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Homeopathic Medicines for Migraine

Migraine is a disorder characterized by headache, specifically affecting one side of the head (i.e. unilateral side). Migraine headaches are mostly throbbing or pulsating in nature. Common accompanying symptoms are nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, and noise.

Homeopathy carries an excellent scope for treating migraine.  Homeopathic treatment is required in two phases to bring relief, especially in migraine. First, during acute migraine episodes, homeopathic medicines help to relieve pain in the head and its attending symptoms like nausea and vomiting. Once acute pain subsides, the treatment should not be stopped. Relief from acute pain is the first phase of treatment. The treatment is required further, which becomes the second phase of treatment, where homeopathy works in treating the chronic tendency of migraine. These medicines help to prevent the recurrence of migraine and also reduce one’s dependency on medicines. Homeopathic medicines do not work superficially but go to the core of the problem and focus on rooting it out in the second phase of treatment.

Safe option with zero side effects

Homeopathy treats migraine with zero side effects as the medicines used for treatment are of natural origin. Homeopathic medicines work in a very natural and safe way. The basic approach of these medicines is to stimulate or boost the body’s self-healing mechanism to a level where the body can heal itself naturally. Homeopathic medicines are safe to use among people of all age groups.

The time it will take to cure any case of migraine depends on several factors. These include the duration of the complaint, its frequency and severity. In addition, the response of the person’s body to homeopathic medicines decides for how long the homeopathic treatment needs to be continued for a complete cure.

Individualized approach

The basic underlying fundamental principle of homeopathy is treating every case following an individualized approach to get the best results. Homeopathy works wonders only when the medicine is prescribed as per the characteristic key symptoms in every individual case and not just as part of a hit-and-trial method. For example, Belladonna, though the most often recommended medicine for migraine, might not help in all cases. A case where sun exposure triggers headache might need the medicine Glonoine, and in a case where nausea and vomiting are marked with headache, medicine Iris Versicolor may be recommended. Cases with ‘aura’ symptoms may need some other medicine. So, proper consultation from a homeopathic physician with thorough knowledge of the subject is required who will prescribe medicines after detailed evaluation of the case.

Top 10 Homeopathic Medicines for Migraine

The top-ranked homeopathic medicines for migraine are Belladonna, Glonoinum, Iris Versicolor, Epiphegus, Spigelia, Sanguinaria Canadensis,  Nux Vomica, Kali Phos, Natrum Muriaticum and Gelsemium.

1. Belladonna – Top Grade Medicine For Migraine

Though there are numerous medicines available in homeopathy to manage migraine, Belladonna occupies the top position. I can bet this medicine to relieve migraine headache. It is a brilliant medicine to help relieve headaches with intense throbbing, pulsating type of pain.  Beside, there is a feeling of  extreme fullness in the head along with a sensation as if the head would burst. Light seemingly worsens the headache. Noise may get unbearable. In some cases, exposure to cold air may trigger a migraine episode. In others, a head bath with cold water can bring on migraine headache. Manual pressing of the head is the only way one can get some relief.

When to use Belladonna?

This medicine can be used when there is throbbing/pulsating  (beating with strong regular rhythm) headache with a sensation as if the head would burst.

How to use Belladonna?

This medicine can be used in 30C potency twice or thrice a day as per the intensity of pain.

2. Glonoinum – For Congestive Headache

Glonoinum, though mentioned at second position, is as effective as Belladonna for treating migraine with fullness and congestion in head. Those needing it feel excessive blood rush into the head. The head feels very large, as if it would burst. Patients who suffer are seen holding their heads tightly. The eyeballs seem to protrude. Extreme heaviness in the head along with unbearable heat occurs. Uncovering the head relieves the headache. Headache gets better with sleep. However, walking may worsen the headache. Apart from congestive headaches, Glonoinum is a leading medicine administered for headache related to migraine triggered by sun exposure.

When to use Glonoinum?

The use of Glonoine is highly recommended to manage congestive, bursting type of headache triggered by sun exposure.

How to use Glonoinum?

