Psychosomatics of Migraine

Migraine is a neurological disorder characterized by periodic attacks of one-sided headache. This ailment is associated with the dilation of blood vessels in the dura mater. Symptoms include precursors like weakness and inability to concentrate, pulsating pressing pain starting from the temple or occiput affecting only one half of the head, periodic change in the side of pain localization, nausea (with or without vomiting), and sensitivity to light or sound, with pain intensifying during sudden movements or walking. Migraine causes:

  1. Spasm of brain vessels due to increased serotonin,
  2. Activation of the trigeminovascular system (in people with increased excitability of the cerebral cortex),
  3. Hypothalamus activity,
  4. Uneven dilation of brain blood vessels,
  5. Genetic predisposition,
  6. Central nervous system diseases,
  7. Metabolic disorders,
  8. Hormonal medication intake,
  9. Premenstrual syndrome, etc.

Triggers include stress, hunger, physical overexertion, consumption of foods containing tyramine, phenylethylamine (chocolate, wine, citrus, etc.), lack of sleep or oversleeping, environmental factors (sharp smells, very bright light, etc.).

Types of migraine:

  • Sleep migraine (before or after sleep),
  • Panic (vegetative) migraine (accompanied by palpitations, suffocation, chills, tearing, or facial swelling),
  • Menstrual migraine,
  • Chronic migraine (15 times a month for three months).

Additionally, migraine with aura (classical migraine) – a chronic neurological disorder with pulsating pain sensations – is distinguished.

1-2 hours before the onset of such migraines, the following signs appear: reversible speech disorders, reversible visual disturbances (flickering spots, stripes, blurred images, bright flashes), reversible sensory disturbances (numbness, tingling in the limbs), unexplained psycho-emotional disorders (irritation, apathy, fear, aggression, drowsiness).

Psychosomatics of Migraine

According to most authors, the head symbolizes an individual’s personality. Considering that pain is a signal that something is wrong, requiring attention, a headache indicates that a person is “hitting themselves on the head” with low self-esteem and self-reproach. In other words, the person is attacking their individuality.

How can this be?

Blood flow through brain vessels is disrupted due to negative thoughts and feelings overwhelming the head regarding oneself: hidden grievances, striving to be the best in everything and dissatisfaction with one’s successes, guilt towards loved ones, suppression of personal desires, psycho-emotional dependence on others’ opinions, etc.

People suffering from migraine often exhibit rational thinking, desire to control situations, and emotional restraint. Staying in such a mode for too long strains the head, leading to overload. Secrecy, nervousness, depressive states, pessimistic thoughts, and other negative states only exacerbate the ailment.

Migraine also affects people who are resentful, easily offended, harbor suppressed anger, react painfully to humor, and display hidden aggression towards the world, dissatisfaction with life conditions without the desire to improve, inability to forgive, suspicion, anxiety, etc.

Psychological Causes of Migraine

Louise Hay explains psychosomatic migraine as a result of hatred of coercion, resistance to the flow of life, sexual fears.

Psychologist Liz Burbo asserts that this ailment occurs in people who don’t allow themselves to be true to themselves. Such people feel guilty when they try to stand against those who have significant influence over them. This behavior is associated with not living their life as they wish, but conforming to an authoritative or close person.

According to Liz Burbo, migraine often affects people experiencing difficulties in sexual life, linked to not developing their creative principle (symbolized by sexual organs).

Dr. V. Sinelnikov writes that this ailment pursues perfectionists who criticize and scold themselves, blaming and punishing themselves. Such people are full of complexes of inferiority and guilt, which manifest physically as pain.

Another psychological cause of migraine, as stated by Sinelnikov, is hypocrisy. If a person has to interact with someone they dislike, one hemisphere of their brain registers unpleasant feelings, and the other their external behavior (forced smiles, etc.). This discrepancy between internal and external causes pain.

Paths to Healing

It is known that psychosomatic migraine does not respond to medical treatment. They only provide temporary relief.

This is unsurprising, as the causes of psychosomatic migraine, as has long been established, are prolonged experiences of negative thoughts and emotions.

Therefore, healing from psychosomatic migraine involves only one path – freeing your head from this oppressive unnecessary psycho-emotional clutter.

Yes, all negative in the head (thoughts, emotions, feelings, attitudes, habits, etc., all with a “-” sign) is unnecessary clutter, harming both mental and physical health.

And the first step to healing is to clear your head of all this.

How? There are many diverse methods and techniques, methods, and tools, designed to help with this.

For example, the HO’OPONOPONO technique, well-explained in Joe Vitale’s book “Life without Limits.” The Internet has videos of his seminars.

A key practice of HO’OPONOPONO is to say these phrases throughout the day: “I love you. Forgive me. I am very sorry. Thank you.” Without restrictions, all day long.

The meaningful and energetic essence of these simple phrases helps cleanse negative aspects, both towards oneself and others. Whether one believes or not, they work. Try for yourself.

Wishing you mental purity and peace!


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