Migraines begin about puberty or later, and attack all ages and both sexes; females in general and young people are more liable to be attacked than other person. Migraine is distinguishable by the suddenness and changeability of symptoms – sometimes on the left, and then the right side, at other times the front or the back part of the head being more or less affected. In most cases vomiting takes place when the attack is at its worst, after while the patient falls into a beneficial sleep of several hours’ duration from which he wakes free from pain. These pains generally return every three or four weeks, unless they are cured or helped in the meantime.
Symptoms – sometimes there are certain preceding symptoms such as shivering, feelings of sickness, giddiness, incapacity for concentrated thought, irritability, yawning, and rabid hunger, etc; next violent, boring, pressing, bursting and heavy or dull pains, located in any part of the head; the sense of hearing and sight is extremely delicate, on which account the person prefers to be in a dark, quiet room. The affected side of the face is sometimes pale and shrunken, the ears cold, and the pupils enlarged – or may be hot, red and swollen. The temporal veins distended, pulse rapid, the white of the eye red, the pupil contracted, the eye itself watering and painful.
Most causes are not well established as some say it is a genetic predisposition; the fundamental reason seems to be disturbance in circulation – stagnation of the blood in the brain – and is probably intimately connected with some digestive complaint (stomach, liver/gallbladder problem) and with an irregular blood circulation of the whole system. Dilatation of the stomach, auto-intoxication (when we ferment food that sits in stomach creating toxicity), disease of the sympathetic system, faulty nutrition, digestive upset, eye strain, heredity, mental and physical exhaustion, excessive meat eating, and excessive emotions are all causes of migraine. It may also arise from anemia of the brain, irregularities in menstruation, or general irritability.
Modern medicine sees migraine headaches as incurable and attempts to control them with medications for the rest of a person’s life. These medications are not without side effects, and some people find no relief.
From the natural perspective we see that migraines are the body’s response to a problem. The causes are many and the pain comes from various organs. Natural treatment must include cleaning up your diet, and excluding alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, and dairy products. Use Magnesium malate to keep the digestive tract from backing up (take enough to loosen the bowels). The supplements below will help with symptoms. For the ability to heal, see a trained professional in Homeopathy or Herbology.
Herbs for Migraine Headaches
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Dave’s Relief Formula - Corydalis, Boswellia, Myrrh, and Ginger; herbs used traditionally for pain and inflammation.
Butterbur – shown clinically to reduce inflammation and treat migraine symptoms. It should generally be used on a continuous basis.
Feverfew – for migraines as well as cold and flu symptoms. It should be used on a continuous basis.
Cell Salts to Help Migraines
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
Biochemic phosphates – reduce stress and help circulation
#11 Nat sulph 6X – from head injuries, liver or digestive problems, water retention
Migraine Headache Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Bryonia (#1) – stabbing pains upon any motion. Bursting, splitting headaches.
Cinchona – intense throbbing pain of temples. Congestive headaches and from excessive bleeding, especially in menses.
Coffea cruda – headaches from emotional or mental excitement, as if a nail were driven into the head. Stimulant headaches (caffeine and other). Pain drives them to despair. Sleeplessness from mental excitement.
Gelsemium – headaches from colds of flu with dullness from nervous excitement. Pain in temples to the ears. Headaches from back of head.
Ignatia – from emotional grief, sighing is a major symptom. Nervous headaches, appearing and disappearing. Pain as if a nail were driven into the side of the head.
Iris Versicolor – right-sided headaches with throbbing or shooting pains. Headaches frontal over left eye or alternates. Starts with blurred vision.
Natrum muriaticum – from grief or sadness. Blinding headaches from sunrise to sunset. Blinding, sunlight sensitive headaches. THROBBING.
Nux vomica –with digestive headaches, where food sits in the stomach; as if nail in top of head, with irritability. Sensitive and desires alcohol.
Sanguinaria – headache from back of head to front. Lightning-like pains. Also can affect the temples.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes