It is important to discover what the cause of your headache is, in order to treat it. Sometimes a headache has no underlying cause but is the result of a problem with the brain, blood vessels, nerves, head and neck muscles, in the area surrounding the skull. A headache can also be the result of an underlying illness such as inflammation of the sinus, influenza, ear infections, brain tumor, etc. There are over 150 different types of headaches that range from cluster headaches, migraines, tension headaches and acute headaches to chronic headaches.
To treat the symptoms of a headache, here are some effective remedies:
In general, there are not many side effects for the home remedies that treat headaches. However, it is advised to refrain from consuming an excess of lemon tea. Lime is acidic and an overconsumption of lemon juice can lead to acid reflux and corrosion of your teeth. It is also important to take care while following the neck or head exercises. If the instructions are not followed properly, it can lead to a strain of neck muscles.
For the treatment and prevention of headaches, along with these home remedies, it is important to make some changes to your lifestyle habits. It is important to stay hydrated, drinking lots of water will help clear your system and avoid headaches due to constipation or dehydration. In order for these remedies to be effective, you should eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. It is advisable to avoid food that contains MSG or an excess of sugar and drinking caffeine or alcohol in excess. Other habits that you should avoid in order to prevent headaches, is sitting in front of the TV or computer for prolonged periods and undertaking a strenuous activity for hours, in the sun.
The recovery time for a headache depends on the cause and the intensity of a headache. For a mild tension headache, the remedy may be effective and the pain could subside within a day. While for migraines and cluster headaches, the recovery time could last from a few days to a week.
These home remedies are effective in providing relief from the pain and in alleviating the symptoms of a headache. However, the results might not always be permanent, since it is always possible for a headache to recur. A chronic or an acute headache that is caused by an underlying illness will persist until the root cause has been treated.
There is no special training or expertise required, in order to use these simple home remedies. However, while following the neck and head exercises, some guidance might be necessary.