Four Quick Tips to Help With Headaches
Are you plagued from time to time with an aching head?
Following are four tried-and-true quick tips to help you naturally ease away the occasional minor tension headache…
- Caffeine—Try sipping a caffeinated beverage such as coffee at the first sign of a headache. To be effective against the pain, you should generally consume less than 150 milligrams (mg) per day. Caffeine has been shown to constrict blood vessels that are dilated and creating pressure.
- Deep breathing and stretching—Try taking simple deep breaths while you stretch your neck and shoulders, for example. These techniques can relax tense muscles that can cause headaches, as well as helping with poor posture which is another possible headache trigger.
- Hot or cold therapy—Apply a cold compress or a heating pad where you hurt for no more than 15 minutes at a time. Or start with cold and switch to heat, alternating the two in five-minute increments. Both may help relieve the pain although cold slows blood flow and reduces inflammation while heat increases blood flow.
- Peppermint Tea—May help relieve headaches by decreasing gastrointestinal spasms, as well as helping soothe the queasy stomach that sometimes accompanies headache pain.
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About the author
Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.
Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America's #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal.
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