Homeopathy for Migraines and Other Headaches

Headaches are generally grouped into migraines, cluster headaches, and tension headaches.  However, the triggers and symptoms are numerous.

A homeopath can help you find a remedy for your specific type of headache.

Homeopathy looks at all the symptoms that are specific for an individual, to arrive at the most tailor-made remedy possible.  By looking all at the symptoms that accompany a person’s headache, we get a clue as to what initiates the headache.

Homeopathic remedies have no side effects.  However, a person may temporarily experience an exacerbation of symptoms.  It is best to let a homeopath do the prescribing.  He/she is trained in the art of matching the symptoms of an individual with the appropriate remedy, as well as administer and monitor it.

 A sudden headache with no history of a previous headache like it may be caused by an aneurysm (bulging of an artery where the arterial wall is thinning; like a tire that’s ready to blow) in the brain and requires IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.

Rupture of this aneurysm may result in permanent brain damage, or death.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of remedies for all types of headaches.

A homeopath looks not only at the quality of headaches but all the symptoms that may accompany it, including mood, mental function, food preferences, and responses to the environment.

ACONITE

  • sudden intense headache, often triggered by being exposed to dry, cold wind, or the hot sun
  • sensation of fullness, heaviness, pulsation, and heat inside the head
  • head feels like there’s a tight band around it
  • feelings of fear, apprehension

ANACARDIUM

  • extreme irritability with desire or tendency to swear
  • sensation of a plug in the forehead, and side (temple) or back of the head
  • mental stress, coughing, and deep breathing increase the pain
  • relief after eating, or falling asleep

ANTIMONIUM CRUD.

  • headache brought on by indigestion from eating fatty food, fruit, or candy, or drinking wine, as well as bathing or swimming
  • pain concentrated at the top of the head
  • may have white, thick coating of the tongue

APIS

  • throbbing, stinging pain, hot head
  • pain so intense, want to scream
  • pain relieved by cold compresses and tight pressure

ARGENTUM NIT.

  • emotionally driven by performance anxiety (test taking, job interviews, presentations)
  • coldness, trembling
  • pain on one side of the head, may radiate to eye socket and teeth
  • nausea, vomiting, taste of bile
  • pain alleviated by pressure on, or tight bandaging of, the head

ARNICA

  • headache from injury to head, with bruising and soreness
  • CAREFUL:  loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, and/or lapses in mental function require IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION

BELLADONNA

  • vascular headache (migraines) with throbbing, intense pain
  • extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia), sound (phonophobia), or movement
  • caused by too much exposure to sun, heat, dehydration in the sun, or heatstroke
  • face is flushed, pupils are dilated, sensitivity also to movement of air (draft, breeze)
  • pain lessens with warm compresses or wraps and pressure

BRYONIA

  • bursting, splitting headaches, starting at the front of the head and moving to the back of the head and neck, shoulders, and back
  • irritable, must be left alone
  • nausea and feeling of fainting when sitting up
  • feeling parched, dry membranes inside mouth, dry tongue, desires lots of fluids
  • feels better is lying absolutely still

CALCAREA PHOS

  • teenagers or children who are experiencing growth spurts
  • pain at top of the head
  • also at onset of first menses

CHAMOMILLA

  • children very irritable with pain
  • one pale, one red cheek
  • with cutting of teeth
  • vomiting of bile

CIMICIFUGA

  • teenagers and college students
  • from too much stress or work
  • pain drives them crazy
  • pain in eye socket moves up to the head, sharp pain
  • pain piercing the head from the back of the front, like a nail
  • sensation as if brain is opening and shutting close

COCCOLUS

  • vertigo (sensation of spinning) and nausea when riding in a moving vehicle
  • pain in back of head; back of head feels like it’s opening and closing; can’t bear to lie on back of head
  • bending head backward for relief
  • better with rest

IGNATIA

  • onset of headache associated with great emotional stress and grief (loss)
  • pain sensation of nail going through the side of the head
  • pain relieved when urinating profusely

 

NUX VOMICA

  • that’s your hangover headache, triggered by excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine
  • splitting headache in the morning, like a nail driven into top of head
  • nausea and vomiting occur often
  • pain increases when coughing, bending over, and eating

PULSATILLA

  • moving pain, to many different locations
  • early or late periods
  • feeling chilly but wanting to be in the fresh air
  • weepy and better when comforted by loved ones

 

STAPHISAGRIA

  • from suppressed feelings of anger, as these feelings pile up and are not expressed
  • brain or head feels compressed, head feels hallow or wooden, sensation of ball of lead in forehead

THUJA

  • pain worst between 3  am and 4 am, sometimes sever to the point of losing consciousness
  • piercing like a nail driven into head on left side

VERATRUM VIRIDE

  • vascular headaches with high blood pressure or heatstroke
  • irritable, argumentative, wants to start a fight, potentially delirious
  • This is a potential emergency — seek immediate medical assistance

Also see craniosacral therapy and herbs for migraines and other headaches.