Rid of Migraines with Ayurveda
are Two Types of Migraines
palace of our body's empire is our brain and it is the
king of our mind. The mind feels emotions like happiness,
enthusiasm, depression, insecurity, impulsive behavior,
sorrow, anxiety, anger, fear and phobias.
pain, hammering, aching, throbbing, pricking in the head,
along with nausea and vomiting are often the signs of
migraine. A person suffering from migraine does not want
to speak, hear, read, talk, or even eat. He/she probably
wants to tie a band tightly around the forehead and lie
in a dark room.
a variety of painkillers are available off-the- shelf
to treat the migraine, they may not always work because
the remedy lies in the cause of the migraine. Besides,
painkillers only suppress the pain but the problem persists
in the body. They also have side effects like depression,
anorexia, high blood pressure, giddiness, ulcer, and hyperacidity.
Increases in cold, dry, and rainy season; Intensity increases
due to exertion, stress, over fasting, late nights, insufficient
sleep, excess in sexual activity, worry, sadness, hunger,
fear and trauma.
Throbbing pain, unable to move head without feeling the
Hot oil massage; eat vata reducing and nutritive diet
like rice, wheat, sesame, warm milk, butter, ghee, onion,
sweet fruits, coriander, asafoetida, cumin, cardamom,
garlic, saffron, goat meat, jaggery, and green gram (also
known as mung beans) and rice.
Cold and dry weather as well as emotions that increases
Take 1 tsp castor oil at bedtime with warm water; Massage
your head with warm oil or have shirodhara*, shirobasti*,
and enema treatments from panchakarma (or detoxifying
Due to Excess Pitta
A young clerk was suffering from severe migraines because
of excess pitta. He would sit inside his shop all day,
and to avoid feeling tired and sleepy, he would smoke
and drink 5 to 6 cups of tea. He was fond of spicy, fried
foods and, to top it all, would hang around in bars at
night, drink and eat heavy food.
soon, he started feeling lethargic, with headache, tiredness,
frustration, severe acidity, and burning in the stomach.
He took many painkillers for migraine, but the problem
only persisted and increased because the chemicals in
the drugs were increasing the pitta (heat).
went to a neurologist, an ENT specialist, psychiatrists,
and all types of specialists. Even after a range of investigations
like X-Ray, CT Scan, and MRI, there was no diagnosis.
Finally, his friend, who had experienced success by my
advice for his arthritis, referred him to me.
Migraine increases in the afternoon. The head feels very
hot and burns, and headaches increases with acidity.
Excessive exposure to sun and heat, working near fire
and heat, hot weather, too much spicy and fermented foods
(which increase pitta), too many antibiotics and drugs,
His pulse revealed aam (toxins), pitta (heat), and low
circulation. I put him on cooling herbs like guduchi,
shatavari, yastimadhu, and black raisins. He was also
advised to take 2 teaspoons cow ghee in the morning with
milk (organic), more sweet fruits and cooling spices like
cumin, coriander, and fennel. In grains, he was asked
to eat rice, mung bean and millet.
was also advised virechan treatment. Within three months
his migraine was 80 percent better. Now, he has occasional
bouts of migraine for which I have advised him to take
3 teaspoons cow ghee with milk, which relieves his headaches
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