One may take this medicine in 30 C potency one to three times a day depending on the severity of pain. For using its high potencies like 200C one needs to consult a homeopathic physician.

3. Iris Versicolor – For Migraine With Nausea, Vomiting Or Acidity

To manage headache with nausea, vomiting and acidity no medicine does a better job than Iris Versicolor. Though some other medicines can be extremely useful, Iris Versicolor is the first choice. It is best suited when acid reflux leads to a headache. In cases needing it, vomiting of acidic, sour, bitter nature is observed. Bitter, acrid belching with heartburn (intense burning behind the sternum) and burning in the throat is well marked. Other than heartburn, burning may be noted in any part of the alimentary canal. This medicine is also useful in case migraine begins with a blur in front of the eyes.

When to use Iris Versicolor?

Its use is particularly advised to deal with migraine headache attended with nausea, vomiting and acidity.

How to use Iris Versicolor?

This medicine works most wonderfully in 30C potency that can be taken once or twice a day.

4. Epiphegus – For Migraine Triggered By Mental Or Physical Exertion

To treat migraine triggered by exertion (mental or physical), Epiphegus is the best bet. It gives great results when mental or physical exertion sets off the migraine episode. It is used when a slightest deviation from routine work brings on a migraine attack. Although it works for migraine on both sides of the head, comparatively better results are seen when the headache occurs on the left side. A peculiar accompanying symptom is increased saliva with constant inclination to spit.

When to use Epiphegus?

Use of Epiphegus is especially suggested for migraine attacks triggered by either mental or physical exertion.

How to use Epiphegus?

Its 30C potency is good to start with one or two times daily according to magnitude of the problem.

5. Spigelia – Effective Medicine For Left-sided Migraine

Spigelia is undoubtedly the most effective medicine for migraine on the left side. In most cases, the pain begins in the back of the head (occipital region), extends upwards and settles over the left eye. The pain is intense, throbbing and pulsating. A sensation of a tight band around the head is felt. Stooping seems to worsen the headache. Severe pain in the eyeballs may be an accompanying factor. Eye movement worsens this pain.

When to use Spigelia?

It is a good choice of medicine for left-sided headache that starts from the back of the head, goes upwards and finally settles over the left eye.

How to use Spigelia?

It is safe to use Spigelia 30C one or two times daily.

6. Sanguinaria Canadensis – For Migraine Of Right Side

Sanguinaria Canadensis works wonderfully well to settle down migraine on the right side. The characteristic symptom to administer this medicine is pain which starts in the back of the head (occipital region), and then it goes up and sits right over the right eye. Lying down quietly in a dark room or sleeping brings relief. This medicine can also be prescribed when the headache starts in the morning, gets intense during the day and lasts until sunset. Fasting (going without meals) often triggers a migraine headache in some, for which this medicine is helpful. Sanguinaria Canadensis is also a significant medicine for migraine in women during menopause.

When to use Sanguinaria Canadensis?

The key indicating feature to use this medicine is pain beginning in the back of the head, then rising up and settling over the right eye.

How to use Sanguinaria Canadensis?

Its use is mostly recommended in 30C potency one to two time a day.

 7. Nux Vomica – For Migraine With Gastric Issues

Nux Vomica is the most well-suited medicine for migraine with gastric troubles. Migraine associated with indigestion, gas, constipation shows great recovery with the use of Nux Vomica. It is often seen that migraine headache gets triggered by some particular food items. Nux Vomica is suitable when migraine triggers from intake of alcohol, coffee, and spicy food. The headache may be felt in any part of the head. The person feels the need to press the head against something for relief.

When to use Nux Vomica?

The most characteristic feature for using Nux Vomica is migraine linked with indigestion, gas and constipation.

How to use Nux Vomica?

Though this medicine can be used in both low and high potency, initially 30C potency is right to begin with. One may take Nux Vomica 30 C two or three times a day. Keep away from using its high potencies without consulting a homeopathic physician.

8. Kali Phos – For Migraine Due To Stress

To relieve migraine from stress one can surely take this medicine without second thought. The unique indication for the use of Kali Phos is stress, tension, and worry that leads to headache arising from migraine. Such migraine headaches are common among students who suffer school or college-related stress. Exhaustion and weakness usually accompany the migraine in such cases.

