Over the counter medications are temporary solutions for tension headaches. For the long term, stress headache relief should be permanent, natural and safe.
And over-the-counter (OTC) medications do have their draw-backs. They can have serious side effects as your body can becomes used to them, requiring more and more medicine, to get the same effects.
On the other hand, you may experience side effects like blood thinning or tendency to bleed (from aspirin), ulcers or even heart problems (from Ibuprofen). And pain killers can be addictive.
The trouble with using OTC medicines regularly is that there are side effects and, if you are not careful, you can develop rebound headaches.
Rebound headaches are tension headaches on steroids. In time, they become more and more intense, and they occur more and more frequently—eventually you’ll get one every time your medicine’s effect wears off.
Rebound headaches come from over-using medications. Your body gets used to the medication and then it requires more and more to get the same results.
A safer approach is to use natural medications–herbs and homeopathic medicines–that have been proven to be safe and effective.
Stress Headache Relief Solutions
If stress or emotional turmoil is the cause of your headaches, then you need to address that issue.
But that doesn’t mean that you have to suffer until you learn how to relax better. Over the counter meds, used on an occasional basis are effective. And so are a number of other types of medications.
Here’s a brief look at what works:
- Pain Relievers – This includes over the counter types like aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Or your doctor may prescribe one. Using these too often can lead to side effects. Prescription pain killers are addictive, which is another, more serious problem. Be sure to use as directed by a professional, and only if you feel it is necessary. Some areas, Florida for example, are known for doctors being too quick to over-prescribe, causing rehab centers to be full of prescription pill addicts. Be sure you are taking only what you need, despite how many pills you may have.
- Muscle Relaxers – Your doctor must prescribe these.
- Antidepressants – Interestingly, these work, even if you have not been diagnosed with depression. Most are prescription, but you can obtain St. John’s Wort, an herb, over the counter.
- Herbs – Herbs have been used for centuries to prevent and relieve headaches. Some of the more popular herbs for this use are: Chinese skullcap, Devil’s claw, Feverfew, and Willow bark. Feverfew is even being prescribed by neurologists and headache specialists.
- Homeopathic medicines – One of the most common reasons for consulting with a homeopathic physician is to relieve tension and other headaches. While homeopathy can be very effective, it is fairly complicated for you to try to combine medicines yourself, so you should work with a doctor if you choose this route. Or simply purchase a ready-made homeopathic medicine like Bioplasma, for stress headaches and tension…
Homeopathic Medicine for Headaches
Homeopathy is a science, over 100 years old, where a substance is diluted hundreds of times and for some yet unexplained reason, it then has the ability to heal. Modern clinical studies continue to support the healing powers of homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathic medicines are quite effective at relieving tension headaches. In fact, one of the most common reasons that people go to a homeopathic physician is because of constant or frequent headaches.
Trying to prescribe homeopathic medicine for yourself, is quite complicated. It can be done, but most people don’t have the patience or knowledge to wade through books on homeopathic medicine to figure out what will help their headaches.
Fortunately, there is an easy solution available to us for tension headaches. Hyland’s , with its staff of homeopathic physicians and pharmacists, has developed a product called, Bioplasma, especially for stress headaches and cluster headaches.
Of course your best course of action is to make permanent changes in your stress levels and your lifestyle.
But, while you’re waiting for everything to fall in place for you, try taking a safe tension headache reliever could be a great way to keep those tension headaches under control.
Keep a bottle at work, one in the car and one at home, so that you never get caught without it!
Permanent Stress Headache Relief
Of course the best way to rid yourself of tension headaches permanently is to relieve your stress, or reduce it if you can. Here are some solutions to try:
- Stress Headaches Hypnosis – Studies have found that hypnosis is a very effective way to change your thoughts and behaviors and to increase healing and reduce or eliminate pain. It is safe and medically approved by the American Medical Association for use by responsible professionals. Hypnosis is a good choice for headaches, as it gets to the root of the problem and helps you handle your stress instead of just trying to stop the headache pain.
- Biofeedback – This can be an effective way to learn to relax and to control your reactions when under stress.
- Yoga and meditation – These are both ways to relax and to get your mind into a better state.
- Acupuncture, Acupressure and EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) – Recent studies have found that people do get relief from these techniques, which are based on ancient Chinese medicine, still used today.
- Herbs – Herbs are very powerful, and, as such can interact with other herbs or medications. If you are taking prescribed medicine, make sure that you check with your pharmacist or doctor, to make sure that there are no interactions with your medicines.
- Homeopathic Medicines – This can be very effective. Many people get relief from homeopathic medicines. If you choose this route, work with a health care practitioner, as the process of choosing the correct medication can be quite complicated. Or order a high quality homeopathic medicine that has been developed by an experienced practitioner.
- Massage – A simple massage of the shoulders and neck can sometimes help to relieve tension headache pain. Or you can enjoy a soothing massage in your massage chair after work, before dinner.