BlackDoctor.org – 5 Alternative Strategies For Headache Relief

Listen to article

Suffer from Headaches or Migraines? BlackDoctor.org ‘Where Wellness & Culture Connect’ shares an additional article to help us cope and get headache relief.

Popping pill concerns

When it comes to putting a stop to migraines or other headache pain, that’s the first step that many people take. But if you’re concerned about how much over-the-counter medication you’re swallowing, there are other head pain relief strategies to try, many as close as your kitchen.

back to menu ↑

With the power of alternative medicine, and several simple home remedies, you can take control of headaches naturally.

“It is easy to become reliant on drugs — we all live in a fast-paced nation, and there is little understanding when you miss obligations over a headache,”
Moshe Lewis, MD,  Pain Management Specialist. Redwood City, CA.

The next time you feel the pounding about to begin, try these 5 ideas to conquer headaches:

back to menu ↑

Acupressure

Performed by a qualified practitioner, acupressure can bring relief for headaches and a variety of other pain-related conditions, says Lewis. Japanese research explains that acupressure may work by stimulating the autonomic nervous system, which is why it may have an impact on headache and related conditions such as chronic neck pain.

Though recent studies haven’t been done, earlier research on 500 people with frequent headaches found that self-administered acupressure was helpful and worth trying because there are no negative side effects.

back to menu ↑

Ice

Applying ice or a cold pack to an injury is an age-old home remedy for all types of pain, and it may do the trick for migraines and other headache pain, too. Wrap your cold pack in a thin cloth to prevent your head from becoming too cold and apply it directly to your forehead.

back to menu ↑

Warm foot bath

Soaking your feet in warm water may seem counter-intuitive to helping migraine pain. But from a relaxation perspective, Lewis says, it can sometimes do the trick for quelling head pain by taking your mind off it.

back to menu ↑

Dimmed lights

Sensitivity to light, or photophobia, is a common symptom for many people who wrestle with migraine pain. Simply relaxing in a low-light room can be helpful, straightforward advice, confirmed in a recent French study that demonstrated how high-light exposure can worsen the symptoms of an ongoing migraine, while lower light helps relieve them.

back to menu ↑

Restorative sleep

Not getting a good night’s sleep is tied to many health problems, including repeated headaches.

“Maintaining a good and consistent sleeping pattern is helpful,” says Lewis. “I can guarantee myself a nasty headache just by going to sleep too late, even when I sleep in the next day.”
Dr. Lewis

These quick tricks should work for the occasional pounding head. But if you’re constantly plagued by headache pain, and ginger or your grandmother’s home remedy doesn’t work, Dr. Lewis suggests a visit to a headache specialist.

“There are many different causes of headaches, some of which can be addressed without drugs,” he says.
Dr. Lewis

For more health and wellness articles visit BlackDoctor.org and check out the Black Doctors Speak Podcast founded by Dr. Michael A. LeNoir.

back to menu ↑

Related Article

The African American Wellness Project (AAWP) announced a new initiative, Black Doctors Speak

Suffer from headaches? Have and tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

CJsGo
Reset Password