When to use Kali Phos?

It is an ideal prescription for cases of migraine triggered from stress, tensions and worry.

How to use Kali Phos?

The recommended dose of this medicine is Kali Phos 6X three to four times a day as per the symptom severity.

9. Natrum Muriaticum – For Migraine Before / During Menses (Menstrual Migraine)

Some women may experience migraine specifically before or during menstruation. For them, Natrum Muriaticum is the best prescription. This medicine works extremely well when migraine attack gets triggered before or during menstrual cycle. This medicine typically works if migraine headache feels like little hammers knocking on the brain. Another kind of headache that can be dealt wonderfully with this medicine is when the headache starts with sunrise, continues through the day and vanishes after sunset. This is popularly known as the “sunrise to sunset headache”. It is also the most suitable prescription for migraine headaches in school girls or in girls who are anaemic. It is also considered the best medicine where numbness or tingling is felt in the nose, tongue or lips before the migraine attack.

When to use Natrum Muriaticum?

This medicine is indicated to manage migraine triggered before or during menstrual cycle and also when headache occurs between sunrise to sunset.

How to use Natrum Muriaticum ?

Its 30 C potency is the most frequently used potency that can be taken once or twice a day.

10. Gelsemium – When Headache Is Preceded By Temporary Vision Loss

Gelsemium is well indicated for cases in which temporary vision loss (blindness) precedes onset of migraine headache. Those who need it usually feel the pain in the back of the head (occipital region). A sensation of a band around the head is also felt. There is heaviness on the eyelids. Excessive sensibility to noise before headache is yet another indication for its use. This medicine can also be given for headache on one side accompanied with dim vision or double vision.

When to use Gelsemium?

This medicine can be selected for cases of migraine with temporary vision loss (blindness) before onset of headache.

How to use Gelsemium?

Use this medicine in 30C potency two or three times a day as the case demands.


1. Migraines are believed to arise due to brain changes affecting nerve communication, and are also thought to originate from brain changes affecting blood vessels. Some believe that both these factors play a role. These changes send pain signals to the brain.

2. Other than these, decrease in the level of brain chemical serotonin may be a causing factor, the research for confirmation of the role of serotonin in migraines is still ongoing.

3. Genetics is also thought to play a role in migraine as persons having migraine often have a family history of migraine. About two thirds of the migraine cases have a family history of migraine. If a person has one parent with migraine then he/she has 50 percent chance to suffer the same. Both the parents suffering from migraine increases  the risk to 75 per cent in their children.

4. In some cases psychological conditions like anxiety, depression, are linked with migraine


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  1. Goutam Chakraborty says:

    My daughter,Rupsaa Chakraborty age 22yr. Studing BDS and stay in hostel, she suffering migraine last2 yr.Her migraine is due to stress and psychological conditions like anxiety, depression.please help me for relip her migraine pain.thank you
    My mob no 9563839099 ( what’s app)

  2. Lesley Gregerson says:

    I suffer from sever chronic migraine that can last for several weeks.
    It often but not always commences with visual disturbances and partial blindness effecting mostly the left side.
    Sever pain in left temple, over eyes extending down left side of
    Nose. Pain also in forehead left side, occipital and back of Nick into shoulders.
    The migraines are often proceeded by frequent urination, long sleep or sleeplessness and anxiety. I am not anxious except before and sometimes durning a migraine. I can experience restless anxiety like waves of anxiety felt mostly in legs.
    I feel very unwell before and during a migraine, totally drained, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, slight confusion, my brain simply doesn’t want to work like in a haze as if drugged. I can’t think of words, am forgetful. Am very on the ball and capable when well.
    I have a strong sense of duty, am extremely helpful and reliable. A big heart though can be exacting.
    I have many food intolerances and obviously avoid them. Unfortunately, more intolerances develop and it takes a while to figure out what they are.
    Recently I have been experiencing abdominal and stomach problems. Also much gas.
    I prefer to be alone, am generally happy and busy when well.
    So far no remedies have helped.

