Migraine - Overview

What is Migraine?

Migraine is basically a form of a vascular headache that is chronic and recurrent in nature. Patients suffering from migraine usually describe it as an intense, throbbing or pounding headache which generally affects only one side of the head. Occasionally, the pain may affect both sides or may alter sides.


Migraines can occur at any age but usually commence between ten to forty years of age. The episodes tend to taper down with advancing age. Almost 15% of the population globally is affected by migraine. Women are affected thrice as more commonly as compared to men. A large number of people with migraine (almost 80%) have at least one family member who suffers from or has had migraine in the past.

The frequency of migraine headache varies largely from patient to patient - some migraineurs may experience the headache episodes several times a month whereas others may get only a few sporadic episodes in the entire year. The pain generally lasts for a few hours but at times even up to 3 days.


Causes of Migraine.

Migraine is a vascular headache that is caused due to vasodilatation (engorgement of blood vessels) and abnormalities in the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. Chiefly, when the amounts of the chemicals dopamine and serotonin alter abnormally, the result is constriction and dilatation of the blood vessels leading to a painful sensation. The exact cause as to why this occurs is still in the research phase.

A combination of the above two factors decides the course of migraine in most patients. Apart from this, there are many factors that can trigger the onset of an episode of migraine in a susceptible person. Some of the common triggers of migraine have been discussed here:


> Stress: Stress is one of the most common triggers of migraine. Physical stress, mental stress, emotions like anxiety, grief, worry, excitement, etc. can all trigger a headache in an individual who is prone to develop migraine. These can also intensify the severity of the pain in someone who is having an acute episode of headache.

> Certain foods and beverages: Cheese, alcoholic drinks, monosodium glutamate (common ingredient of Chinese foods), foods containing gluten, caffeine withdrawal, chocolates, red wine, etc. are some of the common triggers of migraine.

> Skipping meals, lack of sleep or changes in the sleeping pattern are some other common triggers especially attributed to modern day lifestyle.

> Strong odors, perfumes, incense sticks, etc. can trigger an episode or worsen an existing attack of migraine headache.

> Menstrual periods are one of the very common triggers of a migraine attack in women. A large number of women experience worsening of their headaches either before, during or after their menstrual periods.


Homeopathic Treatment

Healing safely, gently and surely!

In a double-blind placebo controlled trial conducted at Norway, 68 patients with Migraine were prescribed individualized Homeopathy treatment or placebo over a period of four months. At the end of the study, it was found that the group which was prescribed Homeopathy experienced significant reduction in frequency of attacks and intensity of pain as compared to the group that was given placebo. In addition, the former group also experienced overall well being with the treatment.

This is just one of the many instances where Homeopathy has proved its efficacy in the treatment of migraine. A number of homeopathic practitioners and patients are proof that homeopathy helps relieve migraine effectively, gently and safely.

The homeopathy treatment of migraine entails a detailed study of the individual's constitution whereby a remedy that covers all aspects is prescribed. With continued treatment, patients notice a gradual reduction in the frequency of migraine attacks as well as the intensity of pain. During the course of treatment, there may be some phases when the pain increases due to some reason - patients can safely opt for painkiller medication at such times to overcome the acute pain. The aim of homeopathic treatment is also to reduce the need for and dependence on conventional painkillers for migraine.