Homeopathy Tips for 2/01/11 Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are a common form of headache but unique in their character and usually of a more violent nature. Allopathic medication is the standard treatment but homeopathy offers many remedies that can not only help the headache but help a person to remove the tendency to migraines as well.

 There are two basic types of migraine headaches; those with a visual aura or disturbance preceding the onset of pain and those without the visual disturbances. Common to both of these types of migraines are nausea (sometimes with vomiting) and photophobia.

Migraine headaches with aura are defined by the International Headache Society as at least 2 attacks that are unrelated to organic disease with at least one reversible aura symptom indicating cerebral cortical or brain-stem dysfunction lasting more than 60 minutes. The headache pain may precede, be concurrent with or follow within 60 minutes of the aura.

The IHS defines migraine headache without aura as happening with at least 5 attacks unrelated to organic disease lasting 4 to 72 hours duration. Pain is characterized by moderate to severe in intensity or aggravated by at least one other symptom; nausea, vomiting, photophobia or noise sensitivity.

Common to all migraine are the throbbing pains that are sometimes only one-sided or occipital. The pains can last from 4 hours to 3 days. The intensity can be great. Many times the person will not want to move and lay still in a dark room.

The common allopathic approach is with medications. There are three types of drugs used to treat migraines. Preventative drugs like Amyltriptyline, Nortriptyline, or Propanolol. Abortive drugs Ergotamine, Almotriptam Prochlorperazine are used to stop the migraines. Analgesic drugs to remove pain are Acetomenophen, Asprin, Naproxen, Coedine and Oxycodone. These drugs are not the entire list of drugs used to treat migraine but are the most commonly used. They all have side effects and must be used with care.

Homeopathy offers a much better approach. As with all acute diseases there are emotional and mental components. Understanding the person is crucial to correct application of homeopathic principles. Remember the remedy is for the person and not their disease. Because migraines are usually of a chronic nature it is important to investigate the persons history and try to perceive why the migraines are happening. If there is a clear mental/emotional reason this must be addressed in choosing the remedy. The importance of the acute symptoms and how the person reports them is very important as well. Find out how the symptoms start, if there are any exciting causes, how the pain develops, and what the pain feels like. Ask what will make the headache better or worse and if there are any other things about the migraine that might seem unusual. Their descriptions will provide the best repertizations. Below are a few important rubrics from the Complete 2009 Repertory;

