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