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How Migraine Can Be Managed At Home

Introduction

People are facing so many problems in their day to day life. Due to their stressful working life and personal problems, they are becoming more prone to several diseases. Migraine is also one of them. If they feel pain in the head, they often take it as simple headache, but it can be Migraine.

So now the question arises

  1. Do you know the difference between simple Headache and Migraine?
  2. Do you know that you are suffering from simple Headache or Migraine?

Natural Treatment for Migraine

WHAT IS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE

Here I am going to tell you the difference between usual headache and Migraine. Headache mainly involves pain in head, but can involve face and neck muscles also, pain is not of severe type but Migraine mainly involves pain on the front of the head and one side of the head and it is characterized by severe, throbbing pain. Sometimes Migraine can be associated with nausea, vomiting, pain and burning in the eyes. People often do not take medicine for it and they avoid it.

CAUSES FOR MIGRAINE

What causes Migraine, this is very necessary to know.

Migraine mainly arisen when there is excessive stimulation of brain and blood vessels. It can occur due to a single factor or due to a combination of various factors.

ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA (SOORYAVARTA)

Sooryavarta means throbbing pain on one side of the head. It can arise due to a variety of causes which can –

  1. Stressful life
  2. Disturbed emotional life
  3. Unhygienic food
  4. Long time exposure to sunlight
  5. Too much salty and spicy food
  6. Any digestion problem
  7. Aggravates Pitta doshas
  8. Obstructs the vata doshas in brain
  9. Leads to pain on one side of the head (Sooryavarta)

AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE OF MIGRAINE

Ayurvedic treatment of migraine

Reference – Bhavprakash Chikitsaprakranam/ Chapter 62/Shlok no. 17 and 18

Meaning – It states that having dry food, again and again taking food, , excessive sex, walking and excessive weight lifting, affects our head and results in vitiated kapha which leads to pain on half side of head, eye brows, temporal region of head, ear, eye and half side of the forehead. This condition in Ayurveda is called Ardhavibhedhak. When this condition aggravates, it can lead to eye and ear damage.

TRIGGERING FACTORS FOR MIGRAINE

Migraine treatment in ayurveda

Triggering factors are those factors which initiate the condition, means the presence of those conditions, progresses the symptoms.

Triggering factors for migraine can be as follow

CLINICAL FEATURES FOR MIGRAINE

Migraine can sometimes be present with signs and symptoms and they can vary from person to person.

Migraine symptoms can be

1. Pain– Pain is mainly felt  in the front side of the head and on one side of the head. Pain mainly occurs on the half side of the head. Pain is very severe, throbbing and aggravates on exposure to light.

2. Other symptoms – Pain can be sometimes associated with nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, mild confusion and sensitivity to light.

TYPES OF MIGRAINE

TYPES OF MIGRAINE

Migraine can be of various types, depending upon its symptoms. It can be –

  1. Migraine Without Aura
  2. MIGRAINE WITH AURA                  
  3. ABDOMINAL MIGRAINE
  4. HEMIPLEGIC

WHAT IS AURA – Aura are mainly sensory disturbances which are felt  during or before the Migraine attack.

1. MIGRAINE WITHOUT AURA – In this type of migraine,attack comes without any sensory disturbance.

2. MIGRAINE WITH AURA – In this type of migraine the person feels warning signals before the attack of migraine which tell him that soon he is going to get a migraine attack.

These warning signs can be

  • Confusion
  • Zig-zag lines in front of eyes
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Blind spots in the vision

3. ABDOMINAL MIGRAINE – In this type of Migraine, Migraine attacks occur along with bowel disturbances. It is mainly seen in children.

4. HEMIPLEGIC MIGRAINE – Hemi stands for half and Plegic stands for weakness. In this type of Migraine weakness is felt on one side of the body. It is for short duration.

