Ayurveda says that Migraine is the result of an imbalance in the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) which are responsible for creating body tissues. It happens when Kapha dosha dominates over the other two doshas. An important point to note here is that Ayurvedic never attributes a disease or disorder as caused by just one Dosha alone.
In Ayurvedic treatment for Migraine, the doshas are balanced with the help of pulses, ghee (clarified butter), oil massages and herbs. Also, according to Ayurveda, we can have Migraine attacks without having a headache!
An important point to remember is that it is vital to avoid artificiality in food habits while under treatment. For example if you eat only home cooked food when under Kapha pacifying program then you will be better able to control your craving for oily foods which create Vata imbalance that results in migraine attack. This means avoiding all frozen or canned processed foods containing chemical residues as this not only weakens the immune system but also imbalance your blood sugar levels thus triggering Migraine.
Migraine is a brain disorder in which certain nerve cells in the brain send abnormal signals causing severe pain, nausea and vomiting. The throbbing headache that accompanies migraine is accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
The exact cause of migraine is yet unknown but what we do know is that it's manifested by a combination of genetic, environmental and hormonal factors. Some triggers are pretty common like hunger, skipping meals or stress; others less so including certain odors or extreme weather conditions. While some people experience only one attack in their lives, others can have several attacks in a month leading to chronic migraine (15-18 days per month). There are many cases where individuals suffer from both types of Migraine i.e Chronic & Common migraine .
1. One-sided Pain: There is usually a throbbing and one sided pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to noise/light that can last for hours or even days. As the migraine progresses, other symptoms like seeing scotoma (blind spots), photophobia (sensitivity to light) may develop. This phase precedes the actual discharge of pain which can occur in just 15 minutes or it could also be delayed up to 12 hours from the start of headache.
2. Aura: A migraine attack without aura is called a simple migraine. If there are additional symptoms like seeing scotoma, hearing loud noises or tingling of hands and feet then it is called a complicated migraine. The aura phase can occur for anything between a few minutes up to an hour. The most common forms of the aura are: * Visual (seeing a bright light, shimmering lights) * Sensory (numbness on face) * Motor (muscle weakness) * Dizziness
3. Nausea & Vomiting: Nausea and vomiting can occur during or just before the actual headache. They do not always coincide with the headache but they usually do.
4. Pain-Free Phase: If the attack lasts more than 72 hours without any sign of pain free period then it's not a migraine attack but there are doubts in the diagnostic category of this condition & treatment can prove to be tricky.
5. Change In Vision: Some people experience visual changes during their migraines i.e spots, black spots, etc .
6. Tingling: Itching or tingling sensations can happen on hands and feet during an attack of Migraine
7. Sensitivity To Sounds: A lot of people get irritated with sounds when they have a migraine
8. Sensitivity To Light: This is called as "photophobia ". The sensitivity to light can range from mild (avoidance of fluorescent lights) to the extreme (avoidance of all kinds of light).