#See also: Cluster Headaches, Food Intolerance, Migraines.
Although a headache may be felt as a deep, dull ache in the brain, it is rarely cause by structures in the brain itself as most of the brain is insensitive to pain. It is the structures round the brain or scalp which are sensitive to pain.
Persistent or recurrent headaches may be an indication of food intolerance. Provided that there is no serious underlying cause, check out food intolerance with a simple home blood test from Food Detective.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Feverfew||Anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and pain relieving.||500mg -2000mg daily|
|Ginger||Anti-inflammatory, pain relieving.||500mg -1000mg daily|
|White Willow||The natural form of aspirin, analgesic.||500mg daily|
|Evening Primrose oil||Needed for the production of prostaglandins which control inflammation.||3gm daily|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Make sure that you eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Get enough sleep at night, most people need around 8 hours a night. Don’t have a television in your bedroom and give yourself time to unwind before going to sleep.
Don’t drink excessive amounts of alcohol, tea and coffee as they cause dehydration. 1 to 2 cups tea or coffee daily is enough.
Drink at least 3 pints of water daily.