Migraines, headache, headache, cough, cold, fatigue, pain, are all alarm bells and if we calm the symptoms easily, we should always look for the root causes with the help of our family doctor. It is always necessary to treat the evil at its root for a definitive cure. Headache is pain of varying intensity or nervous tension that can occur anywhere on the head. There are many root causes (fatigue, hypertension, eye pain, depression, malaria, typhoid fever, influenza, glaucoma, overwork, digestive disorders, painful periods, stress, rheumatism, meningitis, sinusitis, drug poisoning, etc.).


In a headache (tension headache) the pain often occurs on both sides of the head (often in the frontal region).

You have the impression of having your head clamped in a vice or like a hammering. Headaches can come on suddenly or gradually and the duration can vary from several minutes to several hours.

One important difference from migraine is that the pain does not get worse with exertion and the headache is usually not accompanied by nausea or vomiting.

In addition one can speak of chronic tension headache when a person undergoes more than 15 attacks per month and that during 6 months, if this is the case talk to your doctor.


The drugs are numerous and very effective, but once the underlying disease is well identified, appropriate treatment is needed for a permanent cure.


- paracetamol, 500 mg in adult dosage, to be taken every 4 hours. In tablet, sucking tablet, sachet, suppository or effervescent tablet.

- acetylsalicylic acid (= ASS, also called aspirin), in an adult dosage of 500 mg, to be taken according to the advice of the doctor or pharmacist. In tablet, effervescent tablet or instant tablet.

- ibuprofen in the dosage of 100, 200 mg or 400 mg adult dosage, to be taken according to the advice of the doctor or pharmacist. In tablet.

- naproxen, to be taken as tablets

- diclofenac, 12.5 mg (over-the-counter adult dosage), to be taken according to the doctor's advice. In tablet.

- various other molecules, ask your pharmacy for advice

- mixtures of these molecules (for example AAS and paracetamol, ...), sometimes supplemented by other molecules such as caffeine (it seems to accelerate the speed of action).

Notes on pain relievers:

1. The choice of an analgesic is quite personal, try several drugs (molecules listed above) to see which one has the most effect on you, in particular according to your sensitivity (for example aspirin is not very suitable in case heartburn, ... Seek the advice of a specialist who will provide you with information).

2. Taking pain relievers long term can ironically increase the headache, be sure to take it sensibly. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.


--Drinking a cup of lemon, sugar-free coffee quickly calms the headache.

- Put ice packs (attention protected by a cloth to avoid "burning" the skin by the cold) on the forehead.

- If you drink alcohol, remember to drink water at the same time, to avoid dehydration caused by alcohol and therefore a potential headache

- Take a hot bath to relax (favorable effect on headaches).

- Walk regularly especially in the evenings.

- Relax, relax, learn to breathe better.

- Take your medication knowingly and with a large glass of water (if taking a tablet or capsule).

--Ground fresh neem leaves and apply locally on the head.

- Crush the fresh leaves of Guiera Senegalensis on a cloth, then apply the poultice directly to the forehead or the painful area of ??the head. Hold for several minutes.


Recipe N ° 52: Rheumatism, Lumbago and sciatica

Plant: Securidaca Longipedunculata (snake tree)

Pelga in Mooré

Syanabwe in Lyélé

Sye in Nuni

Dioro in bambara and kpèta dô in goun.

Manual :

Crush the root bark between two stones, mix with twice the weight of shea butter. Rub the painful area morning and evening, 4 to 5 days.

Recipe N ° 53: Colds and sinusitis

Plant: Ocimum Americanum (

Yulenyuga in Mooré

Ebôgyuru in Lyélé

Bombon-lo in Nuni

Manual :

Pour a bowl of boiling water over ten flower spikes; cover your head over the bowl; breathe steam, 10 minutes.

For babies, same thing; the mother holds her child in her arms and they both breathe.

Recipe N ° 54: Cough - 1

Plant: Acacia Albida

Balansan in Bambara

Zaanga in Mooré

Esono in Lyélé

Sesono in Nuni

Manual :

Preparation as recipe No. 48. Drink half a glass morning, noon and evening.

Recipe N ° 55: Cough - 2

Plant: Ficus Gnaphalocarpa

Kankanga in Mooré

Epilu in Lyélé

Kaporo in Nuni

Torogbè in bambara;

Manual :

Soft bark the size of a hand, boiled for 10 minutes in a liter of water. strain, let cool; drink half a glass morning, noon and evening.

For babies, sweeten a little, and give a tablespoon in the morning, noon and evening.

Recipe N ° 56: Guinea worm (dracunculiasis)

Plant: Nicotiana Tabacum = Tobacco

Taba in Mooré

Newo in Lyélé

Nawale in Nuni

Manual :

Fresh crushed tobacco leaf; the juice is deposited on the exit hole of the worm, with a small bandage renewed every day. 15 days.

Recipe N ° 57: Intestinal worms - 1

Plant: Cucurbita Pepo = pumpkin

Yogre in Mooré

Gam in Lyélé

Gango in Nuni

Manual :

Take 5 or 6 raw seeds, bite them in the morning before eating. 5 to 6 days.

Recipe N ° 58: Intestinal worms - 2

Plant: Allium Sativum = Garlic

Manual :

1 or 2 chewable cayeux on an empty stomach.

For babies, crush a cayeux in a spoonful of water, and give it to drink.

Recipe N ° 59: Zona

Plants: Parkia Biglobosa (the Néré)

Roaga in Mooré

Shimi in Lyélé

Seû in Nuni

Ahoaun tin in goun.

Pennisetum Spicatum

Kazwi in Mooré

Méla in Lyélé

Pwamena in Nuni

Manual :

Ground together the leaves of N ° 1 and the seeds of N ° 2, without water, to make a paste (put enough leaves). Spread this paste on the shingles, 3 days in a row. Repeat once, if necessary.


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