We often brush headaches aside as if they’re nothing more than a common nuisance that will go away on their own. If only it were that simple. Unfortunately, a lot of headaches can endure and force us to take aspirin or ibuprofen to ease the pain away. In the long run, this is just a temporary fix, and it doesn’t solve the real source of the problem. So here are some easy ways to relieve your headache without actually going for the medicine cabinet, and many of them can help the pain go away in just five quick minutes.
There are a plenty of things that can bring on the onset of a headache.
Unfortunately, over-the-counter medicine doesn’t always work, and in some cases, it can upset our stomachs. Fortunately, there are some Eastern-inspired methods that can take the pain away.
Contrary to popular belief, all headaches aren’t the same.
There are different types of headaches and all can cause you a great deal of pain in a variety of areas around your head, particularly your face.
The Yin Tang Point is the central area of pain when a headache arises.
It’s the spot in the middle of your forehead, which some call the Ajna center, or the third eye. It’s also where pain is common.
To treat your headache, just press gently on your Yin Tang Point using your middle and index fingers.
Continue doing this for up to 30 seconds, but keep in mind that if it doesn’t work, wait five minutes and try again, but this time, apply pressure there for about a minute.
The Zan Zhu Points are also crucial pressure points for those with headaches.
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The pain often originates right at the inside of each of your eyebrows. So to alleviate the pain, you’ll use the same method you performed on the Yin Tang Point.
Instead of using your middle finger, use your thumbs for this one.
Make sure and massage the two points using both thumbs, one for each. This will bring you pain relief and it can even help treat a runny nose if you have a cold.
The YingXiang Points are your nostrils’ next door neighbor so to speak.
They’re located above your lips, but halfway up to the area next to your nostrils. This is another area that you can massage to get rid of your headache.
Using your fingers to massage the YingXiang Points can do so much for you.
Not only can it relieve a headache, but it can help reduce stress, open up your sinuses, and even relieve some serious tension after a hard day’s work.
Pressure points like the Tian Zhu, have been used for years by Eastern practitioners to relieve pain.
These points are located where your head meets your neck, or more specifically, where your hairline begins in the back of your neck.
Like with any of the pressure point massages, you have to be firm to relieve the pain.
What you’ll get by massaging the Tian Zhu points is relief from a headache, neck pain, stress, and can even help to treat your insomnia.
The Shuai Gu points are close to your Tian Zhu point.
These points can be found about an inch above the top of your ears, so when you’re done with the Tian Zhu points, go up and massage your Shuai Gu points too.
Sometimes, all you need is a good old fashion massage around the affected area.
Massaging your skin around the Shuai Gu points can also help reduce eye fatigue, cravings and vertigo. So just use your index fingers and thumb to apply some pressure in these areas to feel relief.
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The He Gu points aren’t located anywhere on or near your head.
They’re actually located in the webbing between your thumb and index finger and can help you deal with a variety of painful conditions.
Squeezing your He Gu points gently reduces migraines and other pains.
But aside from headaches, neck and back pains, it can also reduce the pain caused by things like IBS and can also relieve nausea to some degree.
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The Sacral points are not one or two points, but rather a collection of points.
You’ll find these on your lower back, but since it’s difficult to get to, you might need the help of a practitioner or a loved one to get these points massaged.
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You can also try to massage the Sacral points yourself by doing this.
Just lie on your back for about three minutes. Then put your fingers underneath your pants and press on each of these spots, one at a time, for fifteen seconds.
Some headaches can result in a whole lot more than pain, like vomiting.
Fortunately, this spot on your wrist, which is about two inches below the bottom of your palm, can be massaged in order to treat nausea or stop vomiting.
Just apply pressure using your index finger and middle finger on the pericardium.
You can also use a sea band, which is often used to treat seasickness for boat passengers. Either way, it’s a quick fix to avoid blowing chunks in public.
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Cayenne can treat pain and inflammation thanks to an ingredient called capsaicin.
Capsaicin, inhibits Substance P, which is an element that makes us feel pain. So just dilute a ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder in 4 ounces of warm water. Then soak a cotton swab in the solution, and stir it to make sure it’s completely covered. Then apply it directly to the affected area.
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For tension-type headaches, eat a bunch of almonds, which contain salicin, a powerful pain relieving agent which is also found in many over the counter pain relievers. But be careful because migraine sufferers might find that almonds are a trigger, not a solution.
Chew on some ginger root to prevent prostaglandin synthesis from sparking off.
The synthesis is a process that can sometimes cause pain receptors to flare up. So a sip of a steaming cup of ginger root tea can help ease the pain away. In fact, you might want to have two cups just in case.
Forget about cold compresses and try an apple cider vinegar humidifier instead.
Apple cider vinegar has been known for being a natural remedy over human history. So to treat your throbbing headache, add ¼ cup of ACV over 3 cups of boiling water, and a cup of fresh cool water. Then place a towel over your head so that it drapes over the bowl and hold your face over it and breathe in.
Peppermint oil has a soothing effect on anyone who’s suffering from a headache.
So massage the peppermint oil onto your temples, the back of your jaw, and on your forehead. Then you’ll feel a cooling sensation shortly after applying it. So just sit back and relax and let it relieve your pain away.
There are some foods that can cause headaches, so avoid anything with MSG.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is often added to food to enhance the flavor. But MSG can be a trigger. So be very careful about eating processed meats, canned vegetables, gravy, soup, and dip mixes, gelatin, yeast extract, anything hydrolyzed, or soy-based items.