When you have a headache, you want it to stop. And you want it to stop now. Sure, we can treat migraines and severe headaches with a specialized treatment plan (often combining medications, therapies, and other pain-relieving measures), but if it’s late at night, or you want to reduce your medication intake, home remedies may be just what you are looking for. They are easy to do and have no harmful side effects. Of course, there are several different remedies available for headaches, and not all of them will work for everyone, but here are a few that are definitely worth a shot.
Found in abundance in dark chocolate, dried figs, mackerel, and pumpkin seeds, magnesium may be the answer to your headache woes. Most people who experience migraines or tension headaches have low levels of magnesium present in their brains at the time. Multiple clinical studies using placebos have proven that when more magnesium is ingested, headaches decrease. And don’t worry; if you aren’t particularly fond of figs or pumpkin seeds, you can get the magnesium you need through a supplement. You should aim for 400 mg per day of either magnesium oxide or chelated magnesium.
For instant headache relief, you may find success with some acupressure. Located in the center of the web between your thumb and forefinger, your Valley of Harmony pressure point can usually ease your pain in a matter of minutes. Use your dominant hand to place the pressure on your non-dominant hand. Simply press on the spot with your thumb until you feel a little bit of discomfort. This is how you know you have the correct placement. Once there, continue to hold with steady force for at least two minutes. Not only can this pressure point alleviate your headaches, it can also give you a burst of energy and reduce cold and flu symptoms.
Soak Your Feet
Stress is one of the most common causes of headaches, so it only makes sense that a little relaxation can go a long way to get rid of yours. However, a foot bath can be doubly beneficial because it also draws your blood to your feet, relieving the pressure being put on the blood vessels in your head during your headache. Make the temperature as hot as you can handle, and just lay back and let the water work its magic.
This blog is written for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please contact the APM Augusta office to schedule an appointment if you are in need of medical care.