  • Head; PAIN; Migraine (173) : abel., acetan., 3Aeth., agav-t., alum., am-c., 3Aml-n., 3Anac., 3Anan., anh., ant-t., 4APIS, 3Aran., aran-ix., arg., 3Arg-n., 3Ars., 4ASAF., 3Asar., aspar., astra-e., aur., aur-br., bani-c., 4BELL., bell-p., 2betul., 4BOL., both-l., bov., brom., bry., cact., cadm., 3Calc., 3Calc-acet., calc-l-n., 3Calc-p., cand-p., cann-i., caps., carb-v., carc., 2card-m., 3Caul., 2cedr., cham., 2chen-a., 3Chin., chin-ar., chin-s., 2cic., 3Cimic., cinis-p., coc-c., 3Cocc., 4COD-N., 3Coff., coffin., colch., 4COLOC., 2com., 2con., cupr., 4CUR., 3Cycl., 2cytin., dam., dys-co., elaps, 4EPHIN., euon., euon-a., 4EUP-PER., eup-pur., excr-can., foll., 4GELS., geoc-c., gink., 4GLON., graph., guai., 4HELON., hist., 2hydr., hydr-ac., 3Hyper., 3Ign., ind., 4INDG., 3Ip., 4IRIS, 3Kali-bi., 3Kali-br., 3Kali-c., kali-m., 4KOLA., 3Lac-d., 4LACH., 2lam., larr-t., 2laur., 3Lav-v., 2levi-o., 2lil-t., 3Lob., lyc., mag-m., mang-p., 3Meli., 3Melis., menis., 2menth., merc., merc-i-f., 3Mez., 3Morg., 4MOSCH., 3Nat-m., 2nelu., nicc., 4NUX-M., 4NUX-V., 3Onos., 2orig., palo., 4PAR., paull., paull-p., 2pisc., 4PLAT., 4PODO., por-m., 3Prim-v., prun., 4PULS., querc-r., rob., ros-b., 2sabad., sal-ac., sals-t., 4SANG., sapin., 3Sarr., sars., scut., 4SEC., 4SEP., 4SIL., sol, 3Spig., spong., stann., stict., 3Sulph., syc-co., 3Tab., 3Tarent., thea., ther., thuj., 2thymu., torul., tub., valer., verat-v., 3Verb., vib., wild., 3Zinc., zing.
  • Head; PAIN; Blindness or visual complaints, precede or attend (71) : anh., 3Ars., asar., aspar., aster., bar-c., 3Bell., bell-p., brucel., carc., 3Caust., cedr., chim-m., chin., coca, cocc., 2conch., cortiso., 4CYCL., dys-co., euphr., ferr-p., 4GELS., geoc-c., 3Glon., grat., hyos., iber., ign., 4IRIS, 4KALI-BI., kali-c., 2kali-hp., lac-c., 3Lac-d., lach., latex, 3Lil-t., mag-c., 4MELI., mygal., nat-c., 3Nat-m., nicc., nux-v., orob-r., 3Petr., 3Phos., pic-ac., pitu-a., podo., posit., psil., 3Psor., puls., querc-r., 3Sang., 3Sep., 3Sil., sol, spig., 3Stram., 4SULPH., term-c., 3Ther., tub., verat., verat-v., viol-o., 3Zinc., zinc-s.
  • Vision; BLURRED; Headache; before (10) : corv-c., 3Gels., hyos., 4IRIS, 3Kali-bi., lac-d., podo., psor., 3Sep., sulph.
  • Vision; DIM; Headache; before (26) : aur-m-n., bar-c., cedr., elaps, 3Gels., glon., graph., hyos., 4IRIS, 3Kali-bi., lac-c., 4LAC-D., lach., lyc., 3Nat-m., nux-v., 3Phos., podo., 3Psor., puls., 3Sep., sil., stram., 3Sulph., ther., 3Tub.
  • Vision; ZIG-ZAGS (33) : amyg-p., anh., arist-cl., calc., calc-l., cann-s., carl., cinnb., coca, coloc., con., falco-p., ferr-ma., fl-ac., flor-p., 3Graph., hura, 3Ign., 2irid., kali-bi., kola., 3Lach., lyc., 4NAT-M., ozone, phos., psor., puls., 3Sep., sul-i., 3Sulph., thuj., viol-o.
  • Eyes; PHOTOPHOBIA; Headache, during (24) : agath-a., bell., cand-a., carc., clem., 3Ferr-p., glon., 2hyos., 3Kali-bi., 3Kali-br., 3Kali-c., kali-p., lac-mat., mim-p., 4NAT-S., ozone, phel., pitu-a., pyrus-c., ros-b., sep., spig., tarent., zinc.
