Different types of headaches need special treatments. Ayurveda has typical management means to tackle each of the six types of shirahshula (headache).
Here are the details:
1. SUVARNA SUTASHEKHARA CURES PAITTIKA HEADACHES
This Ayurvedic drug is prescribed for treating migraine as well as headaches of the Paittika type. One of its primary ingredients is gold dust (bhasma).
Prescription: The usual dose is a tablet twice daily. Mix the tablet with half teaspoons of cream and sugar. In the absence of cream, the medication can be consumed with a cup of milk added with half a teaspoon of sugar. It should be taken on an empty tummy.
Constipation Cure: If the patient suffers from constipation, he/she should be regularly tendered one teaspoon of Triphala powder mixed with a cup of hot milk at bedtime.
2. LAKSHMI VILASA RASA CURES SHLAISHMIKA HEADACHES
Lakshmi vilasa rasa is available across the counter. It is in the form of tablets; each weighing just 0.25 gram.
Prescription: Have two tablets thrice daily. Mix it with honey before consuming it.
3. GODANTI BHASMA & SHRINGA BHASMA CURE VATIKA HEADACHES
Godanti Bhasma and Shringa Bhasma tablets are recommended for headaches of the Vatika type. Each of these tablets is of 0.25 gm and is available across the counter.
The primary ingredient of Godanti Bhasma is calcium sulphate in its powdery form. On the other hand, ‘shringa’ refers to the deer horn. It is actually burnt by a typical Ayurvedic method. The ashes of the burnt ‘shringa’ are used for preparation of the medication. For manufacturing of the tablet, equal quantities (0.25 gm) of the powdered forms of both the main ingredients are used.
Prescription: One should consume two tablets mixed with honey thrice daily.
1. ANU TAILA CURES ALL TYPES OF HEADACHES
Anu taila (oil) is a medicated preparation. It is prepared by boiling several medicinal plants in gingelly oil. It doesn’t have any side effects. It has many beneficial effects.
Prescription: The patient needs to deeply inhale the oil just once daily. Approximately 20 drops of the oil needs to be dropped in each nostril.
However, in acute instances or if the problem is chronic in nature the patient can inhale up to three times a day.
Caution Notes: One need not worry if while inhaling some portion of the oil gets into the tummy, Moreover, deep inhalation may, of course, propel sneezing or cause running nose temporarily. These symptoms result from the over-reaction of the nasal mucous membrane to the excess and sudden deposits of the Anu taila (oil).
Benefits: Properly inhaled, the oil clears the nasal blockage. The sinus passages leading to the nasal cavity are opened. This, in turn, brings about a sense of relief. Any sense of heaviness in the head and all forms of mental strain are removed. The nerves also enjoy a soothing effect.