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MIGRAINE:

It is one of the most common ailments of the nervous system. It causes recurrent headaches usually one sided accompanied with gastric, visual or other neurological signs. The sufferer is completely normal between two episodes. They may or may not get certain warning signs before an attack.

HOMEOPATHY APPROACH

Homeopathy has always cured so many cases of migraine I have my personal experience in curing migraine so nicely with homeopathy. In other systems they called it incurable but in homeopathy its curable. Migraine is one of the diseases for which homeopathy can positively do something. Here there is another special significance. In Allopathic medicine there is no remedy for this disease. So it is common to find patients coming for homeopathy treatment after suffering for 10 to 15 years, despite allopathic treatment. And Homeopathy does wonders for the migraine, where patient has no other option. For chronic & acute conditions patient needs constitutional treatment to reduce the recurrence of attacks and pain

Causes:

  • Stress for e.g. examination,important interview.
  • Specific food allergy e.g. chocolate,
  • cheese, red wine.
  • During menses.
  • Missing meals.
  • Drugs- birth control pills.
  • Overexertion or fatigue after
  • exercise, sexual activity.
  • Cold food.
  • Exposure to sun.
  • Loss of sleep or excessive sleep.
  • Excessive or flickering light.

Risk Factors

  • Family history.
  • More common in young females.
  • History of motion sickness.

Symptoms:

    Some warning signs before an attack can be.
  • Mood changes.
  • Visual problems such as seeing
  • dazzling,zigzag lights.
  • Eyes-cannot tolerate light.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Dizziness.
  • Increased thirst.
  • Excessive drowsiness.
  • Feeling of excess of energy or elation.
  • Craving of sweets.

During the attack:

  • Headache usually one sided.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Light headedness.
  • Headache increased by movements.
  • Giddiness.
  • Intolerance of light, noise.
  • Increased irritation.
  • Pale face.
  • Tenderness of scalp.
  • Decreased sensation around the mouth.
  • Mood changes.
  • Anxiety.

Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Avoid stress learn how to cope with it.
  • Yoga, meditation, regular moderate exercises help to relieve stress. Regular meditation is useful. Begin by sitting in a comfortable position, with your back straight and your eyes closed. Choose a word such as Aum and repeat it silently to yourself.
  • Avoid foods which you think cause these problems. Usually they may be chocolate, cheese, red wine.
  • Proper rest and sleep is a must for prevention.
  • Eat meals at regular time.
  • Do not over eat.
  • Avoid overexertion.
  • When going out in sun use an umbrella or dark glasses.
  • Avoid pain killers and try to sleep it off.
  • Regular exercises prevent attacks of migraine.
  • As soon as a headache begins drink 3 glasses of very cold water and then with a cold pack go lie down in a dark quiet room without a pillow.
  • Complete bed rest with minimal
  • light, noise and odors help a lot.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.

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When to Consult your Doctor:

  • If your headache is accompanied with severe vomiting, weakness, visual problems. You get too frequent attacks of headache.
  • If your headache is the first thing you get in the morning and it persists with vomiting as this may not be migraine but high blood pressure.
  • With vomiting high fever, light hurts your eyes it may be meningitis.
  • If you develop weakness of one side following a headache.

Home remedies:

  • Take a tablespoon of honey and lemon juice in a warm glass of water twice daily.
  • Soak 10-12 fenugreek (methi) seeds in one fourth cup of water overnight and have both- the seeds and the water, next day in the morning with a glass of water.
  • Mix half a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and take at bed time.
  • Take folate(vitamin B9) in the form of a multivitamin (400 to 800 mg).
  • Take Hot foot Bath (keep foot in hot water for 15 minutes) at bed time.

