7. Caffeine: Amazingly, caffeine pills, when used in conjunction with over-the-counter pain-relievers, are quite effective in relieving simple headaches

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Dr. Victor Marchione, MD

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Victor Marchione, MD received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years. Dr. Marchione is a respected leader in the field of smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News and the NBC Today Show and is the editor of the popular The... Read Full Bio »