How To Stop Headaches With These Natural Remedies

Too often, a headache or even a migraine is pushed aside as being part of your daily life. But when your head is pounding, it can be quite uncomfortable or even agonizing.

According to the World Health Organization, about half the general population has headaches during some point in any given year, and more than 90% report a headache at some point in their lifetimes.

While a headache can differ from one individual to another, the pain that comes with it can be troublesome, especially if you are trying to concentrate on your work or task at hand.





Types of Headache Disorders

Trigeminal NerveTypes of Headache Disorders

Headaches can happen when the brains trigeminal nerves get irritated. The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve and is primarily responsible for transmitting sensations from the face to the brain.

It is composed of three branches: the ophthalmic, maxillary, and mandibular. Each branch connects nerves from the brain to different parts of the face.

Types of Headache DisordersThere are 4 different types of headaches according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which include:

Migraines that most often begins at puberty and most affects those aged between 35 and 45 years. Migraines are more common in women.

Tension-type headache which is reported as the most common primary headache disorder. This type of headache occurs fewer than 15 days per month, and is reported by more than 70% of some populations. It is described as pressure or tightness, often like a band around the head, sometimes spreading into or from the neck.

Cluster headache (CH) is also reported as a primary headache disorder effecting fewer than 1 in 1000 adults, and affecting 6 men to each woman. CH develops mostly in people 20 years and older. It is described as recurring up to several times a day. And though brief but has pain that extremely severe. The pain is usually focused in or around one eye, with tearing and redness of the eye. And the nose runs or is blocked on the affected side and the eyelid may droop.

Sinus headache (not included in the CDC’s report of headache types) is caused by inflammation of the paranasal sinuses were a thick, glue-like mucus is produced. It is the sinus pressure that causes the pain and discomfort.

Medication-overuse headache (MOH) are the most common secondary headache disorder. This type of headache is due too chronic and excessive use of medication to treat a headache. is oppressive, persistent and often at its worst on awakening. MOH is oppressive, persistent and often at its worst on awakening.

The CDC also says that the main classes of prescription drugs to treat headache disorders include: analgesics, anti-emetics, specific anti-migraine medications, and prophylactic medications.

Over-the-counter drugs can include aspirin or an NSIAD like Advil or Tylenol.

Dr. Roger K. Cady, MD founder of Headache Care CenterTraditional headache specialists have started recommending alternative therapies for headache and migraine sufferers.

“There’s clearly a need for better medications to treat migraines,” says Dr. Roger Cady director of the Headache Care Center in Springfield, MO.

If you are one of those individuals who experiences occasional or even persistent headaches, then you may be the person who is looking for a better medication or even a natural remedy to stop the pain in its tracks.

The most recent scientific research is finding that magnesium could be the remedy to stopping headaches and even migraines.


Magnesium's Role Within The Body

Magnesium’s Role Within The Body

Contains Magnesium with 72 other trace minerals

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant electrolyte in the body and the second most abundant electrolyte in side the cells after potassium.

Less than 1% of total body magnesium is found in red blood cells, with 66% found in the bones, and 33% in muscle and soft tissues.

Because of the diversity of were magnesium is inside the body a routine blood test will not reflect true body magnesium stores since less than 2% is found only in the blood.

Medical research has shown that magnesium is needed for proper nerve function, and that magnesium deficiency can result with headaches or migraines and including their frequency.

The Journal Neural Transmission reports that magnesium is essential for many processes within the body and that its deficiency appears to play a role in the the development of headaches and even migraines.

The British Journal of Anaesthesia says that the process of electrical current of cells are dependent on the right concentrations of sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

An electrolyte disturbance can occur in the body when there is a high level of magnesium in the blood. This is called hypermagnesemia. Symptoms include weakness, confusion, decreased breathing rate, and cardiac arrest.

Magnesium activates several different enzymes, including those involved in energy metabolism. It has an essential role in the production of adenosine triphosphate or ATP, which is fully functional only when chelated to magnesium.

Other processes dependent on magnesium are the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and protein. Magnesium is an essential regulator of moving calcium into the cells and the processes it plays once it enters the cell.


Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium Deficiency

Any disturbance in the levels of magnesium can be caused, if the absorption of magnesium in the small intestines is impaired or large amounts of magnesium are being excreted.

Eating to much refined carbohydrates, sugar and including sodas, flavored waters and various fizzy beverages that contain phosphoric acid can deplete magnesium from the body.

Weakness, twitching or cramping of the muscles are an indication of magnesium deficiency.

