According to ayurveda, the headache is a symptom of various diseases and also an independent disease entity. In the migraine treatment in Ayurveda, it is necessary to know the exact cause and mostly the cause comes up to be Vata and Pitta dosha aggravation according to ayurveda.
Migraine treatment in Ayurveda offers a classical strategy in the management of migraine headaches, which includes medicines, ghee, milk boiled with herbs. There are a few panchakarma therapies and treatment plans that act as an efficient natural treatment of migraine:
- Shirodhara - In this treatment, oil is evenly poured out on your forehead and followed by a light massage. This lasts for about 40 to 60 minutes. The experts recommend this Ayurvedic treatment for migraine for at least 7 days to get a permanent cure of migraine
- Nasya - This migraine treatment in Ayurveda begins with a massage on the forehead and neck for about 10 minutes with aromatic ayurvedic oils. Thereafter, steam therapy with the aromas of these oils enhances the feeling of relaxation. The herbal oils are then instilled into your nose carefully. Just 2-3 drops are enough.
- Jala Neti - This is one of the simplest migraine treatment in Ayurveda. In this, a stream of water is poured into one nostril. The doctors will place your head in such a way that when the water is poured into one nostril, it comes out from the other. You get a special Neti pot for this.
- Virechana - Virechana is also known as Purgative therapy. In this therapy, the toxicity of your body is eliminated through the lower pathway of the body. Virechana is used for Pitta disorder to cleanse the primary site of pitta where is in the stomach and small intestine. It is an efficient migraine treatment in ayurveda.
- Apart from the therapies, certain ayurvedic medicine for migraine are useful such as:
- Rasnadi Kashayam – Consume 15ml mixed in 15ml of water. This is to be taken just before your meal.
- Yogaraja Guggulu – Take 2 tablets, 3 to 4 times a day after your meal Cephagraine tablets – To be consumed twice a day, after your meal.
A migraine is a powerful and prolonged type of headache. Migraines can last from 4 hours to 3 days, and sometimes longer. Migraine often comes along with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Migraine is more prevalent in women as compared to men.
The exact cause of migraine headaches is not known yet, but certain factors associated with migraine are as follows:
- Hormonal changes - Fluctuations in hormones such as estrogen, before or during menstrual periods, pregnancy and menopause, seem to trigger headaches in many women.
- Drinks - These include alcohol, especially wine, and too much caffeine, such as coffee.
- Stress - Stress at work or home can cause migraines.
- Sensory stimuli - Bright lights and sun glare can induce migraines. Strong smells including perfume, paint thinner, secondhand smoke and others can also cause migraines in some people.
- Sleep changes - Missing sleep, getting too much sleep or jet lag can trigger migraines in some people.
- Physical factors - Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity, might initiate migraines.
- Weather changes - A change of weather can also prompt a migraine.
- Foods - Aged cheeses and salty and processed foods might trigger migraines. So might skipping meals or fasting.
- Heredity – The migraine may initiate due to heredity factors such as migraine to any of your family members.
Migraines come along with various symptoms listed below such as:
- Severe pain in the head starting from the forehead.
- Sensitivity to light and sound.
- The pain usually on one side of your head, but often on both sides.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Mood changes, from depression to euphoria.
- Increased thirst and urination.
- Frequent yawning.
- Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light.
- Vision loss.
- Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg.
- Weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body.
- Difficulty in speaking.
- Hearing noises.
- Nausea and vomiting.
The natural treatment of migraine at home can be done by following the enlisted habits in your routine:
- Take 100 gm coriander powder, 50 gm almond powder or paste and mix 100 gm mishri with an appropriate quantity of ghee to make a ladoo of 20 gm. Take 1 laddoo in the morning to strengthen the nerves.
- Do mild massage of the head with almond oil.
- Take soup of wholegrain puffed rice added with pomegranate juice or honey.
- Intake of boiled water with fennel seeds or Indian Sarsaparilla can be used.
- Application of nutmeg paste or sandalwood paste on the forehead and temples can help ease the pain due to migraine.
- Put 2-3 drops of ghee in each nostril.
- Ensure 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Migraine can be prevented by treatment for migraine at home such as inculcating certain lifestyle changes and preventive measures in your daily routine:
- A cup of warm water at least twice a day.
- Morning walk, Meditation, Pranayama.
- Badam oil or Ghee in nostrils at bedtime.
- Massage for 2-4 minutes with Badam or Sesame Oil at bedtime.
- Avoid anything that tends to form gas in the stomach i.e. difficult to digest – Rajma, Chana, Urad, etc.
- Noise and bright light must be avoided.
- Avoids Exertion & Staying awake at night.
- Avoids irrelevant stress.