Ayurveda as a Remedy for Migraine
What is Migraine? Migraine is very common headache among people, it often appear on one side of the head sometime followed with nausea and disturbed vision. The cause is not yet found, it might be because of abnormal brain activity, it may be stimulated by stress, anxiety, shock, etc., during these activities serotonin is released which is necessary for nerve cells to communicate, and this leads to a throbbing pain.
Types of Migraine: Migraine with Aura people experience an aura, Migraine without Aura caused by photophobia, phonophobia, Hemiplegic Migraine it feels like pins and needles, loss of sensation, it might even feel like a stroke, these are a few examples of common migraines.
There are four phases of Migraine: Prodrome Phase, a person feels constipation, mood swings, stiff neck and general uneasiness, Aura Phase, a person experiences loss of vision, they see spots and flashes of light, they also feel pins and needles sensation, numbness, Attack Phase, the person starts feeling throbbing and pulsing pain in one or both sides of head and nausea. After experiencing the above mentioned three phases a person enters the fourth phase, Postdrome Phase, they start experiencing, dizziness, have confusion and experience light and sound sensitivity.
Now let’s see Migraine in perspective of Ayurveda, Migraine is similar to or can be correlated to the Ayurvedic condition of ardhavabhedakam, which is explained in shirong (head disorders/diseases). It is also important to reduce the common cause of Vata and Pitta imbalances while handling Migraines. Ayurveda has discovered and manufactured medicines for people who do not respond to western medicines. Ayurvedic treatment of migraine include Narikel Lavan, Sootshekhar Rasa, Sitopaladi Churna, Rason Vati and Godanti Mishran. But these medicines won’t be fully efficient or effective on their own, there should be a change in lifestyle too, like, minimum 8 hours of sleep, 30-60 minutes of morning or evening walk and restrain from smoking and drinking. There are few more natural remedies suggested by Ayurveda like drinking ginger tea, it helps to cure nausea, not only that ginger helps to block prostaglandins which stimulates muscle contractions and causes headache. Lavender Oil can help to calm down stress which is another stimulus of migraine.
There are also some yoga poses that can be really efficient and effective to cure Migraine, like, hastapadasana (standing forward bend), setu bandhasana (bridge pose), balasana (child pose), marjariasana (cat stretch), Paschimottanasana (two-legged forward bend), adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog pose), padmasana (lotus pose) and shavasana (corpse pose).
All these remedies have been proved successful, effective and efficient in curing Migraine.