A migraine is a terrible headache that tends to recur and is often accompanied by a feeling of nausea. The pain is usually felt on one side of the head. Migraine is a vascular disorder caused by a tightening (constriction) and sudden opening (dilation) of the blood vessels in the head, neck, or scalp.
In Ayurveda, two conditions, known as Ardhaavabheda (meaning literally the unilateral pain) and Anantavaata resemble the classical migraine.
- Zigzag lines.
- Bright spots.
- Partial loss of vision.
- Numbness or tingling in the hand, tongue, or side of the face.
- Irritability or altered mood.
- Nausea Experience flashing lights and vomiting.
2. Stress and time pressure, major hassles, major losses, anger, frustration, depression and conflict.
3. Excessive relaxation and positive feelings such as excitement.
4. Smells and fumes, tobacco smoke, light glare or dazzle, weather changes and high altitude.
5. Onset of puberty in girls, monthly period, birth control pills, pregnancy, delivery, oestrogen therapy and menopause.
6. Motion and travel.
7. Too much, too little or interrupted sleep.
8. Hunger or fasting.
Tips and Diet
- Eat at regular times, and do not skip meals.
- Limit the amount of tea, coffee and painkillers you use.
- Restrict your physical activities in hot weather.
- You could try keeping a migraine diary. Writing down information about your headaches and what you were doing when they happened can help you find out what triggers your headaches. Then you can avoid those triggers.Take the juice of Tinospora cordifolia (giloy), in doses of 10 ml with honey.
- Apply a paste made of black pepper and rice with the juice of bhringaraaja to the forehead. Alternately, you can apply the paste of sandalwood also.
- Drop some ghee, medicated with saffron flowers (kesar) into each nostril and inhale deeply.