Food to be taken:

  • Take more of alkaline food (like fruits and vegetables that are either raw or lightly cooked, honey, raw sugar, fresh coconut, curd)
  • Take sprouted cereals. Nuts ( esp.Walnuts, Pea nuts, Raisins, Pista,Kharek,(Dry Dates))

Food to be avoided:

  • Avoid acidic food like aerated drinks, alcohol, canned food, processed food, confectioneries, fried food, oil capsules, spices, condiments, pickles, preserved foods, refined foods like refined flour, pasta, refined sugar, polished rice, meat,fish, coffee, chocolates, tobacco, and drugs.
  • Seasonings to avoid include all types of sauces (tomato, soy sauce, oyster sauce,chilli sauce etc.), salted pickles and salted,chatneys.Lime,vinegars, pepper or tamarind may be used as seasoning to make the food taste better.

Homeopathic Treatment for Migraine

Belladonna

  • Intense headaches with violent throbbing pains
  • Pain aggravated by light, noise, touch, strong or unusual smells, motion, or jarring
  • Pain begins and passes suddenly
  • Confirmatory symptoms
  • Pain most typically located in the forehead, from which it may extend to the back of the head
  • Face flushed or feels hot, sometimes with cold hands and feet
  • Dilated pupils
  • Relieved by sitting or firm pressure
  • Pain worse from climbing steps or descending a slope or stairway and in the afternoon

Bryonia

  • Headache aggravated by motion, even very slight motion of the head or eyes
  • Steady aching or sense of heaviness with little throbbing
  • Confirmatory symptoms
  • Pain worsened by slight touch, relieved by firm pressure
  • Pain worst in the morning, especially after first moving in bed or just after getting out of bed
  • Headache centered over left eye
  • Headache accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or constipation
  • Patient irritable, wants to be left alone

Nux vomica

  • Headaches beginning after overeating; from alcohol, coffee or other drugs; from loss of sleep; or from excessive mental work
  • Headache accompanied by general sick feeling and by digestive upsets including vomiting, gas, or sour or bitter taste Confirmatory symptoms
  • Pain worst on first waking in the morning, improving after getting up
  • Pain aggravated by sounds such as sound of footsteps
  • Pain relieved by wrapping the head up or being in a warm room

Pulsatilla

  • Headache coming on after meals or after warm, rich, or fatty foods or ice cream -or-
  • Headaches in connection with menstrual period (before, during, or at end of the period) Confirmatory symptoms
  • Patient wants company and consolation
  • Relief with gentle motion, especially walking slowly in open air
  • Pain in forehead or on one side; or changes location frequently
  • Pain relieved by pressure, worsened by blowing the nose

Gelsemium

  • Pain begins at the back of the head, extending upward or to the forehead -or-
  • Headaches preceded by dimness of vision or other visual disturbances Confirmatory symptoms
  • Sensation of a band or hood bound tightly around the head
  • Pain on the right side of the head
  • Relieved by napping or urinating
  • Aggravated by light, noise, motion, or jarring
  • Patient feels dull, tired, heavy, and apathetic; wants to be left alone but not markedly irritable

Iris

  • Pain in one side of the forehead, particularly the right
  • Migraine headaches that come on at regular intervals Confirmatory symptoms
  • Headache preceded or accompanied by dimness of vision or other visual changes
  • Nausea and vomiting following the headache; headache worse after vomiting
  • Pain improved by walking in the open air

Sanguinaria

  • Pain begins in the back of the head, extending to right side of the head or right eye
  • Headaches recur periodically Confirmatory symptoms
  • Nausea and vomiting; vomiting brings relief
  • Pain sharp, splitting, knifelike, or throbbing
  • Pain worse from motion, better from sleep and firm pressure

Spigelia

  • Stitching, burning, or pulsating pains, usually on the frontal part of the head, often on the left
  • Stiff neck and shoulders accompany the headache, making motion painful Confirmatory symptoms
  • Pain better by lying with the head propped up; worse from stooping, motion, noise, and cold stormy weather
  • Temporary relief from washing with cold water but the pain is worse later
  • Pain in and around the eyes or extending into the eye sockets


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