I don’t think there is a single person on this earth who can say that they have never ever suffered from a headache of any sort. I can happily say that I rarely suffer from them, and when I do have one it is mild, but, indeed, I have experienced it none the less. Some people suffer from headaches all the time, every day, all day, for almost every day of their lives. That is not living to be sure.
Just to give you some statistics about the prevalence of headaches, in the USA it is said that up to 45 million Americans have debilitating headaches that are chronic, that almost 90% of mean and 95% of women have had a headache sometime or another, and that every 10 seconds or so a person enters an emergency room in the USA complaining of a headache. Statistically over 1 billion dollars (US) are spent on over the counter medicines or headaches of different types and that the cost of lost work is 13 billion dollars (US) on a yearly basis! That is just to name a few of the multitude of statistics available out there on headaches.
While it is clear that conventional medical practitioners have a very difficult time curing or relieving headaches, in general, even with strong medications, in my own personal experience with treating various types of headaches (including the most severe migraines), alternative choices are easy to apply and are highly effective.
First of all the cause of the headache must be sought out. Chances are that it is sinus related in my experience. If you suffer from headaches that are mostly in the front of your head, or around the sides (near the front), in and around your eyes, forehead, cheeks, etc, then you can be almost positive that the problem is sinus related. Now this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are suffering from a sinus infection, and it’s likely that if you did an x-ray there would be no cloudiness at all, but none the less you are still having sinus related problems.
So, if this is you, then there are many ways that you can help yourself, including steaming with essential oils and herbs (like sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, etc), getting reflexology treatments (or treating yourself by pressing the areas around your nails and at the tops of your fingers), acupressure or other body techniques, drinking herbal teas (also made of sage, thyme, rosemary, and eucalyptus, among other choices), and dietary changes (stay away from dairy, corn, soy, coffee (and other items containing caffeine), MSG, aspartame (diet drinks and foods), yeast, white sugar, white flour, fermented foods, prepared meats (such as cold cuts like smoked turkey, bologna (also known as mortadella here in Kuwait), artificial preservatives, additives and colors, and anything else that you discover causes you problems). Make sure that you are eating plenty of healthy, wholesome foods, like fresh meats, poultry, and seafood, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with whole and healthy grains. If you are a smoker, you must quit!
There are sometimes other causes of headaches, like from tension (when the pain is at the back of your head, starts at your neck and goes up to your skull). In order to get rid of this type of headache, there are several simple things that can be done. First of all, make sure that you do your best to get rid of the cause of all your tension. If you hate your job, change it! Either that or change your attitude about it, and try to find the good things in it. Become an optimist. Then, stretch! The best and easiest way to get rid of tension related headaches is to stretch and thereby loosening those tight muscles preventing future tightness (which is what caused your headache in the first place). Just sit calmly in a chair or on the floor, which your body and head as straight as possible, shoulders down and relaxed, and then slowly let your head drop, with your chin heading toward your chest. Just let the weight of your head bring it down further. Don’t hold your head up, just let it hang, and the muscles will be slowly released. You can do this several times a day, and it can be done anywhere. After only the first day you will feel a great deal of relief, and after several days, you should be totally rid of your tension headache. You can also use essential oils, like ginger, rosemary, lavender, geranium, peppermint, and others directly on the area that you are feeling pain in, by mixing a few drops of each in a base oil (such as olive oil), which will also help to loosen those tight muscles. Don’t forget heat either. Whenever you are suffering from pain or tightness, practically anywhere in your body, heat is your best bet. You can use hot compresses, a hot water bottle, or a heating pad. Tension headaches also respond quite well to reflexology, acupressure, and other forms of bodywork, and with reflexology, you can even help cure yourself! Meditation, yoga, deep relaxation, and more will also be extremely useful in such cases. The idea is not only to deal with your tight muscles, but also to deal with the mental causes that brought on your headaches in the first place.
There are headaches that are caused by other rarer neurological or other organic causes (like tumor, etc), which would show up with medical examinations. For this reason you should always consult a medical practitioner if your headaches last longer than normal, or don’t respond to ordinary treatments, such as those that have been mentioned above.
With all of the different types of headaches, you need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep, enough exercise, enough sun, and enough of anything else you might be lacking. All of these factors play an important part in our every day well being.
So, if you are suffering from headaches of any type (particularly sinus or tension) remember that help is right around the corner. You don’t have to suffer any more. Take action and get rid of your problem with alternative therapy. You can choose the method that you like the most, or that is most suited to your particular complaint, and you’ll be on the road to comfort in no time at all!