Affecting approximately 12% of the population with recurrent attacks, Migraine is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Migraines affect people’s quality of life and ability to participate in work, family, and social events. It is sometimes confused with other types of headache, such as tension headache.
Migraine is a complex disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of headache. It is usually an intense pounding headache that can last for hours or even days. The pounding or pulsing pain usually begins in the forehead, the side of the head, or around the eyes. The headache gradually gets worse. Just about any movement, activity, bright lights, or loud noises seem to make it hurt more. Nausea and vomiting are common during a migraine.
In some cases it is associated with visual or sensory symptoms, collectively known as an aura, that arise most often before the head pain but that may occur during or afterward as well.
Migraines may happen only once or twice a year, or as often as daily. Failure to treat an attack rapidly reduces the chance of rendering the sufferer pain free. Migraine is most common in women and has a strong genetic component.
The exact mechanism by which migraines occur is not known. The current theory is that it is a disorder of nerves and blood vessels in the brain. Migraine attacks may be triggered by dietary, hormonal, emotional, physical, and environmental factors, including:
Possible symptoms of migraines include:
Ayurvedic medications can help to relieve the pain and other symptoms, and even prevent some migraines. Coping strategies and lifestyle changes may also help.
According to the traditional ayurvedic practitioners the herbal treatment works on the principle that migraine occurs when the acid-alkaline balance in the stomach is disturbed. This leads to increased pitta, a measure used in Ayurveda to check a person’s health using the pulse and affects body functions.
Chronic headaches are usually caused by a variety of imbalances that have become deeply embedded in the physiology over years. In every case there must be some stimulation of the pain sensitive structures in the head. The comprehensive, multi-modality approach of Ayurveda focuses on removing impurities and promoting balanced functioning of the entire mind/body system.
The goal of Ayurveda is to determine the root causes of vascular fluctuations in the brain and the resulting experience of headache pain. After the evaluation of balance and imbalance Ayurveda experts will create a customized program of natural therapeutic approaches to stabilize the nervous system, reduce stress and help cleanse the body of toxins.
Fortunately, effective herbal supplements based on age-old practice of Ayurveda and vital herbs such as Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Godanti Bhasm, Kamdudha Ras, Shirashuladi Vajra Ras, Praval Pishti, Shankh Bhasm, Mukta Shukti Bhasm are available to fight the symptoms of migraine and fix it at root-cause level to get long term relief from the pain.