Monday, December 6, 2010

Top 10 Homeopathic Remedies for Headache!

Headaches are probably one of the commonest causes of suffering for human beings. Headache is the problem that can occur due to wide variety of causes; however, whatever is the cause, it leads to incapacity to work, concentrate and be happy! Treating headache is one of the important aspects of homeopathic prescribing I would say, because it instills confidence in the doctor that they can give rapid and sustained relief to the patients with aptly chosen homeopathic medicine. Rather in the initial practice, it was ‘headache’ that gave me lot of patients for other problems, because they never thought homeopathy can relieve headaches so fast! Quite obvious thinking for people gulping the dangerous nimusulide or inflagin for that maddening headache!

Stress, migraine, hyperacidity, hypertension, sinusitis, allergies, flatulent dyspepsias, etc are some of the common causes of headache. We are not considering here the graver problems like endocrine dysfunctions or liver disorders that also may give rise to headaches. The graver causes need thorough evaluation and expert handling of the situations and cases.

Moreover, as with many other problems, headache is the tendency in many. Some personality traits like ‘type A’ personalities develop headaches quickly and may also develop other complications associated with headache.

Now, let’s consider the top 10 homeopathic remedies and their symptomatology that we must not forget while handling headache homeopathically. Certainly these are not the only remedies; rather there might be more than thousand remedies with peculiar headaches. But these are among "Not to be forgotten" list!

(1) Natrum mur-

- One of the top remedies for headaches

- Throbbing variety

- Headache starts in the morning after getting up and remains till sunset

- School-girl headaches those suffer from anemia

- Pain as if numerous hammers are thrusting on the brain

- Semi-lateral headaches, migraines, with nausea and vomiting

- With heavy aching eyelids

- In migraine, has an aura in numbness and tingling in tongue, lips, nose etc, before the attack sets

- Headache associated with sinusitis, when attack sets in after catching cold

- Ill-effects of grief, worry, fear etc

- Worse, from noise of any kind, music, heat, mental exertion; better on empty stomach, open air, pressure, sleep

(2) Belladona-

- acute headache that starts suddenly

- sensitive head to least contact

- fullness in forehead

- associated with constant moaning

- ill effects of catching cold or having a hair cut

- pulsations felt in head

- aggravated by lying down, noise, jar, afternoon

- better by pressure and semi-erect posture

(3) Gelsemium-

- headaches associated with vertigo

- spreading from occiput or located at occiput

- tension headaches

- dull pain with marked heaviness

- heavy drooping eyelids

- band feeling around head

- temporal headaches that occur after exposure to sun

- soreness in neck with headache

- may be delirious

- blindness may precede headache

- foggy weather aggravates and so does anticipation about anything

- better by profuse urination, open air and lying with head high

(4) Glonoine-

- worsened Belladona headache, throbbing variety more on left side

- head feels large when it aches

- peculiar sun-headaches with dizziness

- headache brought on by menstrual suppression

- congestive headaches with irregular circulations; pulsations felt in head, ears and all over the face

- any type of occupational headache brought on by working near or with heat

- can feel surging of blood to head

- despite heaviness, cannot lay head on pillow

- headache in a child that attended campfire the day before

- associated with sparks before the eyes

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- > brandy, after sun sets

(5) Onosmodium-

- migraine headaches

- associated with loss of or deficient memory

- marked state of confusion

- headache starts in the morning on waking up

- areas affected- occiput, temporal region, and mastoid

- associated with heavy dull eyes with pain in eyeballs

- worse using eyes, left side, movement

- better by cold drinks and eating

(6) Chamomilla-

- Sudden onset headaches with excessive irritability

- Throbbing pain in half of the head

- Patient bends head backwards in the hope to relieve

- Associated with hot clammy sweat on forehead and whining restlessness

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- > wet weather

(7) Ignatia-

- Headache as if a nail driven through the sides

- Crampy pain over the root of nose

- Headache from anger, acute grief, etc

- Emotional causes always lead to headache first

- Marked congestion

- Hysterical headaches

- Hollow-feeling of head that is aggravated by stooping

- Sobbing lady with headache

- <> change of position frequently

(8) Sanguinaria-

- peculiar right sides sun headaches

- marked periodicity

- begins in occiput, settles over the eyes (More on right side)

- menopausal headaches

- pain in spots over head

- associated with burning in eyes and red burning cheeks

- feels as if a flash of lightening hitting at the back of head

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(9) Iris versicolor-

- Typical acidic headaches

- Headache associated with lots of acidity

- Marked nausea, lack of appetite, and burning along the alimentary canal

- During mental strain, performs well but once it’s over, develops sick headache

- Frontal headaches with nausea

- Migraine with aura settling in eyes with a blur before eyes, followed by dull constricted headache for long time

- continued motion

(10) Nux vomica-

- headache with vertigo, especially after night-watching

- headache from over-exertion, tobacco, alcohol, coffee

- marked sensitivity to touch

- frontal headache > by pressing hard

- headache associated with constipation, nausea

- sun headaches

- head feels sore and distended

- associated with photophobia, neuralgic pain in eyes, and watering of eyes

- worse in the mornings, after eating, cold; better after a good nap, evening, rest


  1. Very nice article. Headache is most common disorder peoples feel.

  2. Can you take two remedies at the one time? Thanks!

    1. Not at all! No two homeopathic remedies can be taken together!