Medicine like paracetamol and aspirin can be effective ways to beat a headache, but there are other remedies worth trying too. Here are just a few surprising methods that could help rid you of your headache.
Drink a glass of water
Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. If it’s a hot day or you’ve been very physically active or you simply haven’t been drinking enough liquids (beyond coffee and alcoholic drinks), it’s possible you may just need to rehydrate.
Drink some coffee
Coffee may not do you much good if you’re dehydrated, however, if you’re suffering from the early stages of a migraine, you could find that coffee does the trick. At the start of a migraine, blood vessels in the brain enlarge. Caffeine, as found in coffee, can help restrict blood vessels and in some cases can stop a migraine in its tracks.
Drink some ginger tea
Despite not containing any caffeine, ginger tea can also be a headache remedy. It’s most effective against tension headaches – ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce pain exacerbated by stress. Ginger tea can also be effective against other pains such as joint pain, stomach pain and back pain.
Consider an IV infusion
IV infusion services are another option for those that suffer from frequent headaches or migraines. This involves having a cocktail of fluids, vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants injected directly into the bloodstream. This can help to rejuvenate the body and stop all kinds of headaches. IV infusions are useful for when you have an important event to attend such as a business meeting, a performance or a wedding and need quick results.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that involves inserting long thin needles into the skin. It is used to help treat all forms of pain – including migraines. A trained acupuncture therapist will know exactly where to place needles to relieve pain. It’s worth trying if you’re a frequent headache sufferer.
Headaches can often be made worse by bright light. Laying down in a dark room can sometimes help people get over a migraine, however, this may not be possible in all situations. By wearing sunglasses instead, you may be able to go about day to day tasks without making your headache worse.
Avoid bright screens
Screens found on smartphones, laptops, and TVs all produce blue light, which is a common headache and migraine trigger. Using the 20/20/20 rule could help you recover from your headache and also prevent myopia and eye strain.