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About Migraine Ayurvedic Treatment

Migraine is one of the most common type of headache. Globally, approximately 15% of the world population is affected by migraines. Commonly, migraines affect young and middle-aged people. It is not very common in people aged above 40 years.


Migraine can affect the brain, the eyes and the nervous system. Migraine is caused by the blood vessels becoming larger and pulling away chemicals from the nerve fibre.



Symptoms of Migraine


  1. Recurrent headache, which can be severe or moderate, which typically affects in one half of the head.

  2. The headache is pulsating in nature.

  3. Associated symptoms include nausea, vomiting tendency, sensitivity to light, sound or smell.


There are two types of migraine. Migraine with aura and migraine without aura.

If migraine attacks are preceded by disturbances of vision, it is called migraine with aura. This migraine is not very common. It is seen that only 15-30% of migraine patients have migraine with aura.


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Causes of Migraine


Genetic Disposition: Studies indicate that there are 34% to 51% changes of genetic influence in affecting a migraine headache.


Stress: It plays a role in patients, especially when stress eases. That is why many people suffer from migraines during weekends.


Sleeplessness, Sleep disturbances, lack of quality sleep etc are some triggering factors.

Consumption of excessive alcohol, staying hungry for long hours can be another reason.


Withdrawal symptoms from drugs, alcohol, smoking etc can induce migraine headache symptoms.


Migraine symptoms can be seen as side-effects to certain drugs.


Certains lighting, noise (like very loud music), or smell can cause migraine symptoms.


Sudden climate changes and certain climatic influences.


Hormonal imbalances is another strong trigger for causing migraine symptoms.



Ayurvedic Treatment of Migraine


According to Ayurveda, migraine is caused because of the aggravation of all three doshas- Vata, Pita and Kapha. Of the three- the dominant doshas are vata- dosha and pita-dosha.


Vata- dosha leads to a dysfunctional metabolism, mental and physical stress, sleeplessness etc.


Pitta causes the expansion of the blood vessels causing migraine.


Ayurveda diagnosis migraine as a result of deep-seated problems, including a sensitive nervous system. Ayurveda believes in cleansing the body from within, and thus curing the disease from its root. The treatment of migraine thus focuses on treating the Pitta- dosha.



Ayurveda recommends internal and external treatments for migraine. Ayurveda recommends a complete cleansing therapy called Panchakarma for the treatment of migraine. Panchakarma dissolves, mobilize and discharge toxins accumulated, which results in a significant improvement in the migraine condition.


Panchakarma includes both internal and external medications and an ideal diet. In addition to the diet , the stimulating massages and manual therapies are very important in order to stimulate the metabolism and to assist in its detoxification.


A typical Ayurvedic treatment procedure starts with-

Consultation with an ayurveda physician. (We at superbeing arranges free consultation over the phone or email with a specialized doctor, provided you have send a detailed description of the disease condition and the concerned medical reports)

The doctor performs thorough diagnosis of your body by analyzing your medical condition, body constitution and the doshas causing the illness. He then prescribes a treatment routine to be followed-


A typical treatment routine includes:

1. No of days required for treatment

2. The therapies to be followed in each stages of treatment

3. Number of total sessions required for each therapy

4. Internal medicines and its timings

5. Diet to be followed during treatment

6. Do’s and Don’ts  to be followed before and after each session


Some for the Panchakarma therapies performed in migraine condition are:


Shirodhara: "Shiro," means head, and "dhara" is the continuous flow of a liquid. In this process, warm herbal oils, milk or buttermilk, or decoctions are poured in a slow steady stream on your forehead.



This treatment is profoundly relaxing, nourishing. A steady flow of warm oil onto the forehead will be very effective in the treatment of Migraine.



Nellika Thalam: The treatment involves applying a herbal paste containing ‘Nellikka’ (Indian gooseberry or ‘amla’) on the crown or forehead.



Amla paste is applied during a headache at the point of greatest pain. This is very effective in getting relief from headache caused by migraine.


