In Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Health has asked for action to be taken against herbal practitioners who publicly advertise curing body illnesses like headaches, says Guardian Media.
Many make false claims, and worse, use herbal drugs that aren’t regulated under the law.
South Africans, on the other hand, aren’t as wary of visiting herbalists – but you don’t need to resort to these measures if you’re suffering from a headache – it’s likely just a sign that you need to adjust your activity levels.
Here are two ways to do so…
Relieve your headache by having a rest!
“Sometimes a headache is just your body telling you that you're overworked and way too stressed”, says HealYourHeadacheNow.
If you suspect this is the case, lie down in a dark room and shut your eyes. Even if you don’t go to sleep, just to give your body the signal that it’s needs to relax.
On the other end of the scale, a headache could be a sign that you’re not active enough and that you need to get more active.
In this case, it’s a good idea to try a bit of exercise – even once the headache’s passed.
Here’s why exercise can relieve a headache…
Exercise help ease a headache as it increases circulation and blood flow throughout the body, allowing more blood and more oxygen to reach your brain, explains HealYourHeadacheNow..
That’s why exercising regularly can help you prevent headaches from returning.
If you’re worried that exercise could make the headache worse, just stick to low-impact aerobic activities like swimming, cycling or walking and avoid anything that could make you fall or over-exert you.
Listen to what you’re body’s trying to tell you when you have a headache and either get more of the rest or exercise you need.