Headache Remedies: Find a Cure for Headache!

| Modified: Apr 09, 2021
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Worldwide, millions of people get headaches every day. And all of them want to know, just what causes headache? Well headache triggers can include migraine conditions, food allergies, eye strain, tension, dehydration, sinus issues, low blood sugar, and alcohol as well as physical trauma to the head. Some life-threatening conditions can also cause headaches such as meningitis, extremely high blood pressure, and brain tumors.

  • Exercise Can Help Headaches: In a 2009 study by the Journal Headache, migraine sufferers reduced the frequency of their headaches by engaging in aerobic exercise in a 12 week indoor cycling program.1
  • Meditation as a Cure for Headache: Another 2008 study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine showed that meditation reduced the frequency of headaches and improved pain tolerance.2
  • In ancient Rome and Greece, cures for headache with natural remedies included peppermint tea. Applying various raw vegetables to the head like potato, onion and cabbage was also popular.

Choose Your Own Effective Headache Remedies

We encourage you to explore over 35 different remedies for headaches submitted by our readers. Below you will find that some of the most modern popular cures for headaches are remedies you are likely keep in your kitchen cabinet, including apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper and turmeric!

Citations:
1http://www.mvertigo.org/articles/exercise_migraine.pdf
2http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18551362

Additional Pages of Interest:
Migraine Remedies
Sinus Headache Remedies
Treatment for Cluster Headaches


5 HTP

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Posted by Blindedbyscience (Asheville, Nc) on 09/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I took 50mg twice so far when I had a headache with amazing fast relief. The first time it went away so easily that I thought it was a coincidence. I took another 50mg last night after taking 50mg earlier for the headache for sleep and and I didn't have any problem falling back to sleep when awakened during the night. Also I recently went vegan after being lactovegetarian for 31yrs and I think the 5 htp gave me a sense of relaxation kinda like dairy does.


5 HTP
Posted by Stefanie (Minden, Louisiana) on 07/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I found this remedy when I was looking for herbal remedies for my daily headaches. I found 5-HTP. According to the article,some of the things it helped with are insomnia, headaches, anxiety & depression. I thought could it be? I immediately went to my husband to show him what I had found because he had problems sleeping at night as well. We went a few days later to our local drug store and picked up a bottle of 50mg. 5-HTP. We had decided on the lowest dosage available in our area, upping the dosage as we went along if it was necessary. We have only been on it for a few days now but there is a very noticeable difference. We both have been sleeping through the night and feeling more refreshed when we wake. My anxiety attacks are gone as well as my headaches. We both are much less snappish than what we were before. We haven't noticed any side effects so far. We are taking them with a meal or a small snack and so far we have stayed at 50mg. Thanks for the very useful information that lead to this discovery!

EC: Read more about 5-HTP here.

Replied by Caleb
(Humboldt , Ca, Usa)
07/15/2010

Just make sure you don't take your daily Vitamin with the 5HTP (take the 5HTP with dinner) because the 5HTP will metabolize with your vitamin and go into your blood stream, you want it to go to your brain. It increases the serotonin levels, hence the popularity between 5HTP and users of club drugs such as MDMA or Amphetamines. Thanks for your time, good luck with your headaches. ~ Caleb


Acid Reflux Meds and Headaches

Posted by Kay (Jax, Fla, Usa) on 10/18/2013

In February, 2013, I was officially diagnosed with Gerd and I cut back on all foods which could cause this to flare up, but it still did. I was prescribed Omiphozole 40 mg per day. Sometime in June I began to have headaches and dizziness. I did not relate it all to this meds. But as I am thinking back I have not done anything different in meds except for this. I continue to take statin drugs which has never caused this and I take supplements, D3, Calcium, Biotin, and a 81 mg aspirin. Recently I wrote about a friend of mine who had headaches and she also was taking prilosec. We finally put our thoughts together, and started thinking perhaps this Omiphozole or prilosec was the cause of this? For me, I am going to a neuro at the end of this month and have all the mri tests just to be on the safe side. I would hate to find out later I had something really dangerous and blew it off. Has anyone else had these side effects of the headaches and dizziness from the acid reflux meds? What is suggested for reflux? Thanks for your help.

