The medical term for a headache is cephalgia, and is defined as a pain that occurs above the eyes or ears, behind the head, or in the upper neck. Headaches are either classified as primary or secondary. Primary headaches include migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches; secondary headaches are caused by other diseases.
- Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium). Feverfew is an herb related to the daisy that is traditionally used in
to prevent migraines. Published studies indicate that feverfew can reduce the frequency and intensity or migraines, it does not, however, relieve pain once the headache has begun. England
- Butterbur root (petasites hybridus). Petadolex is a natural preparation made from butterbur root that has been sold in
since the 1970s as a migraine preventive. Germany
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). Brahmi is an herb used in Eastern / Unani medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to treat headaches related to anxiety
- Acupuncture. Studies funded by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM),
, have found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for headaches. USA
- Naturopathy. Naturopaths include dietary advice and nutritional therapy in their approach to treatment, which is often effective for patients with episodic or chronic tension headaches.
- Chiropractic. Some patients with tension or migraine headaches find spinal manipulation effective in relieving their pain.