August 30, 2013
Almost everyone has experienced at least one or two headaches in a lifetime. Some have to put up with several headaches over time, especially those who experience migraine or cluster headaches.
Migraine headaches are often debilitating with their intensity. They also often have other symptoms to accompany the painful head throbbing, such as intense nausea and dizziness. But most headaches arise from muscular and nervous tension.
Most over the counter (OTC) drugs for headaches have side-effects. Tylenol brand and their generic counterparts contain acetaminophen, which causes or exacerbates liver damage. There have been several ER (emergency room) visits for people suffering acute acetaminophen toxicity. Some have died.
Aspirin and other similar pain relievers cause gastric distress and ulcers. Constantly taking aspirins can lead to strokes. Beware of this if you’re taking daily aspirins to reduce heart attack risk. You’re increasing stroke risks and gambling with developing ulcers.
So of course those pharmaceutical solutions should be avoided. Here’s how:
Five herbs that eliminate headaches without side-effects
(1) Willow (Salix alba, white willow, willow bark) has a long history of pain relief. White willow extracts were used in the early 1800s. Extracting white willow’s active ingredient of salicin, which the body converts to salicylic acid, proved to be too time consuming and costly for rising public demands.
By the mid 1800s, a German pharmaceutical company created a synthetic version of salicylic acid to meet public demand, but it often caused stomach bleeding and severe ulcers. So the salicyclic acid was modified into acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) by the German pharmaceutical company called Bayer. Thus came Bayer Aspirin.
Though not as severe as earlier synthetic substitutes for willow, ASA aspirin still irritates the inner stomach wall. Willow’s active ingredient goes into the stomach as salicin and is later converted in the body as pain relieving salicyclic acid, avoiding irritation to the stomach lining.
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