Migraine and Headache

Migraine is a recurring type of head ache that lasts for over two hours and that which occurs as a result of the vascular fluctuations in the brain. Migraine is almost always associated with nausea and/or vomiting and visual impairment. It is seen that bright lights and loud noises make the headache harsher. Females are more affected than males.
Causes of Migraine
Ayurveda considers migraine headaches to be the result of a malfunctioning of the   tridoshas. Although it is possible to get headaches from disorders in vata, pitta, or kapha, migraines frequently occur when pitta moves into the cardiovascular system, circulates, and affects the blood vessels around the brain. The blood vessels dilate due to the hot, sharp quality of pitta. This, in turn, creates pressure on the nerves, resulting in migraines. The pitta imbalance occurs due to a variety of reasons:

  • Genetic factors
  • Consumption of certain foods and alcohol
  • Skipping meals
  • Mental and physical strain
  • Lack of sleep
  • Viewing TV for long periods
  • Reading in insufficient light
  • Poor elimination
  • Menstruation and use of contraceptives and pills in women

Symptoms of Migraine

  • Mild, moderate or severe pain in the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling of uneasiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Pounding pain on one side of the head (or both),
  • Light sensitivity
  • Burning sensation
  • Anger
  • Irritability to light and noise

Ayurvedic Treatments for Migraine
Ayurvedic treatments for migraine will aim to rectify the pitta imbalance and bring it in harmony with vata and kapha doshsa in the human system.
Migraine treatments will also include panchakarma treatments to remove toxins and purify the human system. After administering of panchakarma treatments, the patient will be given oral medicines including kashayams, lehyams choornams etc. Patients will be given pitta pacifying treatment containing pitta pacifying food and herbs Patients undergoing ayurvedic migraine treatments would have to follow a strict diet regime during the period of the treatment. Patients would also be encouraged to take to Yoga and meditations. 

Ayurvedic remedies for Migraine

  • Reduce the intake of sugar, fast foods and refined foods
  • Avoid direct sun.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking
  • Drink more water
  • Add more fiber content in your diet.
  • Include more vegetables and whole grains in your diet
  • Pour 5 drops of warm brahmi ghee in each nostril
  • Avoid skipping meals
  • Practice deep breathing exercise and yoga
  • Sleep properly
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Avoid physical and emotional stress

Ayurveda & Neurological Disorders

As Alzheimerís disease is a result of vitiation of vata dosha they are advised to consume vata pacifying foods. A diet of basmati rice, dal, well cooked vegetables etc are all thus recommended. Ayurveda uses medicinal herbs in the several formulations that it makes for treating epilepsy patients. The medicinal herbs used commonly are brahmi, sanku puspam, malkagni, and jata manzi. These medicinal herbs are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornam and aristams for epilepsy patients.

Patients suffering from migraine and headache should maintain good dietary habits. This will ensure good health and offer immunity from recurring bouts of headaches. During the time of head ache they should not eat very heavy meals. Consuming cooked vegetables without having it fried in oil should be encouraged. Ayurvedic treatment of multiple sclerosis involves the use of medicinal herbs in the preparations of kashayams, arishtams, choornams, lehyams etc. These medicinal herbs have been time tested and have been found effective from the earliest of times. Parkinson's disease patients are given oral medicines as part of the rejuvenation treatment in ayurveda. These oral medicines are extracts of pure medicinal herbs and are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornams etc to be consumed by patients suffering from Parkinson's disease

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