Cure For Headaches Without Drugs

Plagued with headaches but don't like to take pills? Here are some quick, easy cures for headaches that don't involve drugs and take little time.

Are you plagued by headaches, but hate to take medicine? Do pills get stuck in your throat and powders make you ill? Well, you're in luck, because there are lots of ways to rid yourself of that pesky pain without swallowing pills.

Understanding what causes a headache is the first step toward figuring out a cure. What is a headache, exactly? Your brain is surrounded by fluid, and a headache is merely a change in the amount of that fluid. So if you have too little fluid, you get a headache. Too much fluid around your brain, however, causes most headaches.

How do you get the extra fluid out of your head? It is transported by your vascular system, which consists of your veins, arteries, and capillaries. Think of your veins as a garden hose. If you cover part of the end of the hose with your finger while water is flowing out, what happens? The water squirts out faster, right? So what you need to do is constrict the veins in your head so that they pump the fluid out of your brain more quickly.

Put an ice pack on your head or on the back of your neck, and you will find that your headache slowly dissipates. But wait just a minute. If ice on your head makes your veins pump fluid more quickly, then what would happen if you put your feet into warm water while icing your head? You got it! Your headache will disappear quickly.

Another thing that you might do is drink a cup of coffee, or a cola. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels in your brain, so a big cup of coffee can often make that pain in your head disappear like magic. Caffeine is commonly used in pain relievers that are touted as "╦ťheadache cures'.

Certain foods can cause you to have headaches. When you get a headache after eating a food, you are actually having a mild allergic reaction to this food.

When you are allergic to a food, your body puts out a chemical called histamine. In an attempt to force the foreign substance from your body, histamine thins mucus by adding additional water, and that loss of water effects the delicate balance of the fluid surrounding your brain, giving you a headache.

To relieve this type of headache, eliminate a food you suspect is causing the problem. If that doesn't cure the headache, eliminate another food until you find the culprit. Some foods that people are commonly allergic to are chocolate, wine, and peanuts.

Other headaches are caused from tension, and they are mostly centered in the neck, and are sometimes perceived as a tight band across the forehead. To relieve this tension or stress headache, sit by yourself in a quiet room for a few minutes. Then run a warm bath and sprinkle aromatic bath salts or bubbles into it. Soak for a while, making sure that your neck is submerged.

After the bath, sit down with your hands in your lap, neck relaxed. Drop your chin to your chest, then gently rotate your neck in a circle until you feel the muscles relax. You soon may find that your headache is gone.

Headaches have many causes, and it doesn't always require a drug to cure them. Use these simple techniques instead and headaches soon may be a thing of the past.

Always check with your doctor about your symptoms.

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