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Ayurvedic Treatment For Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias

Abstract

“Every head has its own headache” A simple line defining the variety of headaches. Yes it is true, the headaches vary person to person. The reason for variation is the amount of stress an individual is going through, type of work he or she is doing, their lifestyle, sleeping patterns along with their eating habits. The most common factor for common headaches is continued work or study stress followed by skipping meals and low water intake. These factors are the most contributing reasons for many types of headaches. But there are some specific types of headaches which are concerned with the nerves like Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias. In this article we will discuss in detail about Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias (TACs) along with its management with Ayurvedic formulations.

Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias

Introduction

The Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias is a group of Primary headache disorders which are generally characterised by the Unilateral head pain. It occurs in the association with the ipsilateral cranial autonomic features. The international headache society’s classification has included cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania and short-lasting, unilateral, neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT). These syndromes cause patients considerable disability and suffering. In addition, they don’t have any typical clinical profile and often present with recurrent attacks of headaches followed by specific attack free periods.

Causes of Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias

The causes of Trigeminal autonomic Cephalalgias include many factors but the common ones are as follows:

  • Increased stress
  • Consumption of non proper diet or poor diet
  • Dehydration, due to low consumption of water or due to excessive intake of alcohol
  • Consumption of all types of Alcohol
  • Sleep cycle disturbances
  • Hormonal changes (mostly in females like in  mid cycle or when the cycle onsets)
  • Exposure to light
  • Change of weather (Like rain on a sunny day or sudden drop down of temperature)
  • Pulsating lights
  • It can also be the result of certain medications like histamines, nitroglycerine etc.

Symptoms & Signs of Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias

The key features of this condition includes encompass group of primary symptoms which includes

  • Unilateral headaches mostly
  • Along with some ipsilateral cranial Autonomic symptoms. The ipsilateral cranial autonomic symptoms include  symptoms occurring on the similar side of the body. In this case the symptoms will be present at the same side with respect to headache.
  • The group of ipsilateral autonomic symptoms include cluster headache on the similar side. Paroxysmal hemicrania, which is characterised by claw-like, boring pain and is restricted to one side of the face. It is also present in or around the eye and occasionally can reach to the back of the neck.
  • Short lasting neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing. Short lasting neuralgiform headache is a rare primary form of headache disorder that has infrequent attacks which lasts for seconds. The pain can be severe like a stabbing on one side of the face.
  • The cluster headache in this condition can cause suicidal thoughts as the pain is extremely severe and sometimes Cluster headache is dubbed as Suicidal headache. If the cluster pain is episodic form then it makes one suffer more and is the most common type of cluster headache.

Diagnosing of Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias

The diagnosis is done on the basis of number of episodes, levels of severity, duration of headache and also on the characteristic features. Usually the diagnosis depends on the clinical features and their intensity.

Treatment of Trigeminal autonomic Cephalalgias

The treatment runs in two types:

  • Abortive treatment : Triptans, Lidocaine are used.
  • Prophylactic treatment: Glucocorticoids, galcanezumab, lithium NSAIDs are used. In addition, indomethacin is also given.

Ayurvedic Correlation for Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias

This condition does not have any direct correlation in Ayurveda. But it can be well related with aggravated vata dosha. The reason for aggravation can be many things like faulty lifestyle and wrong diet habits along with a lot of stress and overthinking. All these factors result in hampered digestion and then the vicious cycle of vata dosha aggravation starts. The best way to take care of this condition or any other condition is to take care of your digestion. If your digestion is fine, no disease, no dosha imbalance will ever happen.

Herbal Formulations By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a renowned Ayurvedic company which deals with the manufacturing and preparation of herbal formulations. These formulations are prepared using potent herbs and their extracts which are really effective in managing many conditions including Trigeminal autonomic Cephalalgias. The formulations or products prepared by Planet Ayurveda do not contain any kind of adulterants, dyes, additives, fillers etc. These medications are really potent in supporting the recovery of the body from this condition and hence giving positive noticeable results. The medication or formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda for the management of Trigeminal autonomic Cephalalgias are as follows:

  1. Neuro Plan Syrup
  2. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  3. Boswellia+Curcumin

Trigeminal-autonomic-CephalalgiasHerbal Supplements for Migraine

Product’s Description

1. Neuro Plan Syrup

Neuro plan is prepared  using brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bhojpatra (Betula utilis),  Madhuyashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Maricha (Piper nigrum) and pippali (Piper longum). It helps in relieving any type of  discomfort or negative thoughts going on inside your mind. It relaxes your all over central nervous system and has its impact even on neurons. It also enhances and strengthens intellect as well as memory. The formulation has great results in calming down the entire neural system and reduces symptoms. This formulation is a kind of boon for the whole nervous system and for brain health too. 

