Ways To Treat Cluster Headaches With Homeopathy

Ways To Treat Cluster Headaches With Homeopathy


By Dr. Kuravi V S M K Pavan Kumar, Homeopathy

Severe headaches which occur around the eyes and the forehead and last for up to a week or a month at a stretch are popularly known as cluster headaches. This leads to a lot of frustration and irritation in the person who is experiencing such headaches. They are unable to concentrate on their work and often make mistakes in performing simple tasks. Headaches can be treated very effectively with homeopathic treatments. Several popular homeopathic medicines, when administered in the right dosage, can provide relief from severe headaches and bring positivity into your life.

Headaches are generally classified by cause:

Primary headaches

A primary headache is caused by overactivity of or problems with pain-sensitive structures in your head. A primary headache isn’t a symptom of an underlying disease.

Chemical activity in your brain, the nerves or blood vessels surrounding your skull, or the muscles of your head and neck (or some combination of these factors) can play a role in primary headaches. Some people may also carry genes that make them more likely to develop such headaches. The most common primary headaches are:

  • Cluster headache
  • Care at Mayo Clinic (with and without aura)
  • Tension headache (also known as tension-type headache)
  • Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia (TAC), such as cluster headache and paroxysmal hemicrania

Although generally considered primary, each could be a symptom of an underlying disease. They include:

  • Chronic daily headaches (for example, chronic migraine, chronic tension-type headache, or hemicranias continua)
  • Cough headaches
  • Exercise headaches
  • Sex headaches

Some primary headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors, including:

  • Alcohol, particularly red wine
  • Certain foods, such as processed meats that contain nitrates
  • Changes in sleep or lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Skipped meals
  • Stress

Secondary headaches

A secondary headache is a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head. Any number of conditions — varying greatly in severity — may cause secondary headaches. Possible causes of secondary headaches include:

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Arterial tears (carotid or vertebral dissections)
  • Blood clot (venous thrombosis) within the brain — separate from stroke
  • Brain aneurysm (a bulge in an artery in your brain)
  • Brain AVM (brain arteriovenous malformation) — an abnormal formation of brain blood vessels
  • Brain tumor
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Concussion
  • Dehydration
  • Dental problems
  • Ear infection (middle ear)
  • Encephalitis (brain inflammation)
  • Giant cell arteritis (inflammation of the lining of the arteries)
  • Glaucoma (acute angle closure glaucoma)
  • Hangovers
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Influenza (flu) and other febrile (fever) illnesses
  • Intracranial hematoma (blood vessel ruptures with bleeding in or around the brain)
  • Medications to treat other disorders
  • Overuse of pain medication
  • Panic attacks and panic disorder
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Pressure from tight headgear, such as a helmet or goggles
  • Stroke
  • Toxoplasmosis

Here are some of the popular remedies for cluster headaches.

Cedron: If you are experiencing severe pain around your eyes, especially at regular intervals of time or during one particular time during the day, then Cedron is your remedy. Sometimes, it so happens that the headache is followed by watery eyes and aggravation of the pain during the night. Furthermore, it may also happen that the sharp pain spreads to the temple and the back of the head. This would make your head heavy and prevent you from carrying about your daily work. In all these cases, Cedron is administered. However, special note is taken of the fact whether the pain is under the left eye or the right.

Belladona: Severe headaches which seem to appear out of nowhere and disappear equally suddenly are often treated with Belladona. This type of headache often causes swelling and redness of the eye. Interestingly, patients often tend to portray symptoms of photophobia or sensitivity to light during such headaches. It has been noticed that if you lie down, the pain only aggravates. However, often a tight pressure bandage over the area helps in providing relief.

Spigelia: It is administered on those who experience severe, sharp, shooting or throbbing pain in the left side of the eye. The eyes are swollen, reddish and cause pain while you try to move them or turn them. Somehow they appear to be bulging out of the socket. In this case too, photophobia is not uncommon. Interestingly, homeopaths become very clear to administer Spigelia, if such headaches are provided momentary relief when washed with cold water.

These are some of the frequently administered homeopathic medicines for the treatment of cluster headaches. It might take some time for the headaches to be completely cured. But it is possible with natural treatments like homeopathy to be relieved of such violent headaches and lead a comfortable life.