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Natural Ayurvedic Treatment for Migraine and Headache

Introduction

Ever experienced throbbing, one-sided pain in the head that wouldn’t go for hours together? Migraine is a common disorder which according to WHO affects nearly 10 % people worldwide. [1] It is a type of primary headache, which means there is no underlying disease causing the headache. Upto two-thirds of those affected are women. [2] In Ayurveda, a disease named ‘Ardhavbhedaka’ bears resemblance to modern day description of migraine. It is a disease caused by the vitiated vata dosha, pitta dosha and kapha dosha according to Acharya Susruta. Avoiding triggers, lifestyle modifications, management of attacks and Ayurvedic regimen lessen the severity and frequency of attacks and improve the quality of living. Now we are going to explain Migraine in detail and its management with ayurveda.

Understanding Migraine-Modern and Ayurvedic aspect

Migraine is a complex disease which is characterized by overstimulation of the nervous system and changes in blood flow in the brain. It has genetic susceptibility and about 70 % of all people who suffer from migraine have at least one close relative who also suffers from it. [2] The disease peaks in persons aged 15-24 years.  Women are predominantly affected with their ratio to men being 3:1. [3]

Although a specific cause of migraine is not known, there are certain triggers that cause the onset and worsening of the disease. Hormonal changes, stress, certain medications, strong light, smell, noise and certain foods trigger the attacks. The triggers can be different for different individuals and can be identified by the person in subsequent attacks.

Ardhavbhedaka is described in Ayurveda as being a type of headache that affects one side of the head and is severe in nature. Faulty food(Ahara) and lifestyle(Vihara) such as Dry food, overeating, irregular sleep pattern, suppression of urges, stress, psychological imbalance, strenuous exercise, sexual activity etc.  disrupt the balance of the three doshas, namely vata, pitta and kapha with vata and pitta being predominant. The vitiated doshas then reach the head and obstruct the rasa and rakta strotas (blood vessels) thus producing ardhavbhedaka.

Causes of Migraine

Features of migraine – The presenting symptoms

A recurrent, pulsating or throbbing pain in one or both sides of the head presenting often with associated symptoms such as nausea and increased sensitivity to light and sound is Migraine. Migraine attacks initially affect the front, side and sometimes back of one side of head. The pain gradually increases and can persist upto 4 – 72 hours. The pain is moderate to severe in intensity sometimes severely affecting the overall quality of life.

Migraine may or may not present with the preceding symptoms also known as Aura. The Aura sometimes presents itself before the attack, along with the attack or sometimes skipping the main attack altogether. The stage of Aura generally goes for less than an hour. The Aura consists of visual disturbances like flashing lights, appearance of lines or defects in the field of vision. Light-headedness, ringing in the ear, weakness in the muscles can also occur.

Diagnosing Migraine – Evaluation and Testing

Diagnosing migraine is mainly dependent on history. Since there is no identifiable underlying cause of migraine, tests such as blood tests and scans are not definitive diagnostic tools in migraine. Therefore, keeping track of the frequency and duration of attacks of migraine, associating symptoms, and triggering factors help reach the diagnosis.

  • A blood test, brain and body scan and medical examination may help rule out any other condition that may be the cause of headache.
  • A psychological examination is also needed sometimes to identify stress factors.

Treating Migraine – The Approach

The short-term objective of the treatment is to provide relief during an acute migraine attack. And the long-term objective of the treatment is to reduce the severity and intensity of the attack. Acute attacks are treated symptomatically. Pain-relieving drugs are used to relieve pain and are most effective when the pain is mild. Drugs named ‘Triptans’ are useful in migraine. [2]

Ayurveda helps achieve long-term treatment goals. It helps reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks. Modification of lifestyle, avoiding the triggering factors, and treating with Ayurvedic medicines make for the main treatment of migraine.

Pacifying the vata and pitta dosha predominant tridoshas, improving the ‘Agni” or the digestive balance of the body and strengthening the brain and the nervous system are the goals to be achieved in an Ayurvedic treatment plan.

Home Remedies for Migraine

You can Include the Following Home Remedies

  1. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  2. Include Mild to moderate exercise, yoga, and meditation in your daily regimen.
  3. Get adequate sleep and nutritious food.
  4. Identify triggering factors and avoid them.
  5. Drinking Ginger Tea a few times a day helps relieve the symptoms of migraine
  6. Take coriander powder and soak it overnight. Drink it in the morning to get relief from the pain.

