Natural Remedies For Headache – Can Coffee Help In Treating Your Throbbing Head?

Traffic jams, demanding jobs, and tight deadlines can put so much stress to your life. And these factors are some of the reasons you are taking pain killer for your headache.

If you have extreme headache, taking of 500-mg of paracetamol tablet two times a day can alleviate the pain. You may also opt to take two tablets of 200-mg ibuprofen.

This is an effective pain killer. However, it is not advisable if you are not yet 16. You should not take it if you are allergic to aspirin.

But taking of these medicines for headache is only part of the puzzle in resolving the issue. There are other things that you can do to escape from experiencing a throbbing head.

Here is a list of natural ways that you can do to treat the throbbing pain on your head:

1. Apply pressure
According to acupressure experts, massaging the web of your skin in between the base of your thumb and your forefinger can make a difference to the pain. Switch hands every several minutes. Repeat it until the pain is gone.

What makes it effective?
The fleshy area on this part is linked to various areas on your brain where headaches originate. Although there are no clinical studies that can prove its effectiveness, some peopled reported to experience a reduction of pain while massaging the said area.

2. Soak your feet in hot water
Hot water can alleviate the pressure on your blood vessels found in your head. So, when your head aches, just soak your feet in hot water (not boiling) for 30 minutes or until the pain clears up.
If you have a bad headache, you can add mustard powder to the hot water.

3. Apply hot compress
If you have tension headache (dull, steady pressure), placing a hot compress can ease the pain. You can also apply hot compress to the back of your neck. The heat relaxes your tensed muscles in those areas.
You can follow up the heat treatment or replace it with a cold compress to your forehead and neck. Simply wrap ice cubes in a clean face towel or use a bag of frozen peas and wrap it in a tea towel.

What can cold compress do to your headache?
Cold compress is one of the natural remedies used for pain in the head because cold can constrict blood vessels, thereby, stopping them from pressing on your sensitive nerves. To further ease the pain, you may move the compress to the muscles found at the base of your skull.

Want another natural remedy for headache that involves cold water?
You can try soaking your hands in cold, iced water for as long as you can stand it. While your hands are in the water, you should open and close your fists.

How does it work?
It works by narrowing your dilated blood vessels easing the pain in your head.

4. Drink coffee
You must only use this natural remedy if your headache is not caused by coffee.

How does coffee relieve headache?
Caffeine has certain elements that can alleviate swelling of your blood vessels, thereby, relieving your headache. This is one of the reasons it is an important ingredient in a prescription-only medicine for migraine known as Cafergot.

Coffee drinker/addict must not try this specific natural remedy for headache. Headache is a symptom of caffeine withdrawal.

Should you get worried about your headache?
If it happens occasionally, then there is nothing to worry about.

However, if you feel sudden, severe pain, you must consult your physician as soon as possible.

You should also get medical attention if headache is accompanied by blurred vision or having difficulty in moving any part of your body. You must also seek medical help if the pain includes fever, stiff neck, slurred speech or confusion.

These natural remedies for headache are only effective for occasional headaches. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing headache twice or three times a week or if you need to take painkillers on a daily basis. This can be nothing or it can be something worse than a headache. See your doctor immediately.  

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