Studied Homeopathic Remedies
- Natrum muriaticum
The term migraine refers to a class of headaches sharing certain characteristic symptoms. Migraine pain may be preceded or accompanied by visual changes or other symptoms, such as severe sensitivity to light or sound, heart palpitations, faintness, nausea, or vomiting. Symptoms that precede the onset of a migraine attack are known as prodromal symptoms.
In migraines, headache pain usually occurs in the forehead or temples, often on one side only and typically accompanied by nausea and a preference for a darkened room. Headache attacks last for several hours up to a day or more. They are usually separated by completely pain-free intervals. In some cases, headache pain is accompanied by a visual (or occasionally nonvisual) disturbance known as an aura. Migraines are classified as migraine with aura and migraine without aura.
Migraines can be triggered by a variety of causes, including fatigue, stress, hormonal changes, and foods, such as alcohol, chocolate, peanuts, and avocados. However, in many people, migraines occur with no obvious triggering factor.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Migraine Headaches
Four double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have evaluated the use of classical homeopathic approaches to treat migraines and other forms of headache. One found significant evidence of benefit, while the others did not.
Belladonna, Ignatia, Lachesis, Silicea, Gelsemium, Cyclamen, Natrum muriaticum, Sulphur,
At the conclusion of the 4-month study period, the treatment group showed statistically significant reduction in the intensity, duration, and frequency of migraine attacks as compared to the placebo group.
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Migraine Headaches
In classical homeopathy, there are many possible homeopathic treatments for migraine headaches, to be chosen based on various specific details of the individual seeking treatment.
If your headache is throbbing and the pain increases from the slightest disturbance of light, motion, or noise, and your condition worsens in the afternoon, you may fit the symptom picture for the remedy Belladonna . Other features include a flushed, hot face and cold hands and feet.
If your headache is situated on the left side of your head and the pain is congested and pulsing, you may be a candidate for the homeopathic remedy Lachesis . Other characteristics of the symptom picture include the following:
- Your face looks flushed or blotchy
- The pain is worse from sleeping (during the day or night)
- The pain is sometimes worse from heat
- If you are a woman, the pain is worse before the menstrual period and better once the flow begins
If your migraine occurs after mental exertion or near your menstrual period and you are especially nervous and chilly, then the remedy Silicea may be indicated. Headaches associated with this remedy are usually on the right side, starting at the back of the skull and extending to the forehead.
Other Natural Options
For more information on herbs, supplements, and other alternative treatments that may be useful for this condition, see the migraine article.
For a thorough explanation of homeopathy, including dilution of therapies, see the Homeopathy Overview .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -