A migraine can be one of the worst pains to experience taking control of many people’s lives. Not only can it be debilitating and painful, but it can affect a person professionally as well as their relationships and their quality of life.
Statistically, there are eight million migraine sufferers in the UK, with an average of 190,000 daily attacks, according to The Migraine Trust. Ireland alone has half a million sufferers, that’s 12-15% of its population as per The Migraine Association of Ireland.
There are several marked differences between an ordinary headache and a migraine. Non-migraine headaches fall into the range of cluster, tension and sinus headaches. The primary difference between a normal headache and a migraine is pain, location and severity. Normal headaches are usually accompanied by mild to moderate pain, and with tension headaches the pain is located on both sides of the head.
Migraine sufferers usually experience moderate to severe pain, and pain is usually located on one or both sides of the head. Migraines also bring on nausea, light and noise sensitivity, dizziness, confusion, blind spots, and in the most severe cases, the loss of consciousness.
Homeopathy is a field of alternative medicine that treats the individual rather than just symptoms alone. With homeopathic treatment, it not only strives to help relieve migraine pain, but aims to address the root cause of the problem. The treatment plan is individualised so 10 people with migraines may all receive a different homeopathic remedy based on their unique symptoms.
Just as the triggers for migraines vary from stress, to dietary, sleep disturbances or hormonal imbalances, so too will the prescription differ according to each person’s needs. During a consultation we take into consideration when the migraines started, how they progress, what makes them better or worse (such as sleep, lying down, light) and how they affect your mood. We consider other aspects of your health too – other ailments you might have, your family history, your hormonal health and your general make up.
Homeopathy for migraines offers a more permanent solution rather than just temporary relief. With homeopathic remedies, migraines may become less intense at first, and then gradually decrease in occurrence, until it eventually disappears.
Mary had been struggling with weekly headaches and migraines for 10 years. They were brought on by tiredness, mental exertion and hormonal issues. In just 3 weeks they had decreased from 6 migraines to only one. The intensity of this one migraine was 50% less severe, it didn’t last as long, she didn’t need to take her usual medication which was the only way it would normally bring relieve, and she was back in action in no time.
8 weeks into her homeopathic treatment she had no migraines. She has never known such an extended period of time without them, without having to use medication and she had come to accept that they were part of her life. As she says “I just didn’t think there was an out”.
Due to the complex nature of migraines, constitutional treatment with a homeopath is recommended.
Below are some remedies that may be considered for emergency use during an acute episode where symptoms fit.
Belladonna: This is often indicated for migraines that are throbbing or bursting with great sensitivity to light, noise, touch or the least jarring. The person feels better in a dark room but they may struggle with lying down and need to sit up. Pains start very suddenly, the face is red and hot and hard pressure or tightly binding the head offers some relief from this violent headache.
Pulsatilla: May be used when the person feels the onset of a migraine after a period of overwork, after fatty food or gastric disorders, after hormonal treatment such as starting the pill or fertility treatment or before menstruation. The migraine may be accompanied by vomiting, diarrohea, chilliness and is preceded by vertigo, ringing in the ears or vanishing sight. The pain is often described as stitching located on one side of the head, usually the temple or back of the head.
Sanguinaria: This is a migraine that starts at the back of the head, settles in the eye and is often right sided. They usually start in the morning and increase during the day into the evening. The pains are stabbing and are better for cold applications, vomiting, lying down and sleep. They usually occur every 7-14 days. There is a lot of tension felt in the neck and shoulder and the migraines may come on after skipping meals, with hot flushes during the menopause, or with digestive issues.
Natrum Mur: These are migraines that are described as “hammering” and may come on after grief, emotional upset, from too much sun or before periods. They feel worse for any movement of the head or eyes, the headaches usually starts early morning getting worse around 10am and it can be preceded by partial blindness or a feeling of being unable to keep their eyes open.
Sepia: Often indicated for migraines that are left sided with stitching, tearing or boring pain and they are accompanied by dizziness and nausea. They can be triggered by skipping meals, hormonal disorders, before or during menstruation or during the menopause. The eyelids droop and the person feels worse for lying on the painful side, is averse to food, feels, cold, irritable and weary. They are better for pressing the painful part firmly and closing the eyes.
If you are struggling with headaches or migraines and would like help in resolving them long term, please feel free to give me a call 0860891037 (International +353 860891037), email me or book a complimentary call to see how I can help you.
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Eileen Scullion of Homeopathy-Healing is a Registered Homeopath LicISH ISHom with the Irish Society of Homeopaths (The Regulatory Body for the Homeopathic Profession which is recognized by the Department of Health and Children and works on the National Working Group towards an integrated Health System).