Headaches Reasons and Homeopathic Treatment

Headache is a very common problem. It is a condition of pain in the head. The medical term for headache is Cephalalgia. We all suffer from this condition. Some people experience it occasionally but there are many who suffers frequent headaches. It may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a vise-like quality. The pain can be sharp, throbbing or dull. Headaches may appear gradually or suddenly, and they may last less than an hour or for several days. There are many reasons for headaches. It is important to understand the reasons and then treat the condition accordingly.

Few Common Reasons for Headaches are given below:

  • Trauma related.
  • As a symptom of some diseases, meningitis, encephalitis.
  • Blood relater disorder, like Migraine, hypertension, cerebral or subarachnoid haemorrhage, drugs like nitrites and histamine. At times it is called as menopausal, alcohol hangover or withdrawal, coffee withdrawal.
  • Any space occupying lesions or raised intracranial pressure.
  • Cough headache which is accompanying with cough, or straining or sneezing.
  • Anemia is main cause of headache in woman. Carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide poisoning can cause headache.
  • Fevers may also cause headache.
  • Drugs like quinine cocaine, and over use of tobacco. Gall bladder disease. Constipation can also cause headaches.
  • Eyes related disorders like Short sightedness and long sightedness, glaucoma can cause headache.
  • Ears related disease like Eustachian tube block, tumors of middle and inner ear.
  • Impacted teeth, infected tooth, sockets and dental roots.
  • Depression can also cause headache.
  • Exertion can also cause headache.
  • Deficiency of Vitamin D.

Food Triggers

There are certain food items which can trigger headaches. Few such items are listed below.

  • Pickles, Onions
  • Bananas
  • Coffee, Chocolate
  • Noodles, Pizza, Peanut butter
  • Monosodium glutamate MSG
  • Processed meats (hot dogs and sausages)

Classification of Headaches

  • Headache can be broadly categorize as:
  • Mild to Severe, it can annoying or incapacitating.
  • Frequency and duration: occasionally or daily, lasting few minutes to hours or days.
  • Location: Pain localized in one spot or engulf your entire head.
  • Related symptoms: It can be accompanied by other problems, such as nausea or vomiting.

Types of headaches

1. Tension headache: These are caused by muscle tensions in the shoulder, neck and head. It can be caused by exertion, uncomfortable body position, or stress. It begins in morning or early afternoon and can get worse during the day. It often a tight pressure feeling like a band around the forehead, but pain may spread over the entire head and downward into neck and shoulders.

2. Cluster headache: These type of pains can be very painful. The pain can one side of the head and spreads around the eye. It start suddenly and generally last about an hour. These attacks come in groups, so it is called as cluster headache.

3. Migraine: It is characterized by throbbing pain and associated with blurred vision, dizziness or nausea, with sensitivity to light, sound or odours. It also have familial tendency.

It is characterized by:

  • Unilateral
  • Pulsating
  • Builds up over minutes to hours
  • Moderate to severe in intensity
  • Patient is unable to do any work
  • Increase by routine physical activity

4. Headache associated with high blood pressure: This kind of pain is throbbing type sensation through our the body as it affects the blood vessels.

5. Headaches may be also associated with eyes or sinus problems: Sinus congestion can built up -pressures in the eyes due to glaucoma. These headache often disappear when underlying condition is treated.

6. Hemicrania continua: It is continuous strictly unilateral headache that can reduce in intensity without disappearing completely. There may be severe pain which may be superimposed on the continuous headache.

7. Medication overuse headache: Overuse of all acute headache treatments including simple and combination analgesics can cause medication overuse headache

8. Cervicogenic headache: Any cervical spine disorder may lead to migraine and tension-type headache.

Diagnosis for Headache

  • Diagnosis to know the reason behind the headache is done by performing certain tests.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Blood count
  • X-ray.

Homeopathic remedy for Headache

There are many homeopathic medicine that helps in better management of headaches. Some of them are given below. These medicine are safe to use.


It acts on every part of the nervous system. It is associated with hot, red skin, flushed face and throbbing blood vessels.

In this patient is sensitive to least contact. There is severe throbbing and heat feel by the patient.

