How to Stop Headaches Using Science-Based Approaches

In this episode, I discuss the causes and treatments of different types of headaches, including tension headaches, migraines, sinus and cluster headaches, as well as menstrual and other hormone-based headaches. I describe how to distinguish between the different headache types and how to select the right treatment, including prescription-based and non-prescription-based treatments, behavioral and nutrition-based approaches. I also explain the evidence and mechanisms supporting the use of omega-3 fatty acids, high dose creatine, peppermint oil, turmeric, acupuncture and more. Additionally, I touch on traumatic brain injury, the causes of photophobia, aura, and the link between spicy foods and thunderclap headaches. By the end of this episode, listeners and viewers will have a comprehensive understanding of headaches, their types and the best way to prevent and stop them. For the full show notes, visit Thank you to our sponsors AG1 (Athletic Greens): Thesis: LMNT: Maui Nui Venison: InsideTracker: Supplements from Momentous Huberman Lab Premium Timestamps (00:00:00) Headache (00:03:51) Sponsors: Thesis, LMNT, Maui Nui, Momentous (00:07:47) Headache Sources: Muscle Tension; Blood Flow & Meninges (00:14:06) Headache Sources: Neurons; Inflammation & Sinus Headache  (00:23:21) 3 Neuron Types, Pain, Tension Headaches (00:31:05) Tension Headaches (00:33:25) AG1 (Athletic Greens) (00:34:29) Migraine Headaches, Aura, Photophobia  (00:43:10) Cluster Headaches (00:47:47) Hormone-Based Headaches, Menstrual Cycle & Menopause (00:53:38) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Headache, Baseline Health (01:02:08) Tool: Headache Treatment, Creatine Monohydrate & TBI (01:12:22) InsideTracker (01:13:55) Headache Treatment, Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids (Linolic Acid) (01:22:14) Tool: Omega-3 Supplementation, Omega-6 Fatty Acids & Inflammation (01:28:11) Hormone Headache Treatment & Omega-3s (01:31:24) Tool: Aura, Photophobia & Offsetting with Red Light  (01:44:15) Tool: Tension Headache & Botox Treatment (01:49:43) Tool: Alternative Headache Treatments, Peppermint Oil, Menthol (02:01:35) Tool: Tension Headaches Treatment & Acupuncture (02:05:41) Tool: Migraine & Herbal Treatment, Caffeine Timing (02:13:26) Tool: Migraine Treatments & Curcumin (Turmeric) (02:18:00) Carolina Reaper Pepper & Thunderclap Headache (02:24:21) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, YouTube Feedback, Sponsors, Social Media, Momentous, Neural Network Newsletter Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac Disclaimer

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Huberman Lab discusses neuroscience: how our brain and its connections with the organs of our body control our perceptions, our behaviors, and our health. We also discuss existing and emerging tools for measuring and changing how our nervous system works. Dr. Andrew Huberman is a tenured professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at Stanford School of Medicine. His laboratory studies neural regeneration, neuroplasticity, and brain states such as stress, focus, fear, and optimal performance. For more than 20 years, Dr. Huberman has consistently published original research findings and review articles in top-level peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Science, Cell, Neuron, and Current Biology. He is a regular member of several National Institutes of Health review panels and a Fellow of the McKnight Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Dr. Huberman regularly consults for technology development companies, professional athletic organizations, and various units of U.S. and Canadian Special Operations.