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Tension Headaches – Homeopathic Treatment

Of all the types of headaches, the tension-type is the most common. About 80 percent of people who suffer frequent headaches are victims of tension headaches. In most cases, a tension headache is a dull, steady ache or a feeling of tightness or pressure on both sides of the head. The symptoms may be felt in the back of the neck and the head, in the temples, or as if there were a too-tight band circling the forehead. There appears a diffused, dull pain in the head. Homeopathic medicines for tension headache give relief during an acute attack and also helps treat the chronic tendency of such headaches. The top homeopathic medicines used to treat tension headaches include Kali Phos, Cimicifuga Racemosa, and Gelsemium Sempervirens.        homeopathic medicines for tension headache

Tension headaches are also known as stress headaches and are triggered by stress. People of any age group can be affected, but a headache due to stress is commonly seen in late teens and adults.
Tension headaches are divided into two groups- episodic tension headache and chronic tension headache.
When tension headaches appear for less than 15 days in a month for three months, they are called episodic tension headache. Chronic tension headaches are the ones that occur for 15 or more than 15 days every month for three months.

Top Homeopathic Medicines for Tension Headache

Homeopathy carries an excellent scope to treat tension headaches. Initially, homeopathic medicines help provide relief in an acute attack of a tension headache. Following this, these medicines help treat chronic tendencies of tension headaches. Homeopathy medicine for tension headache can reduce the intensity and frequency of the symptoms. The medicines are selected individually for every case of a tension headache based on the characteristic symptoms and the triggering factors.

1.  Kali Phos – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Tension Headache

Kali Phos is top grade medicine for tension headache triggered by stress, anxiety and emotional disturbances. It also works well in case a tension headache is linked to depression. Symptoms like sadness, excessive weeping, weakness, exhaustion, a sensation of a heavyweight in the back of the head and sensitivity to noise indicate the need for Kali Phos.

2. Cimicifuga Racemosa – For Tension Headache with Contracted Neck Muscles

Cimicifuga Racemosa is a medicine prepared from the roots of a plant named ‘black cohosh’ of natural order Ranunculaceae. It is a well indicated homeopathic medicine for a tension headache with contracted neck muscles. The pain is present in the entire head and radiates to back of the neck and the shoulders. This is attended with soreness of the neck and shoulders.

3. Gelsemium Sempervirens – For Tension Headache with a Band Sensation around the Head

Gelsemium Sempervirens is a natural medicine prepared from the plant yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family Loganiaceae, and bark of its root is used to make the medicine. This medicine is used for tension headaches where the person feels as if a band is tied tightly across the forehead. Along with this, there is a dull pain in the head. A sensation of weight, pressure, and heaviness in the head is also present. In most cases, pain begins in neck muscles that extend over the entire head. Applying pressure and sleeping tends to relieve the headache.

Other Significant Medicines

4. Epiphegus – For Tension Headache Triggered by Overexertion and Fatigue

Epiphegus is a medicine prepared from the fresh plant named ‘beech drop’ of the order Orobanchaceae. It is a prominent medicine to treat a tension headache triggered by overexertion and fatigue. A headache appears in the temples of the head. Hunger may precede a headache. A peculiar feature is increased salivation with constant spitting. Good sleep may bring relief from the headache.

5. Glonoinum – For Tension Headache Triggered by Sun

Glonoinum is a beneficial medicine for tension headache triggered by sunlight. A headache in the front, back of the head and also behind the ears appears. In some cases, there is a pain in the nape of the neck that extends to the top of the head. Congestion, heat, and soreness are felt in the head. The headache may get better after sleep.

6. Nux Vomica – For Tension Headache Triggered by Alcohol

Nux Vomica is a highly recommended medicine for tension headache triggered by alcohol intake. The pain appears on the forehead, vertex (top of head) and occiput (back of the head). Mental irritability, scalp sensitivity on touch, and mental strain triggering a tension headache are the main symptoms indicating the need for Nux Vomica. This medicine is also suitable for treating tension headache that gets triggered by the intake of coffee.

