Although it may seem easy to find over-the-counter headache remedies, there are proven herbal remedies that can be just as effective without the side effects of harsh chemicals. Herbal medicine focuses on prevention, unlike allopathic medicine (drugs), which focuses on chemistry and treatment. These are three herbal remedies that can be used to treat headaches. When seeking treatment for illness, it is important to seek the advice of qualified healthcare professionals.
- Feverfew is a member the daisy family and is commonly used by the British to self-medicate. Parthenolide is the active ingredient in feverfew, according to research. According to the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, feverfew inhibits serotonin and platelet release is controlled by the parthenolide in feverfew. Parthenolide, the main active ingredient in feverfew, is the key ingredient. Numerous studies have shown that feverfew may help reduce headaches. According to a 1992 study published in J Pharm and Pharmacol, feverfew products should contain 165 mgs of parthenolide per dosage.
- Ginger: More research is showing that headaches are often linked to blood flow abnormalities. We now know that ginger reduces the clotting time of blood vessels and blocks the production prostaglandins which are associated with inflammation. Ginger has been used for centuries to treat headaches, nausea, vomiting, and other conditions. Modern science has shown that headache sufferers who consume 1.5 to 2 grams of powdered Ginger daily experience fewer headaches and less severe headaches. Ginger can be found in major supermarkets in the vitamin and supplements section. It can also be purchased in capsules in the right dosage.
- Chamomile: Chamomile has been used to relieve headaches since ancient Egypt, when it was used for its relaxing and therapeutic properties. Chamomile tea is a light and flavorful herbal tea that is commonly available. It is used to ease pain, headaches and insomnia. Chamomile contains high levels of flavonoids, which aid the body to fight allergies, viruses, carcinogens, and other harmful substances. These active properties make chamomile an effective anti-inflamatory nerve tonic and mild sedative. People with chronic headaches report less sleep disturbances when they drink chamomile tea before bed.
- Warm compresses can be made with ginger, chamomile, and feverfew to relieve headaches immediately. Apply a warm herbal tea to a clean cloth. Enjoy the warmth of the compress while you relax and feel relief from your headaches.