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How to Stop Headaches Using Science Based Approaches

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Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.
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