Migraine is a severe form of headache that is caused by changes within the brain and results in nausea, irritability, eye pain, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. The pain usually begins in the forehead and moves to the side of the head and around the eyes. The headache can last for a few hours or extend up to several days.
Reasons for triggering Migraine can be as common as change in weather, acidity, stress, alcohol, reaction to some food items, menstrual periods, allergic reactions, loud noises or pungent odors, smoking and exposures to computer screens/televisions.
- Moving headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- Craving for certain foods
- Mood swings
- Excessive sleepiness
- Constipation or diarrhoea
- Increased urination
- Stiffness in neck muscles
Ayurveda relates migraine to a sensitive nervous system and disturbed digestion. Such issues cause aggravation of Pitta in the body which produces digestive impurities (known as ama). Accumulation of ama in the manovahi strotas or mind channels causes the pain. Ayurvedic treatment for Migraine is focused on restoring digestion using tonics. Mind relaxing techniques are another aspect of the treatment.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
- Avoid tough to digest food including hot, spicy and fermented foods. Also avoid sour or citrus fruits as they aggravate Pitta.
- Keep yourself hydrated and eat fibrous fruits and vegetables.
- Stay away from refined foods, meats, dairy products, caffeine, tea and alcohol.
- Avoid direct exposure to the sun.
- Head massage with Bhringraj Oil is helpful in reducing symptoms.
- Avoid tension and worry by deep breathing and relaxation exercises.
- A paste of ground clay or sandalwood powder mixed with rose water is great at healing burning sensation and headache.
- Inhale steam with vinegar added to the water in case of migraine with inflamed sinuses.
- Add clove powder to cinnamon oil and apply the paste to the affected area.