7. Ignatia Amara – For Tension Headache Triggered by Smoking

Ignatia Amara is a suitable medicine for a tension headache triggered by smoking. Sometimes smelling tobacco may also trigger a tension headache. The pain from the head may extend down the neck. This may be attended with a tender scalp. Stooping may worsen a headache. Sleeplessness may also be present. Ignatia Amara is also recommended for tension headaches associated with depression.

8. Belladonna – For Tension Headache from Cold and Sinus Infection

Belladonna is a natural medicine prepared from a plant named ‘deadly nightshade.’ The natural order of this plant is Solanaceae. It is a very useful medicine for tension headache that develops from cold and sinus infections. Fullness in the head, pain in forehead, back and side of the head, fluent coryza (inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose) and sneezing are the characteristic symptoms. Light and noise may worsen the headache, while pressure tends to relieve the headache.

9. Lycopodium Clavatum – For Tension Headache Triggered by Skipping Meals

Lycopodium Clavatum is a medicine prepared from the plant ‘club moss’ belonging to the family Lycopodiaceae. It works well for tension headaches triggered by skipping or missing meals. Symptoms include a headache in the back of the head and over the eyes. Pain from the head may extend down the neck with weakness. This is attended with soreness of the scalp. It may get better by lying down.

10. Ruta Graveolens – For Tension Headache due to Eye Strain

Ruta Graveolens is a medicine recommended for tension headaches triggered by eye strain. It is a plant-based medicine prepared from the plant ‘garden rue’ belonging to the family Rutaceae. Pressure in the forehead, pain in the forehead that extends to the temples, aching eyes, a pressure in the eye orbits, heat in the head, anxiety, and restlessness are the characteristic symptoms that indicate towards this medicine.

11. Coffea Cruda – For Tension Headache Triggered by Noise

Coffea Cruda is a well-indicated medicine for tension headache triggered by noise. The head feels tight, and there is a heaviness in the forehead above eyes. Motion and light tend to worsen the headache. A tension headache that is triggered by certain smells is also treated with Coffea Cruda.

12. Carbolic Acid – For Tension Headache with Scalp Tenderness

Carbolic Acid is a prominent medicine for tension headache attended with scalp tenderness. There is a headache with a sensation as if a tight band is stretched over the forehead from temple to temple. There is fullness in the head with dull aching. The scalp is tender to touch, and there may be a pain in the neck.

Main Causes of Tension Headaches

The exact reason behind a tension headache is not clear, but tensed or contracted muscles of head, scalp, and neck is thought to be a reason. They usually result from the contraction of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression or anxiety. Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause such headaches. Such activities include typing or the use of computers, fine work with the hands, and the use of a microscope. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can also trigger this type of headache. Other causes include eye-strain, fatigue, alcohol use, excessive smoking, excessive use of caffeine, sinus infection, nasal congestion, over-exertion, colds, dehydration, skipping meals too often and contracting influenza. Tension headaches are not associated with structural lesions in the brain.

Symptoms of Tension Headache

The main symptoms of a tension headache include a dull, aching pain in the whole head (and not localized in a specific part of the head), a tight band-like sensation around the head, pain in the back of the neck, shoulders along with the entire head, tenderness of scalp, shoulder and neck muscles, tight muscles in neck, scalp, and shoulders, head pain that worsens as the day passes, sensitivity to light and sound, tiredness, irritability, nausea and trouble sleeping.

