What is Head ache?
Headache is among the most common medical complaints. The majority of them are not life threatening. They can be classified into three main categories, namely:
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headache
- Cluster headaches
Tension Headaches are the most common type of headaches. Migraines have well-defined attacks with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to lights and sounds. Cluster headaches are repetitive ones that occur for weeks to months at a time, followed by periods of remission.
Common Causes of Head ache
- Precise cause of it is not known
- Several physiologic changes in the head and brain
- Dilation and constriction of blood vessels
- Abnormal activity of certain neurons
- Genetic factors may be a cause for migraines
- Smoking and alcohol may be a cause cluster headaches
Home Remedies for Head ache
Roast some caraway seeds dry. Tie in a soft handkerchief or muslin cloth and sniff to get a relief from headaches.
Apply the paste of 3-4 cloves on the fore head.
A peeled and chopped apple, with a sprinkle of salt eaten first thing in the morning, for at least a week will cure chronic headaches.
Make a herbal tea with 10-15 holy basil leaves (tulsi), 5-6 peppercorns and 1/2″ ginger piece, powder. Keep in an air tight bottle. Take 2 pinches with warm water when a headache starts.
Massage head with rosemary oil.
Add water to 1 tbsp ginger powder. Heat gently in a pan. Apply the warm poultice on forehead. Keep for 15 minutes.