Replied by Sandy From Atlanta
(Ga, Usa)
10/18/2013

Do some web research on proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and B12 deficency. I took both Prilosec and Omeprazole 40 at different times in the last few years and both times I got dizzy after a few days taking them. I had gastritis from taking NSAIDS but I'm much better so I only take Tagamet occasionally. Coconut milk (in cartons from the dairy case) was a huge help with healing my stomach. Anyway, after starting on B12 my dizziness stopped.


Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Paracelsus (Orlando, FL) on 02/13/2021 27 posts
5 out of 5 stars

So many people suffer from headaches, yet not much is known about the real causes of such headaches.

I've recently noticed that I tend to get headaches after fasting for a prolonged period of time (24 water or juice fast). I have started taking activated charcoal pills in the morning or in the evening of such fasts. I'm taking 2 to 3 pills at the time. Each one contains 280 mg of activated charcoal made from coconut shell fiber.

I've noticed tremendous improvement in the frequency and intensity of such headaches. If the headache doesn't go away within a couple of hours, I simply take another 2 charcoal pills.

I started doing this even when I'm not fasting but when I just get a headache for whatever reason. This actually works 90% of the time.

This experience tells me that most of my headaches arise from toxins released during a fast or from toxins absorbed through food. Activated charcoal is the best detoxifier there is. AC works thorough "adsorption" rather than "absorption" (adsorption is more akin to a magnet, whereas absorption works like a sponge).

I also highly recommend taking activated charcoal when attempting to do any sort of detox regimen. Many times people are trying to detox too quickly and overload their liver and other organs of elimination with freed up toxic waste. This is very counter-productive, leading the toxins to be re-absorbed into the body, instead of being eliminated. Side effects such as Herxheimer reactions can be avoided if the detox is gradual and charcoal is consumed along with the detox regimen.

I believe activated charcoal is one of the most underrated heroes of medicine. Our environment and food is so toxic these days that regular detox with the help of charcoal is a must.

I hope this helps some people who have been suffering from headaches without finding a reliable cure.

Blessings to all!


Acupressure

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Posted by Merrin (Perth, Western Australia) on 06/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Over the past ten years I have suffered weekly headaches from stress/work/computer usage and used paracetamol, aspirin or codeine regularly. Over the past six weeks I have stopped headaches using acupressure. Pinching the webbing between thumb and index finger works for me.


Acupressure
Posted by Kelly (San Francisco, Ca) on 11/02/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I've found that pressure helps, too, actually in conjunction with hot and cold packs.


Acupressure
Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 02/01/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My aunt taught me this form of accupressure for a headache. I works and feels really good once the pressure is off.
Take one your thumbs and place it just above the nose where it goes into the forhead. Not on the nose,but directly between the eyes of the sufferer. Next, take your other thumb and place at the base of their skull in the back. The soft spot just below where the skull ends at the top of the back of the neck. Apply firm and even pressure for the count of ten. When you reach ten SLOWLY release the pressure to the count of ten. Most people I have performed this on have been amazed at how "delicious" this feels. I use my middle fingers to apply the pressure as this is more comfortable to me.

Replied by Sarah
(Briarcliff Manor, Ny)
02/15/2010

Not only does this work, but it's been enhanced with the use of a device known as the Cryotron, only some dr's have it so far, but it works great!


Acupressure
Posted by Derek (Fort Worth, Tx) on 07/24/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Acupressure helped cure my severe headaches. I have been having severe headaches for about a week now and was tired of medicating myself with Tylenol, Alleve, etc. I remembered I saw an email passed around that listed natural cures for things. I searched the internet and found this website. Once there, I looked up headaches remedies and found the one that mentions having someone squeeze or put pressure in the space between your thumb and index finger for about 5 minutes. It was late at night so I just did it myself and was amazed that in 5 minutes I was completely pain free. I dont know how and I dont know why it worked, but I'm certainly not complaining! Give it a try. Good Luck!!

