Migraine- Types and remedies

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Do you feel a  throbbing pain on one side of your head?
Do you feel sensitive to light, sound, or even mild exertion during these headaches?
Are you seeing flashing lights or wavy lights before the pain?

Well, these are the classic symptoms of migraine! Migraine is a throbbing pain we often experience along with nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. Sometimes, its intensity can last up to 4 hours to 3 days.

What is a Migraine?

Medically, migraine is described as severe, painful, and recurring headaches that accompanied or preceded by sensory warning symptoms. It is also one of the common health conditions reported worldwide. It is prevalent between individuals aged 15 to 55 years. The manifestation of migraines often affects the brain, eye, and the autonomous nervous system.

What causes migraines?

The exact mechanism of migraine causes is not known, but they can be triggered by many factors like:

1. Specific sensory stimuli like bright lights, high level of noise, heavy scents, smoking, and second-hand smoke exposure

2. Sudden rise in an individual’s stress and anxiety levels

3. Irregular sleep pattern

4. Habitual like alcohol

5. Food habits and so on

Signs and symptoms:

Some of the classic migraine symptoms usually start with a headache and worsen until it impairs normal activities. Often these symptoms occur in four phases that can overlap one another.

The symptms of migraine

Why now is migraine on the rise?

Do you know? More than 10 million cases of migraine are reported in India annually

When we presented this statistic to our Chief medical consultant, Dr. Subashri, she gave us the following reply:

The modern lifestyle of eating Vata inducing foods like cold foods,junk foods, carbonated drinks. Then the additional factors of screen time exposure and sedentary lifestyle are some of the reasons to why the recurring cases of migraines are on the rise.

We then proceeded to ask the remedy for the same in Ayurvedic perspective, and here is the solution:

Ayurvedic migraine treatment:

Migraine is a prevalent condition induced by  Vata dosha. Ayurveda recommends the use of specific herbs that help in managing this chronic condition. These herbs act as a brain relaxant by lowering the stress levels — for example, Tinospora Cordifolia, Phyllanthus Emblica, Zingiber Officinale help in managing migraine.

Along with this, the individual also has to follow certain lifestyle modifications such as:

1. 8 hours of quality sleep

2. 30 minutes of walking- morning or evening

3. Complete stop of habitual

4. Vatahara foods

She also further went on to detail that while these general guidelines may help in managing migraines, it is not the permanent solution. As Ayurveda considers every individual to be unique, the treatment is also unique. They need to visit a physician and get diagnosed according to their Prakriti.

Then she signed off saying:

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