Migraine relief with Ayurveda

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Migraine is one of the most common types of headache found in people and predominantly in women in comparison to men. Though it is found in a lot of people the actual cause is not clearly known and different people can have different triggers that leads to a migraine.

Allopathy may have a lot of on the counter medications that will give temporary relief from the headache. Migraines affect our normal working patterns especially when it is accompanied by nausea, throbs and similar discomforts.

Ayurveda tries to find the root cause of migraine by taking into consideration the body states in terms of the Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. Ayurveda suggests a healthy diet, Yoga and Panchakarma treatments to get rid of migraine.

Diet :
Good dietary habits would help an individual maintain good health and offer immunity from recurring bouts of headaches. Consuming cooked vegetables without oil should be encouraged. Have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Vegetable juices and soup, fruits and fruit juices including apple, mango, should be taken in ample quantities. Highly-fruit based diet for a day or two can relieve pain. Grapes, lemons, cabbage juice are especially important. Rice, salad and buttermilk can always be consumed.

Yoga:
Simple yoga treatments have been found to serve both as an alternative and as a supplement for dealing with Migraine and Headaches. Yoga is known to offer both cure and immunity from headaches. Headaches caused due to tension and worry can be alleviated through deep breathing and relaxation, especially in a lying down position in a quiet place. Inverted postures, or those where the head is lowered briefly, increase oxygen to the brain and can reduce headache-causing strain. However, for those suffering from severe headache like migraine, any type of exercise can be injurious.

Panchakarma:
Nasya or medicated oil drops used for the treatment of migraine is of two types. The first is called “Shirovirechan”, in which strong, irritant medicines are instilled as nasal drops, which induce sneezing and watery discharge. The second is called as “Avapidak nasya’ in which a paste is prepared of a herb or several herbs, and the liquid is inserted in the nostrils. Usually, herbs like Vacha (Acorus calamus) and Pippali ( Piper longum) are used along with honey. Both procedures are aimed at removing the cause of the headache and the pain.

The medicated enema used in migraine is called as “Anuvasan Basti”. Small quantities of medicated oils, usually about 50 ml. are given at regular intervals, on an outpatient basis. Oil of Sesame and Mahanarayan oil (containing mainly Asparagus racemosus) are usually used for this purpose.

Ayurvedic medications:
Suvarna Sutashekhara Ras is the most commonly prescribed Ayurvedic drug for treating migraine. It is not just a preventive but also a curative means Dose: It is given in the dose of 125 milligram twice daily. The medication is to be taken with milk. Godanti Bhasma is a medication to be taken with honey three times a day. Other preparations include Tribhuvankirti, Bhallatakasav, Triphala Guggulu

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