There are a few things as disturbing as a pounding headache. Headaches are not given much importance in the world of disorders but the truth is that they are one of the most prevalent maladies of nervous system. Some headaches are extremely painful and in case you are suffering from Migraine you are greeted with numerous other symptoms. Migraine is more than a headache; therefore, it is important to know the trigger factors. These factors can be the kind of foods you consume, lack of sleep, stress. Dairy products and other foods which contain sulphites and nitrites like caffeine, meat also onions are included in the list of trigger foods. These foods expand the blood capillaries and escalate the flow to the brain which might provoke a migraine attack. The neurotransmitters released cause inflammation in the blood vessels and pain. Migraine can be defined as a pulsating headache usually on one side which can last for a couple of hours to a few days and the symptoms include sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, weather changes.
Quitting caffeine, fluctuation in hormonal levels, alcohol consumption, smoking, odors, loud noises, anxiety, citrus fruits are a few more factors which contribute in causing a migraine attack. Migraines generally run in families and are classified under two categories; i) with aura (Classic Migraines) and ii) without aura (Common Migraines). Females are more likely to be affected by it.
According to Ayurveda, Migraine is a Vata dosha or an Air element disorder. It is caused when Vata dosha gets aggravated caused due to mental tensions, hormonal imbalance, hunger, sedentary lifestyle, acidity. People with Vata constitution are most likely to be affected by migraine. In Panchakarma, Shirodhara is useful in balancing Vata and Pitta doshas, during stress related episodes, the pitta (fire element) obstructs the flow of Vata (Air) which results in throbbing pain in the head. Shirodhara includes gentle flow of warm medicated oil over the forehead through the peripheral nerves of the skin which results in stabilizing the mind and reaching the stage of tranquility in order to reduce the headache and getting rid of it eventually.
Nasya is another therapy which works wonders to heal migraine. It is a nasal therapy in which medicated oil drops are instilled in the nostrils to get rid of any toxic waste in the nose, eyes, ears and head. First of all, the face and throat and in some cases the head are massaged with a medicated oil to loosen any toxins present. Then, drops of herbal oils are administered through the nostrils followed by steam and inhalation of medicated smoke which induce sneezing and coughing as a result detoxifying the head which causes relief from the headache. If 7 to 14 sittings of both therapies, depending on the severity of the problem are taken then this problem can be reversed and also cured.