Replied by Nik
(Visalia, Ca)
06/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

this helps because it releases dopamines in your head that is a natural cure for headaches.


Acupressure
Posted by Jhon (Defo WI) on 10/19/2006
5 out of 5 stars

When i was little, i used to get a headache every single day, i hated it. my mom didn't want to give my tylenol every day cause it was bad for you, so she used this remedy: If you have a headache or have one coming on, find a person who will squeeze between your thumb and index finger. Do this for about 5 minutes. It is going to hurt but it makes the pain go away


Acupressure
Posted by Katie (Chagrin Falls, OH)
5 out of 5 stars

I know for a fact a simple way to reduce the pain in headaches is to apply pressure to your temples and rub in a circular motion, it works every time.


Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne

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Posted by Lorik24 (Orange County NY) on 09/25/2019
5 out of 5 stars

After years of suffering with (what I thought were mild migraines) severe headaches, I discovered a ‘fix' for myself after looking on Earth Clinic for help with a sore throat. Apple cider vinegar in a cup with a teeny pinch of cayenne powder or chili powder (depending on what you may have in your cabinet). I was going to gargle with this mixture to help rid myself of an on coming sore throat. Once I got the cup close enough to put it in my mouth, I naturally took a small breath. THAT did the trick!!! Just inhaling that mixture cleared my sinuses so much that I didn't have any type of headaches for several years. Prior to this I was taking 6-10 extra strength Excedrin per day (which didn't actually get rid of my head aches, it just dulled them). I fully stand behind this method for both sinus headaches AND gargling to help alleviate sore throats. God Bless Earth Clinic!!!


Apples

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Posted by Teresa (Fort Worth, TX) on 03/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Last week after using ALOT of an over-the-counter pain aid(this particular one never works for me but that's all we have at my job) I felt really drawn to eating a green granny smith apple I had brought with me. I ate it slowly over the course of 30-45 minutes and by the time I was through with it my headache was gone! The ONLY thing that had ever worked for me before was a different over-the-counter pain aid. I am extactic about my apple-cure discovery. Oh, let me add that the headache hasn't even tried to come back either. That headache had been coming and going for three days. Yeah!

Replied by Carmel
(London, England)
10/02/2012

Maybe the reason the apple helped is because it is one of the main carriers of quercetin, which helps to stop inflammation and inflammation is often the cause of headaches. Other foods which help a lot with inflammation are onions - red are best - blackberries - brocolli, cranberry juice, spinach, cherry tomatoes (they are better because it is ther skins that help) lettuce. Red vein leaves, sweet potato, citrus fruits, grapes (black are best), oats, whole grains and seeds. Headaches can be caused by inflammation and it can be temporal arteritis adn many people mistake it for sinusitis. I kept taking steroids and anti biotics for headaches which I was told and assumed were caused by sinusitis yet whenever I stopped taking the steroids it was just as bad as before. I now have changed my diet and I also take herbs etc to help with the inflammation. Apart from the headaches it can cause confusion, bad memory (after all it is about blood flow around the brain) and if it gets really bad and is not treated it can cause a stroke.


Avocado Pits to Massage

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Posted by Hannah (GF, ND) on 02/13/2006
1 out of 5 stars

I don't have a cure but I do have a do-not! Often times avocado pits are used for massage but do not use it on a headache. It seems to increase your sensitivity to light and movement!!


Avoid Garlic and Citrus

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Posted by Minni (NYC) on 04/24/2006
5 out of 5 stars

Avoidance of OR ALTERNATIVELY, WELL SAUTEED WITH WATER ADDED garlic & citrus. Also avoidance of prolonged viewing of certain Computer monitor LCDs and CRTs. Some are worse than others. Only some laptops are preferable since those contain only one CCFL tube. Some laptops contain 2 or more CCFL.


Avoid Gluten

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Posted by Jon (Australia) on 03/03/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Getting rid of Gluten from our diet stopped the recurring headaches. If some gluten is ingested the headache comes back. Try it for youself by going gluten-free for 2 weeks.



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