Headaches are an extremely common symptom which affects everybody at some point during their life. Most headaches are due to stress, muscular tension in the head, neck and shoulders, or congestion of blood vessels of the neck and brain, depression, anxiety, overworking, lack of sleep, skipping meals, upper gastrointestinal troubles, weakness of visions, etc. The serious causes of headache are extremely rare but include:

  • Brain tumors
  • Brain aneurysm – a weakening of the wall of a blood vessel that can rupture and bleed into the brain.
  • Stroke or TIA (Transient ischemic attach)
  • Infection of the brain for example, meningitis or encephalitis

Types of Headaches

  1. Migraine Headaches
    These types of headaches always appear as severe headaches that usually occur with other symptoms such as visual disturbance, nausea, and vomiting. The pain may be described as throbbing, pounding or pulsating and usually tends to begin on one side of the head, although may spread to both sides. A group of warning symptoms that start before a headache begins, called an “AURA”, and may be present.
  2. Cluster Headaches
    these are sharp, sudden, and extremely painful and tend to occur several times per day or for a month and then go away for a similar time period. Most of the time cluster headaches with any brain or neck problems.
  3. Sinus Headaches
    Sinus headaches are associated with pain in the front of the head and face. They are due to inflammation in the sinus passages situated behind the cheeks, nose and eyes. These types of headaches are also called Sun Headaches, as the pain tends to be worse when bending forward and upon waking in the morning with the sun rise and then decreases with sunset.
  4. Headaches may also be associated with cold, flu, or premenstrual syndrome. If a person is over 50 years old and experiencing headaches for the first time, a condition called “Temporal Arteritis” may be present.  Symptoms of this condition include impaired vision and pain, aggravated by chewing. There is always a risk of becoming blind and an expert opinion is advisable.

TREATMENTS
The treatment options in homeopathy are far better than any other system of medicine. There are no side effects and even in severe cases, homeopathy gives better relief.

The most common Homeopathic medicines use for headaches are:

  • Aconitum nepellus
  • Argentums nitricum
  • Arnica Montana
  • Belladonna
  • Bryonia
  • Calcarea carbonica
  • Cimicifuga
  • Cocculus indicus
  • Gelsemium
  • Iris
  • Natrum muriticum
  • Nux vomica
  • Silicia
  • Sangunaria
  • Spigilia
  • Sulphur

Dr Deepak Sharma

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