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Migraine is a type of headache, which is recurring, severe, and is usually characterised by moderate to severe pain.

The exact cause of migraine is still not known. However, most doctors suggest that migraine can be largely caused by genetic factors. Other than that, there are multiple factors which could act as triggers for a migraine headache. These factors include stress, hormonal changes, noisy environment, overpowering scents, sleep deprivation, sudden or extreme changes in weather, and consumption of stimulants such as caffeine or alcohol. Certain food items, such as fermented and processed products can also trigger a migraine headache.

The risk of developing migraine is higher in women and individuals with a family history of migraines. A  migraine attack may last for 4 to 72 hours and may or go through four different phases, although it is not necessary that one may go through all the phases progressively. The four phases of migraine include- prodrome (lasts for few hours to days), aura (5 min to one hour), headache (4 hours to 3 days) and postdrome (1-2 days). Headache and discomfort associated with migraine usually remains confined to one side of the head and is mostly accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, blurred vision, irritability, and mood changes.

Migraine is usually diagnosed through a thorough examination of the symptoms and neurological exams. There is no known cure for migraine, hence, treatment primarily focuses on reducing the severity of symptoms and easing the discomfort. Conventional treatment for migraine involves the use of pain-relieving medications and lifestyle management measures.

There are several homeopathic remedies which are available for improving migraine symptoms. Homeopathic remedies such as Belladonna, Gelsemium, and Nux Vomica are well known for treating different kinds of headaches depending upon its cause.