Ayurvedic Medicines for Migraine

In ayurveda, below are the treatment protocol which should be followed

1. Restoring the balance of agni : In shodhana therapy of ayurveda , the toxins of the body are removed with the help of panchkarma and function of agni is restored. Agni or the digestive power needs to be restored before giving the curative medicines. Agni restoring herbs are haritaki, triphala, amalaki, chitrak etc. In polyherbal formulations, Arogyavardhini vati works very well on agni.

2. Balancing the tridosa : Shaman therapy follows the shodhana therapy. It targets the specific dosha, and dosha or disease specific medicines are given. In this vata dosha is balanced by giving vata-pacifying herbs such as ashwagandha and pitta dosha is pacified with the help of anti-pitta herbs such as Praval pishti, mukta shukti etc.

3. Nervine Strengthens : There are certain nervous systems strengthening herbs like brahmi, shankhpushpi, ashwagandha etc. Which help in boosting the health of the nervous system and brain.

Planet Ayurveda Migraine care pack

Treatment of Migraine and Headache

Treatment of Migraine

Planet Ayurveda is a trusted, famed and renowned GMP certified company offering herbal products across all over the world. These products are prepared using the standardized extract of herbs and are 100 % safe. Herbal formulations prepared in the house of Planet Ayurveda are free from additives, chemicals, preservatives and binders by following the strict ayurveda principles under the guidance of MD ayurveda experts. Planet Ayurveda brings forth a wholesome Migraine Care Pack which are as follows

  1. Arogyavardhini vati
  2. Ashwagandha churna
  3. Pitta balance
  4. Medhya churna
  5. Brahmi capsules

Products Description

1. Arogyavardhini vati

Ashwagandha capsules is a single herbal formulation in capsule form prepared using stanadardized extract of  Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera). This capsule is very efficacious in sustaining nervous health and  a wonderful anti-inflammatory, analgesic, immune booster and a rejuvenator. It is considered as an antidepressant and adaptogenic tonic. Thus, it shows very good results in migraine.

Dosage– 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Medhya churna

This is a polyherbal formulation in powder form prepared using Vacha (Acorus calamus), Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shwet Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum) etc. This enhances the memory and aids in reducing the associated symptoms of the disease like nausea, vomiting, pain in the head etc. This balances all the doshas and sustains normal health.

Dosage– 1/4th tsp once a day with plain water after meal

3. Arogyavardhini vati

This is a classical herbal formulation prepared in the house of Planet Ayurveda in tablet form prepared using

  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Chitrak mool (Plumbago zeylanica)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and some other herbs

This formulation removes all the endotoxins from the body and sustains health cells. It also helps in reducing the pain in head, nausea, vertigo and other related symptoms of migraine.

Dosage– 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Pitta Balance

As the name indicates, this formulation balances the pitta dosha and prepared using Praval Pishti (Coral compound), Akik Pishti (Agate compound), Mukta Pishti, giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) etc.This formulation assist in reducing the symptoms of migraine because of its pitta balancing property. It also keeps the mind and body calm and provides a soothing effect to them.

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plains water after meals

5. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi capsules are safe and prepared using the standardized extract of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri).Classically this is mentioned as Medhya (nervine tonic), thus reducing the pain in head occurring due to migraine. It is one of the best herbs to be used in nervous system disorders as it contains alkaloids like Bacopasides which aids in nourishing the neurons and improves retention ability.

Dosage–  2 capsules twice daily with plains water after meals

Conclusion

At last, we can console that the above mentioned herbal formulations are very much safe and effective in migraine. So use these formulations without any worry and keep yourself healthy. For more queries you can contact us on herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.

Refrences

  1. https://www.medscape.com/answers/1142556-170220/what-is-the-global-prevalence-of-migraine-headache
  2.  https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1142556-overview#a2
  3. AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF ARDHAVBHEDAKA ROGA (MIGRAINE) – A CASE REPORT; Gupta Asherfi Lal ewt al, World Journal of pharmaceutical research, 2019

Natural & Ancient Solutions for Your Chronic Headache/Migraine

ABSTRACT

We all know how difficult it is to do our work when the health is not well, especially in the case of a headache. In this type of situation the mind stops working and usually we would sit with our hands holding our head. This problem has become very common in the whole global population. One such form of headache is known as migraine, which has emerged as one of the most common problems from last decade. In this article, we will discuss Migraine and how one can get rid of it with herbal medicines.

INTRODUCTION

Migraine is a condition of pulsing sensation or severe throbbing pain, commonly on one side of the head. Often it occurs with vomiting, nausea or sensitivity to light. Migraine problems can disturb the routine of daily activities because of severe pain in the head and it may last for several hours or days. It can occur in persons of any age but on peak in their 30s. Migraine is more common in females as compared with males.