  • Vision; COLORS before the eyes; Halo of colors around; light (72) : 3Aloe, 4ALUM., alum-p., aml-n., 3Ammc., 3Anac., anag., anh., asar., atro., bar-c., 4BELL., 3Bry., 3Calad., 3Calc., cann-s., 3Carb-v., caust., cham., chim., chin., chlor., 3Cic., 4COCC., coff-t., colch., com., 3Cycl., 3Dig., digin., euph., 3Euphr., ferr., ferr-ma., galv., gels., 3Hep., hyos., 3Ip., 3Kali-c., 3Kali-n., kali-p., kali-s., 3Lach., mag-m., mang., merl., mim-p., nat-p., 3Nicc., nit-ac., 4OSM., ozone, 3Ph-ac., 4PHOS., 4PULS., ran-b., 4RUTA, saroth., sarr., 3Sars., 3Sep., sil., 3Stann., 3Staph., 3Stront-c., 4SULPH., 3Tub., verat., verat-v., 3Zinc., zinc-p.
  • Vision; ACCOMMODATION; Defective; headache, with (3) : 3Mag-p., nat-m., nelu.
  • Stomach; NAUSEA; Headache, during (249) : acan-pl., acon., acon-ac., adam., aesc., aeth., aids, ail., alch-v., 3Alco-s., 4ALOE, 3Alum., alum-p., alum-sil., alumn., 3Am-c., am-m., 2ambr., ana-i., androc., 4ANT-C., ant-t., 3Apis, apoc-a., aran., arg., arg-n., arge-p., arist-cl., arn., 3Ars., ars-s-f., art-tri., 3Asar., asc-c., aur., aur-ar., aur-s., 2bacch-a., bamb-a., 3Bell., bell-p., benz-ac., 3Bol., 3Bor., bros-g., 3Bry., bufo, bung-f., cadm., 3Calc., 3Calc-p., calc-s., calc-sil., cale-z., calen., 2camph., cand-a., cann-s., 3Caps., 3Carb-ac., 3Carb-v., carc., caul., 4CAUST., 3Cedr., 3Cham., chel., chin., chin-ar., chin-s., choc., chrysan., cic., cimic., cinnb., cit-a., citl-l., clad-r., cob., cob-n., 4COCC., coco-n., colch., 3Coloc., 4CON., cor-r., corn-f., croc., 2crot-h., culx., culx-p., 3Cupr., 3Cupr-ar., cycl., cyg-c., 2diox., dros., 3Dulc., elaps, ephe., erech., 3Eug., 3Eup-per., eup-pur., ferr., fl-ac., form., gels., 2gink., 3Glon., 3Graph., grat., haliae-lc., 2harp., helod-c., hep., herin., hipp., hydr., hydr-ac., hydrog., hyper., iber., 2ign., ignis, 3Ind., indg., indol., 4IP., 4IRIS, jug-c., kali-ar., 3Kali-bi., 3Kali-c., kali-p., 3Kali-s., kali-sil., kalm., kola., kreos., 3Lac-c., 3Lac-d., 2lac-h., 3Lach., lap-laz., lat-h., 2latex, laur., 3Lept., lith-c., 3Lob., lob-p., lsd, lyc., mag-c., mang-p., 3Mangi., med., 3Merc., mez., mill., morg., 3Mosch., myric., naja, nat-ar., nat-c., 3Nat-m., nat-p., nat-s., neon, 3Nit-ac., 3Nux-m., 4NUX-V., ol-j., olnd., onc-t., onos., 3Op., orob-r., 3Ost., ozone, pall., paull-p., petr., 3Phos., phys., 3Phyt., pitu-a., plat., plut-n., podo., por-m., posit., propol., ptel., 3Puls., pyrus-c., querc-r., 4RAN-B., rhus-t., ros-b., rumx., ruta, sal-ac., 4SANG., sanic., sarcol-ac., 3Sars., scorp., seneg., 4SEP., ser-ang., 3Sil., sol, spect., spig., 3Stann., stict., stram., strep-s., stront-c., stroph., 4SULPH., 3Tab., tama., tanac., taosc., 3Tarax., tarent., tax., teg-a., tep., ter., ther., thuj., torul., turq., ven-m., 3Verat., verat-v., vip., visc., xan., zinc., zinc-p., zing., ziz.
  • Vision; FLASHES (72) : agar., ail., alco-s., aloe, androc., anh., arg-n., atro., aur., 4BELL., brom., calc., calc-f., carc., caust., 3Cedr., chlf., clem., coca, 3Croc., cycl., des-ac., dig., falco-p., fl-ac., 3Glon., hep., 3Hyosin., iber., ign., iris, kali-c., kali-chl., lach., latex, leon., lob-c., lyc., maia-l., mel-alt., menth., merc., merc-i-f., mobil-ph., 4NAT-C., nitrob., 3Nux-v., olnd., op., 4PHOS., 4PHYS., plut-n., por-m., posit., 3Puls., rauw., sec., seneg., sep., 3Sil., spig., spong., 3Staph., stram., sulph., tab., tarent., telo-s., thuj., 3Valer., viol-o., xan.