 
  1. Homeopathic medicines for migraine
  2. Dietary and lifestyle changes for migraine patient as per homeopathy
  3. How effective are homeopathic medicines and treatments for migraine
  4. Side effects and risks of homeopathic medicine and treatments for migraine
  5. Takeaway
Doctors for Homeopathic medicine, treatment and remedies for Migraine
  • Belladonna
    Common name: Deadly Nightshade
    Symptoms: This remedy is used for both children and adults experiencing extreme pain due to migraine. Belladonna is given to individuals going through the following symptoms:
    • Throbbing pain in the head
    • Palpitations which seem to pulse through the head
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Sensitivity and intolerance to bright light and loud noises
    • Constant moaning due to the pain
    • Pain on the right side of the head, which gets worse during night or while lying down
    • Swelling in the upper lip and eyelids
    • Stiffness in the neck
    • Inability to get a restful sleep
    • Throbbing sensation in the back of the eyes, especially while lying down
    • Hearing humming sounds
    • Throbbing pain in  ears and  teeth
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea and uncontrollable vomiting
    • Sensitivity in the abdomen
  • Bryonia
    Common name:
    Wild Hops
    Symptoms: Bryonia is typically given to an individual exhibiting the following symptoms:
    • Confusion
    • Headaches in the morning and after eating food
    • Sudden headache with nausea and vomiting
    • Feeling pressure on the brain or feeling heavy in the head
    • Burning pain in the forehead and eyes
    • Headache during movement or any other physical activity
    • Pain in eyes
    • Extreme pain in the right side of the head
    • Radiating pain in the jaw and cheekbones
    • Excessive thirst
    • Cold sweat on the forehead
    • Inability to read properly
    • Feeling tightness or pressure on the eyes while trying to do a physical activity
    • Buzzing in ears
    • Redness on the face, along with, tiny red spots
    • Decreased appetite
    • Bitter taste in the mouth
    • Excessive hunger accompanied by nausea
  • Gelsemium
    Common name: Yellow Jasmine
    Symptoms: This remedy is best suited for individuals whose migraine is triggered by stress and anxiety. It is effective in case of the following symptoms:
    • Heaviness in the head
    • Dull and heavy ache in the head
    • Pain in the temples
    • Soreness in neck and shoulders
    • Irritation and pain in the scalp
    • Heavy eyelids
    • Twitching in the eyes
    • Persistent sneezing
    • Flushed skin
    • Blurred vision, almost like temporary blindness
    • Difficulty in swallowing
    • Shooting and sharp pain in the ear
    • Sensation of a lump in the throat
    • Decreased thirst.
  • Glonoinum
    Common name: Nitro Glycerine
    Symptoms: This remedy works well for individuals who experience aggravated headaches due to heat. Glonoinum is administered to individuals who report:
    • Confusion
    • Dizziness with nausea and irritability
    • Feeling hot-headed
    • Throbbing, pulsating headache
    • Congestion and tightness in the head
    • Headaches when exposed to sunlight
    • Seeing sparks before eyes
    • Being able to hear the heartbeat in the ear
    • Heaviness in the neck
    • Feeling suffocated
    • Pain in the face
    • Toothache
    • Constipation
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Headache extending to the top of the nose
    • Pain and stiffness in the jaw
    • Bitter taste in the mouth
    • Stinging sensation in the tongue
    • Feeling parched
  • Ignatia
    Common name: 
    St.Ignatius Bean
    Symptoms: Ignatia as a remedy is best suited for individuals who get migraine attacks due to anxiety or emotional stress. It is frequently used for addressing the following symptoms:
    • Frequent mood changes with spells of sadness
    • Severe and sharp headaches on one side of the head accompanied by aggression or anger
    • Feeling heavy in the head
    • Spasm in the eyelids with pain in the eyes
    • Problems with vision
    • Unexpected twitching of the facial muscles
    • Toothache which gets worse upon taking coffee or smoking
    • Sour taste in the mouth
    • Flatulence
    • Abdominal cramps with rumbling in the bowels
    • Lack of sleep
  • Iris Versicolor
    Common name:
    Blue Flag
    Symptoms: Iris versicolor is a common remedy for treating the following symptoms:
    • Pain in the forehead which gets worse with rest
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • A feeling of tightness in the scalp or tension in scalp muscles
    • Pain in the right temple
    • Blurry vision
    • Ringing in the ears with temporary loss of hearing
    • Burning sensation in the throat.
  • Natrum Muriaticum
    Common name:
    Chloride of Sodium
    Symptoms: This remedy works well for individuals who suffer from migraine due to emotional upsets and exposure to bright lights. It is indicated for the following symptoms:
    • Blinding and throbbing headache
    • Severe headache in the morning
    • Head feels too heavy or too large
    • Numbness and tingling sensation in  lips and tongue
    • Heavy eyelids
    • Intolerance to bright lights
    • Burning sensation in the eyes
    • Pain in the eyes while looking down
    • Difficulty in breathing
    • Heartburn with palpitations
    • Abdominal pain during migraine attack
    • Swelling of the tongue
    • Drowsiness in forenoon
    • Sleeping problems such as jerking in the sleep
  • Nux Vomica
    Common name:
    poison nut
    Symptoms: Migraine stimulated by food items or alcohol and caffeine is usually relieved by the use of this remedy. Nux vomica is administered to individuals with the following symptoms:
    • Irritability
    • Intolerance to loud noises and bright light
    • Persistent headache over the eyes
    • Severe pain in the head which feels like a nail is being driven in
    • Itching in the ear
    • Nasal congestion
    • Contraction in the jaws
    • Toothache
    • Tightness in the throat
    • Nausea in the morning or after having a meal
  • Sanguinaria Canadensis
    Common name:
    Blood Root
    Symptoms: This remedy is appropriate for migraines concentrated on the right side of the head and extending down to the neck and the shoulders. Sanguinaria works well for individuals exhibiting the following symptoms:
    • Severe and periodic headache on the right side of the head
    • Intolerance to sunlight
    • Pain in the back of the head
    • Burning sensation in the eyes with pain while moving the eyeballs
    • Burning sensation in ears with a ringing sound
    • Swelling in throat
    • Nausea and fainting
    • Stiff neck
    • Sensation of mobility on the scalp (scalp tingling)
    • Inflammation and burning sensation in stomach
  • Sepia
    Common name:
    Inky Juice of Cuttlefish
    Symptoms: Sepia works well in individuals who experience the following symptoms:
    • Severe and stinging pain on the left side of the head
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Headache gets worse on staying indoors
    • Such people keep jerking their head forward and backwards constantly
    • Sensitivity of the scalp
    • White coating on the tongue
    • Mood changes such as sadness and anxiety, along with, increased irritability 
  • Silicea
    Common name:
    Silica
    Symptoms: Silica is commonly recommended for individuals who experience severe pain at the back of the head. The migraine in such individuals is triggered by loud noises and cold air. This remedy is effective in treating the following symptoms:
    • Pain in the back of the head
    • Sweat on the forehead
    • Pain in the back of the neck
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Soreness and pain in the eyes