Managing Tension Headaches

Some methods to manage the symptoms of a tension headache include:

  1. Identifying the trigger factors and trying to avoid them.
  2. Regularly exercising the neck and shoulder muscles.
  3. Managing stress through yoga, meditation, and hobbies.
  4. Maintaining proper posture while sleeping or sitting.
  5. Taking enough sleep.
  6. Maintaining adequate light when doing work like sewing or reading to avoid eye strain that can trigger a tension headache.
  7. Massaging the neck and scalp.
  8. Using a hot compress to relax tensed muscles

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  1. Kirti Kumar Gupta says:

    Hello Doctor,

    My name is Kirti Kumar Gupta. I am 42 years now.I am suffering from headache since last 2 years now. First time when it started, it took just 20 min to go after taking Flaxon MR. In early phase it was appearing maximum twice in a month which lateron increases to almost twice in a week. Now even after having Flaxon MR it takes 1 hr to get disappeared. There is no perticular time when it arises… some time even i have to wake up with headache around 5 to 6 am.

    Points for trigerring the pain:
    1. Skipping lunch everyday.
    2. Eye sight weak and now started wearing glasses.
    3. Thinks a lot.
    4. Gets irretated easily.

    Requesting to please help me advising homeopathy as don’t want to have Flaxon MR as seems it affecting somewhat my memory. I started forgetting the things very easily.


  2. Arjun Sarkar says:

    My gas problem. Please medicine name sir

  3. Abdur Rahman says:

    Gd nn Sir,
    Am abdur rahman. For past 7 years i have head pain and i have treatment in homeopathic for seven years bt till time its nt cure. I have take CT scan in 2015 feb. Some dr are said no pbm in scan. What can i do. Pls give some medicine name. Thanku sir

  4. RAJAN SINGH says:



    MAJOR PROBLEM ARE SHE IS PYSCO , ALWAYS ANGRY, RUDELY NO ANY INTEREST LIKE TV,BOOK,TOUR, OTHER. She suspects me wrong..? before 3 year one my friend Guide her for wrong information. So that.
    Now position she always suffering with head pain, Screwy, angry.
    so please advise me/help me best medicine





    our elder sister-in-law has been suffering from headache for more than 15 years. now she is 40 years old. she has consulted specialists in alopathy they treated and prescribed medicines for long time. it has been temporarily relieved whenever treated. against repeated heached .finally doctors advised not to used medicines long time ,thay may cause to damage nervous system in head. could your pleased suggest us sollution. she is house-wife . whenever she makes much work and feels stress she is being caused headache.


      I am having SEVERE chronic tension headache due to stress for a long period. Initially the headache starts in the forehead & above eyes. Then it goes to backside.

  6. I’ve been having a tension headache for years, it’s constant pain in a forehead.
    Could homeopathy help?

    Thanks, Alex

  7. radha govind sarangi says:

    A pressure sensation is remaining since 1992 after an episode of analgesic reaction as well as overthoughts on life events occurred. I had been to Bagayam Vellore, CMCH having pshychiatric treatment there as they ruled out any physical problem after tests. Took LICAB AND Antidepressant upto 2006. Initially some help but afterwards no benifit came. So, decided and left all the medicines at a time from 2008. I am ok without any serious problem but the pressure sensation still persisting which makes me concerned though not helpless. This symptom is irritating always and increases when I suffer from fever or physical weaknesses and makes me weak. It effects sleep silently and I do not feel healthy due to this.

    Kind request, if u can help me out?

  8. Shreya Reddy says:

    I am getting headache since 3 months. Getting pain in the neck and all over the head. No relief with any pain killer.

    Clear MRI and EEG.
    No vomiting & nausea
    No other issues.

    It starts immediately after getting up in the morning and stays all over the day.

    Already used Neproxen, Sibelium, topiramate, inderal, etc…. No relief yet….

    Any suggestions, please advice.

    • suresh deswal says:

      same here dear.. if you get some solution then tell me

    • Sitaram. I have 100 percent solution. Please Apply mahanarayan oil over neck and shoulders regularly. Ayurvedic medicines yograj guggul or cervilon works wonder on this. This is an excellent remedy . Sleep straight on spine without a will be cured within 8 days..thank you

  9. surutibhaskar says:

    i am was affected from severe sprain from neck till upto lumbar region so that i have severe headache and lower back pain since three yrs.when headache starts my eyes become very red.stinging type of headache it will > by giving pressure. pls provide me a best sol for my complaint sir.