Remedies that may be applicable to Migraines are many. By no means is the list below a complete list of available remedies. Investigate these remedies and study them for a better understanding.

  • Arsenicum Album – Periodical headaches. Cold applications ameliorate. Vomiting after eating or drinking. Much restlessness and anxiety.
  • Belladonna – The face is red. The pains are throbbing. The head is hot and the limbs are cold. Cannot bear light or noise. Worse from lying down. Better from pressure or wrapping the head.
  • Bryonia – Must lie perfectly still. Worse from the slightest motion. Stooping aggravates. It feels as if the brain will burst through the skull. The pains begin on opening the eyes after waking in the AM. Very thirsty. Better by pressure, worse on the side lain on.
  • Calcarea Carbonica – Chronic headaches. Congestion of blood in the head. Sensation of coldness with heat of the head. Fells as if she will go crazy. Menses aggravate.
  • China Sulfuricum – Intermittent headache. Repeates daily or weekly.
  • Gelsemium – Eyes sore with the headache. Blindness proceeding the headache. Head feels enlarged. Occiptal migraines.
  • Glonoinum – Migraine from recent exposure to the sun. Pains increase with the rising sun and decrease when it sets. Throbbing fullness. Feels as if the head will explode.Worse from the least jar or sudden movements. Headache in place of the menses.
  • Ignatia Amara – Pain as if a nail were driven through the side of the head. pains that come on gradually and cease suddenly.Pains change locations. After grief. Better from warm applications and lying on the affected side. Better from urination.
  • Iris Versicolor – One sided migraine. Onset of headache with blurred vision. Gastric or hepatic origin of the headache. Worse from rest and better for moderate motion. Right sided. Severe frontal pains.
  • Kali Bichromicum – Blurred vision or blindness before the headache. Pains in very small spots that can be covered by the tip of the finger. Pains wandering and appearing and disappearing quickly.
  • Lachesis – Morning aggravation or starting on waking. Left sided. Extends to the right side. Cannot bear to have the hair touched.
  • Magnesium Phosphoricum – Neuralgic headache. Pains are sharp, cutting, shooting or intermittent. Unbearable pain. Relieved by warmth and pressure.
  • Natrum Muriaticum – Headache in anemic school girls. Bursting pains. Periodic headaches. Chronic, periodical and appearing between sunrise and sunset. Begins with a partial blindness. Malarial headache always worse by the sea.
  • Pulsatilla – In women with scanty menses who are predisposed to weep easily. Pains extend to ears and teeth. Rapidly shifting pains from on place to another. Better by open air and wrapping the head.
  • Sanguinaria – Right sided headaches that begin in the occiput and extend up and over the head settling over the right eye. Weekly periodicity. Increases with the sun and decreases from midday to sunset. Bursting headache as if the eyes would pop out. Sleep ameliorates.
  • Silica – Chronic headaches. Mental exertion aggravates. Cold air aggravates. Better from warmth and wrapping the head. Sight disturbed, blurry after a headache. Eating ameliorates.
  • Spigilia – Neuralgic pain of a violent nature over the left eye. Pains stat in the occiput and settle over the left eye.

This list is only a few remedies that I have found to be very useful, but would by no means alleviate the need to take the case. As with any chronic condition, we need to understand the person and prescribe accordingly. Study these remedies from all Materia Medica sources. In acute cases many times the 30C potency given from 3 times per day to every hour as necessary can be helpful. If the remedy seems to work but then looses it’s ability to help, it may be necessary to give a higher potency or repeat the remedy more often. Look to the 200C or 1M when going up from the 30C in acutes. In treatment of migraines when it is chronic but the person is not suffering acutely, starting with either a low potency of 6C or 12C one time per day or giving a single dose of a high potency (1M or 10M) one time and waiting, is a better approach.  There is much help that homeopathy can provide for the sufferer of migraine headaches.

