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Defeat migraine with Ayurveda

Last updated: 07 October, 2011

HEAD and HEALTH

Suffering from a throbbing headache? Dr S S Hiremath extols the benefits of Ayurvedic medicine in dealing with migraines

PAINFUL ATTACKS The duration of a migraine attack may last anywhere between four to 72 hours.Migraine is a widespread health issue. Studies show that 10-15 per cent of Indians suffer from migraine issues. Prevalence in women is three times more than in men and has been related to the menstrual cycle and menopause. Migraine triggers include:

- High stress, anxiety, anger
- Hormonal fluctuations in women
- Irregular sleep
- Some type of allergy/eating habits

Migraine is a form of excruciating, periodic headache allied with digestion and
neurological disorders. Symptoms accompanying a migraine attack include:

- Severe pain (unilateral), throbbing, pricking and pounding in the head.
- Nausea, vomiting, dizziness
- Loss of appetite, numbness and fatigue in the body
- Sensitivity to sound, light and smell.

Visual disturbances include seeing spots or stars, zigzag lines, loss of vision in one eye, or blurred vision.

Some may experience the attack daily; others may have it once or twice a month. The duration of attacks may last between four to 72 hours, in some cases. The pain of a migraine headache is generally moderate to severe, and can disturb our normal activities and spoil general wellbeing. Although a variety of pain relievers are available to treat a migraine, it only suppresses the pain. The problem persists in the body and prolonged use of painkillers have been known to cause severe side effects. Ayurveda provides a safe and natural treatment for complete cure.

Ayurveda follows a different way to deal with migraines — it tends to be result-oriented, not process-oriented. It treats the patient as an individual case and not as a generic group.

Treatment

The specialty of Ayurveda lies in the concept of diagnosing the disease and achieving complete cure. It focuses on the root cause of the disease. Toxins (ama) and aggravation of dosha are the main causes of the disease. So, effort can be made by removing the toxins from the body, (by adopting various purificatory procedures) and stimulating the digestive fire to stop further production of ama and balancing the dosha.

In order to that, Ayurveda has formulated some treatments (upakarmas) such as:

- Shiro Pichu
- Shiro Dhara
- Pradhana Karmas (Main treatment)
- Virechana (Purgation Therapy)
- Basti (Enema Therapy)
- Nasya

These have been proven to be effective and powerful self-healing processes, which help the body to eliminate toxins and to stop further production of toxins, strengthen the immune system in order to become more resistant to illnesses, enhance the body’s ability to be self-reliant, show vitality and mental clarity. It also brings about deep relaxation and a sense of well-being.

Along with these treatments, internal medicines (herbo-mineral compounds) play an important role in curing this disease. According to the principles of Ayurveda, if proper treatment is given at the right time, there is a fair chance of recovering from it for good.

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