Homeopathy for Headaches

Homeopathy is a safe and effective therapy that can be used to treat many medical conditions, including acute and chronic headaches.  In this article, we will discuss common remedies used for the treatment of headaches.  Your job as a homeopathic prescriber is to match the symptoms you are experiencing with the homeopathic remedy that will help that exact set of symptoms.  This is done by paying close attention to the details of your condition, and looking at a list of remedies to see which one has the most in common with the symptoms you are experiencing. 

Headaches:

Natrum muriaticum: choose to use Natrum muriaticum if your head pain feels like hammers pounding at your temples or over your eyes.  Also, your headache should be worse from reading, thinking, in the sun, bending head down, and in a hot room.  Your headache should be better with pressure, pressing the eyes, lying down, not moving, after sleep, and outside.

 

Gelsemium: choose to use Gelsemium if your head pain is located at the back of your head, and sometimes extends over your head to settle behind your eyes.  Also, your head pain should be better sitting up or slightly reclined, and worse from physical or mental exertion.  You should be generally weak and more chilly than normal too.  Also, you want to be away from people in a quiet room.

 

Bryonia: choose you use Bryonia if you have a headache with outward pressure, as if your brain is too full.  Also, your head pain should be worse from movement (even the slightest movements), bending, or coughing/sneezing.  Your head pain should be better with hard pressure and cold applications.

 

Glonoinum: choose to use Glonoinum if you have severe throbbing head pain (especially at the temples), with the sensation of blood rushing to the head.  Your headache should be worse with motion, heat, exposure to sun, and reclining.  Your headache should be better with pressure, open air, elevating the head, and cold air/applications.  You may experience flushes of heat in the head.

 

Belladonna: choose to use Belladonna if you have severe pulsating/bursting/shooting/throbbing pain in the temples and forehead.   The head pain should be worse with motion, light, noise, jarring, stooping, reclining, and in the afternoon (especially 3PM).  The pain should be better with pressure and bending the head backward.  You will often have a fever and a hot head with cold limbs (hands and feet). 

 

Rhus toxicodendron: choose to use rhus toxicodendron if you have head pain that is better from continued motion (walking slowly) and with warmth (air temperature, applications, etc).  You will tend to be restless, and continue moving around while lying in bed, as this make the pain improve.   You will typically be very thirsty for cold drinks.

 

Magnesium phosphoricum: choose to use Magnesium phosphoricum if you have severe shooting head pain that is worse on the right side, and is much better with heat and pressure.   Your head pain should be noticeably worse with cold applications or drafts.

Sanguinaria: choose to use Sanguinaria if you have head pain that starts in the back of your head and travels over the top of your head to behind your eye(s).  Often this headache is more common on the right side.  Your headache should be better with pressure, lying on your back with the head elevated, and after vomiting or sleep.  Your headache should be worse from exertion, light, noise, odors, touch, stooping, and rising from sitting. 

 

The most common potencies (strengths) of homeopathic remedies you can by over the counter are 6c and 30c.  Either of these potencies is fine for most conditions you will treat at home with the information in this article. Typically, it is recommended to take a dose (2 pellets) of the homeopathic remedy 1-4 times per day.  If your condition is more acute in nature, take the remedy 3-4 times per day.  If your condition is more chronic in nature, take the remedy 1-2 times per day.   

You can buy homeopathic remedies at most health food stores.  They are usually inexpensive, ranging from approximately $5-10 each.  There are also remedy kits available to purchase online, with approximately 100 of the most common homeopathic remedies.  

Note: If your condition becomes worse or you are not sure how to treat a condition, make sure to call or visit a doctor for further evaluation.

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