Dosage: Two tsp twice a day after meals.  

2. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

Vrihat vatchintamani ras  is a formulation  which is prepared  with Swarna Bhasma (calx of gold), Rajata Bhasma (calx of silver), Abhraka Bhasma (calx of mica), Loha Bhasma (calx of iron), Pravala Bhasma (calx of coral), Mukta Bhasma (calx of pearl) and Suta Bhasma (calx of a compound of purified mercury and sulphur). Vatchintamani ras helps in improving neuron to neuron communication. It also has a great role in pacification of aggravated vata dosha in this case. Moreover, the formulation is really best for managing pain which is the result of aggravated vata dosha. Mainly the vata is responsible for conditions like Trigeminal autonomic Cephalalgias and the anulomana or pacification of vata dosha is the best treatment.

Dosage: One tablet twice daily after meals with Lukewarm ghee.

3. Boswellia+Curcumin

Boswelli acurcumin is a combination which is prepared using two potent herbs that are shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and curcumin (Curcuma longa). The capsules are prepared using standardised extract of both herbs. These two herbs work best as an agent to reduce the inflammation and also have their effect on pain. As the inflammation subsides the pain sensation reduces. The inflammation is generally along the trigeminal nerve or of the trigeminal nerve. In addition, it also relieves the symptoms related to digestion. The presence of curcumin makes it a very good formulation for anulomana of vata dosha at koshta level and  all over formulation has great effect on pacifying vata dosha as a whole too.

Dosage: Two capsules twice daily with meals.

Conclusion

The conditions like Trigeminal autonomic Cephalalgias, can make one’s life very devastated. Recurrent pain and that too throbbing and with a lot of negative thoughts has the capacity to shatter a very strong will power. But with Ayurvedic herbs it can be carefully tackled and can be managed. The herbs mentioned above or the formulations above are really effective and give really impressive results in such conditions. The products are totally herbal and do not have any kind of adulterants in them. They can surprise you with their effects and make you free from suffering and pain. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.

Alternative Treatment for Migraine and Headache – Diet and Herbal Remedies

Abstract

We all must have experienced pain in the head at least once in our lifetime. This seems quite a normal thing, but this becomes very annoying when the headache is of migraine type. Migraine might seem similar to you just like a common headache, but it is more than that. It could make you discontinue your daily activities like going to college, offices. Today in our topic, we are going to know about the migraine and its treatment in Ayurveda.

Introduction

A migraine is a severe type of headache which affects only one side of the head. In rare cases just like a common headache, a migraine could also affect both sides of the head. It is considered as a neurological disease with several symptoms like throbbing type of headache, or pulsating type of headache. It is accompanied by many signs such as nausea, vomiting, and hypersensitivity to light. There are some warning signs which appear before an episode of migraine occurs. The warning signs could be disturbance in vision in the form of spots, flashes, or sparkles before the eyes. Sometimes there is some numbness or tingling sensation felt over one side of the face with difficulty in speech also. Unlike a common headache, migraine could last for days together. Though both are affected, women are more prone to this medical condition.

Migraine

Causes

The exact cause of the migraine is not known yet, but there are some predisposing factors which are responsible for causing migraine called as triggers. Following are the triggers of the migraine:

  1. Hormonal changes
  2. Coffee
  3. Constipation
  4. Altered sleeping patterns
  5. Smoking
  6. Alcohol
  7. Medication
  8. Bright light
  9. Noise
  10. Strong smell

Symptoms

The symptoms of the migraine are as follows

  1. Throbbing type of head pain
  2. Pain in one side of head, though could also occur on both the sides
  3. Nausea which is followed by vomiting
  4. Sensitivity to light, noise and smell
  5. Irritability

Diagnosis

There are no specific diagnostic tools for diagnosing migraines. With the help of symptoms, their history and aggravating factors your physician would diagnose it with an ease in opd. In some cases your doctor could advise you to go for some scans like MRI brain to rule out any tumour, bleeding or some other neurological conditions.

Treatment in Allopathy

There is no permanent cure for migraine in allopathy. The dependency is upon the painkillers. This type of approach to manage any disease doesn’t give a permanent cure but only slight and short term relief.

