A headache is also known as cephalalgia it is a pain full condition of upper neck or head. It can be a symptom of a number of different diseases or a disease itself such as tension headache, sinus headache, migraine headache, eyesight pain, fever headache etc. Some of the headache with dull ache comes on during the course of the day and resolve after rest. There so many medicines available in the market . But Ayurveda prescribes number of home remedies and herbs for headache which works well enough to replace these prescribed drugs.
Home remedies for headache
• Hot and cold compress
You can often find some relief from headache by using hot or cold application. It’s easy to tell whether a hot or cold compress makes your own headache worse or better. If heat seems to work, try wrapping a damp, hot towel around your neck and shoulders. This promotes circulation and helps relax tight muscles. You can also fill a clean sock with a grain such as lentils, sweet corn or rice, knot the top, and microware it for a minutes or less. Test to see that it’s not too hot; if it is, wait a minutes or two or wrap it in another towel to buffer the heat. If cold is soothing, apply a commercial cold pack or a bag of frozen vegetables to forehead, neck or shoulders.
• Ginger (zinger)
Laboratory studies shows that it acts as an anti-inflammatory and decrease the tendency of platelets to clump together. Both attribute would help ease headache, including migraine. Ginger also contains a substance called 6 shogoal, which help ease nausea, including the queasiness that comes with headache. Its warming effect makes it useful when migraine causes a person to feel chilled.
Typical dosages; up to 10-20 tincture in water three times per day or ½ to 1 tsp of the ground root per day.
• Valerian(valeriana officinalis)
It is one of the strongly sedating herb is used when someone absolutely want to go to sleep despite of headache.Typical dosages: 300-400 mgm of capsules standardised to 0.5 percent essential oil per day: or 20 to 30 drop of tincture per day.
• Passion flower(passiflora incarnata)
A gentle relaxant passion flower helps unwind tight muscles during a tension headache. Herbalists often use it in combination with other traditional headache herb. Typical dosages; 20 to 40 drops of tincture up to four times per day, or 2 tsp of tea three times per day
• Ginko(ginko bilboba)
This is an anti inflammatory and antioxidant herb makes platelets less sticky and improves blood flow. All these properties would seem to reduce the risk of a migraine attack.
Typical dosages: 3 capsules of at least 40 milligram standardised extract per day.
• Willow (salix spp.)
The bark of this family of trees contains salicylates, chemical close relatives to the acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin.
Typical dosages: 2 cups of tea per day
Prepared by: Dr. Shivani Amola