Natrum muriaticum [Nat-m]
“One of our best remedies for chronic headaches,”
“The headaches are awful: dreadful pains: bursting, compressing as in a voice: as if skull would be crushed in.”
“Little hammers in the head as soon as moves: on waking in a.m.”
May begin at 10 or 11 a.m., last till 3 p.m. or evening.
Periodic, every day, or third or fourth day.
Better sleep: must go to bed and be perfectly quiet ( Bryonia). Intermitted fever headaches, after much malaria and quinine. Relief from sweating: or relief to all but head from sweating. ( Gelsemium has (>) from copious urination.)
May begin with fiery zigzags ( Sepia)
Beware of Nat. mur. when acute and violent: it may needlessly increase the suffering: give its “acute” Bryonia: and after the paroxysm, Nat. mur.
Characteristics. Weepy ( Pulsatilla) but no one must see. Emotional to pathetic things, books, plays. Worse, or anger from consolation. Aversion to bread, fats : desire for salt. A crack in middle of lower lip ( Sepia).
Headaches nervous, bilious, periodic, violent.
Better lying and quiet : often cured by sleep, even a short sleep ( Phosphorus).
Relief from lying down, or from violent motion (slow Pulsatilla). Long walk in open air that warms her, relieves.
Worse stooping, coughing, jarring, light, thinking. Better hard exercise or a tight bandage, or applied heat: but worse hot room.
Occipital headaches, loathing of food: then nausea and vomiting: then sleep and wakes without it. Headache with nausea: worse smell of food. Fiery zigzags ( Nat. mur.).
In the Sepia patient: characteristically sallow with brown patches. Indifferent: wants to get away and be at peace. Hates fuss.
“The headaches can scarcely be described, they come with such violence.
“Tearing, burning in brain, in scalp, with fear, with fever, with anguish,”
Fullness and heaviness in forehead, as if an outpressing weight there : as if all would be forced out at the forehead. (Compare Sulph., Belladonna, down one nostril Borax.)
Throbbing in left forehead with strong beats in right side by fits.
Skull constricted by a ligature ( Sulph.).
Aconite is sudden: wild : worse from cold winds; with restlessness, anguish, fear.
Headaches of great violence.
Congestion: red, hot face: dilated pupils.
Violent throbbing in brain and carotids.
Violent shoots and cutting stabs.
Jerking headache: worse walking, going up stairs. At every step jerked downwards like a weight in occiput.
Cutting knife-stabs and shoots.
Bursting pain: as if brain would be pressed out : worse stooping, as if brain would fall out, push forward: or eyes would drop out.
Worse noise, jar, motion, light, lying: better pressure.
Rush of blood to head.
Violent headaches, better for drawing head back.
Headache with dizziness: worse stooping.
Headache from washing the head.
Belladonna headaches comes suddenly, last an indefinite time, and depart suddenly.
Case.-A little maid would come down at night, “Oh my head my head “- frantic with pain: her hands held out quiveringly before her. A dose of Belladonna and, in a few minutes, suddenly, “Its gone” and off she would go happily to bed. (A case of cerebral tumour, as it turned out: but showed the wonderful palliative action of Belladonna.)
Another case:- boy, after exposure to a very hot sun, got a terrific headache, with very high temperature. Belladonna: and well by next day. (Compare Gloninum).
Very like Belladonna: perhaps “more so,”
Upward rushes of blood ( Belladonna).
Waves of terrible, bursting, pulsating headache. (“A tempestuous remedy.”)
Worse bending head back ( reverse of Belladonna).
A great remedy for sunstroke ( Belladonna).
Worse for having hair cut ( Belladonna, head washed).
Can’t bear heat about head.
Throbbing head; holds it with both hands.
Brain too large: full : bursting: throbs at every jar, step, pulse ( Belladonna).
Head hot; face flushed- purple or bright red.
” Skull too small: brain will burst it.”
Waves of pain: and brain seems to move in waves.
Case.- Youth, after an appalling smash (motor bicycle) skull fractured: terrific, unbearable pain in head for which he implored morphia. Got Glonoin instead, and never asked for morphia again. It’s effect was magic.
Congestion to brain equal to Belladonna and Gloninum
Intense redness of face: throbbing carotids.
Better for profuse epistaxis.
Violent congestion to head: with vomiting and loss of sight. Almost delirious with headache.
Throbbing, bursting pains in head ( Belladonna, Gloninum) as if all the blood of body had gone to head.
Sun-headaches, of the more chronic type ( Belladonna, Gloninum for the very acute violent “sunstroke” headache). Chronic headaches whenever exposed to the sun. Worse heat.
