MIGRAINE & HOMEOPATHY
Kinita, a young executive, carries the label, ‘chirpy geek,’ courtesy of her friends. She’s always on the move, trying to climb several ladders at one go. A stickler, a live-wire, she is an achiever — a tizzy bundle of kinetic energy. Till it comes to her head — oh, that awful ache, or uninvited spoilsport, in her ‘happening’ world.
This just about everyone’s diagnosis, more so when a nagging migraine headache comes to stay.
The fact also is not all headaches are migraine. They could be tension or ‘cluster’ headaches too.
Migraine is actually a complex syndrome. It affects millions of people worldwide. What distinguishes the disorder, from other types of headache, is periodic or episodic ache, or pain.
Migraine usually affects people in their mid-twenties, or 30s, especially ‘perfectionist-achievers.’ Interestingly, it is common in children. Have you not heard of parents complaining that their child has had ‘migraine-type’ of headaches for as long as they know?
What actually causes migraine is not yet known, notwithstanding scientific advance. It is suggested that migraine may result from a blend of factors — blood vessel enlargement and release of certain chemicals from nerve fibres. Once this happens, the nerve fibres ‘curl’ around blood vessels. This may lead to swelling of the blood vessels just under the skin of the temple [side of the head].
The following sequel is, thereafter, a lurking prospect: headache, feelings of nausea, diarrhoea and/or vomiting. This is not all. During a migraine episode, there may be delayed emptying of the stomach into the small intestine. This may affect absorption of food and blood circulation.
Migraine also increases one’s sensitivity to light and noise [sound].
Migraine rules the head like a bully. Picture this — intense attacks of periodic headaches, preceded by visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, followed by sleepiness. Migraine pains may, of course, differ in their nature, frequency and duration, but they all make the affected individual literally plead for relief.
There may be a genetic element too, although migraine is more common in women — right from the teenage years and motherhood to menopause.
A migraine headache may start suddenly. It may be gradual too; this generally affects the unsuspecting individual in the wee hours of the morning. It may have a tendency to ruin one’s weekends, although it may not interfere with one’s work/occupation, unless one is working during weekends.
Migraine may also occur following a mild blow on the head, exposure to cold, after a rich, fatty meal, or missing lunch and/or stress, tension, disappointment, frustration, suppressed emotions and feelings of guilt. It may be brought on by a known or unknown allergen, a social event or meeting, possibly due to apprehension, or ‘in-waiting’ sense of anticipatory anxiety.
Conventional medicines offer no more than short-term relief from migraine. Add to this certain side-effects, and one may feel that the medicines could, perforce, be worse than the disorder.
From the therapeutic viewpoint, homoeopathy provides the most useful long-term solution for migraine. It presents through its medicinal armamentarium a safe and helpful treatment plan for a vast majority of migraine ‘victims.’
Homeopathic treatment for migraine aims to treat the individual that carries the migraine ‘burden’ on their head, rather than the problem per se. Remember, no two individuals with migraine display the same set of symptoms, peculiarities, sensitivities, or temperament. Homeopathy elicits and treats such special characteristics, while looking at the possible causes or triggers.
Homeopathy also evidences that a certain homeopathic medicine that can cause migraine-like symptoms can also treat individuals having migraine, and exhibiting the same, unique set of symptoms. However, what distinguishes homeopathy from other systems is no two individuals with migraine may be prescribed the same medicine. Rather, the appropriate homeopathic medicine takes its cue from the nature of each individual’s distinguishing symptoms. One individual with migraine, for example, may feel better with a hankie tied around the head; while another may feel worse. This calls for the use of two different homeopathic remedies for their migraine.