Monday, April 21, 2008

Got a Headache?

Found this gem on the Ayurvedic Cure Blog

How to get rid of Headache

Try putting a cold compress on your forehead or behind the neck. Many headaches are caused by tense neck muscles. Conversely, use a moist hot pack to loosen up tense muscles - see which works best for you.

Massage the ears and ear lobes as well as the neck. If you can, find two tennis balls or racquet balls and put them in a sock. Lay on a flat surface and place the two balls just below the base of your skull on the occiput and relax. You may feel sinus pressure or minimal discomfort at first but it will go away. Lay in this position with the still point on the occiput for as long as needed. This is especially helpful for sinus headaches.

'Tension headaches' are ones that create pain in the neck and shoulders. Massages are great ways to get rid of such headaches. Make sure the massage hits key areas like the neck and arms. Massages on the scalp also help to release tension.

Peppermint is excellent against migraines, Chamomile is wonderful for stress or tension, and between the two of them, they taste lovely and will help with just about any headache. Keep in mind however that this is a very gentle remedy and may not help with severe headaches, though they would probably make a wonderful addition to, say, Willow Bark tea.

How to get rid of Headache - Take clove, cinnamon and almond in equal quantities (around 1 teaspoon each) and grind together with a little water to make a paste. Apply paste on the forehead. A paste made of sandalwood powder can also be applied on the forehead.

The seeds of Bishop's Weed (Ajwain) are useful in the treatment of headache and stress. They can be either smoked or sniffed frequently.

An easy remedy for headache pain is simply to go to sleep. Many people are able to sleep off their headaches. Make sure you are not sleeping in an awkward position and do not be tempted to oversleep. Oversleeping is more likely to induce headaches, not to relieve them.

Breathing exercises are a known cure for headaches. Taking very deep breaths and then exhaling slowly may help. The correct breathing exercises will have your stomach moving more than your chest.

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