Ayurvedic Treatment For Migraine

Ayurvedic Treatment For Migraine

Migraine is a common form of headache and it is experienced by nearly 15% of the population. As compared to men, women are more prone to this type of headache. Hereditary components are commonly seen by herbalists among the sufferers of this headache. In Ayurveda, this headache is generally considered similar to ‘Anantavaata’, which is nothing but a vata disorder. There is another concept called ‘Ardhavabhedak’ in this alternative system of medicine. However, this concept pertains only to single-sided headache and do not cover the entire concept of Migraine.

What causes migraine?

Even though, the actual cause of migraine is not known, in people facing this headache, there will be some triggering factors that cause this headache. When they keep themselves away from the known triggers, they can avoid the headache from occurring. Some of the triggers stated are emotional and physical stress and irregularity in taking meals.

Ayurvedic view:

Ayurveda sees migraine as a tridosha disorder. There are three doshas according to ayurveda and of these three, Vata and Pitta are the prominent factors for migraine:

• The Vata is responsible for controlling the nervous systems and the activities of the brain and it is believed that when there is an imbalance in this dosha, it causes illness in people.

• The vata imbalance is caused due to inappropriate metabolism, sleeplessness, reading with inadequate light, watching TV for longer periods, physical and mental stress and many other factors as well.

• When it comes to pitta, it causes the dilation of blood vessels and this is what causes the onset of migraine attack.

Classification according to doshas:

Generally, people experiencing migraine can identify about the dosha that causes the pain with the conditions they experience during the pain.

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For instance, when it is caused due to vata dosha disorder, they will experience acute pain, constipation and skin dryness. On the other hand, if it is caused due to the disorder of pitta dosha, they will experience nosebleeds, irritability to light and redness/burning sensation in eyes. If it is caused due to kapha disorder, they will have headache with dull yet throbbing pain, depression and fatigue.

Ayurvedic medicines for migraine:

In general, the Suvarna Sutashekhara ras is recommended for treating migraine. This is not only a preventive remedy, but it has curative properties as well. This ras is recommended to be consumed in quantities of 125 milligrams for two times a day. This medication is generally recommended to be taken along with milk.

Godanti bhasma is another ayurvedic remedy, which is to be taken one gram for three times a day. It should be taken along with honey.

The other medications that will help are triphala, Guggulu, bhallatakasav, tribhuvankirti. Other herbs that will help the sufferers are ginger, jatamansi and brahmi. To keep away from the repetition of migraine attacks, the following medications are generally prescribed:

• Any taila

• Amrut Bindu Taila

• Chandannadi vati

• Dashamoolarishta

• Vidhwansana rasa

• Soota Shekahr rasa

In addition to these medications, ayurveda generally recommends that people suffering from migraine should follow a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and including fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet can be highly helpful.

As compared to men, women are more prone to this type of headache. Hereditary components are commonly seen by herbalists among the sufferers of this headache. In Ayurveda, this headache is generally considered similar to ‘Anantavaata’, which is nothing but a vata disorder. There is another concept called ‘Ardhavabhedak’ in this alternative system of medicine. However, this concept pertains only to single-sided headache and do not cover the entire concept of Migraine.

Generally, people experiencing migraine can identify about the dosha that causes the pain with the conditions they experience during the pain. For instance, when it is caused due to vata dosha disorder, they will experience acute pain, constipation and skin dryness. On the other hand, if it is caused due to the disorder of pitta dosha, they will experience nosebleeds, irritability to light and redness/burning sensation in eyes. If it is caused due to kapha disorder, they will have headache with dull yet throbbing pain, depression and fatigue.

In addition to these medications, ayurveda generally recommends that people suffering from migraine should follow a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and including fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet can be highly helpful.

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