To study efficacy of Eschscholzia californica mother tincture (California poppy) in treatment of migraine headaches

This article was published in “International Journal of Homeopathic Science

Dr. Aditya Kaushik, Dr. Prasannata Arora and Dr. Anmol Arora

Abstract

The aim of the study is to check efficacy of Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture in treatment of migraine headaches. Sampling: Randomized Double Blind Placebo controlled trial, Patient-attending OPD with complaint of Headache. Sample size of 100 patients, Inclusion Criteria: Patient with complaint of Headache (Age: 15 to 65year). Exclusion: Patient suffering from Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, Hypothyroidism or taking any drug; Data Collection: Data collection is done through structured questioner; McGill Pain Questionnaire was used and pain severity was assessed on a linear 6 Grade -Verbal rating Scale (VRS). Data analysis: the data is analyzed using SPSS Version 21 Conclusion: It is found Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture is found effective in treatment of migraine headaches

Keywords: Headache, migraine, Eschscholzia californica

Introduction

Migraine headache is a common neurological complaint characterized with unilateral moderate to severe throbbing/ pulsating headache with nausea, vomiting, photophobia or photophobia. Migrain is caused due to spontaneous over activity of sensory pathways in the brainstem leading to abnormal amplification in pain. Migraine Headache has been termed the seventh disabler due to its considerable impact on the quality of life (QOL) of patient. The prevalence of headache peaks in midlife, and is low among adolescents and after the age of 60 years. Women have 18% more risk of developing migraine compared to a 6% chance in men. (Brett R; 2015) [4] .

Objective

To study efficacy of Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture in treatment of migraine headaches.

Homoeopathic medicines for Migraine

Eschscholzia californica Eschscholzia californica (California poppy. golden poppy, California sunlight, cup of gold) is a spices of flowering plant in the Papaveraceae family which is found in California used for its medicinal values. It is a perennial plant growing to 13-152 cm tall with alternately branching glucose blue green foliage. The leaves are alternately divided into round lobed segments, the flowers are solitary on long stems, silky textured with four petal long and broad, flower color ranges through yellow, orange and red. Eschscholzia californica is known for its non-narcotic antispasmodic, sedative and analgesic quality. A soporific remedy used to promote relaxation and found useful for trouble sleeping (insomnia), aches, nervous agitation, nervous tension. Anxiety bed wetting in children, depression, long-term mental and physical tiredness (neurasthenia), nerve pain, various psychiatric conditions, blood vessel problems, sensitivity to weather changes, and sedation. It is commonly known for its therapeutic effects in relieving toothache and acts as tranquilizer. Though this research study is conducted to study the efficacy of the Eschscholzia californica Mother Tincture in craniofacial neuralgia and migraine headache. Other Medicines which are known for their efficacy in Materia Medica for migraine are: Belladonna characterized with intense throbbing, pulsating headache. Glonoinum an excellent medicine for congestive headaches of migraine triggered by sun exposure. Spigelia for left-sided migraine. Sanguinaria canadensis for right-sided migraine. Iris versicolor migraine associated with intense nausea, vomiting or acidity. Nux Vomica for migraine with gastric troubles. Natrum Carbonicum is suitable for sun headache migraine. Natrum Muriaticum migraine attacks that worsen around the menstrual cycle. Sepia migraine in women around menopause. Kali Phos for migraine due to stress.

Methodology

A randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial enrolling 100 patients complaining of Headache. who met the selection criteria.

Sampling

Random sampling, Patient attending OPD with complaint of headache.

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