Headaches

What are Headaches?
Many, if not most people get headaches, which are a localized sensation of pain in the front, back, or top of the head, or in the temples. Whether it’s the result of a cold, a hangover, or another factor entirely, a headache is most often a troublesome nuisance that will resolve itself soon after the symptoms have begun. There are some chronic forms of headaches, however, that result from sinus problems, allergies, or other conditions, which may require more in-depth treatment and consideration. Some headaches are accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting.

How can I treat Headaches?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers pain to be an indication that there is a blockage of energy and blood in the body, and treatment of such blockage not only includes acupuncture and herbal therapy, but also a variety of home remedies. As a healthy flow of energy relies upon the food we consume, it is recommended that a headache sufferer eat wholesome foods without any additives or preservatives. It is important to eat foods that are high in fiber, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, almonds, parsley, ginger, and green tea. Other remedies include drinking tea made of dried plums, green tea, and mint, as well as drinking a glass of fresh carrot juice every 4 hours until the symptoms subside. Walks in the fresh air can help stimulate blood flow to the head when experiencing a headache, but strenuous exercise is not recommended.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Headaches?
Foods that are oily, greasy, fried, spicy, heavy, and starchy can help cause headaches, as can eating on the run, while under stress, or late at night. Other things to avoid include coffee, alcohol, recreational drugs, and medications such as birth control pills and antihistamines.

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