Pressure on vertex: relieved by pressure: often extending to root of nose.
Sleeps into the headache: dreads to sleep, as wakes with such a distressing headache ( reverse of Phosphorus and Sepia). Headaches from suppressed discharges- nasal, uterine, etc. Relief from their reappearance.
Characteristics. Loquacity: or great slowness. Intolerance of pressure, especially on throat and abdomen. Left-sided ailments; may cross to right side.
Cocculus ind. [Cocc]
Headache as if skull would burst: or like a great valve opening and shutting.
Sick-headaches with vertigo.
Thought or smell of food nauseates ( Arsenicum, Sepia, Colchicum): makes the patient gag.
“Train sickness” with nausea and vertigo.
Effects of night-nursing and loss of sleep.
On motion, eyes as if being torn from sockets : or head empty and hollow: or constriction.
Pulsative pains, vertex or temples.
Headache, occiput and nape, pain as if opening and shutting like a door.
Worse eating, drinking, sleeping: better rest indoors.
Slow in answering.
Least jar unbearable ( Belladonna, etc.).
Crot. cascavella [Crot-c]
Skull compresses brain like an iron helmet.
Something alive walks in a circle in the head.
Head and chest compressed by iron armour.
A red-hot iron stuck into vertex.
Acute lancinations right temple (many of the pains are lancinating).
Shocks in head, almost throw her off balance.
Headache after sleep ( Lachesis)
Headache, epistaxis and great excitement, caused by starting from sleep.
Great coldness: icy feet.
Crot. casc. has peculiar hallucinations.
“This terrible serpent whose poison acts with frightful intensity.”.
Congestive headache: most violent in occiput.
Every pulsation, ” a hammering base of brain.”
Lies high, exhausted and paralysed with pain.
Later whole head congested. One grand pain too dreadful to describe; lies bolstered up in bed, eyes glassy, pupils dilated, face mottled, extremities cold.
Or, neuralgic headache, temples and over eyes, with nausea and aggravation from vomiting.
Relieved by copious urination, i.e. urine, scanty, becomes free, and headache subsides.
A great influenza medicine.
Congestive and throbbing headaches.
Better from cold: worse from heat. Worse motion; better rest; but worse lying down.
Phosphorus is chilly and worse from cold, yet needs cold for his stomach and head: craves ices or quantities of ice-cold water.
Headaches most violent; with hunger, or preceded by hunger. With red face: scanty urine.
Violent neuralgic pains also; darting, tearing, shooting.
Periodic headaches: from mental exertion: with stiffness of face and jaws.
Worse noise; light; becoming heated.
Throbbing, congestive headaches.
Head hot, better for cold applications.
Better slowly walking in open air.
Headaches connected with menses: or from suppressed menses.
Periodic sick headache : vomits sour food.
Headache from over-eating: from ice cream.
Thirstless: easily weeping: changeable.
Must have air; better motion. Worse heat.
Pain, occiput, with occasional sharp shrieks.
Pains like bee-stings, with the thrust and the burning pain following.
Brain affections of children with sudden sharp shriek ( Crie cerebrale). Bends head back, or bores in pillow.
Thirstless: sweat without thirst; scanty urine: piercing screams sleeping or walking.
“Bruised all over, ” sensitive to touch.
Worse heat: warm room: hot bath. Better cold room: cold air: cold applications.
“Alternately dry and hot, then perspiring.”.
A little headache seems an enormous thing.
Pressing, bursting pain, worse thinking of it.
Irritable: capricious: over-sensitive to pain.
“Cannot bear it.”
Face red and hot on one side, pale the other.
Congestion, head : feels it will burst : fulness of brain: constricted by a band: as if in a vice, with nausea : worse at night.
Burning in head, especially left temple : worse at night.
Headache over nose and round eyes, as if tied with a tape, or tight hat pressing.
Sensitive to air : worse cold, damp : violently worse in a draught.
Better in room; worse in cold or warm room.
Wants to be covered, but worse from heat.
Dirty offensive tongue and mouth : offensive sweat.
Catarrhal, rheumatic or syphilitic headaches.
Congestive headaches :extremities covered with cold sweat.
Stitches from temple to temple.
Pain from one temple to the other : from occiput over whole head.
Intense throbbing headache; Brain beats in waves against skull (compare Gloninum). “As if head would burst” ( Gloninum).
After loss fluids, haemorrhages, etc.
Ringing in ears.
Worse draught; open air; sun; touch; better from hard pressure.
Nux vomica [Nux-v]
Headaches connected with gastric, hepatic, abdominal or haemorrhoidal troubles..
“Congestive or abdominal headaches.”