Besides headaches, magnesium deficiency can also result in:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Depression
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

  • Lethargy
  • Kidney stones
  • Loss of appetite
  • Memory loss and reduced cognition
  • Muscle cramps and/or twitching
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Seizures



DRUGS THAT DEPLETE YOUR BODY OF MAGNESIUM

ACID BLOCKERS

  • Cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • Esomeprazole (Nexium)
  • Famotidine (Pepcid and Pepcid Complete)
  • Nizatidine (Axid)
  • Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC)
  • Pantoprazole (Protonix)
  • Ranitidine (Zantac)
  • Rabeprazole (Aciphex)

ANTACIDS

  • Aluminum and magnesium hydroxide (Maalox, Mylanta)
  • Aluminum carbonate gel (Basaljel)
  • Aluminum hydroxide (Amphojel, AlternaGEL)
  • Calcium carbonate (Tums, Titralac, Rolaids)
  • Magnesium hydroxide (Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia)
  • Sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer, baking soda)

ANTIBIOTICS (A FEW EXAMPLES)

  • Amoxicillin (Amoxil)
  • Azithromycin (Z-Pak)
  • Cefaclor (Ceclor)
  • Cefdinir (Omnicef)
  • Cephalexin (Keflex)
  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
  • Doxycycline (Doryx)
  • Erythromycin (E.E.S.)
  • Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
  • Minocycline (Minocin)
  • Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra)
  • Tetracycline (Sumycin)

ANTIVIRAL AGENTS

  • Delavirdine (Rescriptor)
  • Foscarnet (Foscavir)
  • Lamivudine (Epivir)
  • Nevirapine (Viramune)
  • Zidovudine, AZT (Retrovir)
  • Zidovudine and Lamivudine (Combivir)

BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

  • Hydralazine (Apresoline)

ACE inhibitors:

  • Enalapril and HCTZ (Vaseretic)

Angiotensin II receptor blockers:

  • Valsartan and HCTZ (Diovan HCT)

Diuretics, loop:

  • Bumetanide (Bumex)
  • Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)
  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Torsemide (Demadex)

Diuretics, thiazide (and any combination drug that contains HCTZ or hydrochlorothiazide—dozens of drugs contain this)

  • Candesartan and HCTZ (Atacand HCT)
  • Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
  • Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
  • Hydrochlorothiazide or HCTZ (Hydrodiuril)
  • Methyclothiazide (Enduron)
  • Metolazone (Zaroxolyn)

Diuretics, potassium-sparing:

  • Possibly the potassium-sparing diuretics, however this is not conclusive

Diuretics, sulfonamide:

  • Indapamide (Lozol)
  • Cardiac Glycoside
  • Digoxin (Digitek, Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin)

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM (CNS) STIMULANTS

  • Methylphenidate (Metadate, Ritalin)

CHOLESTEROL AGENTS

  • Cholestyramine (Questran)
  • Colestipol (Colestid)

CORTICOSTEROIDS

  • Betamethasone (Diprolene, Luxiq)
  • Dexamethasone (Decadron)
  • Hydrocortisone (Cortef)
  • Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
  • Mometasone (Elocon)
  • Prednisolone (Pediapred Liquid)
  • Prednisone (Deltasone, Liquid Pred, Sterapred)
  • Triamcinolone (Aristocort cream)

Inhaled corticosteroids:

  • Flunisolide (Nasarel, Nasalide)
  • Futicasone (Flonase)
  • Triamcinolone (Azmacort inhaler)

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY / ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES

  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
  • Estradiol (Activella, Climara, Combipatch, Estrace, Estraderm, Estring, EstroGel, Femring, Menostar, and many others)
  • Estrogen-containing drugs (hormone replacement therapy and birth control)
  • Estrogens, conjugated (Premphase, Prempro)
  • Estrogens, esterified (Estratab)
  • Estropipate (Ogen)
  • Ethinyl estradiol (found in many birth control pills)
  • Levonorgstrel (found in many birth control pills)

IMMUNOSUPPRESSANTS

  • Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
  • Tacrolimus (Prograf)

NONSTEROIDAL AROMATASE INHIBITORS FOR BREAST CANCER

  • Anastrozole (Arimidex)

OSTEOPOROSIS

  • Raloxifene (Evista)

SERMS (SELECTIVE ESTROGEN RECEPTOR MODULATORS—USED FOR BREAST CANCER)

  • Raloxifene (Evista)
  • Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)
  • Toremifene (Fareston)

SULFONAMIDES




Supplementing With Magnesium For Headaches

Supplementing With Magnesium For Headaches

Magnesium when taken daily can help reduce the frequency or even stop headaches. As noted the mineral helps to calm nerves, which tend to get overexcited during a headache or migraine attack.

You will likely need more than the average multi-vitamin contains or about 400 to 600 milligrams a day.

Look for amino acid-chelated magnesium or better yet magnesium chloride.

It is best not to purchase any brands that contain magnesium oxide, which is not absorbed as well by the body.

You can also increase your magnesium intake by eating dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds and walnuts among many other foods that are high in magnesium.

walnuts and pumpkin seeds


More Natural Remedies For Headaches

More Natural Remedies For Headaches

Riboflavin

Riboflavin better known as vitamin B-2, can help make headaches and migraines less frequent and less severe for in some people. It’s found naturally in foods like: meat, eggs, leafy green vegetables, dairy, and nuts.

