Headaches, types and natural remedies


Headaches: those who did not suffer at least once in your life? Despite being a very frequent disorder, headache, however, is often overlooked and dealt with the abuse of drugs. According to the World Health Organization the headache is among the top 20 health problems that can significantly degrade the quality of life, and is considered the seventh most disabling disease, comparable to the pain it causes, to a heart attack or a renal colic. The painful crises may be so intense as to push the subject to isolate the dark and silent.

Not everyone knows that there are about 200 different types of headaches. To effectively treat a headache is essential first of all a specific diagnosis of the type, in order to act correctly with targeted therapeutic approaches.

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The most common forms are:


It is one of the most common forms, divided into two types: without aura (85% of cases) and with aura (10-15% of cases). Migraine is most prevalent among women in the pre-pubertal and after age 50. The “with aura” migraine is preceded by transient symptoms that herald the attack, usually of short duration, from 5 minutes to an hour: visual disturbances (blurred vision), tingling of an arm and / or half of the face, difficulty concentrating and word finding.

Tension-type headache

Shows similar pain severe pressure and pulse across the head (the famous circle) that can last for several days hitting in particular young people or adults who spend many hours sitting badly, to study or work focused on books and monitor.

Cluster headache

One of the most painful forms, usually compared to the renal colic or childbirth. It affects more men, mostly between 20 and 30 years. Each attack can last for hours and often the attacks are numerous within a day.

Primary stabbing headache

The feeling is that of a dense short that takes a part of the head between eye and temple. It is a headache benign, once called headache groundbreaking. The usual duration is very short, dense they perceive themselves for a few seconds. Leaves no aftermath.

The most common form and is more disabling migraines 7.2 million suffer from it, so much as 12% of the population. The prevalence of migraine in women is extremely higher that humans. The average percentage of women who suffer from migraine is 18%, compared with only 6% of men. Probably this prevalence may be explained by the fact that all the fluctuations of sex hormones modulate migraine. Therefore, determine the migraine menstruation, pill, pregnancy.

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What are the factors that can cause the onset of headaches?

Inheritance is considered one of the major predisposing factors of headaches. Stress, both emotional and physical, is another of the most important triggers. Even poor eating habits, such as drinking too much red wine or eat too many sausages, may promote migraines. These factors can be added: hormonal factors; Environmental factors, such as seasonal change; excessive physical effort; taking certain medications.

Natural remedies for headaches

To cure or relieve headaches, pharmacological solutions are many, but more numerous are the possible “alternative” solutions. Here are the main natural remedies:

  • Acupuncture. A Duke University study shows that acupuncture can be very effective in tension headaches. Massages also (especially craniosacral) massages have a relaxing effect on the muscles in your back and neck, relieving the tension and then “melt” the headache.
  • Aromatherapy. Orange, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, sandalwood are just some of the many smells that aromatherapy uses in fighting migraine. These perfumes can be used both in the form of essential oils, both in the form of candles and soaps.
  • This is the application of cold, through the ice, which should be supported on the head for about 10 minutes. Everything should relieve congestion quickly.
  • Phytotherapy. In the treatment of headaches, herbal medicine uses herbal teas, tinctures or dried extracts of medicinal herbs and plants with:
  • anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, such as Devil’s Claw, Willow and Spirea ulmaria;
  • antispasmodic and calming effect on the muscles, like lemon balm, passionflower and feverfew;
  • balancing effect on the female hormonal system, as the chaste tree.
  • Homeopathy provides us with a series of specific treatments, for example:
  • Arsenicum album, recommended especially for headaches caused by stress;
  • Cimicifuga and Pulsatilla, both recommended for headaches caused by hormonal changes;
  • Ignatia bitter, for problems caused by spasms in the head or back;
  • Nux vomica, one of the best remedies for headaches from alcohol abuse or indigestion;
  • Spigelia, useful for cluster headache that affects the area of the face and eyes;
  • Belladonna, for a strong throbbing headache accompanied by hypersensitivity to the scalp.
  • Bach flowers. They represent a gentle and natural therapy, to balance the specific altered emotional state that causes the headache, by virtue of the fact that the psyche plays a role of primary importance in the onset of this disorder. One of the most used is prepared Rescue Remedy, useful for coping with anxiety attacks or other emergencies that prompts the body to “stand blow”.

Finally it may be useful: take caffeine, coffee, in fact, has a constrictor power, that constricts blood vessels and therefore has a slightly analgesic effect; take a hot bath, by getting the water directly on the neck and thus helping to ease muscle tension; adhere to the absolute rest, lying down in the dark and freeing the mind from any worries.

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