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Ayurvedic Treatment for Migraine

Imagine being in the middle of an important exam, meeting or an interview. Suddenly, a throbbing headache starts. On any other day, you just pop in some painkillers, massage with a strong balm or just lock yourself up in a dark room. But now, all you can do is to wait for the excruciating pain to tide over! This kind of recurring nightmare can have a debilitating effect on your physical and emotional health.

Let’s discuss what really causes a migraine:

In the absence of confirmatory medical tests, this disease is often misdiagnosed as sinus, acidity or tension-triggered headache. However, this severest form of neurological syndrome has many repercussions like altered bodily perceptions, nausea and/or irritability. Generally, the pounding pain begins in the regions of forehead, temples and around eyes, slowly spreading to other parts.

Migraine attacks can be caused by different triggers for different people.

  • Alcohol
  • Medication side-effect
  • Emotional distress
  • Hormones
  • Sensory inputs like bright lights, loud noise or certain odours
  • Weather
  • Stress
  • Reaction to foods items like caffeine, chocolate, cured meat, cheese etc
  • Skipped meal
  • Allergic reactions
  • Menstrual periods
  • Smoking
  • Long exposures to computer screens/televisions

Tired of Migraines hampering your work and family life?

Have tried everything but nothing works?

Why not try out Ayurveda?!

In Ayurveda, Migraine is known as Ardhavbhedak.  The root cause of Migraines is considered to be Pitta Dosha imbalance in the body. Pitta dosha is one of the three fundamental Doshas in the body (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). It combines the elements of fire and water, causing heat built-up in the blood vessels. This heat causes blood vessels to dilate and create pressure on the nervous system. This intense pressure is expressed by the body as Migraine headaches!

Allopathy usually treats it with symptom curbing medications and strong painkillers for pacifying the pain temporarily. On the other hand, Ayurveda focuses on minimizing the occurrence and frequency of Migraines by treating the root cause.

If you are suffering from a mild Migraine you can try out these effective home remedies and lifestyle changes:

The best thing would be to avoid triggers, have dosha-balancing diet and try out stress relieving techniques like yoga and meditation. Other recommended lifestyle alterations are:

  • Find a quiet corner, dim the lights, close the curtains and practice Deep Breathing exercises for immediate relief.
  • Keep your body hydrated.
  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid inverted sleeping positions.
  • Consume more of fruits (except sour/citrus fruits), vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Avoid Pitta aggravating foods – 
    • Hot, spicy, refined or fermented foods, Maida (white flour) products, sugar, salt, animal products, caffeine (tea/ coffee) and alcohol.
  • Apply a paste of sandalwood rosewater mix on your forehead.
  • In cases of Migraines induced by inflamed sinuses, try the vinegar based steaming.

Apart from these home remedies, the Vaids prescribe medicinal preparations depending on patients’ prevalent dosha composition (Vata-Pitta-Kapha balance) and disease’s intensity status. To treat ‘Ardhavbhedak’ a customized treatment plan is devised focussing on balancing the vitiated dosha in the digestive and nervous systems. Ayurvedic treatment therapies mostly include Panchakarma, Nasya (administration of herbal oils into the nostrils) and Shirodhara (head massage with Ksheer Bala Oil).These procedures help eliminate the root cause of the disease.

Suffering from chronic Migrane? Why not book an appointment with our doctors?!

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