Migraine is an intense headache, characterized by throbbing, severe and recurring ache. The intensity of the headache literally prohibits from doing any activity. The pain may last for a few hours to two days with varying degrees of intensities. However, the onset of migraine always accompanies a few warning signs. While medications can control the pain and reduce the recurrence, it doesn’t count as permanent cure. Pharmaceuticals do not have effective solutions to treat this severe form of headache. You can get rid of recurring episodes migraine forever with appropriate Ayurvedic treatment.
If you suffer from migraine, it is never late to get a diagnosis from Ayurways, the Ayurvedic wellness center in Melbourne. Let us see about the causes, triggers and how to treat migraine, the ayurvedic way.
Migraine in Ayurveda
Migraine is a Vata disorder, triggered by insomnia and stress. There is no attachment of physical ailment or imbalance. Ardhavabhedakais the Ayurvedic term that refers to Migraine.
It is the disease of the head, Shiro-Roga. Vitiation of Vata dosha in the head causes migraine. Too much stress, regardless of the reason combined with insomnia combined with sleep deprivation aggravates Vata. Since Vata governs the nervous system, aggravation of dryness affects the nerves.
Although it is a Vata aggravated condition, Migraine has involvement of all three doshas.
- Influence of Vata on nervous system and leads to pain
- Influence of Pitta on circulation cause obstruction
- Influence of Kapha on brain tissues cause inflammation
Any pain is easily understandable as the involvement of Vata.
Treatment for Migraine in Ayurveda
Pacifying Vata is the objective of migraine treatment. It involves fomentation, oleation, hot and moist poultices, nourishing diet and inhalation therapies.
Apana Vayu (ama in Vata) shall be eliminated with Panchakarma therapy which rejuvenates and nourishes the body.
- Abhyanga – Oil massage, which reduces the stress and tension in the shoulders, neck and upper back.
- Nasya – Administration of medicated oil or ghee in the nostrils to cleanse the sinuses, nasal pathway etc
- Herbal Paste – Applying a herbal paste made of Vata pacifying herbs on the forehead and temple.
- Shirodhara – pouring medicated oil / buttermilk on the head slowly to detox, destress and restore balance
- Feet and Scalp massage with medicated oils as per dosha imbalance
Herbal Remedies and Ayurvedic Medicines
Generally, patient needs moisturizing and nourishment from inside out. Triphala is a wonderful Ayurvedic remedy, a rejuvenating tonic for many conditions. Daily intake of Triphala helps balancing dosha and nourishes your health, inside out.
Brahmi and Shatavari bring relief to headache by cooling down the body.
ShabinduTaila is an external application, the most effective medicated oil formulated for migraine.
Aromatic herbs like rosemary, peppermint, thyme, lavender, chamomile flowers, evening primrose, etc soothe the body and mind, alleviates the pain. It also helps sound sleep.
Diet and Lifestyle Changes
Healthy eating is crucial to lead a disease free life which keeps all doshas balanced. Do not eat any high fat and high salty foods and carbonated beverages which are likely to induce more stress.
Since stress and insomnia triggers Vata, make sure to stick to healthy sleep-wake up routine. Find the triggers for stress and clear away