Migraines are horrible headaches that are often coupled with stomach churning nausea and vomiting. To make matters even worse, most of the treatment options can cause more problems than they solve.
Preventative migraine medications have an extensive list of side effects that only make them “worth it” for a small percentage of patients that experience unusually frequent and painful episodes.
Symptom management solutions usually boil down to painkillers such as NSAIDs and Acetaminophen which can cause everything from liver damage to stomach bleeding, not to mention physical addiction. To complicate the situation further, each migraine and migraine patient is usually unique. What may work for one person or episode does not necessarily work for the next. Because of this, you should start with natural or homeopathic remedies.
Migraine Relief Homeopathic Examples
Homeopathic medicine seeks to use all natural substances to treat illnesses. These substances generally harbor no negative side effects unlike their pharmaceutical counterparts. Determining where the pain is located and when the onset of the migraine occurs is key to being able to target it with homeopathic medication.
If you attempt a medicine or course of treatment and, after a period of time, it produces no results, then halt its use and move on to a different treatment option.
Natrum Muriaticum is highly recommended for migraines that originate or are primarily situated in the right side of the head. These migraines seem to be particularly aggravated by sunlight and emotional distress. The most common pain reported is of the “pounding” variety, and they are usually worst in the mornings.
Byronia is recommended for migraines that originate near the eyes and then spread outwards. These migraines are often aggravated by eye movement and are accompanied by severe nausea and vomiting. Extreme thirst is another common symptom.
Belladonna is suggested for migraines that originate at the upper neck or base of the skull. The pain usually then migrates to the forehead or temples. These migraines usually occur in the afternoons and the pain experienced is of the “shooting” or “stabbing” (i.e. acute) variety.
Nux Vomica is often suggested for migraines that are the result of extreme stress or mental strain. These tend to originate in the mornings and are strongest over one eye (usually the left). These migraines seem to be accompanied by gastric problems such as constipation.
Sepia is recommended for migraines that occur on the left side of the head. While these tend to be associated with missed meals or hunger, they can also be the result of fluctuations or certain phases of the menstrual cycle in women. The pain associated with such migraines is described as coming in “shocks”.
Ultimately, these homeopathic remedies work best when matched with the specific migraine and symptoms that you are experiencing. This may seem like a “catch-22” situation as you do not know which migraine you are having until you actually experience it, but migraines are generally chronic and recurring. As such, you will have a good understanding of which kind affects you after an episode or two.