does anyone know of any natural remedies for headaches/migraines?
How are migraines treated?
Migraine headaches are chronic. They can’t be cured, but they can be managed and possibly improved. There are two main treatment approaches that use medications: abortive and preventive.
- Abortive medications are most effective when you use them at the first sign of a migraine. Take them while the pain is mild. By possibly stopping the headache process, abortive medications help stop or decrease your migraine symptoms, including pain, nausea, light sensitivity, etc. Some abortive medications work by constricting your blood vessels, bringing them back to normal and relieving the throbbing pain.
- Preventive (prophylactic) medications may be prescribed when your headaches are severe, occur more than four times a month and are significantly interfering with your normal activities. Preventive medications reduce the frequency and severity of the headaches. Medications are generally taken on a regular, daily basis to help prevent migraines.
What medications are used to relieve migraine pain?
Over-the-counter medications are effective for some people with mild to moderate migraines. The main ingredients in pain relieving medications are ibuprofen, aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen and caffeine.
Three over-the-counter products approved by the Food and Drug Administration for migraine headaches are:
- Excedrin® Migraine.
- Advil® Migraine.
- Motrin® Migraine Pain.
Be cautious when taking over-the-counter pain relieving medications. Sometimes overusing them can cause analgesic-rebound headaches or a dependency problem. If you’re taking any over-the-counter pain medications more than two to three times a week, report that to your healthcare provider. They may suggest prescription medications that may be more effective.
Prescription drugs for migraine headaches include:
Triptan class of drugs (these are abortives):
Calcium channel blockers:
Calcitonin gene-related (CGRP) monoclonal antibodies:
- Valproic acid.
- Gabapentin (Neurontin )
Your healthcare provider might recommend vitamins, minerals, or herbs, including:
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2).
- Co-enzyme Q10.
Drugs to relieve migraine pain come in a variety of formulations including pills, tablets, injections, suppositories and nasal sprays. You and your healthcare provider will discuss the specific medication, combination of medications and formulations to best meet your unique headache pain.
Drugs to relieve nausea are also prescribed, if needed.
All medications should be used under the direction of a headache specialist or healthcare provider familiar with migraine therapy. As with any medication, it’s important to carefully follow the label instructions and your healthcare provider’s advice.
Alternative migraine management methods, also known as home remedies, include:
- Resting in a dark, quiet, cool room.
- Applying a cold compress or washcloth to your forehead or behind your neck. (Some people prefer heat.)
- Massaging your scalp.
- Applying pressure to your temples in a circular motion.
- Keeping yourself in a calm state. Meditating.
Answer by Soul Doctor
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT(s) FOR HEADACHES / MIGRAINES :-
With constant nausea; clean tongue Ipecac 30, 3 hourly
With severe throbbing and rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30, 3 hourly
Due to over eating; stomach disorders; tongue thickly whitish coated; worse bathing specially after river bathing Antim Crud 30 or 200 4 hourly(3 Doses)
Due to exposure to dry, cold wind; sudden with anxiety Aconite Nap.30 or 200, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)
With watering of eyes and sensitiveness to bright light Euphrasia 30, 3 hourly
Headache; better by bending backwards; due to nerve injury Hypericum 30, 3 hourly
Headache with humming in ears; due to nervous weakness Kali Phos.6X or 30, 3 hourly
Hammering headache; worse during menstrual cycle going in sun; school girls head ache, Natrium Mur.30 or 200, 4 hourly
Headache starts from nape of neck and shift over to the head; patient desires to lie down quietly; better passing urine Gelsemium 30 or 200, 3 hourly
Violent headache due to working under gas light; sun-stroke Glonoine 6X or 30, 2 hourly
Bursting headache; worse by stooping and movements; excessive thirst and constipation Bryonia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (6 Doses)
Nervous headache; after grief, disappointment; worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)
Headache; due to sinusitis, pressure and pain at the root of nose Kali Bich 30, 4 hourly
Due to eating rich fatty food, loss of thirst, better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30, 4 hourly
Due to eye strain; disturbances of accommodation of eye sight Ruta Grav 30, 4 hourly
After taking alcoholic drinks; sedentary habits; chilly patient Nux Vomica 30, 4 hourly
Sun headache; aggravation from sun rise to sunset; from cardiac origin Kalmia Lat 30 or 200, 6 hourly
Of school children; crushing headache, pressure on top of head Acid Phos 30, 4 hourly
Headache localized; at the nape of neck; worse by walking and noise Pneumococcin 200, 10 min (3 Doses)
Frontal headache; neuralgic pain above and behind the right eye; heaviness of head. Better by rest, lying down and eating Penicillinum 30 or 200, 10 min (3 Doses)
Headache worse early morning; empty gone sensation at 10 -11 A.M. Sulphur 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)
From mental work; cold, uncovering head, pressure, sitting upright or sun-stroke Glonoinum 30, 3 hourly
For nervous, gastric, bilious individuals. Migraine due to mental over exertion in teachers and students. Right sided, specially Sunday migraine, blurred vision, hemiopia; blindness; often burning pain in entire gastro-intestinal tract with violent acid vomiting at the height of attack; worse hot weather; spring and fall; better after vomiting or sufficient night sleep Iris V 200 or above, 10 min (3 Doses)
For irritable hypochondriacs of bad temper; choleric, neuropathic; from abuse of alcohol, coffee, spices, tobacco, vexation and worry, mental over exertion, business worries, sexual excesses, sedentary habits, cold dry air and winds Nux Vomica 30 or 200, 4 hourly
For pronounced vasomotor individuals (irritable and full of fear) during pre-climacteric and menopausal stage. Tired expression, head congestion, circumscribed red cheeks; pain above right eye, throbbing, stitching, rhythmic pain, often in every 8 days, early morning, beginning in nape, extending upwards, locating in the region of eye, rising and falling with the sun; sensation of heavy congestion Sanguinaria C 200, 10 min (3 Doses)
For weak, fat and irritable patient; often apathetic, changing moods, strange changes of character (egocentric), memory weak, due to disturbance during climacteric period, results of tobacco abuse. Person with shallow complexion, yellow saddle across the nose; pain located on left temple; throbbing, stitching pains Sepia 200, 10 min (3 Doses)
For neuropathic persons, full of fear caused by noises, change of weather or worms; with face pale, located above left eye; specially left pupil (cilinary neuralgia); sharp, shooting, tearing, stitching, periodical pain from occiput to left eye; slowly rising in intensity with sun. Bile vomiting at the height of attack, slowly improving with setting sun. Feeling as if head were open along sagittal suture Spigelia 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)
Left sided; worse during and after sleep; before menstruation; heat; during menopause Lachesis 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)
Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200 or 1M, fortnightly (3 Doses) .
Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in a fridge. Homeopathic remedies are availabl
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