A nail driven into brain ( Thuja, Ruta) : stitching pains with nausea and sour vomiting.
“As if skull would spilt” ( Cocc.).
Headaches on walking : on rising: after eating : in open air : on moving eyes.
Headaches of sedentary persons : after coffee.
Irritable, vehement disposition.
Oversensitive and touchy.
Better head wrapped up: covered: lying down : warmth and heat (Compare Silicea): warm in bed : in damp warm weather.
Iris versicolor [Iris]
” One of our best remedies for sick-headache. ”
Sick-headaches of gastric or hepatic origin : always begin with a blurr before eyes.
Nausea and vomiting : burning of tongue, throat, oesophagus and stomach.
Profuse secretion of ropy saliva. (Compare Kali bich.)
Vomit ropy, hangs like stings from mouth.
Watery stools: anus feels on fire.
Vomiting spells every mouth or six weeks.
Sick-headaches ( Iris.)
Pain starts occiput, spreads over head to right eye ( Silicea; Spigelia, left) with nausea and vomiting.
Periodic sick-headache: every seventh day (or third).
Sun-headache, start morning, increases all day, lasts still evening.
With chills, nausea, vomiting of bile.
Feels head must burst ( Mercurius, China, Gloninum, Belladonna).
Better lying down in the dark: better sleep.
Vomits bile, slime, yesterday’s food, then relief and sleep.
Palms and soles burn: puts feet out of bed (Sulphur, Pulsatilla, Chamomilla, Medorrh.).
Circumscribed redness of cheeks.
Burnings: vertex : palms : soles. Everywhere.
Heaviness in head, stooping moving, even when sitting and lying.
“Tight hat ” sensation. And headache from pressure of hat: better head uncovered.
Throbbing, beating, hammering :rush of blood to head, and pressure, as out of eyes.
Periodic sick headaches: congestive: with stupefaction, nausea and vomiting.
Sick-headache once a week or two weeks- the characteristic seven-day aggravation.
” The Sunday headache of working men.”
Worse motion, eating, drinking.
Red engorged face, eyes red, engorged.
The characteristic Sulph. patient is hungry: starving about 10 a.m.; loves fat: cannot stand long; untidy : argumentative.
Attacks of headache occur with clock-like regularity.
Head felt as if swollen.
Sick-headache every other day at 11 a.m.
Periodic headaches : every other day-every fourth day- seventh day-fourteenth day. Malarial headaches.
Arsenicum is very chilly and need a warm clothing, but with congestive headache wants body warm and head bathed in cold water; “blankets to the chin, and head out of the window ” (Compare Phosphorus)
But Arsenicum neuralgic headaches need to be wrapped up and kept warm.
Head and physical symptoms alternate.
Congestive headaches, throb and burn, with restlessness and anxiety : hot head and relief from cold.
Headaches with nausea and vomiting. Sick-headaches of the worst sort; with thirst for little and often.
Dreadful occipital headaches; stunned and dazed: they start after midnight, or from excitement.
With head symptoms, head in constant motion.
Arsenicum is restless: anxious; prostrate, and characteristically, very fastidious ( Nux).
Argentum met [Arg-m]
Precisely at the hour of noon many troubles come on. Headaches, etc.
Violent neuralgias one side at a time, deep in brain involving one half of brain.
Painful sensation of emptiness in the head.
Pressing, burning pain in skull, every day at noon.
Gradually the pain gets more violent, then ceases suddenly. ( Belladonna sudden onset and sudden cessation.)
Often, old history of suffering from heat of sun ( Nat. sul.).
“All the nervous excitement that is possible in remedies comes up in this remedy.”.
“Sun-headaches.” Start every morning with sunrise : get worse till noon: gradually decrease till sun sets :- this even on cloudy days.
Pains from occiput to eyes, especially left, which waters ( Sanguinaria; Silicea, to right).
Worse from all movement ( Bryonia):noise: jar.
Stitching, shooting, burning pains : like hot needles ( Arsenicum).
Very violent neuralgia, followed by soreness.
Very violent heart-action is characteristic of Spigelia.
Intolerable pain in eyeballs : feel too large for orbits ( Lycopersicum); sensitive to touch.
Worse from any motion. Cannot bear any disturbance, mental or physical.
Cannot sit up in bed.
Bursting, or splitting, or heavy crushing head- ache: worse any movement.
Nausea or faintness rising or sitting up: better lying still.
Irritable : thirsty: dry lips and mouth.
Vehement and quarrelsome.
Pain in head from coughing: grasps head when going to cough. Worse straining at stool.
