Choosing good homeopathic remedies for migraines can be tough. Each individual expresses their headache symptoms in so many different ways, which can make choosing the right remedy a bit tougher.
In order to understand which remedy is right for you, it’s important to understand what migraines really are and how they affect us. By knowing this, it can help us pick the right remedy that best matches us for our specific migraine.
What Are Migraines?
A migraine is a primary headache disorder. This means that it is a headache that appears on its own and not caused by an external factor, such as medication side effects.
Migraines are most common between the ages of 35 and 40. Because of hormonal changes such as menopause, women tend to get them than more than men.
Migraines occur as a result of the combination of vasodilation and the release of chemicals in the nerve fibers that coil around the blood vessels.
This causes the temporal artery to enlarge.
When this happens, the temporal artery stretches the nerves that coil around the artery and causes the nerves to release chemicals, which then leads to inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery.
The pain becomes more intense as the artery increases more in size.
2 Types of Migraines
The most common type of migraine that people experience are slowly developing and severe headaches that last from a few hours to 2 days.
They are worse from the smallest movement or noise and accompanied by nausea and sometimes vomiting.
A classical type of migraine that others get are preceded by an aura which generally takes the form of a visual disturbance.
This can lead to the following:
- possible speech problems.
- possible weakness or temporary paralysis of the extremities.
- nausea and vomiting.
- sensitivity to light.
The following can trigger migraines:
- excessive food, water, alcohol, especially chocolate, caffeine, red wine, sulfates, and parmesan cheese.
- eye strain.
- sleep or fatigue.
- very loud noises.
- hormonal imbalances.
- weather or changes.
A person should be careful in these activities in order to avoid any severe migraines in the first place.
Homeopathic Remedies for Migraines – Which One?
Here is a list of the top homeopathic remedies for migraines that you can easily use when needed.
The remedies here can also be used for headaches as well.
This will help him find the right remedy for any acute migraines or headaches you may encounter.
Of course, in any emergency, seek out your local health professional or homeopath.
This remedy can help with dull headaches aching extending down the back of the neck, or when the pain goes over on one side of the head.
Generally, this remedy is used for left sided head pains along with strained, stiff sensations in the corresponding eye.
Gelsemium is a wonderful remedy for headaches commencing with diminished vision. The headaches may even be triggered by eye strain. They can even have great soreness in the eye when moving them.
The pain will start in the occiput of the neck and then come up over the head and settle in the eye.
Their headaches will feel like a band wrapped around the head.
Mentally, they will appear to be dull and apathetic.
Consider this remedy when an intense head pain begins with blinds, settles in a small spot, and then the blindness disappears.
Like Gelsemium and Kali-bichromicum, the pains indicated in this migraine remedy start with a partial blinds or vision blurs.
This blurring of the sight may be preceded by drowsiness, and then the head begins to ache as soon as the blurring disappears.
The relief of the strain of the preceding 6 days produces a throbbing or sharp. headache. This makes it great for those “Sunday headache” types.
A person needing this remedy may even have sick headaches with copious vomiting, and the dental nerves may be affected as well when they have these types of headaches.
People needing Iris will tend to have headaches over the eyes, in supra-orbital ridges, usually on just the right side.
The Iris type of headache are worse from violent motion, and cold air and coughing.
For them, moderate exercise in the open air relieves the ache.
A common acute remedy, Cocculus is a good headache remedy for constant,, intense occipital headaches that occur in the lower part of the left occiput and extend to the nape.
The pain may also extend to the front of the head as well.
This type of headache is nearly always associated with vertigo along with nausea. The person needing this remedy may also have a head sensation as if the occiput were opening and shutting.
Motion sickness may trigger these types of headaches, but they are also better from mental effort.
Headaches will also feel worse after riding in a car, losing sleep, or after worrying over a loved one.
Spigelia is well known for being able to treat left sided headaches with neurologic pains that settle over the left eye. The pains will have sensations as if the head open along the vertex.
Headaches will be worse after sun exposure, noises, jarring in bed, stooping, and weather changes.
In general the headaches will begin in the morning, worsen at noon, and subside at sunset.
This remedy is great for neuralgic headaches with sharp pain extending form the occiput to the frontal region or down the spine, as if a bolt were driven through the head. There may also be sharp, lancinating pains in and over the eyes, shooting to the top of the head.
These headache will occur to people that are exhausted and fatigued. Their “crazy” headaches will make them feel like their head will fly off and that their brain is moving in waves.