  3. Amit Kumar Sharma says:

    Hello Dr.
    My wife has mapped tongue and gastric trouble, she also has throbbing headache which could not be replaced by allopathy. Most of the time it is of either one sided. Need your Kind help on this issue.

    I already give her taraxacum 200 and spigelia 30 , both medicine give very less relief.

  4. Noel Furie says:

    I didn’t see any reference to an extreme appetite and binging before the migraine sets in. Is there a remedy that covers that symptom? Otherwise, Nat Mur seems to be indicated

  5. Nakoa Nishikawa says:

    im in need of your advice on my migraines, here’s a fast brief of my migraines, I feel as its genetics my moms sister and her self had them at my age and seems like not anymore, I’m 21 right now and I’ve had Chronic migraines since I was in 7th grade so around at the age of 12 I would repeatedly have them during school and miss a lot of my classes spending all my time in health rooms, I’d I would get 10 migraines in a month. Doctors couldn’t figure them out so when I was 18 I switched doctors and seen a neurologist and they did a nerve block in the back of my head and asked me about botox which I didn’t do. we went over a mai scan and everything looks okay. I’ve been using a note book to keep track of my triggers from his suggestion, and over the past years my migraines are declining, the list goes on by triggers of stress to food, alcohol smoking dehydration. right now I’m getting them as common and coming to point of desperately trying to figure why there triggering a lot more.

  6. Mary Welty says:

    Dr. Sharma, My 26-year-old son suffers from chronic migraines that occur every single day. He also experiences persistent visual aura that never seems to end and produces significant cognitive impairment. Every migraine medication has been tried and failed.
    In many ways, the persistent aura is more debilitating than the pain. Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Dr Jamshed Khan says:

    Contact me for all type of migraine 100%cure in homiopathic treatment. I m senior physician Dr Jamshed khan MD homiopath from allahabad. Contact me 9839715758 indian patients

    • why not patients from other countries

    • Hai Dr.i am Thomas from tamilnadu. my son age 13. He is suffering from Left side migraine fore head to side of temple. Today he had severe headache in school & vomited. Normally he sleeps when pain starts & gets better. What is the remedy for this problem. He is suffering for the past 4 to 5 yes. Monthly once or in long gap he suffers.

  8. Devendra Patel says:

    Good afternoon sir
    My daughter had migraine since 4-5 years. Initial 2-3 year it was daily and now 3-4 days a week. She consulted with 2-3 neurophysician and psychiatrist as well.
    She also take some aur vedic treatment but no relive. Kindly advice the treatment…

  9. Jalil (PhD) says:

    Hi, Dr . Sharma, I have pain on the left side of my head triggered by the TMJ Joint . It generate electric spark. It diagnosed as facial neuralgia. Can you please suggest homeopathy medicine for this treatment?

  10. Оксана says:

    Добрый вечер. Очень дано страдаю мигренями. Во время месячных всегда, также ещё несколько раз в месяц по 2-3 дня. Чаще с левой стороны. Подскажите, пожалуйста, препараты и схему приёма.

  11. I am a Physical Therapist with severe 3 day hormonal migraines monthly now for 30 years (more than half my life). like others in this comment section, I have tried everything (including all the neuro drugs, and hormone replacements, cranial work, diet changes, spiritual etc etc). I had a homeopath for 2 years prescribed Belladona 1M which alleviated 1 migraine, and Sepia 1M alleviated one. since i have headaches every month, this wasnt that helpful. While I do regularly use homeopathy for symptoms of a migraine (and for any other illness) Nat Mur is a go to for alleviating stomach/vomiting, but i need help. I want to alert this group to a device i am using called Nerivio ( It is a simple electical stimulation device almost identical to a TENS unit. (different wave form and specialized to brain) Strap a sticky pad on your upper arm, use an app on your phone to turn it on and volume control until it hurts a little, use it for 45 min. no side effects (other than the unknown exposure to phone radiation ugh!). I have eliminated about 50% of my migraines. There is a $10 trial for your first one. and now i know you are skeptical that i am some sort of representative. nope, i just do not want anyone to experience what i have between pain, missed life, and money loss. lets help each other. please just check out the website. i also encourage you to continue homeopathy. seriously its at least cheap to try. It is a brilliant solution for many health issues, including migraines. But for me not the only answer.

