Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Homeopathy for Sudden Headache Cures: Home Remedies and Natural Treatment for Head Pain in Children

Headache or intermittant head pains are the most common medical complaint affecting individuals of all ages. The condition is clinically referred to as 'Cephalgia'. Headaches are attributed to different factors including migraine, stress or tension , nutritional deficiency, eyesight problems or vascular disorders. As per cure research, the prevalence of headaches in 2003 was approximately one in six people and affected over 45 million Americans, that year. Fortunately most headaches are not linked to any disease and fortunately can be treated promptly with simple home remedies and homeopathy.

What is Headache? Causes of Sudden Head Pain in Children 

Headache is associated
with a host of conditions
Headache or Head Pain refers to pain anywhere in the head or the neck region. Clinically the condition is referred to as Cephalgia and is considered to be a symptom associated with a host of medical conditions.

It should be noted that brain tissue itself doesn’t have any pain receptors and hence is not sensitive to pain, however the surrounding organs including the muscles, arteries, nerves, veins, ears, eyes and sinuses have pain receptors and often contribute to headaches. There are three basic factors that are responsible for headaches. Headaches are associated with either vascular problem which interferes with the normal circulation of blood to the head region, muscular tension and muscular spasms which may result in contraction of muscles of the head or a combination of the two. These factors are the underlying reasons for headaches.

Some of the common causes responsible for headaches include, 
  • Injury or infection in the head. Meningitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and results in head pain.
  • Cervical spondylisis and elevated blood pressure are considered to be common causes of headaches in adults
  • Other factors responsible for headache include stress and anxiety which often result in sudden tension headaches due to contraction of the muscles of the scalp. Poor posture and depression are also factors responsible for head pain
  • In females, premenstrual syndrome is a leading cause of headache. Females may also experience headaches especially during menopause. Iron deficiency anemia in women is also a common cause for morning headaches.  
On the other hand, common causes for headache in children include poor eyesight or eye strain, toothache which may be associated with gum disease, sinus infection, earache often associated with sinusitis, common cold, etc. In rare cases persistent headaches may be linked with tumors in and around the brain tissue

Migraine and Tension Headache: Headache Symptoms
Migraine and tension headaches are the most common types of headaches observed and they can be clearly differentiated based on the symptomatology and manifestation.  

 Tension Headaches have some key characteristics which are as follows,  
  1. Tension headaches comprise of 70% of all headaches that affect practically all individuals at some point in their life.
  2. Tension headaches are associated with dull to moderate pain, without being able to identify a single point. Pain is often felt in the form of pressure and is continuous
  3. Lasts for a few minutes to a few days and affects both the sides of the head.
Migraines on the other hand are characterized by a different presentation, 
  1. Migraines account to 25% of all the headaches and their incidence is higher in women
  2. Migraines are associated with incapacitating pain which affects any one side of the head. Often the condition is associated with symptoms like nausea, dizziness, vomiting and swelling on one side of the face, hypersensitivity of light, noise or slightest movement
  3. Migraines have a sudden onset and a bout may last for ten to thirty minutes.
  4. Aura is also associated with flashing lights, blind spots and temoprary loss of vision. Other visual symptoms include colored spots with wavy zig-zag lines.   
Homeopathy for Throbbing Headaches : Treating Nausea with Headache Naturally

Homeopathy is very effective in managing headaches of all forms and should be considered as the first line of treatment. Though over the counter pain killers are effective, most NSAIDs in the long run. Homeopathy has no side effects as it is based on natural cure principle. Some of the effective homeopathic remedies for Headache include,
Homeopathy effective
against headaches
  • Glonoine: This homeopathic remedy is very effective of violent and congestive headaches. The indication for the use of this remedy is when there is a high degree of anxiety associated with a strong and heavy throbbing headache. Glonoine is very effective in treating tension headaches and can relive pain within a few minutes.
  • Natrum Mur: Natrum Mur is typically effective in management of migraine headache which is associated with nausea, vomitting and gastric upset.  Characteristically Natrum Mur is indicated in individuals who tend to have attacks of migraine during the day and improve after sunset. Natrum Mur is very effective in left sided migraine
  • Bryonia Alba: This drug is often indicated in headaches that have a slow and gradual onset. Bryonia can treat cluster headaches and tension headaches with great efficacy. Bryonia is indicative when the pain affects the occipital region and radiates down to the neck. 
Home Remedies for Tension Headaches: Natural Treatment for Sudden Headache

Here are some easily available but very effective natural and home remedies for management of all forms of headaches in children and adults. 
  • Raw honey is considered to be very beneficial in the management of headache. Honey acts as a decongestant and also induces relaxation and sleep by increasing the production of serotonin. Honey is the best home remedy for treating tension or stress related headaches.
  • Turmeric and Cinnamon are also good herbs to treat head pain effectively. Both the herbs taken in combination with honey, have a strong anti-inflammatory effect can help relieve the symptoms associated with the condition
  • Spinach juice and carrot juice are also considered to benefit in the management of acute headache. Both these juices are loaded with vitamins and minerals which may play a crucial role in relieving headaches.
  • Iron, Magnesium and Calcium supplements may also contribute in reducing chronic headache, especially when the headache are associated with the deficiency of these supplements
  • Ginger and Garlic also exert anti inflammatory action. Ginger tea is considered to benefit in the management of migraine and tension headaches significantly. 

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