Headaches can be triggered by a wide variety of different factors – including work-related stress, food sensitivities, exhaustion, bright light (including sunlight), lack of sleep and anxiety. If you only get a headache occasionally, and from an obvious cause, then self-treatment with homeopathy can often be effective. Knowing the cause, we can also take practical steps to prevent recurrence (in my case, for example, this means remembering to bring my sunglasses when driving on a bright sunny day). Below you will find a description of some of the most commonly indicated homeopathic remedies for acute headaches.
Chronic and recurring headaches can take various forms, including cluster headaches, post-concussion headaches, and migraine, and may also be associated with other health problems, such as allergies, sinusitis, or hormonal fluctuations (eg menstrual migraines). A course of homeopathic treatment can often be effective in resolving or reducing the incidence of chronic and recurring headaches. I see many people who suffer from headaches, and the key to successful homeopathic treatment is in understanding your unique experience of the headaches, including the history of when they started, what factors trigger or aggravate your symptoms, and the exact location and nature of the pain. If you would like a free 20 minute Skype call to discuss homeopathic treatment for your headaches, please get in touch.
Here are some of the key remedies which can be used at home to treat occasional headaches with a clear cause, where the remedy picture matches. The proviso as always, is that if there is any cause for concern (including stiff neck, vomiting, unusually intense pain, paralysis, slurred speech or visual disturbance) then seek medical help without delay. If your headache has come on following a recent head injury, then also seek medical help immediately.
Belladonna is the first remedy to consider for headaches associated with high fever or sun exposure. The pain is typically sudden and intense, throbbing or pulsating, and located in the forehead (sometimes extending to the back of the head), and more often on the right side. The face is often flushed, and the pupils dilated. There is acute sensitivity to light, noise and smells.
Nux vomica is the first remedy to think of for headaches associated with too much coffee or alcohol, or from mental overstimulation (eg working late and lack of sleep). The person is usually irritable and oversensitive, especially to noise and pressure. The headache is typically accompanied by digestive upset with nausea, and they feel worse around 3-4am or on waking in the morning.
Cocculus is a useful remedy for headaches that come on from loss of sleep and anxiety (eg from looking after a sick relative). A headache will be accompanied by vertigo, and they feel better for lying down. They typically feel weak, dizzy and trembly, and this will be accompanied by slowed reactions due to exhaustion.
Bryonia is a common remedy for acute headaches, and the strongest feature of a headache that will respond to Bryonia is aggravation from even the slightest movement, including moving the eyes, coughing or stooping. The pain is often experienced in the forehead and over the back of the head, and may be described as bursting or crushing in character. It may typically begin in the morning and get worse as the day goes on. Bryonia is often indicated in headaches due to constipation.
Staphysagria is one of the main remedies for headache associated with emotional stress, especially in cases where the headache comes on after the person feels they have been insulted or mistreated, or after a quarrel. There may be a painful sensation as of a hard lump in the forehead or back of the head.
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