Headache after washing with cold water when face was sweating: “from ironing”. Rush of blood to head. Epistaxis.
Worse from slightest motion: after eating.
Eupatorium perf. [Eup-per]
Sick headache: on waking :lasts all day.
Pain and weight occiput: must use hand to raise head. “Terrible sick headaches.”
Pains throbbing, shooting, darting, thumping.
Painful soreness of eyeballs.
Malarial and influenzal headaches with aching and breaking sensations in bones and joints.
Eupatorium promptly cured a case of influenza, with soreness in bones and a headache so intense that she dared not move a hand, as the slightest movement made the pain intolerable ( Bryonia).
Chronic sick-headaches with nausea, even vomiting.
Begins nape of neck, goes forward over vertex to eyes, especially right eye (left, Spigelia).
Better pressure; better lying; wrapping head up warmly: tying head up tightly. Better applied heat. Better profuse urination. ( Gelsemium)
Silica is chilly, yet sweats much, especially face and feet. Offensive foot sweat.
Icy coldness in and on head : on vertex.
Heaviness in forehead.
Stunning, pressive pain in forehead.
Tearing headache above eyes down to nose.
Semilateral headaches with empty risings.
Head numb, as if wearing a cap ( Sulph.).
But in the Calcarea patient “Fat blondes who sweat easily: especially head, neck, chest, during sleep.”
Cold, damp feet ( Sepia).
Profuse head-sweats during sleep ( Silicea).
Veratrum alb. [Verat]
Head feels as if packed in ice. Feels as if ice lay on vertex and occiput.
Troublesome neuralgic headaches of great violence.
Violent pains drive to despair : great prostration, fainting, cold sweat and great thirst.
Case.- Elderly woman with violent, unendurable pains in head. Almost out of her mind : utterly changed in appearance and mentality. Sensation of ice on vertex suggested Veratrum alb., which gave rapid relief and cured.
Very violent headaches : pressure as if skull too full ( Belladonna, Gloninum, China, Mercurius, Sanguinaria): as of a tumour forming and pressing inside skull.
Burning in brain: or sensation of a cold band round head.
Characteristic. Intense, arctic coldness : internal coldness, as if being frozen to death from within outwards. Coldness at heart, as if being frozen to death.
Cold rings round body : cold waves.
Burning in head- in brain, the rest of the body being cool.
Aching pain over eyes, to temples; as if integuments were spasmodically contracted.
Great shoots in head from coughing, sneezing.
Cutting in head, as from a knife; then coldness.
Effects of injuries to head; of concussion.
After cerebral haemorrhages.
Arnica feels bruised and beaten; says “bed too hard”.
Headache when “tried out”. Better for a good sleep ( Phosphorus, Sepia).
Characteristic : constantly wants to spit: saliva viscid.
Argentum nit [Arg-n]
Constitutional headaches from brain fag.
Hemicrania. Feeling of expansion, as if head were enormously enlarged.
Better tied up tight.
Wants cold air, cold drinks, cold things.
Craving for sweets : sugar, which disagree.
Strange notions and impulses.
Always hungry during headache. (Compare Phosphorus), but the antithesis of Phosphorus in appearance.
“Hungry headaches ” may alternate with cough.
If goes without a metal, has a headache.
Fulness vertex as if brain would burst out.
Not room in forehead for brain, in a.m. better after washing and eating.
A chilly edition of Sulph. Typically, looks dirty:” offensive to eye and smell”. “No amount of washing will make him look clean.”.
Headache, as if a smoke with a heating pain was passing through head” ( Fumee de douleur chaude).
Head is affected in an indescribable manner.
Dullness: confusion : dizziness :loss of consciousness.
If conscious complain of great pain in head.
Rhus tox [Rhus-t]
Headache, as if stupefied : as if intoxicated.
As if brain loose and falls against skull.
Weight in head : stooping, a weight falls forward into forehead, drawing head down.
Must hold head up straight to relieve this.
On waking and opening eyes get violent headache : first occiput then occiput-temples.
Brain loaded, loose. torn. fluctuating; as if much blood shot into it when stooping.
Worse from wetting head ( Belladonna), from cold; damp: getting wet when perspiring ( Dulcamara).
As if nail were driven into vertex : into right parietal bone: into left frontal eminence ( Rumex).
Severe stitches in left temporal region.
Boring-pressing in head.
Pulsation in temples.
Heaviness in head : cross and disinclined to speak.
Dull, stupifying headache : worse stooping : better bending head back.
Worse from tea: from onions.
Has cured the most severe and chronic headaches, after repeated vaccinations.
Always remember the nosodes of previous (acute)or family illnesses.
Remember also manipulation of neck.