Symptoms of Migraine

WHEN DOES A CHRONIC HEADACHE CAN BE MIGRAINE

Usually,  headache causes pain in the area of head, upper neck, face and can differ in intensity and frequency whereas migraine is an extremely painful disorder of primary headache. Migraines show symptoms which are more debilitating and intense than of headache and give pain on one side of the head. When you begin to feel increased sensitivity towards light, throbbing pain or pulsing sensation on one side of the head, then you should understand it is not a simple headache, but migraine.

CAUSES OF MIGRAINE

The exact cause of Migraine is not known yet. Researchers supposed that migraine develops due to some environmental or genetic factors in most of the patients. Also some imbalance between chemical levels of the brain is also responsible for migraine which include serotonin, a brain chemical regulating the sense of pain in the nervous system. Brain chemicals may imbalance due to some disturbances in the brainstem and its functioning with the trigeminal nerve which is a major pain pathway. Researchers are doing deep study on the exact role of serotonin and some other neurotransmitters like calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in developing migraine problems.

SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE

Symptoms of migraines differ from person to person. In some people, it happen in stages which are:

1. Prodrome

This Stage Occurs Hours Or Days Before The Beginning Of Migraine Headache. Signs And Symptoms Observed By People In This Stage Are:

2. Fatigue

  • Increased sensitivity to sound, light, or smell
  • Mood swings
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Severe thirst

3. Aura

Symptoms of this stage originate from the nervous system and also affect the normal vision. These symptoms begin gradually over a period of five to twenty minutes and lasts for an hour. Symptoms of this stage are:

  1. Tunneled vision
  2. Seeing flashes of lights, wavy lines, black dots or having hallucinations
  3. Inability to see all things
  4. Difficulty in speech
  5. Feeling ringing in ears
  6. Feeling numbness on body’s one side
  7. Changes in taste or smell
  8. Heaviness in arms and legs

4. Attack

It is the beginning stage of migraine and usually begins with a dull ache and develops into throbbing pain within a short time. Migraine can be worse if an individual is doing some physical activity. The migraine pain can move from one side of the head to another side or can also come in the front side of the head. Most people observe headache along with nausea and dizziness. Most migraine attacks last for a duration of four hours, but in rare cases, it can also go upto three days. Getting 2 to 4 migraine attacks in a month is common, whereas some people get migraine after every few days.

5. Postdrome

Postdrome stage can last for a day after getting a migraine headache. Signs and symptoms include in this stage are

  1. Tiredness
  2. Feeling refreshed or happy
  3. Muscle pain
  4. Loss of appetite

RISK FACTORS OF MIGRAINE

There Are Numerous Factors Triggering The Migraine To A Great Extent, Which Are

1. Hormonal Changes in Females

Fluctuations in Hormonal Level inside the Female’s Body May Increase the Risk of Migraine to a Great Extent. Changes Occurring In Estrogen Level During Or Before Menstruations, Pregnancy And Menopause Can Trigger The Risk Of Severe Headache Or Migraine In A Large Number Of Females. Several Hormonal Medications Including Oral Contraceptive Can Worsen Migraines Also.

2. Sensory Stimuli

SSun Glare and Bright Lights Can Induce Migraines Such As Loud Sounds Can. Strong Odor of Some Paint Thinners, Perfumes Or Secondhand Smoke, Etc Are Effective Migraine Triggers.

3. Drinks

Excess Caffeinated, And Alcoholic Drinks Can Also Trigger The Risk Of Migraine Disorder In Many People.

4. Sleep Modifications

Missing Sleep, Having Bad Quality Sleep, Sleeping Too Much Or Jet Lag Can Also Give A Spike In The Risk Of Migraines.

5. Stress and Anxiety

Migraine Can Be Induced In An Individual Who Is Undergoing Stress And Anxiety Conditions For Prolonged Time.

6. Physical Factors

Doing Intense Physical Workout, Exerted Sexual Activities Or Lifting Many Heavy Weights Might Provoke Migraines.

7. Medications

Medicines Including Vasodilators Or Oral Contraceptives Are Also Responsible For Development Of Migraines.

8. Foods

Consuming Excess Salty Foods, Processed Foods Or Aged Cheeses And Food Additives Such As Sweetener Aspartame, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Are Aggravating Factors Of Migraine.

DIAGNOSIS OF MIGRAINE

Doctors may diagnose your migraine by examining signs of infection, illness, or neurological problems and also note down your headache history. To check for an underlying medical condition,your doctor may also recommend some imaging tests such as MRI or CTI in the case your headache remains constant.