    • Raman Kumar says:

      Mam I’m suffering from same problem which you discussed above and I’m suffering from this problem from last 3years..I’m a student I’m 21 year old…mam please help affects my studies hardly…

  10. Arunoday Matra says:

    Sir, I am 54, working pvt
    ltd. company. work pressure tense me. no suger , no by pressure. suggest me medicine to avoid mental tension

  11. My husband is suffering from tension headache,unable to sleep,don’t wanna sit with family etc

  12. Hi I am 32 and male. I have had narcolepsy all my life but just recently diagnosed and given adderal 20 mg twice a day. I have had colotis since 16 and take Asacol and anti inflammatory which helps. I would like to stop both.

    I have horrible cataplexy. My hands shake and every other place too on my body tingling and needing to sit. It’s very hard to be on my feet and work and I suffer from it financially. I have horrible headaches feeling as if they come from behind both eyes and usually worse on right side but not always. Feeling in the temples as a pulsating chronic headache daily and prior to beginning adderal 3 months ago and presently feeling this. Fir many years I’ve had headaches. I get dizzy as they onset and cannot see. Stooping makes it worse and I’ve used warm compressed that have helped but nothing else.

    Sleeping is hard due to waking frequently to jolting dreams and visions. I sometimes hallucinate due to the narcolepsy but more frequently do I have visions as I go to sleep.

    Extreme tiredness during the day and dizziness and feeling of lightheaded mess as I stand.

    Exercise makes it worse. Muscles hurt as is normal in cataplexy.

    With my wife I experience hyper sexual behavior and dry mouth. I have an addictive personality. I ask too many questions and feel drained by worrying about satisfying others. I have guilt ridden emotions.

    I started taking homeopathic 30 c phosphorous the other day based on reading the constitution seeming to fit me. I take 3 pellets 3 a day and arnica same with rhus tox all 30 min from each other and food. This is for pain management but so far no help. Both I just began yesterday.

    I thought to try nux moschata for narcolepsy but wanted your opinion first?

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question and address my issues.

  13. RyutaroMashiko says:

    As last resort went into to see Debbie for treetmant of left hip. At this time I could not walk without discomfort. Explained my problem to Debbie who also then explained Bowen Therapy. I thought well if this works I will be surprised but I was ready to try anything other then surgery. After the 1st treetmant I felt much better, still uncomfortable but much improved. After several treetmants/sessions I can now walk up stairs without pian, walk for 2-3 miles and keep going.Thank you Debbie for a new me!Kathy

  14. a k srivastava says:

    i am suffering from a bad tension headache everyday. My neck and shoulders are always stressed. I need advice for hoemeopathyic medicine.

  15. Wajih Ahmad says:

    I am 39years age.When I meet any person and talking then my neck becomes very tight in back side and head in pressre .please suggest me medicine. This problem since 6years.

  16. kel evers says:

    Any natural treatments for FIBROMYALGIA & DIABETES? Treating numbness in feet & narcolepsy?
    Thanks for your advice

  17. pinky khan says:

    hi dr.
    my name is pinky. i am 30 yrs old
    my weight is 80 kgs.
    i have chronic depression and anxiety.
    i am.having dipran night.
    i get frequent bouts of acidity if my stomach is empy.
    i have a chronic constipation also.

    . my main concern is that i get sudden headache after little physical exertion. with a feeling of cold and fever .and heavy eye lids.pain in back of neck.
    this is happening since 2 yrs.i recently had a c-section 3 months before.i fell very week and tired .
    mood keeps on changing.
    my friend sugested kali phos200 c thrice a day for tiredness with it the right medicine.i am not getting any relief.

