An abdominal migraine is a type of migraine that affects the stomach and mostly occurs in children. In this type of migraine, the pain is felt in the stomach and not in the head like migraine headaches. This condition is fairly uncommon. Homeopathic remedies for abdominal migraine help manage symptoms including pain around the belly button, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and weakness.
The exact cause behind abdominal migraine is not known yet. But it is thought to be linked with slow movement of the digested food through the intestine. As per a theory, changes in the body’s two compounds (histamine and serotonin) can be the reason for it.
Other than this genetic predisposition to develop abdominal migraine may be present. It has been found in a study that about 90% of the children having it have a family history of abdominal migraine. There are also few trigger factors behind it. Among them some of the factors that can trigger this migraine includes dietary factors (for example – eating processed meat, food with MSG – monosodium glutamate, chocolates), stress, excitement, swallowing a lot of air, exposure to bright light, lack of sleep, skipping meals, motion sickness and exhaustion. Children are mostly affected by those who are between the age group 7 to 10 years. But in some of the cases it can also affect adults. Girls are more affected with this type of migraine as compared to boys.
Its main symptom is abdomen pain that is located around the navel. The pain can be aching, dull or cramping in nature varying from case to case. The intensity varies from person to person. The symptoms that attend the pain includes nausea, vomiting, pale skin and loss of appetite. Other symptoms that can also be present along with above symptoms include diarrhoea (loose motion) and weakness.
This sort of migraine attack can last anytime between one hour to three days duration. In between the migraine episode no symptoms are present at all. Children having abdominal migraines are also prone to get migraine headaches when they get older.
There is no lab test to diagnose abdominal migraines. These migraines are diagnosed when a complaint has following criteria:
- History of minimum 5 episodes of abdominal pain and the duration of each episode should be between one hour to 3 days.
- Pain around the navel that is of moderate to severe intensity
- Among symptoms including loss of appetite nausea, vomiting and pale skin at least two of these should be there
- No other Gastrointestinal condition or kidney disease should be present along with above symptoms
Homeopathic Remedies for Abdominal Migraine
There is a very good scope in homeopathy to manage this condition. The homeopathic medicines help to provide symptom relief in these cases. Homeopathic medicines help to gradually reduce the intensity and frequency of its symptoms. These are very safe and gentle medicines prepared from naturally occurring substances and are free from any sort of side effects. There is no specific medicine in homeopathy for managing this condition and the best suitable medicine needs to be selected as per the symptoms in each of these cases. So it is advised to take any medicine after consulting a homeopathic doctor.
Colocynth – To Manage Pain around the Navel
This medicine is prepared from the pulp of fruit of a plant Citrullus Colocynthis commonly named as Cucumis colocynthis and Bitter Apple. It belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is one of the best medicines in homeopathy for cases of pain around the navel. For using it the pain can be colicky, cutting, or cramping in nature. Most of the time the pain may get worse after eating. It is relieved from bending double or from passing gas also. Along with above symptoms there may be diarrhoea with frequent watery stool. It occurs from eating even a little.
Cina – When Pain around Umbilicus is better from Pressure
It is a natural medicine prepared from the plant Artemisia maritima. This plant belongs to the family compositae. This medicine is very effective to manage cases in which pain around the belly button is better by pressure. The nature of pain is mostly twisting in nature where it is needed. In some cases watery stool white mucus may be present.
Aloe – To Manage Diarrhea
It is prepared from the gum of the leaves of a plant Aloe Socotrina. This plant belongs to family liliaceae. It is a very beneficial medicine to manage diarrhea. In cases needing it the character of stool is watery, lumpy. Mucus may also pass in the stool. Along with this there is sudden urgency to pass stool. sometimes involuntary passage of stool while passing gas occurs. Other symptoms that can be there includes a constant bearing down, rumbling and gurgling in the rectum.
Podophyllum – For Profuse, Gushing Diarrhea
This medicine is prepared from the root of a plant Podophyllum peltatum commonly known by the name of may apple. It belongs to the family berberidaceae. It is a well-indicated medicine for managing diarrhoea with profuse and gushing stool. The stool is watery, yellowish or greenish coloured. It has a very offensive smell. The urge to pass stool is also sudden. Along with stool gas is also passed. Gurgling in the abdomen may be felt before stool.
Arsenic Album – To Manage Diarrhoea, Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness
It is best suitable for cases in which diarrhea, nausea, vomiting are present. Cases needing it have thin, watery or slimy stool which has an offensive smell. A burning type of pain around the navel is also there. This is mostly felt before and during passing stool. Excessive weakness accompanies the above symptoms. Along with this vomiting is there. Vomiting most times arises soon after eating or drinking. Vomiting of ingested food or gastric fluid may arise. Lastly nausea and loss of appetite is there.
Nux Vomica – For Navel Pain occurring after Eating
Use of this medicine is considered when the navel pain is felt after eating. The pain can also occur before passing stool. For using it the pain can be pinching or cutting type. Rumbling and gurgling in the abdomen usually in the morning may be present too. Next there is a constant ineffectual urge to pass stool. There is passage of stool many times a day but still an unsatisfactory feeling as if complete stool is not passed persist. Along with above symptoms, nausea after eating may also occur. Vomiting sometimes arises which may be of sour mucus or undigested food.
China – For Diarrhea and Weakness
It is prepared from dried bark of a plant Cinchona Officinalis, having the common name Peruvian bark. It belongs to the family rubiaceae. It is a very prominent medicine for managing cases in which diarrhea is accompanied with excessive weakness. In cases requiring it the stool is frequent, pale, loose and copious. It has a very bad smell. Fetid gas may pass along with the stool. Stool may sometimes be frothy and can have undigested food in it.
Croton Tig – For Sudden Stool soon after Eating or Drinking
This medicine is recommended for cases having sudden gushing stool which is passed immediately after eating or drinking anything. The stool is shot out of rectum in a gush and excessive gas passes with it. The stool is offensive, green or yellow and may have whitish flakes in it. Nausea and abdominal pain may also be felt during passing stool.
Ipecac – For Nausea and Vomiting
This medicine is prepared from the dried root of a plant Cephaelis Ipecacuanha. It belongs to the family rubiaceae. This medicine is highly valuable to manage nausea and vomiting in these cases. Nausea is constant when it is required. Vomiting may be of watery fluids, food eaten, of sour fluid or of jelly like mucus when it is needed. Along with this diarrhea, abdominal colic and distension may be present. Tongue is usually clean along with above symptoms.
Gambogia – For Diarrhea with Colic
This medicine is prepared from resinous gum obtained from a tree Gambogia Morella also known as Gamboge and Gummi Gutti. It belongs to the family guttiferae. It is well-indicated for persons having diarrhea along with abdominal colic. They experience a colicky type of pain around the belly button. The pain is felt during passing stool. Stool is loose, yellow or green mixed with mucus. It passes with a sudden gush.
Veratrum Album – For Diarrhoea and Nausea, Vomiting
This medicine is prepared from root stocks of a plant commonly known as White Hellebore. This plant belongs to the family melanthaceae. It is very beneficial when there is loose stool along with nausea and vomiting. The stool is watery greenish or brownish with flakes. It is copious, gushing and frequent. Pinching colic before stool may attend it. Nausea, vomiting are also there. Vomiting is profuse, forcible with continuous nausea. Excessive weakness accompanies these symptoms.