Migraine

pittasymbol-newMigraine is described as a chronic headache which may be accompanied with nausea, vomiting, unilateral headache, sensitivity to light. These headaches may last for up to 2 -3 days.

According to Ayurveda, migraine can be defined as a Pitta (fire and water) predominant ailment. It is believed that the excess heat from Pitta affects the circulatory system bringing changes in the vessels in the head and neck region.

Foods:

  • Avoid excess of spicy, sour and salty foods
  • Avoid excess intake of cheese, red wine, coffee, tea, chocolates
  • Grind equal amounts of Coriander seeds with lavender flowers and black peppers. Take ¼ teaspoon of this mixture with some warm water regularly. This will help to prevent future attacks.
  • 7 – 10- almonds soaked overnight in water which are the peeled in the morning and taken on empty stomach will also help a  lot
  • Juice made from carrots, beetroot, spinach is very beneficial
  • Taking a ripe banana along with cardamom and 1 teaspoon of clarified butter (ghee) in the morning will also help to prevent the headaches

Herbs:

  • Herbs that are beneficial for migraine are:
  • Brahmi (bacopa monniera),
  • Shatavari (asparagus racemosus) which are usually taken twice daily.

 

 

Local application:

  • Ground cinnamon powder mixed with water and applied over the temple region
  • Sandalwood pasted for local application over the forehead and temple region
  • Scalp massage Brahmi Amla oil, which has cooling properties will help to get rid of excess heat

 Massages and therapies:

  • Salt water Neti or nasal wash done regularly (every morning). This will help to prevent future attacks of migraine.
  • A typical ayurvedic therapy is Nasya: nasal administration of medicated oils into the nostrils. This is usually done by an Ayurvedic therapist or practitioner. Regular treatments will help to stop future migraine attacks.
  • Ayurvedic head massage along with Marma massage to the head is very beneficial
  • Regular Ayurvedic foot massage will help to relieve the headaches and give good nights sleep.

Yoga:

  • Regular Tratak – candle light meditation is very helpful
  • Eye exercises as often as possible will also helps
  • Regular cooling breath exercise also called as Shitali breathing
  • Regular moon salutations are beneficial

Lifestyle:

  • Avoid direct sunlight as this may trigger off the headaches and symptoms
  • Avoid getting excessively tired, take breaks at work. Tiredness may lead to migraine attacks.
  • Aim to hold the right posture. A wrong posture and tight neck muscles may alter blood supply to the head causing the headaches.
  • Avoid excess strong light, strong smells and changes of environment

 

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