And like many of the other B-vitamins, it’s also found in daily vitamin supplements.

Riboflavin plays a key role in metabolism, the process by which our bodies make energy. Research has shown that people with migraines may have a glitch in that process. That glitch could be responsible for the headaches.

Dr. Roger Cady director of the Headache Care Center that was mentioned earlier in the article says that he recommends migraine patients take a B complex vitamin.

The doctor states that studies have shown that having adequate vitamin B-2 can reduce the frequency of migraines (one study found here European Journal of Neurology).

One theory of migraine attacks is the demands being made on nerve cells. As there’s not enough energy being produced to support the demands.

Riboflavin as well as magnesium plays important roles in boosting energy production inside the nerve cells. You need about 400 milligrams of riboflavin a day for prevention, which is more than the average multivitamin contains.

Riboflavin may cause urine to have a more yellow color than normal, especially if large doses are taken. This is to be expected and is no cause for alarm. Usually, however, riboflavin does not cause any side effects according to Drugs.com

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), like vitamin B-2 is also a part of metabolism. Foods such as beef liver, and oily fish like salmon are the primary food sources for CoQ10.

CoQ10 is a chemical compound found naturally in the human body.

cell and mitochondrionIt’s involved in generating energy within the cells, and is found in abundance particularly in the mitochondria the power plant of the cell.

Some studies have reported it may help prevent migraines.

A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial reported in the journal Neurologycompared CoQ10 (3 x 100 mg/day) and placebo in 42 migraine patients.

The study found CoQ10 to be superior to placebo for attack-frequency, headache-days and days-with-nausea in the third treatment month and was well tolerated.

47.6% of the subjects had who received CQ10 had a drop in the number of days they had a migraine attack, with 14.4% in the placebo group.

CoQ10 doesn’t have any major side effects. Though doses higher than 300 milligrams daily may affect your liver.

Melatonin

Some research shows that those with chronic migraines have very low levels of melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone similar to indomethacin, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat migraines.

pinal glandMelatonin is a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal gland. It helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle.

Imbalances in the level of melatonin in the body may be related to headaches like migraines and cluster headaches.

Scientific researchers in Brazil have report success with melatonin in curbing headaches and migraines.

32 participants completed the study and more than two-thirds said their migraine frequency was reduced by half or better after taking melatonin for three months.

This included 8 patients who reported no migraines, 7 who reported 75% drop in migraines, and 10 who said their migraine frequency decreased by up to 75%. Overall, the participants headache intensity was reduced.

Mario FP Peres, MD, PhD, head researcher of the study says that taking melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime can help curb migraine headaches.

A study published in Clinical Drug Investigation used a combination of feverfew and white willow bark, which has chemicals like aspirin. Study subjects who took the combination twice a day for 12 weeks had fewer migraines, and the pain did not last as long or hurt as much.

A systematic review completed by the School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Science in the U.K. compared the results of six studies. Researchers found that feverfew in combination with white willow bark is effective in the prevention of migraine headaches and does not pose any major safely concerns.

Consuming feverfew reduces the frequency of migraine headaches and headache symptoms, including pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and noise.

A systematic review completed by the School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Science in the U.K. compared the results of six studies. Researchers found that feverfew in combination with white willow bark is effective in the prevention of migraine headaches and does not pose any major safely concerns.

Vitamin-D

Vitamin-D deficiency is becoming more common, as people spend more time indoors to avoid exposure to the sun.

Research published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice has found that vitamin D status and factors of vitamin D metabolism are related to migraines but that vitamin D status does not relate to certain headache characteristics.

Scientific research in Turkey conducted a study to determine if vitamin D is associated with migraines.

Studies on vitamin D and headaches particularly migraines are relatively scarce, therefore the Turkish scientist wanted to observe certain compounds involved in vitamin D metabolism.

These include vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP) and vitamin D receptor (VDR). They wanted to see how concentrations of these compounds related to migraines and migraine characteristics.

Using 52 patients who were recently diagnosed with migraines and 49 participants to serve as a control group, the researchers found that…

  • Serum vitamin D and VDR levels were significantly lower in patients with migraines compared to the control group. Concentrations of VDBP did not differ between the two groups.
  • In a multiple model analysis, vitamin D and VDR levels were each found to be independently associated with migraines.
  • There was no relationship between the three vitamin D markers and any headache characteristics.

The researchers concluded that the present findings may suggest that decreased serum vitamin D levels were associated with migraines.

Most people can safely take 5,000 I.U.s of vitamin D daily.

Be sure to include a diet that contains all of the nutrients discussed to end or at least mitigate your headache or migraine attack. We also recommend including the supplements shown throughout the article.


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