A retinal migraine is a rare form of migraine in which a person experiences repeated attacks of short-lived visual disturbances like diminished vision/blindness or flashing lights in one eye. The visual disturbances are attended with a headache or are followed by a headache. Homeopathic medicines for retinal migraine are made of natural origin and aid in natural recovery without any side effects.
Homeopathic Medicines for Retinal Migraine
There is an excellent treatment for retinal migraine in homeopathy. With the use of homeopathy, the intensity and the frequency of episodes of retinal migraine attacks gradually starts to decrease. Medicines for retinal migraine are selected individually for every case based upon the prominent symptoms. The top remedies for retinal migraine are Natrum Mur, Gelsemium, Iris Versicolor, Kali Bichrome, Belladonna, Phosphorous, Cyclamen and Lac Defloratum.
1. Natrum Mur – Top Homeopathic Medicine for Retinal Migraine
Natrum Mur is a top listed medicine for treating retinal migraine. The person needing Natrum Mur suffer from episodes of blindness followed by a headache. They may also experience zig-zag dazzling, like lightning in eyes before the headache. Headache may be throbbing or hammering type and is marked in the forehead and top of the head. A burning sensation on the top of the head may be felt. Nausea and vomiting may also be present.
2. Gelsemium – When Blindness precedes a Headache
Gelsemium is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as Yellow Jasmine of the natural order Loganiaceae. Gelsemium is a well-indicated medicine for treating a retinal migraine when episodes of blindness precede the headache. Pain is most felt in the forehead and temples. Fullness in head appears and head feels as if enlarged in size. Heaviness in the head is also felt. Slight nausea, giddiness, and drowsiness appear with the headache. The pain tends to get better by shaking the head. Gelsemium is also indicated when dimness of vision comes with a headache. Worsening of headache from tobacco smoking may be present in cases requiring Gelsemium.
3. Iris Versicolor – For Blurring of Vision before a Headache
Iris Versicolor is prepared from the fresh root of a plant commonly known by the name of Blue Flag of the natural order Iridaceae. Iris Versicolor is beneficial for a blurring of vision prior to headache in cases of retinal migraine. Headache is throbbing or shooting in nature and mostly on the right side. Intense and constant nausea is a characteristic attending symptom to the headache. Sleeplessness from headache may also be present and exertion tends to aggravate the headache.
4. Kali bichrome – When Blurred Vision/blindness Appears before Headache
Kali bichrome is a prominently indicated medicine for retinal migraine when blurred vision or blindness appears before a headache. As the headache intensifies the vision becomes normal. During the headache, there is an aversion to light and noise along with a desire to lie down.
5. Belladonna – When Dimness of Vision Appears with Headache
Belladonna is prepared from a plant called Deadly Nightshade of the natural order Solanaceae. Belladonna is highly useful for retinal migraine when dimness of vision appear with a headache. Headache is majorly throbbing in nature and is marked in the temporal region. The face is red, flushed, congested during headache. Nausea and vomiting may accompany a headache. Light and noise make the headache worse. Pressure offers relief in headache.
6. Phosphorus – When Dimness of Vision Precedes Headache
Phosphorus is helpful for retinal migraine when dimness of vision precedes a headache. The pain in the head is mostly in the temple region and may be pulsating, shooting or boring type. Head and face feel congested and flashes of light before the eyes may also be noted in cases where Phosphorus is indicated.
7. Cyclamen – Where Flickering/flashes of Light before eyes Accompany Headache
Cyclamen is prepared from the root of a plant named Cyclamen Europaeum commonly known as Sow-bread of the natural order Primulaceae. Cyclamen works well in cases of retinal migraine where flickering/flashes of light before eyes arises with a headache. This is mostly experienced in the morning upon rising. Darting or boring pains in temples is felt. Headache with obscuration of vision is also indicative to use Cyclamen.
8. Lac Defloratum – When Blindness before/during Headache is relieved with a Tight Bandage
Lac Defloratum is helpful for retinal migraine with blindness before or attending a headache. The headache usually begins in the forehead and extends to the back of the head (occiput). It is mainly throbbing in nature. Nausea and vomiting may appear with a headache. The headache gets better by tying a tight bandage around the head.
Triggers for Retinal Migraines
Retinal migraines tend to appear from the constriction of blood vessels of eyes that reduces blood flow to eyes. When the blood vessel relax and blood flow resumes to normal then the visual symptoms disappear. Retinal migraines usually are not indicative of any serious problems within the eye and the chance of damage the retina from reduced blood flow is very rare. There are certain factors that tend to trigger retinal migraines. These include – smoking, tobacco use, stress, high blood pressure, use of birth control pills, exercise, dehydration, low sugar levels, too much caffeine, certain foods that contain nitrates and monosodium glutamate. Females are at more risk of retinal migraines as compared to males. People with a family history of retinal migraine and those having sickle cell disease, giant arteritis, lupus are also at risk to suffer from retinal migraines.
Symptoms of Retinal Migraines
The main symptom of a retinal migraine is a temporary change in the vision of one eye. This includes temporary loss of vision (blindness) in one eye, blurred vision, dim vision or twinkling/sparkling/flashes of lights. The visual symptoms tend to last from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. Next symptom is a headache that occurs during the phase of visual symptoms or after that. The headache typically affects one side of the head. Nausea often accompanies the headache. Headache may last from few hours to few days varying from case to case.