A migraine Headache is characterised by recurrent attacks of severe Pain, usually on one side of the head. It may be preceded by flashes of light or spots before the Eyes, or a ringing in the ears, and accompanied by double vision, nausea, Vomiting or dizziness. The attacks vary in frequency from daily occurrences to once every few years.
Many disturbances, such as food allergies, temporary swelling of the brain, and endocrine disturbances have been suspected of causing this disorder. Although the exact cause is unknown, the Pain is believed to be associated with constriction followed by dilation of blood vessels leading to and within the brain.
Untreated attacks may last for many hours. Mild attacks are often relieved by common sedatives such as aspirin. Severe attacks are treated with ergotamine, which may stop the Headache if administered at an early stage.
Ginkgo biloba (6)
Evening Primrose Oil
Fish Oil (2)
If the Headache is unusually severe, persistent or recurrent, seek medical advice.
Throbbing, bursting Headache with rapid onset.
Face flushed, scalp may be sore, jarring makes it worse.
Can be brought on by too much sun or heat.
Splitting or bursting Headache.
Spreads from head downwards.
Worse for the slightest movement, pressing the head helps.
Wants to lie absolutely still with Eyes shut.
Dull Headache at back of head spreading to neck and shoulders.
Can feel like a tight band round head or pressure on top of head.
Eyes may feel heavy or hurt when moved.
Patient feels drowsy and stupefied.
Useful for hangover-type Headache with dizziness.
Also for typical tension Headache brought on by Stress.
Made worse by cold air, moving Eyes.
Tends to be irritable with the Headache.
Any type of Headache which is better for walking about in open air.
Headache tends to be one-sided, coming from one small spot.
Often a sensation of pressure at the root of the nose.
Can have migraine-type flashes of light or blurring in vision.
Headache typically comes on after emotional upset.
Often feels like a nail driven into one spot of the head. Pressure on that spot may ease the Pain.
Pain comes from back of neck, over head to one eye.
May be triggered by missing a meal.
Also Headache over Eyes related to sinus congestion.
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