36 comments so far

  1. Muhammad Siddique on

    Dear Dr. R
    Now you are servicing the mankind. This is the true service and main point created by founder of homeopathic.Please try more to serve the poor comunity of the WORLD.
    Thanks

  2. syed husain on

    Really a very informative article on migraine.Please accept heritage congratulation for providing so much information.pl. continue the job.

  3. s.Ausaf Husain Zaidi on

    your suggested medicine is very suitable for Migrane

  4. Bilal Ahmad on

    No doubt the short notes given by you are very informatiive and helpful to understand the very nature of the disease which is troubling hundres of thousands wrold over. Further light on the nature and treatment of this disease would be awaited. Thanks once again.

  5. lakshmi nukala on

    Sir,
    Thankyou very much for very useful information.
    lakshmi nukala

  6. dr sameer on

    dear dr fobert,
    Thanks for valuable suggetion on migrain. But one more important aspect in homoeopathy is not discous by you yet and that is which things/diet like row onion row garlic should be avoided. And why it should be avoided.
    Your remark is important for me
    Homoeopathically yours,
    Dr sameer

    • Yvonne on

      To my little knowledge Dr. Sameer, I have noticed that even after antidoting remedies in other ways the remedy tends to do its work anyway. Fresh mint for example is a good example.

    • Robert on

      Hi Dr. Do you have any suggestions about diet or other things that may help migraine? If you do, please share then. I sometimes limit the scope of these articles so that I am not writing a full research paper weekly. Please forgive my shortcomings. Also I will not write about something I am unsure of. So dietary considerations in migraine I can not discuss at length. I am sure there are readers who can contribute to this much better than myself. This sounds like a great research project for you. When you have information, please share. It will benefit the entire group. Thanks. Robert

  7. Yvonne on

    Thank you for the reminder, its always good to be reminded.

  8. Dr. A.M Howlader,Dhaka, Bangladesh on

    DEAR Dr. Robert,
    Very carefully I have gone through ur note on Migrane/Headache.Very frequently I am to undergo witfh this problem.We have a hereditary problem like hypertension,My mother had high blood presure and subsequently she suffered a severe str0ke that even after treatment she became paralysed till her death in 2000.I have high blood pressure since long and I am trying to control the same by taking medication daily.My two daughters and eldest son are some times told me about Headache and Migrane.My youngest son live in U.K for last ten years having the same problem.His email :zmrassell@yahoo.co.uk
    Thank you again for the valuable article.
    Dr.Abdul Mannan Howlader,Dhaka,Bangladesh.

  9. Amulya Kumar Mishra on

    A great help to Homoeopaths as well as common man.

  10. Robert Lal on

    Thanks Dr. Robert for your informative article on Migraine Headaches.I will read it many times to remind me and make an indelible impression on my mind.

  11. KPV on

    Thanks a lot for the lecture on migrain and the remedies suggested.

  12. Farhin on

    Robert,

    I have a client who is a 75 yr old lady. She has been suffering from headache since last year or so. I took her case and gave her the well indicated remedy but it doesnt seem to have helped her . There is no specific mental emotional conflict but old age seems to be problem. I gave her acute constitutional remedy. Even that is not helping .What should i do ?

    Thanks,
    Farhin

    • Robert on

      Farhin. There is something you are missing. When remedies fail to work it is not the fault of homeopathy, but the fault of simply not seeing what is asking to be healed. I believe you when you say that well indicated remedies are failing. This is how I define a difficult case. Homeopathy works. In this case the correct remedy has not been given yet. My advise is to not give up as long as you have a willing client and the condition of the person does not worsen or call for other intervention. If you stay with the case and do not give up, when something happens you will learn more from one case than years of education. This is how we develop as a homeopath. There is still something that has yet to be revealed. Your job is to discover it. Remember to ” ask for help” from higher from higher powers. Then watch very carefully. Good luck.
      Robert

  13. F. Sheikh on

    Nat. Sulf 6x has helped me much with my migraine with nausea, bitter taste in mouth and bloating feeling in the stomach. Especially before or the first couple of days of Menses.