Ayurvedic point of view

In Ayurveda the vision and mission totally differs from that of modern science. In the latter where it seems to be related only till giving temporary relief by acting on the physical plane only, the former strongly believes that something exists beyond the physical plane. And this is something which needs to be corrected in the diseased person. According to the ancient Ayurvedic texts compiled by sages, the body is composed of five basic elements : Air, Space, Water, Fire and Soil. A particular combination of two of these five elements forms an energy called dosha. There are three doshas in the Ayurveda i.e Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three energies are responsible for running the various life processes in a human being and co-exist in a balanced way. Any corruption, or deviation in this balance causes a disease. In migraine there is an involvement of vata and pitta dosha.

Planet Ayurveda is a leading firm which prepares natural herbs using authentic ways and has great results in curing Migraine. All the herbs that are prepared here are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, colours, yeast, binders and fillers. They are 100 percent natural and are formulated by MD Ayurvedic doctors with years of experience. It has a worldwide range of distributors and has a great response from various countries when it comes to cure diseases that are considered incurable by allopathic doctors.

Herbal Supplements for Migraine

Herbal Supplements for Migraine

Products available at Planet Ayurveda for migraine

  1. Brahmi Capsules
  2. Pitta Balance
  3. Arogyavardhini Vati
  4. Ashwagandha Capsules
  5. Medhya churna

1. Brahmi capsules

It is an inevitable remedy for the patients who are suffering from mental fatigue, and weak memory. It improves memory by coordinating between neurons. This ayurvedic herb is best known for its memory enhancing properties. Some other indications of this wonderful remedy are anxiety, stress, high blood pressure etc. It relaxes the mind and hence is very useful in migraine. Ingredient of the Brahmi capsules is Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri).

Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice daily.

2. Pitta Balance

As we already discussed, the dosha involved is Vata and pitta dosha, and pitta is considered as the fire element of the body. Therefore this remedy will cover the symptoms which are related with unusual heat feeling in the body, burning in the soles and feet, heartburn, acidity etc. A well indicated remedy for headache and migraine. The typical throbbing type of pain of migraine could be managed with this wonderful ayurvedic remedy. Ingredients of the Pitta balance are Praval pishti (Coral) compound, Akik pishti (Agate) compound, Giloy satva (Tinospora cordifolia), Mukta pishti (Pearl) compound, Jawar Mohra pishti (compound) and other herbs.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily or as prescribed by the ayurvedic practitioner.

3. Arogyavardhini Vati

This formulation has good results in detoxifying the liver. The accumulated bile which causes jaundice could be removed from the body with the help of this excellent remedy. It also helps in emulsification of the bile and cleansing of the colon. This could be thought of in the cases of acid-peptic disease. Ingredients of the Arogyavardhini vati are Chitrak mool (Plumbago zeylanica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Shudh Shilajit (Asphaltum) purified and other herbs.

Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water after meals

4. Ashwagandha Capsules

Planet Ayurveda formulated this remedy for the cases of stress, anxiety, palpitation and fatigue. This wonderful remedy is the best natural stress buster ever known. It calms down the stressed mind, and makes the mind strong enough. The involvement of the Vata dosha in causing the migraine could be pacified with this beautiful herb. It acts as the nerve tonic, and enhances physical and mental stamina. Ingredients of the Ashwagandha capsules are Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).

Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice daily.

5. Medhya Churna

It is an inevitable remedy for the cases where the weakness of the memory is the keynote symptom. It increases the grasping power and retention power. This formulation is well indicated in the cases of epilepsy, loss of memory, insomnia etc. It relieves stress and anxiety and acts as a brain tonic to improve concentration. Ingredients of the Medhya churna are Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Sonth (Gingiber officinale), Shwet jeerak (Cuminum cyminum), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum), Krishna jeeraka (Carum carvi), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and other herbs.

Dosage: ¼  teaspoon once a day.

Some tips to prevent or minimise the attacks of migraine

  1. Stay hydrated.
  2. Avoid too much coffee.
  3. Restrain yourself from exposure to loud noises.
  4. Try to relieve the stress by means of yoga and meditation.
  5. Keep your gut clean, avoid constipation.
  6. Avoid junk food, fried food, soft drinks etc.
  7. Limit your use of smartphones, or use them with a blue light filter on.
  8. Regular exercise is the key to attain an overall healthy body, so try to include a workout regime, at least thrice in a week.

Conclusion

Only the one who is suffering from migraine could describe the exact feeling of pain that they go through. It seems a never ending process for the sufferer, but with the help of Ayurvedic remedies one could get rid of migraine permanently. At Planet Ayurveda the vision is complete restoration of the health by removing the cause, that is pacification of the vitiated dosha or say bringing it back to the balanced state.