Homeopathy is used for the treatment of many different types of headache. One of these is known as a tension headache. The muscles around the skull and the neck tense up and cause pain.
Tension headache pain is oppressive and deep and can be mild or moderate. The pain can last anything from half an hour to several days.
The pain affects the nape of the neck, the temples, the forehead or the entire head. The patient feels like there is a tight band around the head.
There are many types of headache – migraines and tension headaches are the best known. Tension headache can be chronic, which is when the discomfort lasts more than 15 days each month, or sporadic, which is when the discomfort lasts less than 15 days.
This type of headache does not cause nausea, vomiting or light sensitivity, all of which do appear with migraines.
It is not exactly known where tension headaches originate from, but some of the following factors can be linked to them:
The vast majority of patients who suffer from tension headaches also show signs of depression and anxiety.
The pain subsides when the depression and/or anxiety is treated.
Low serotonin levels
Studies have shown that most headache sufferers also have low levels of serotonin.
Tension headaches are difficult to treat. We have to take into consideration the following points:
The patient must understand that the headache is neither malignant nor critical. If the patient believes that there is a serious illness at the root of the headache, this in itself will cause anxiety, depression and muscle tension which will, in turn, trigger the tension headache.
Relaxation, acupuncture, yoga or tai chi will all be helpful in reducing pain.
The patient must learn to avoid stressful situations, family or social disputes, foods or any other factors that may exacerbate the headache.
If the headache is frequent, the patient should take 5 grams a day at 9C
Headaches caused by the ingestion of foods
Nux vomica is prescribed when there is a frontal pain following a hangover.
Lycopodium is advised in headaches that appear on the right hand side of the head after eating onions or oysters.
The Pulsatilla individual develops a frontal headache immediately after binge-eating. Symptoms may vary.
Ignatia amara occurs when the hypersensitive patient has experienced an intense emotion.
Argentum nitricum is prescribed for headaches in people who are anxious, stressed or phobic.
We can also combine homeopathy with essential oils – Dominique Baudoux shows us how to prepare the following ointment: 40 drops of peppermint oil, 10 drops of holy basil oil and 10 drops of roman chamomile essential oil should be mixed into a base of 40 drops of hypericum vegetable oil.
We can massage 3 or 4 drops of this ointment into the affected area. This can be repeated as necessary.
It should be noted that this should only be used up to a maximum of 4 times a day during pregnancy, and that the ointment is contraindicated in children under the age of 3.
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