  18. Jenny Erasmus says:

    Dear Dr Sharma
    I really think your explanation is most fitting to this problem
    I suffer with migraines and been sick for number of years now
    I get quite ill and vomit with vertigo which lasts for a day or more
    I need to see my audiologist to reposition my balance so i can at least walk normally again as i have a balance problem which is called meniers
    I have a very stressful lifestyle and tense my neck and shoulder muscles also clench my jaw
    This cause inflammation which in turn brings on these attacks
    Please give advise what i must focus on as i know i need to make some life changes for long term results

  19. Avinash Mane says:

    Hi Sir,
    I am Avinash Mane and following is my medical history. Could you please suggest for the same.

    Avinash Mane Medical History

    1. Typhoid ( 2001)
    2. After typhoid treatment abdominal pain for 1 year(2001-2002)
    3. Toxoplasmosis – Toxoplasmosis IGG +ve (Retinal scar in right eye near macula) (2002)
    4. Migraine ( 2003 )
    5. Recurrent infection of toxoplasmosis – Toxoplasmosis IGG +ve ( Same retinal scar got enlarged) (2004)

    2005 to Sep 2011 – No Problem (Everything was fine)

    6. In Sep 2011 to June 2012
    One structure in left eye vision which changes his shapes with eye vision direction(Vitreous opacities),
    some floaters in both eyes,
    blurred vision,
    problem with bright light,
    problem while watching small hatch type patterns.
    neck pain and small pain in occipital lobe.
    imbalance while walking,
    sometime light flash,
    problem with loud sound.
    – Went to
    Ophthalmologist and VR Surgeon- He said no any active toxoplasmosis infection
    Physician – He did MRI. (Nothing found in MRI,Normal MRI)
    ENT Surgeon – He said ears looks fine. You have muscle strain
    He gave Neurobion forte tablet(Vitamin b12). I felt somewhat ok with this medicine.
    After that i only remained with blurred vision, opacities(floaters) and some sensitivity to loud sound.
    I stopped this medicine because my body got swelled for 7 days( Didn’t find any reason for swelling, i thought that was due to medicine).

    7. From July 2012 to August 2012
    I had following symptoms( I tried to adopt these symptoms):-
    One structure in left eye vision which changes his shapes with eye vision direction(Vitreous opacities),
    some floaters in both eyes,
    blurred vision,
    little problem with bright light,
    little problem with loud sound,

    8. From Sept 2012 to Nov 2012
    I felt small weakness at any time and for 1 to 2 hrs.
    Then i moved to homeopathy and started homeopathy treatment from well-known doctor.

    9. From Nov 2012 to June 2013
    Then i continued with homeopathy
    from march to June i was feeling ok.
    I adopted those floaters.
    Sensitivity to bright light and sound got decreased.
    Weakness and tiredness decreased up to 95%.

    10. From July to August 2013
    Suffered from breathlessness,
    Feeling congestion in upper respiratory tract.
    Went to
    Physician –
    He did ECG , PFT and stress test ( everything was fine, normal reports)
    ENT –
    Did Para-nasal sinus x-ray. and said small infection of maxillary sinusitis (Wrong Diagnosis).
    Given antibiotic dose. But not felt well
    Ayurveda Doctor –
    Due to some reason left homeopathy and tried Ayurveda.

    11. From Sept 2013 to Nov 2013
    Taken Ayurveda medicine and breathlessness problem got solved.

    12 . From Dec 2013 to Jan 2014
    started old problems tiredness and weakness cured by homeopathy and
    some additional things like
    small headache in forehead near eye socket and sometime behind eyes.
    small amount of Dizziness,
    Sensitivity to sound got increased,
    Now sound like horn, or with higher pitch is irritating me
    and increasing some headache,
    facing some time extra excitement,
    Not able to concentrate on Work

    I showed it to Neurologist: ( last week)
    He said it is tension headache..

    Homocystein level is elvated and vitamin d3 level is less in number. currently taking vitamin supplements and homeopathy treatment from well known doctor. I have some improvment but not feeling 100% feet.

  20. dr.sheetal gangwal says:

    My mother is having chronic muscle tension headache,no relief from any treatment.we tried homo. Ayur.,allop. But no result can you help me orsuggest..

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