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.


  • 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.



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.


  • 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


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