Tension headache is a spreading, steady head pain that can be mild or severe. It may happen often or only once and a while. They do not get in the way of daily activities.
They are treated with medicine. Some people may turn to natural therapies to prevent headaches or further ease pain.
May Be Effective
These therapies may be effective:
May Not Be Effective
These therapies may not provide benefit:
Not Enough Data to Assess
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Last reviewed December 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 6/29/2020