Do’s

  • Maintain cleanliness in your surrounding and follow good hygiene.
  • Reduce the intake of processed foods.
  • Maintain a good posture
  • Maintain an active lifestyle by engaging in exercise and physical activities.
  • Wear airy and comfortable clothes.

Don’ts

  • Beverages such as coffee, tea, beer or other flavoured sodas must be avoided.
  • Spicy food items and other stimulating herbs such as onions and garlic must be used or consumed in moderation.
  • Do not consume foods that are too salty or too sugary.
  • Refrain from using strongly scented room fresheners or other perfumed body products.
  • Do not use artificial sources of temperature control like air conditioning or heaters. 

Homeopathic treatment for migraines and other headaches has been widely appreciated due to the fact that it addresses the triggers which lead to the onset of a migraine attack. In order to pick a homeopathic remedy for the treatment of the headache, various factors should be taken into consideration. The first and foremost thing is the time at which the headache usually happens and the aggravating factors that are responsible for the pain. The next thing to be noted is the location of the pain.

In most cases, individuals report the migraine headache being concentrated at one side of the head and extending down to the neck muscles. Another important thing, which is taken into account, is the sensation which the headache causes. Some individuals may describe the pain as a sharp and stabbing pain, while some describe it as a splitting and radiating pain. Apart from pain, other accompanying symptoms are also taken into account before administering a homeopathic remedy. Contrary to the painkilling action of conventional medications, homeopathic drugs treat the root cause of the symptoms thereby preventing relapse. 

Homeopathic treatment comprises of holistic remedies, which are well researched and are administered in highly controlled and minute doses. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed on the basis of individual miasms and medical history and are hence very safe to use. However, it important to refer to an experienced doctor to know the right dosage and remedy for your symptoms for a safer and effective treatment.

Migraines are typically described as a debilitating condition which has a major impact on an individual’s day to day activities. Managing symptoms and reducing the intensity of pain while increasing the tolerance to certain triggers using homeopathic remedies have been proven to be helpful in the management of migraines. It is hence, a great option for those looking for a complementary form of treatment. 

Dr. Ram Kumar

Dr. Ram Kumar

Homeopathy
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Dr. Ajit Prasad Singh

Dr. Ajit Prasad Singh

Homeopathy
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Priyanka Gupta

Priyanka Gupta

Homeopathy
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Dr. Varun Kapadia

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Homeopathy
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References

  1. The Migraine Trust [Internet]. UK; Migraine – what is it?
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  3. British Homeopathic Association [Internet]. United Kingdom; Headaches and migraine (2004).
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  7. National Center for Homeopathy Glonoinum. Mount Laurel, New Jersey [Internet].
  8. National Center for Homeopathy Iris versicolor. Mount Laurel, New Jersey [Internet].
  9. James Tyler Kent B. Lectures on Homoeopathic Materia Medica. Jain Publishers, 1989. Robert Séror 2000
  10. Wenda Brewster O’really. Organon of the Medical Art . 1st edition 2010 , 3rd impression 2017, pg 227, 228 and 229, aphorisms 259, 261 and 263
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