Migraine sufferers are increasingly trying alternative and complementary therapies to ease pain that traditional medicine might not fully erase, or to avoid the many side effects brought on by traditional pharmaceutical options.

Homeopathic medicine, a field that posits the body has the power to heal itself given the right resources, holds promise for head pain.

What is homeopathic medicine?

Homeopathy’s roots stretch back to the 1700s. Founded in Germany, the discipline is commonly practiced in Europe, but has gained ground in the U.S. recently. Homeopathic medicine approaches health issues holistically, meaning practitioners consider the whole body, seeking to identify root causes rather that treat symptoms, including head pain.

The premise of medications given is “like cures like.” This means patients are given diluted substances that could cause symptoms of the very ailment being cured in an effort to activate the body’s natural healing response. Medicines are prepared by taking plants and minerals, diluting them, and adding them into pills.

Homeopathic pills may be purchased from homeopathic pharmacies, a practitioner, and in some health food stores.

What are homeopathic remedies for headaches?

Head pain and migraines are highly individualized, complex conditions, making homeopathy similarly complex since it focuses on the entire person and not just the pain. Treatment plans are devised only after a complete personality profile.

“Belladonna or Bryonia are sometimes very effective as acute treatments, but my best successes usually come with deep-acting constitutional therapy based on the individual characteristics of the migraine and also taking account of other specific aspects of physiology and personality,” says homeopathic practitioner Tom Whitmarsh.

Of the hundreds of potential medicines available, the type that will work for any particular person can only be selected after considering the type of pain and other personality and lifestyle factors.

Homeopaths typically begin by examining potential root causes. With headaches, stress may be a source. For migraines, homeopathic practitioners believe the body becomes energetically disconnected from the head, according to Canada’s Hahnemann Center for Heilkunst and Homeopathy.

Self-care remedies to treat and prevent migraines include adopting a vegetarian diet full of fruits and vegetables, that’s mostly devoid of canned foods, alcohol, and salty or spicy food. Avoiding physical or mental overwork is recommended. Creating a routine may help decrease stress.

For acute tension headaches, 30c of the herb Belladonna may alleviate throbbing head pain, while a stabbing sensation made worse by hot, stuffy air may be helped by 30c of Apis, recommends the British Homeopathic Association.

Taking 6c of Natrum mur may help migraines characterized by throbbing pain that are accompanied by feelings of congestion and tingling in the mouth or nose. If the headache is preceded by blurred vision, 6c of Iris may help.

Have you ever tried homeopathic medicine for head pain? 

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