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Health Q&A

Health Q&A

Issue 99 December 2012

I seem to get headaches quite often throughout the month. What can I take to prevent them from reoccurring?


I seem to get headaches quite often throughout the month. What can I take to prevent them from reoccurring?

Most people suffer from headaches at some point in their life. Headaches can be of many varying types and occur due to different root causes, such as liver ‘congestion’, tension or toxicity. It would be important to assess the kind of headache you are getting before an accurate remedy can be recommended. Sudden, severe headaches must be brought to your doctor’s attention immediately as they may signify a serious condition.

One useful home remedy involves making changes to your diet. Certain foods have been shown to affect the frequency and severity of headaches and migraine pain, including dairy, chocolate, peanut butter, citrus fruit, onions, cured meats, and foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG). Keep track of your headaches and what you eat by recording a food diary over a few weeks.

The oil derived from the basil plant can be a useful home remedy. Basil works as a muscle relaxant and is good for massage, therefore is especially helpful for headaches caused by tension and tight muscles.

Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate headaches— the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull, is especially indicated for relief. Massaging reflexology points on the hand or foot is another method that is useful to know when you are out and about as it requires nothing else.

When one hasn’t eaten in a while, the body begins to detoxify, which is another reason we get headaches at that time. Dehydration is another big cause; check that you are drinking pure water regularly, the average recommended intake is eight glasses a day.  

My sister had the winter vomiting bug last year. Her doctor mentioned that it was probably norovirus. Can she get it again this year? Is there a cure or treatment for it?

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes diarrhoea and vomiting. It is commonly called the winter vomiting bug as it often seen in patients during the winter. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that are the most common cause of stomach bugs (gastroenteritis) in the UK. There is no specific cure for noroviruses, and it is not possible to build up resistance against the viruses as they are constantly changing. This means that individuals can contract norovirus several times. The illness usually lasts a few days and is self-limiting.  


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