When most people get headaches, they pop a couple of aspirin, Advil, or Tylenol. For occasional pain relief, I have no problem with this. But chronic use of these over-the-counter medications can cause liver and/or kidney damage. Plus, some of the more heavy-duty migraine medications can cause high blood pressure. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to get natural headache relief.
For Natural Headache Relief Try...
1. Magnesium: Take 400–800 mg per day of this unsung element and begin taking it as soon as you suspect a headache is coming on. It works by stabilizing the vascular reactivity that causes the intense throbbing in your head, giving you natural headache relief.
2. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): Taking 100 to 200 mg of CoQ10 daily can help to ward off migraine headaches. In fact the most powerful defense against migraine headaches is a combination of magnesium and CoQ10.
3. Feverfew: This natural headache remedy has a long history of use for migraines, but be sure to go with a brand-name, high-quality product: There is a wide variation in the amount of its active ingredient in products tested. Be sure to select products standardized for parthenolide. The recommended dosage for migraine headache is 250 to 500 mg daily. Check your local health food store.
4. Multivitamin: To ward off migraines, you want to take a multivitamin that includes high levels of antioxidant vitamins C and E as well as B2. In one study of migraine patients, 400 mg of B2 given daily for three months resulted in fewer headaches and decreased pain in more than 68 percent of participants.
5. Deep breathing, acupressure, meditation, or visualization is a powerful way to get natural headache relief. Slow down your life a bit and reflect. Many headaches are brought on by chronic worry, anxiety, frustration, and anger.
6. Consider acupuncture as a natural headache relief, particularly for chronic headaches.
7. For prevention of headaches, avoid animal products except for cold-water fish like salmon and sardines; increase your intake of vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, and seeds; and eliminate caffeine, colas, and alcohol. Plus, some people suffer from headaches in response to EMF radiation from cellular and cordless phones and towers, so if you’re sensitive you want to avoid exposure.