Along with these pains, they may also have urine irritation, and they will have a tendency to bend the head forward, which relieves the headache somewhat.
Argentum nitricum can soothe sharp, nail-like head pains located in the left frontal part of the head. The pains are intense to such a degree that the patient seems as if she would lose her senses.
They may feel also that their head is larger than usual, and they will feel better from any kind of pressure on the head.
Natrum muriaticum is considered to be the most often indicated remedy for general migraines and headaches.
It’s indicated for healing periodic, bursting head pains will tend to be right sided and can feel like little hammers beating in the skull. They may also be preceded by partial blindness.
Many things can make these type of head pains worse:
- Worse from moving the head or eyeballs.
- Gets worse in the morning, usually around 10 AM.
- Worse from grief or suppressed emotions.
- Worse from the sun.
These headaches are better from cold applications and pressure.
This remedy is effective for headaches in school children and especially in those who are maturing and anaemic.
The headaches will be on top of the head.
Sanguinary is an awesome right sided headache and migraine remedy, especially for head pains that begin in the morning and in the occiput. The pain will usually come up over the head and settles in the right eye;.
The pain increases in severity until there is food and bile vomiting. This can be so intense at times that patient will frantically bury their head into the pillow for relief.
This headache remedy is good for women who menstruate too freely and experiences these head pain symptoms.
A person with a headache that needs this remedy will feel worse by the sun, light, noise, odors, jarring, fasting, and menses.
A great remedy for congestive headaches, Glonoinum can help with headaches with intense pounding sensations as if the head would burst.
They can feel their pulse bounding in their carotids, and the headaches are worse from the sun and heat, but they are better from being in the shade and cold washing.
Lachesis is great for congestive, left sided headaches or migraines that can begin on the left side of the head and move to right.
It’s suited for hypertensive headaches with bursting sensation, as if the brain will burst or eyes will pop out.
Persons needing Lachesis for head pains will feel worse in the morning, from heat, tight clothing, and hormones, but will feel better once the menstrual flow starts.
Nux Vomica is used a lot for migraines and head tension. Pains will tend to be felt on the forehead, occiput, or extend from the occiput to the neck.
It is best used for any headaches that result from hangovers (also from tobacco and coffee) Dull, wooden, and bursting sensations will be felt on the head from these causes.
The person may also have a sour taste in the mouth or perhaps nausea and violent retching.
They are worse from:
- in the morning.
- any type of motion.
Additionally, there will be irritability and constipation along with the headache.
Derived from the ink of the cuttlefish, Sepia is used for left sided sick headaches with nausea. The aches are usually located on the forehead and above the left eye, and can feel like waves or sudden shocks.
Women whose headaches or migraines feel worse from hormonal changes such as menses (before and during), pregnancy, and menopause should highly consider this remedy.
A person needing Sepia can also be worse from light, especially artificial light, but will feel better from open air, vomiting, eating, vigorous exertion, or pressure.
This remedy is helpful for left forehead headaches or headaches above the left eyes. The pain extends from the occiput to the forehead and feels like a nail extending backward into the brain.
A person needing this remedy will also feel spasms in the left neck and the headaches are worse after midnight.
When someone has migraines especially with grief, then think of Ignatia.
Head pains are accompanied by spasms, especially on the back or neck, and it will feel as if they are hit by a nail on the side of the head.
If the migraine is affected by smoke or fumes, consider Ignatia.
Belladonna is well known by homeopaths for aiding the most intense of all acute and chronic headaches.
The pains can be felt as pressing, throbbing, and exploding outward sensations that begin in right occiput and extends to the right forehead or eye.
Headaches can be worse at 3PM and are also made worse from jarring, light, the sun, stooping, menses, menopause, and shaking the head.
There will also be a bounding pulse in the head and throat.
Other Good Homeopathic Remedies For Migraines
Hyland’s Combination Remedy is raved by tons of homeopathy users everywhere. It uses a combination of several of the remedies mentioned above such as Iris, Belladonna, and Glonoinum.
I myself have personally witnessed a loved one who was literally on the floor and could not move from very intense migraines.
I tried every possible medicine and remedy, but to no avail.
Ironically, our local pharmacist recommended Hyland’s as their top medicine for extreme migraines. I picked it up, gave it this loved one, and it worked on him in minutes!
We were all amazed.
I also have a friend who uses this combination remedy all the time for headaches and migraines. He keeps it in his bag at all times.