  14. Rooksie on

    Thanks for this great migraine list! It’s invaluable! I’ve always found headaches challenging to pin down descriptively. What about Ruta and Nux Vomica? Have used it effectively in migraines.

    Thank you for this newletter, I look forward to it every week.

  15. amla on

    Thanks for the lecture on migrain and the remedies suggested.

  16. Dr Shorab Ibrahim -Srilanka on

    An excellent study on a important condition– thanks Dr – you are serving the suffering sick community-

  17. Dr. Meena Supnekar on

    Very valuable information u have given us regarding migraine. Thanks very practical and very useful.

  18. Dr.Rajendrasinh Devadhara on

    usualy to find migrain mecine creats migrain for physician but this artical makes selection easy.

  19. Trish on

    Thank you, Robert, for your conscientious and thoughtful synopsis of migraine remedies. It is clear to me how much you love people and the truth about healing. You are a gift to all/one.

  20. Dr.Kalyanasundaram on

    It is a chalanging treatment for many patients.Wonderful cure has been achieved with homoeo. medicines.

  21. martha vargas on

    In my life cured migrains with homeopahy have been so remarcable and curious because while studing homeopathy I witness how my mom was cured after 15 years with endless allopathic treatments; Nux vom cured her on less than a year, and two of my teachers ended up studing homeopathy because they where cured of migrains too.

  22. Dr.Sarfaraz Ali on

    This is very important subject.needs more study on ones part.

  23. mohammedhussain on

    thanks for this great migraine list

  24. Sibghat Aziz on

    Learning more n more for the betterment and help of human-being.

  25. Rizwanul Haque on

    Please accept my heartiest congratulation for providing valuable information on migraine.

    Please throw some light on the subject “trembling hand while writing” and effective homeo remedy of this disease.

  26. Dr.Ranjit Singh on

    Hello Dr.Robert,
    Thanks for giving your valuable information on migrain.It will help a lot to suffering mankind.Please continue your help in future.
    Dr.Ranjit Singh

  27. dr.akbar hossain.ctg.bd. on

    dear dr.robert, have been doing a good job for the homoeopath and pathy too.thanks. looking for tips and remedies for color blindness.dr.akbar hossain.ctg.BD.

  28. dr Naseer on

    dear sir

    I have cured one of chronic patient medicine Iris v

  29. Rashpal Dhiman on

    I want to learn about homeopathy tips.

  30. Naaz on

    Dear Dr Robert,

    Thank you so much of this helpful article.

    Regards
    Naaz

  31. Naaz on

    Dear Dr Robert,

    Thank you so much for this helpful article.

    Regards
    Naaz

  32. sara gaviria on

    tengo algunas recomendaciones de medicamentos como son el uso de nux vomica y coffea cruda migrana que empieza con cuello pesado taraxacum iris versicolor muchas gracias por los aportes antes mencionados

  33. Dr.s.praveenkumar on

    hi guys..
    give tincture combination of damiana Q + chionanthus Q with selective remedy basing on constitution is much helping in curing any kind of headaches.
    give gnaphalium Q + viscum album Q+ xanthoxyllum Q combination for sciatica
    give lobelia Q + pothos Q + sambucus Q for asthama

    give guiacum Q + cimicifuga Q for rheumatic pains

    give ocimum c Q + sarasaparilla Q for renal complaints

    give acip phos Q + cephalandra Q + abroma augusta Q + syzy Q for diabetis

    give euphrasia Q + lemna minor Q for nasal allergies

    give chionanthus Q + berberis v Q + chelidonium Q for gall bladder complaints

    give viburnum Q+ xanthoxyllum Q for dysmenorrheoa

    give kreosote Q + abroma augusta Q + xanthoxyllum Q for leucorrhea


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