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Treating migraine with homeopathy

More than one-third of Indian women, in the age-group of 20-45, present symptoms of migraine. This is primarily because of hormonal changes and the stresses of a contemporary lifestyle. While the incidence of migraine increases in girls after puberty, approximately 75 per cent women with migraine report headaches associated with their menstrual cycles and/or during the first trimester of pregnancy. The latter seemingly improves during the last trimester.

What actually causes migraine is not yet known, notwithstanding medical progress. Clinical evidence states that it could perhaps be triggered by factors such as enlarged blood vessels and the release of certain chemicals from nerve fibres. Migraine purportedly affects women who strive for ‘perfection’ in everything they do. There is no known treatment for migraine in modern medicines apart from pain killers to suppress the pain. However for such patients Homeopathy offers a sustained care and prevention option.

Homeopathy aims to treat the individual having migraine, rather than the disorder per se. This is because no two women with migraine present with the same set of symptoms, emotional sensitivities, or temperament. Homeopathy treats such special characteristics, while looking at the possible triggers. It evidences that a homeopathic remedy that can ‘cause’ migraine-like symptoms in healthy individuals can also be effectively used to treat individuals exhibiting the same, unique set of symptoms.

What distinguishes homeopathy from other systems is no two individuals with migraine are prescribed the same remedy. One individual with migraine, for example, may feel better with a hankie tied around the head; while another may feel worse with it. This calls for the use of two different homeopathic remedies.

In a randomised, placebo (dummy pill)-controlled double-blind study, a group of patients suffering from migraine were treated with homeopathy for over a period of four months. The patients in the placebo group experienced a reduction in their migraine frequency from 9.9 attacks per month to 7.9 per month, while patients in the homeopathic group reported a reduced monthly migraine ‘attack rate’ — from 10 to just 1.8-3.0 per month. The writer is the Founder and Chairman Dr Batra’s Group of companies

By Dr Mukesh Batra