DIAGNOSIS  OF THE MIGRAINE

Diagnosis mainly depends upon the Signs and Symptoms of Migraine patient. Accurate diagnosis is must for the treatment which mainly depends upon the clinical features of the patient. Along with that some other tests can be done to confirm the diagnosis.

These tests can be

  1. Blood tests
  2. C.T Scan
  3. M.R.I scan

HOW MIGRAINE CAN BE MANAGED AT HOME

Migraine can be very serious if not treated on time. If we take pain killers, it can result in various complications due to its side effects. So to manage it, first of all, try to remove all those factors which trigger the attack, some preventive measures can be taken and some Home Remedies for Migraine can also be followed to decrease its signs and symptoms.

Management includes

  • Remove the trigger factors
  • Non medication measures
  • Home remedies

1. Remove the trigger factors

Following trigger factors should be avoided

  • Avoid citrus fruits, plum, spicy food, pickle, fast-food and cheese in your diet because it can aggravate the condition.
  • Avoid excessive exposure to light
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee
  • Avoid stress, depression and anxiety
  • Avoid excessive noisy places

2. Non medication measures

Some lifestyle changes can be adapted.

They can be

  • Drink plenty of water, you can also take tea
  • During a Migraine attack sit in the room alone and try to sleep
  • Regular exercising, Yoga or Aasanas can be followed
  • Meditation can be done
  • Follow stress management techniques
  • Take diet excluding triggering factors

3. HOME REMEDIES

Certain home remedies can be followed which can be very helpful in migraine.

These home remedies can be

A. Asafetida – Take water and add asafetida powder in it, mix it well, Either inhale it or you can apply this paste over your head. It will help in relieving its symptoms.

B. Garlic – Make a paste of garlic and apply it over your head or you can instil the garlic juice in your both nostrils.

C. Lemon – Make a paste of the lemon peel and apply it over your head. It will be very helpful.

D. Cabbage – Make a paste of cabbage leaves and apply it over your head. It will be beneficial.

E. Saffron – Saffron has been proved to be very useful in Migraine. It gives very good results in treating Migraine. Take one pinch of Saffron powder and mix it with one teaspoon of Ghee, the resultant mixture should be instilled in both the nostrils. This gives good results.

F. Sesame oil/ Maha Narayana tail- Facial massage should be done with plain sesame oil. After that soak a towel in a little hot water and apply it on your face. This herbal remedy is also very useful.

G. Coriander – Take one cup of water and add one spoon coriander powder in it. Keep it for the whole night and take this mixture on the next morning. This mixture gives good results.

H.  Raisins and Almonds – Soak some raisins and almonds in the night and take it in the morning.

I. Jasmine and Pomegranate juice – Take tender leaves of jasmine and pomegranate, add a little salt to it and prepare fresh juices after crushing it. This mixture can be instilled in both the nostrils. This helps in relieving migraine.

J. Doorva grass (Cynodan dactylon) – Prepare the fresh juice using Doorva grass and add little licorice water to it and consume this solution regularly. It helps in reducing the severity of the disease.

CONCLUSION

Although Migraine is a Benign condition and you no need to worry about it due to its rare chances to leading to death, but its proper treatment is needed and taking painkillers in routine can lead to severe complications, because excessive consumption of painkillers may damage our body organs. So avoid to take painkillers and try to follow these home remedies.

Herbal Treatment of Pleomorphic Adenomas – Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

PLEOMORPHIC ADENOMAS

Salivary gland tumors are classified as rare tumors that begin in the salivary glands. These tumors can begin in any of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck or throat. The function of salivary gland is to make saliva, which aids in digestion, keeps the mouth moist and supports healthy teeth.

There are 3 pairs of major salivary glands under and behind the jaw

  • Parotid
  • Sublingual
  • Submandibular

Salivary gland tumors most commonly occur in the parotid gland, accounting nearly 85% of all salivary gland tumors. But, 25% of parotid tumors are malignant (cancerous).

Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common type of benign salivary gland tumor. It is typically a slow growing tumor and occur most often in the parotid gland. It is also known as mixed tumor which describes its pleomorphic appearance as opposed to its dual origin from epithelial and myoepithelial elements.

The tumor is usually solitary and presents as a slow growing, painless and firm singular nodal mass. It is usually mobile unless found in the palate and can cause atrophy of the mandibular ramus when located in the parotid gland.

What are the symptoms of Pleomorphic Adenoma?

  • A lump or swelling on or near the jaw or in the mouth or neck.
  • Muscle weakness on one side of the face
  • Persistent pain in the area of the salivary gland
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Trouble in opening the mouth widely

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma

Various tests such as physical exam, imaging tests, collection of sample of tissue testing etc. tests are done to diagnose pleomorphic adenoma.

Treatment of pleomorphic adenoma by modern treatment depends upon the size, stage and type of the salivary gland tumor. Treatment generally involves surgery or radiation therapy but surgery is difficult to perform as several important nerves are located in and around the glands. Moreover, removing tumors that involve important nerves may damage the nerves, causing partial paralysis of the face.

According to Ayurveda, Pleomorphic adenoma is caused due to the imbalance of Pitta dosha in the body.

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for the treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma which are quite effective and safe.

Herbal Remedies offered by Planet Ayurveda for the treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma are

  1. Shatavari Capsules
  2. Graviola Capsules
  3. Mahashankh Vati
  4. Pitta Balance
  5. Curcumin Capsules
  6. Draksha Avleh

1. Shatavari Capsules

Shatavari Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from Asparagus racemosus root’s extract. This herb has a cooling effect on the body and useful in balancing the Pitta dosha in the body. It is taken internally for the treatment of hyperacidity, stomach ulcers etc. as this herb pacifies Pitta dosha in the body. Thus, shatavari capsules of Planet Ayurveda are useful for the patients of Pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

2. Graviola Capsules

Graviola Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the extract of Annona muricata herb. This herb is widely used in the treatment of malignant as well as benign tumors. It possesses anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, astringent, mutagenic, anti-parasitic properties. These capsules are quite useful for the patients suffering from pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

3. Mahashankh Vati

Mahashankh Vati is a very common medicine for gas, acidity, peptic ulcers etc. According to Ayurveda, the root cause of all problems is the formation of Ama (endotoxins) in the body. Improper diet and lifestyle impair the digestive fire and vitiation of doshas in the body which lead to the obstruction of channels and therefore causes health issues. Mahashankh Vati of Planet Ayurveda is quite effective for the patients suffering from pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily.

4. Pitta Balance

Pitta Balance Capsules of Planet Ayurveda is a unique formulation of natural ingredients that are useful in balancing pitta dosha naturally. It contains cooling and natural calcium compounds to restore the pitta imbalance quickly. Most of the digestive problems occur due to the vitiation of pitta dosha in the body and Pitta Balance Capsules of Planet Ayurveda provides great relief pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

5. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the extract of Curcuma longa. The active compound present in turmeric is ‘curcumin’. Curcumin capsules have proven efficacy in treating various ailments and are very effective in the treatment of cancer. Its regular use protects the body from the damage caused by free radicals. It is widely used in the treatment of cancers. Its anti-cancer effect is mainly mediated through the induction of apoptosis. Curcumin is capable of preventing free radical formation as well as neutralising the existing free radicals.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

6. Draksha Avleh

According to Ayurveda principles, unhealthy digestion upset the balance of all the three doshas in the body. Ayurveda always emphasises on healthy digestion and preventing the Ama formation. It is widely used for intestinal disorders as it helps in intestinal cleansing as well as relieves hyperacidity. It is also useful in the skin disorders mainly of the Pitta origin. It is useful in abdominal tumors, small tumors, weight loss, fever, for improving strength and immunity and various other disorders. It provides relief in pleomorphic adenoma as well.

Dosage: 5-10 grams with warm water or honey.