Frequent attacks of
headache, migraine or non-migraine variety, have proved to be a pain in
neck not only for the patients who have it, but also for the physicians
who treat them. In this small write-up, we shall limit discussion to the
What is migraine headache?
Well, migraine headache has been described as an episodic, paroxysmal
headache, usually but not necessarily affecting one side of the head;
may or may
not be associated with giddiness, nausea, vomiting or visual
impairment. The painful episode of migraine is usually
intense and lasting for half an hour to over a couple of
Causes of Migraine:
The exact cause often remains unknown. It has been proved that migraine
is a vascular disorder. Due to some triggering factors, varying from
person to person, there is some kind of vasoconstriction and
vasodilatation of the branches of the carotid artery ( the major neck
blood vessel) which leads to typical throbbing and congestive attack of
headache. While the exact causation in unknown, it has been observed in
practice that migraine is often psychosomatic in origin.There are
migraine personality and we have observed in a study of a series of
migraine patients at our center, that, there is also a common thread in
the migraine personality type Many
independent studies at various institutes have also shown
that most migraine sufferers show one or many of the
following behavioral patter : conscientiousness,
fastidiousness, rigidity of views, constant conflict between
the environment and self, high level of expectation.
sufferers are more females than males. However, we are
observing a shift. Often observed to be running in the
family, showing hereditary links.
The symptoms of migraine:
Migraine headache is a subjective experience. The commonly
described pain is typically throbbing, bursting, hammering,
or shattering. The pain might start on one side or a spot on
the head and spreading to any other place. Ocular areas
often affected. The pain is usually severe, intense and
tends to be associated with nausea, giddiness and
generalized sense of malaise. Many patients feel relieved if
there is vomiting.
The episodes of pain are periodic, may be weekly, daily ,
fortnightly, monthly or irregular.
Migraine and other similar headaches:
Migraine headache should be differentiated from other
similar painful conditions where the headache could be due
to high blood pressure, sinusitis, Trigeminal neuralgia,
temporal arteritis, tension headache, etc. A good clinician
can help the patient arrive to a correct diagnosis.
Homoeopathic treatment for Migraine:
Migraine has been believed to be an obstinate condition to
treat. However, it is a common experience of the
practitioners of homoeopathic system of medicine that
migraine is curable.
Homoeopathy offers an excellent treatment for Migraine. The
homoeopathic approach to the treatment of migraine patients
is more individualistic. This means, homoeopathy believes
that migraine is a personality disorder and hence the
treatment should be determined only on the basis of in-depth
study of the patients' personality. This approach helps
treating most cases of migraine successfully.
Homoeopathy treatment is essentially safe and absolutely
harmless, which may be taken along with any other medicine,