Ayurvedic Treatment of the head (Migraine and Headache)


The most common ailments affecting the human crown are migraine and headache. Migraine is known in Ayurveda as Anantavarta while headache is termed Shirahshula. Chronic headache can be a potent symptom of many other diseases. There are many forms of headaches; and migraine is one of its predominant types. Another common form of migraine is identified as Suryavarta in Ayurveda. Let’s check out both migraine and headache in details.

Migraine Symptoms

The usual symptoms of migraine are convulsive painful attacks that keep on recurring. These attacks usually happen on a particular side of the head. However, if there are no such bouts the patient leads a normal life.

In the extreme cases, the intense pain may propel vomiting tendencies.

Though the patient may not experience any pain in the head between two bouts, yet he/she may experience nose congestion and head heaviness.

Causes of Migraine

There are two types of reasons why one may experience migraine; viz., primary and abrupt.

The primary causes are excessive tension, anxiety and worry.

Migraine may happen due to many other extraneous factors which can strike without warning. The most common of these abrupt causes is prolonged overexposure of the crown to snow, wind, cold or the heat of the sun.

Migraine Consequences

Chronic migraine may lead to constipation and even sinusitis. Some other effects of migraine are indigestion, nasal blockade and mental strain.

Points to remember

More often than not, sneezing is accompanied by constipation. Hence, ensure that you have regular bowel movements. To cure constipation, one should have Agastya rasayana.

One needs to complete the full dose of six months to enjoy complete cure from constipation. More importantly, the patient must continue taking the medication (till the full dose is completed) even if the sneezing bouts disappear. This obviates any recurrence possibilities of the sneezing symptoms.

Make these practices your habits for Migraine

  1. Retire early at night;
  2. Learn to be an early riser;
  3. Avoid sleepless nights;
  4. Regularly do the yogic pranayams and breathing exercises.
  5. Practise meditation.
  6. Keep yourself free from all blues;
  7. Don’t ever take anxiety, tension, or any form of mental worries;
  8. These factors lead to constipation, indigestion and insomnia.
  9. Never expose yourself to extreme climatic conditions;
  10. Excessive toil, cold, rain and heat aggravate the conditions that cause migraine.

Dietry Regimen for Migraine

First, regular consumption of cow’s milk and ghee made from the milk of cattle is beneficial for the person suffering from migraine.

Second, he/she must always say ‘NO!’ to spicy food and all fried food items;

Third, don’t have those food items that cause flatulence, indigestion and/or constipation;

Last but not the least important point is to never consume sour things including curd.

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