Migraine is a powerful head ache that often happens with nausea vomiting and sensitivity to light. Migraine mostly begins at puberty and most affects those aged between 35 and 45 years. It is more common in women, usually by a factor of about 2:1, because of hormonal influence." The cause of migraine is not yet known.
- Normal headache that grows into throbbing pain.
- Sensitivity to light sound and smell
- Feeling of very cold or warm
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
Migraine is described as Ardhaavabhedhaka in Ayurveda. Migraine is the second most common cause of headache. Migraine pain management is done with personalized medication, panchakarma treatments, diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Diet & Lifestyle recommendations
- Avoid foods that aggravate pitta in your body (spicy foods, fermented foods, coffee, tea, alcohol sugar, white flour products, and sour or citrus fruits)
- Avoid excessive usage of salt, refined foods and dairy products.
- Avoid direct exposure to the sun, as migraine headaches are triggered by the hot sun.
- Add more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the diet, Eat more fiber rich food.
- Drink more water.
Shirodhara is an ideal treatment method in Ayurveda for migraine. Shirodhara cures psychosomatic ailments by inducing relaxation techniques through peripheral nerves to the brain. In this treatment a stream of medicated oil(Ksheerabala Thailam) is continuously poured on the forehead for 35-45 minutes. Shirodhara is beneficial in stress reduction and treating mental fatigue. With the uninterrupted flow of soothing oil, Shirodhara helps in tranquilizing and stabilizing the mind, healing problems like anxiety, insomnia, vertigo, etc.
Nayam is one of the detox methods in ayurveda. It helps curing headache, sinusitis, migraine, ear, nose and throat disorders. In nasyam medicated oil is instilled in both the noses after face massage.. Since the nose is the gate way of the head, the therapy is highly effective in curing migraine and a number of diseases pertaining to the head.