TREATMENT OF MIGRAINE

In modern science, doctors prescribe some medicines which act as short term treatment of migraine, for example antidepressants, anti seizures, beta blockers, NSAIDs, etc. The patient feels relief only for the time as long as the effects of the medicines remain in the body. Such medicines are low in providing relief but high in giving side effects in the body of the patient and these side-effects can annoy the patient for a period of long duration. So, it is not a wise choice for treating your migraine with modern medicines which can irritate the existing patient with side-effects. So, how to treat the problem of migraine?

There is no need to worry. Ayurvedic medicines have enough potential to treat the disease from the exact root for a permanent period and in a natural way because all Ayurvedic medicines are prepared from herbs obtained from God’s nature. Thus, Ayurvedic medicines don’t give any side effects in the patient and treat his disease by keeping his body natural.

To help with the patients of migraine, PLANET AYURVEDA, a well reputed Ayurvedic company has been prepared MIGRAINE CARE PACK by following the basic principle of Ayurveda given in ancient Ayurveda literature and making use of some wonderful herbs. All formulations of this pack are totally natural and free from any kind of preservative, starch, chemical, color, additive, binder or any synthetic or chemical substance because all products are made under the strict guidance of MD Ayurveda doctors. You can treat your migraine in an effective manner by using this pack. Take a look at it.

Migraine Care PackHerbal Remedies for Migraine

MIGRAINE CARE PACK by PLANET AYURVEDA

  1. BRAHMI CAPSULES
  2. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES
  3. PITTA BALANCE
  4. AROGYAVARDHINI VATI
  5. MEDHYA CHURNA

Product Description

1. BRAHMI CAPSULES

Brahmi capsules prepared in the house of Planet Ayurveda are pure extracts of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) herb which is a rich source of antioxidants, and useful in reducing inflammation, maintaining proper health of the brain, preventing depression and anxiety and enhancing overall body health.

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

Planet Ayurveda prepared Ashwagandha capsules by using high quality extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) herb which is well known for its uses in treatment of many diseases and used as a health supplement for overall well being. Intake of these capsules will support you in maintaining distance between you and numerous diseases such as diabetes, cancer, infertility, stress, anxiety etc.

Dosage: 1 Capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. PITTA BALANCE

Ingredients such as Coral calcium (Praval pishti), Agate calcium (Akik pishti), Pearl calcium (Mukta pishti) and many others are used in making these pitta balance capsules by Planet Ayurveda. These capsules ensure a normal level of Pitta Dosha and provide health to stomach, intestines and soothes the overall digestive system.

Dosage: 1 Capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. AROGYAVARDHINI VATI

Arogyavardhini vati tablets are a mixture of some marvelous herbs such as Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa), etc. Using these tablets will prevent you from migraine as well fever, obesity, dermatitis, eczema, acne, edema and many diseases associated with liver.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

5. MEDHYA CHURNA

Blend mixture of some wonderful herbs such as Vacha (Acorus calamus), Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), etc is used informulating this churna. Use this churna forimproving memory, getting relief from stress, anxiety and preventing various disorders of the brain.

Dosage: 1/4 spoon once daily with plain water.

OTHER PREVENTABLE MEASURES

Follow Given Methods And Prevent Yourself From Migraine As Well As Chronic Daily Headaches:

1. Don’t Skip mMeals

Consume Healthy Food Throughout The Day Without Skipping It Any Time And Avoid Packet Foods As Much As You Can. Take Your Food At Proper And Same Time Everyday.

2. Daily Exercise

Keep Your Body Active By Involving Yourself In Physical Activities For At Least 45 Minutes In A Day. You Can Do Running, Swimming, Walking, Cycling, Jogging, Yoga, Gym And Any Physical Workout That Makes You Sweat.

3. Reduce Stress

As we read above, stress is the most common trigger of the migraine. So it is advised to stay stress free by avoiding stress inducing circumstances. Always stay positive and happy by planning your next future step. You can also include meditation in your daily routine for calming your mind and maintaining good flow of oxygen and blood inside your body.

4. Prevent Caffeine

Avoid Consumption Of Caffeinated Drinks Which Are Responsible For Triggering Migraine. So It Is Beneficial For Your Body To Minimize Or Totally Avoid The Migraine.

5. Avoid Direct use of Medicines

Always Contact Your Doctor Before Taking Any Prescribed Medicine Because These Medicines Can Induce The Migraine By Giving Their Adverse Effects.

6. Take Proper Sleep

Make Sure To Take Good Quality Sleep For Seven To Eight Hours To Enhance Your Overall Body Health And Prevent Various Diseases.

CONCLUSION

As we read about the problem of migraine, it is mandatory to treat it as soon as possible. To help you in getting rid of migraine, above given herbal medicines and preventable measures should be used. These herbal medicines are very effective in treating migraine in a natural way without showing any side effect.