Shirovasti: In shirovasti a bandage is tied and a cylindrical compartment is sealed to head in the form of a cap. Warm medicated oil is poured into the compartment and allowed to soak into the scalp.



This is a very effective therapy for treating insomnia, depression, migraine, headache etc.


Talapodichil: Here a herbal paste is applied to the entire head and covered with a plantain leaf. It is beneficial for Headache, Depression, Migraine etc.


Nasya: Nasya is a Panchakarma treatment which involves administration of medicines through nostrils. It is applied in case of diseases surrounding the head and neck. The patient is made to sit or lie down in a comfortable posture. He has to undergo gentle massage over the head, forehead and face followed by mild Swedana, Slightly warm oil is instilled in prescribed dose in each nostril.



Gentle massage is performed on the plantar and palmar regions, shoulder and back. The patient is allowed to spit if he feels any discomfort due to oil in the throat. After the completion of procedure, oil on the face is to be wiped off and complete rest is advised to the patient. Gargling with warm water may follow Dhoomapana (inhalation of medicated smoke) though mouth may be given after Nasya. Nasya is normally done for 7-14 days depending on the condition of the disease.


Nasya is very effective in treating headache, migraine, ENT disorders, facial paralysis, cataract, cervical spondylitis etc.


Takradhara: 'Takra' means butter milk and 'dhara' means stream. In this treatment procedure, buttermilk is continuously made to flow on the forehead.



Takradhara Ayurvedic Treatment are very similar to that of shirodhara. However, the major difference being use of medicated buttermilk.


Abhyanga: Abhyanga is a part of Panchakarma treatment method which involves application of warm medicated oil over the body with mild pressure. The medicine is rubbed over the body in directions comfortable to the patient. It improves strength and alleviates Vata. Abhyanga is a type of Bahya Snehana which can be performed as therapeutic procedure as well as preventive procedure.


The patient is made to sit on the Abhyanga table with leg extended. The oil is to be heated to optimum temperature and applied over the head, ears and soles of the feet. And then the oil is applied uniformly with mild pressure over the body by two masseurs standing on both sides of the table. Massage is started from scalp, head and moves down to neck, upper back, shoulders, upper arms, forearms, hands and then chest, abdomen, lower back and lower limbs.

Abhyanga should be done in sitting, supine, right lateral and left lateral positions and prone position. At the end of the procedure the oil on the body is wiped off with tissue or towel. The procedure normally takes 30- 40 minutes.

Patient is advised to take complete rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bath can be taken with hot water and soap to remove the oil from the body. Light semisolid digestible diet is advised after the bath.


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Home remedies for Migraine


A head massage with any warm medicated oil helps in sound, quality sleep. This helps to control the migraine symptoms


Consume a healthy, nutritious and easily digestible diet. Timely eating is also very important


Avoid excessive alcohol, nicotine, coffee etc consumption.


Learn and practice yoga and meditation. This can reduce stress which help in controlling migraine headache.


Soak 5 numbers of raisins and almonds each in water at night. Eat it in the morning.


Take coriander seed powder- 1 teaspoon. Add this to one cup of water at night. Drink it on empty stomach next day morning. This helps in preventing the causes of headache.


In case of a migraine headache, peel off  4-5 lemons. Grind them well. Mix water and make a paste. Apply this paste on the forehead. This eases the headache.


Another remedy to ease the headache is by crushing a few cabbage leaves and applying that to the forehead.



About Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which means the science of life. (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science). Ayurveda is a traditional System of treatment (medical science) which was developed in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurvedic treatment which helps to cure most of the diseases. Major treatment methods are massages, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Sirodhara, Vasthi, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Thalam etc. The main Advantage of taking ayurveda treatment is, its completely natural because herbal medicines are used to treat any disease conditions. Its a natural medical system focused on physical, mental and spiritual growth of human beings and it focus on treating and get rid off the root cause of the disease (Complete cure) rather than suppressing the symptoms.Special Ayurveda packages available in kerala for most of the ailments

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