Pain and fullness especially in the forehead, and occiput (back part of head) and temples (near ears). Patient in head from suppressed catarrhal flow. Pain worse from light, noise, and shaking of head, lying down and in the afternoon.

Patient is better by pressure. It is very good remedy for meningitis and hydrocephalus where patient has boring of head into the pillow and drawn backward and rolls form side. Patients always cries and complaints. Headache worse in the right side and on lying down. There is ill effects of cold. Patient also has bad effects from having a haircut.

Dosage: Take in 200 potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.


It is great remedy for congestive headaches (feeling of fullness) with hyperaemia of the brain form excess of heat or cold.

There is tendency of rush of bold to the head and heart. There is tendency of sudden and violent irregularities in circulation of blood. There is violent pulsations throughout the body.

There is confusion with dizziness. Patient has bad effects of sunstroke. Patient is extremely sensitive to heat of sun.

Headache in this remedy is seen mainly in people who work under gas and electric light. Patient has heaviness of head but cannot lay it on a pillow.

Patient cannot bear any heat around the head. Patient feels better from uncovering. Patient is very irritable. Head feels enormously large, as if the skull was too small for the brain.

This remedy is good for Sun headaches and headaches during menses.

Dosage: Take in 30 C potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

Ignatia amara

It produces hypersensitivity of all the senses. Patient is nervous and sensitive. Patient is dark and mild in nature. Patient has effects of grief and worry. Patient feel hollow.

There is heaviness which is worse from stooping. There is congestive headache following anger or grief. The headache is worse from smoking or smelling tobacco.

Dosage: Take 200 potency3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

Onosmodium virginianum

It is very good for remedy for migraine. There is headaches from eyestrain and sexual weakness.

It has pain which is along course of nerves. There is general weakness. Patient acts as if born tired. There is loss of memory. There is dullness heaviness in head with dizziness. Pain which is pressing upward in the occiput (Back side of head). Pain in head in the morning on waking which is mainly in left side.

Dosage: Take in 30 C potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.


There is great sensitiveness in this remedy. It is basically a female remedy who is gentle, mild in nature. She is very sad and cries readily, weeps when talking and she is very changeable and her keeps on changing. Thirst less ness is key of this remedy, which is associated with every complaint. There is wandering pain around the head, which extends to the face and teeth. There is frontal ललाट and supra-orbital pain. Headache usually seen from overwork.

Pain around eyes in right temporal region with flowing from the affected side. Feeling pressure on the vertex. Patient is worse from heat and fatty food, lying on the left or painless side. Feels better from open air, cold application and cold drinks.

Dosage: Take in 30 C potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

Sanguinaria canadensis

It is right sided remedy, it mainly acts on respiratory tract. Patient has circumscribed redness of the cheeks and flashes of heat, rush of blood to head and chest and burning of palms and soles. It has sun headache. This type headache periodical sick headache.

Pain begins in the occiput (back side of head spreads upwards which settles over the eyes, especially right. Pain is better lying down and sleep. Headache return at climacteric every seventh day. Burning in eyes is present with headache. Pain in the back of head “like a flash of lightening.

Dosage: usually tincture is given in headache 3 times of day.


Patient has yellow complexion with bearing down sensation. This is especially in women who have a tendency of abortion. It is very important remedy for bad effects of menopause with weakness and perspiration. There is stinging pain in head mostly on left side and in forehead with nausea and vomiting. This pain is worse on lying on the painful side. Headache is seen at menstrual period, with scanty flow. There is dandruff and hair falls out. Roots of hair sensitive. Pain is worse in forenoons and evenings, washing, left side, cold air. And feels better by pressure, warmth of bed, hot applications, after sleep.

Dosage: Take 200 potency 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made


Pain is seen in frontal eminence and temples, which extends to eyes. It involves left eye.

Pain in head is violent and throbbing sensation. Pain as if a band around the head. Pain is worse from touch, motion, noise, washing. And better by lying on the right side with head high.

Dosage: Take in 30 C potency. 3 pellets 3 times a day with less frequency as improvement is made.

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