    • Thank you for the suggestion. Sometimes I am too sick to take time and effort to search for a remedy or I pick the wrong one. Will give this a look-see. One last comment for those interested…this is one of the best websites for reviewing possible remedies. Dr. Sharma has a wonderful ability to pick out the most relevant symptoms and character traits. Appreciate your service Dr. Sharma and wish all who come here the very best outcome.

  12. Hi Dr.Sharma,

    My wife is suffering from the right side head ache. and pain on back side of head and neck. on right side of the Head felt like numb and heavy in after noon and comes down at 6 pm.

    can yow tell me which medicine will help

  13. Hello, I’m researching a homeopathic remedy for my migraines. Almost always on left temple and last 3 days. Often start during sleep or in the morning, but not all the time. Often accompanied by lethargy, but I can still carry on with most normal tasks. Occasionally, too severe, requiring rest. Often, the pain is not so intense as the debilitating feeling of being in a fog and lack of physical & mental ability to do much. Acupuncture has helped a little. OTC drugs rarely work. Caffeine does not seem to help. Never have been able to identify any food trigger. Very possible triggers are full moon, atmospheric pressure change, stress, change of season.

    • ANIL KUMAR SAHAY says:

      I got left sided migrain after removal of gall bladder
      Migrain is associated with gas and constipation
      Every day i am suffering from this disease I tried
      Spigelia lachesis iris v china lycopodium but all
      Invain please suggest me suitable medicine

    • Avtar chahal says:

      Hi Sharma ji

      I have chronic pain which stays in the left side of the temple and then goes all over the head causing
      pressure on eyes, blurry vision and sensitivity to light.
      Please advise or call 4087848100


      Avtar Singh Chahal

  14. Narendra Sharma M N says:

    I am suffering from migraine headache specially on the backside of rightside of head. I am having stiffneck, cervical spondulosys as well as lumbar spondulosys. Suffering from severe acidity erosions in stomach. Underwent angioplasty for two blocks. Not suffered from heart attack. Severe lowback pain. Giddiness, specially increases while driving. Sometimes I feel vehicle backside, while statiotined while stopped near signal. Suffering from severe from stomach ache. Pain at lower back of head. It is severe

  15. Amit Gupta says:

    Hello sir,
    I am suffering from migraine headache. Need you consultation
    Pl let me know suitable time & share your contact details


    Sir, My self Ranjan Kumar Patra,54 y, Male, having migraine attacks that begin with flickering aura, Shooting pain is experienced in the temporal region. Some times Vertigo may accompany the headache.
    In my school career I was suffering from fits and controlled by using MAZETOL Tab for 3to 4 years.
    The above effect was 4 to 5 years (AURA) .
    Please advise , I am a Vegeterian.

    • Amit Gupta says:

      Hello sir,
      I am suffering from migraine headache. Need you consultation
      Pl let me know suitable time & share your contact details

  17. sawab khan says:

    hi , sir can I use belladonna and Kali phos 200 together for migraine,,,,as I have all the symptoms of both medicine,,,thanks

  18. Suresh kumar says:

    Sir ,I am a professional doctor my wife as a sever headch last 5year septome nausea vomiting and right back side and cover the all part of neack and forehead.sir plz advice a short treatment for me

  19. Anup Sahoo says:

    Hello sir,
    I am taking homeopathic medicine for sinusitis and migraine form last 6months and spent 13,000/- but didn’t get any results.
    Again they are charging 24,000. For a new course.

    Please let me know is that really going to work or they are simply Making me fool.

  20. Rina Kundu says:

    I am suffering in migrain last four years. Both siedes of forehead , either right side or left side severe intolerabe pain casues vomiting and insufficient sleep. How its ocuurs and when it will happen that is unknown to me .But as per my observation when excessive sun light or cold nd after hair bath it happens to me .

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