Drug-Free Solutions for Chronic Headaches

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 1 in every 20 adults struggles with the debilitating effects of headaches on a day-to-day basis. Chronic headaches are commonly associated with a range of headache disorders, and they can typically be treated with medication and without any need for expensive equipment, tests or specialists.

However, more individuals are looking for headache relief through more natural, drug-free means. Here are 11 drug-free approaches to tame the pain of chronic headaches.

1. Water

People typically don’t drink nearly enough water on a daily basis, instead drinking coffee, teas and carbonated beverages that all result in dehydration. So they get a headache. You can stay hydrated and keep headaches at bay simply by sipping on water throughout the day.

2. Cayenne

Cayenne is a natural remedy for pain and inflammation, making it a great go-to solution to get rid of headaches. To use it, soak some cotton swabs in about 4 ounces of warm water mixed with one-quarter teaspoon cayenne powder. Gently apply the swab to the inside of your nostrils. You’ll feel the heat from the cayenne, but that’s how you know it’s working!

3. Almonds

Almonds contain salicin, which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient in many popular over-the-counter painkillers. If you feel a headache coming on, grab a handful of these healthy little nuts to curb the pain before it really starts.

4. Apple cider vinegar

This little remedy has been used for years, and it has been touted as the solution for a variety of illnesses. But even if these boasts can’t quite be proven, there’s no denying that it’s effective for headaches. Boil about one-quarter cup of cider vinegar in three cups of water. Place it in a large bowl and drape a towel over your head and the bowl for a steam treatment.

5. Breathe

Many of us breathe shallowly, whether we realize it or not, and shallow breaths can cause your head to pound. To prevent headaches, focus on taking full breaths so your body gets enough oxygen. This is especially important if you’re stressed or in pain.

6. Compress

Hot and cold compresses have both been shown to be effective treatments for headaches, but where heat treats one person, cold triggers another, so you may need to alternate between hot and cold to find which one works best for you.

7. Ginger root

Headaches alone can take a toll on your mental and physical well-being, but when nausea comes with them, it’s even worse. Treat both at the same time with a cup of ginger root tea. Slice off a few slices of ginger root and simmer them in a couple cups of water for half an hour.

8. Peppermint oil

Not only does it smell wonderful, but peppermint oil can also ease away your headache pains quickly and effectively. Rub some natural peppermint oil into targeted locations, including your temples, forehead and the back of your jaw. Then, let the oil work its magic as you relax and breathe it in.

9. Cardio

Keeping your body active and healthy is a great way to ward off headaches because physical activity will minimize your stress, a definite trigger for headaches and migraines.

10. Sleep

Most people need 7-8 hours of sleep to get fully rested and refreshed for the next day, but few of us actually get enough sleep. Give yourself enough time for sleep, and you’ll find your headaches reducing in frequency.

11. Chiropractic care

There are trillions of nerve fibers that thread from the top of your spine into your brain, so misalignment in this area can be a significant source of discomfort and the cause of your chronic headaches. The doctors at the Jochen Chiropractic and Wellness Center offer a variety of services, including adjustments, acupuncture and cold laser treatment that bring virtually immediate relief for your headache pain. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

Find the Solution That’s Right for You

As you try these drug-free approaches to help reduce or alleviate your headache pain, remember that you and your body are unique. This means that what works for someone else may not necessarily be the best solution for you. Individual results will vary depending on the source of your headache pain and your body’s particular needs.

*Individual results may vary

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