Previous World Health Organization estimates showed that there are 3000 migraine attacks occurring daily for each million of the general population.1
Migraines can last for hours to days, and the pain can be so severe that it interferes with your daily activities.
For some people, a warning symptom known as a migraine aura occurs before or with the headache in four different phases.
Prodrome Phase: Constipation, mood changes, food craving, stiff neck, thirst.
Aura Phase: Bright spots or flashes of light, vision loss, pins, and needles sensations, tingling on one side of the face or in an arm or leg, weakness or numbness in the body, difficulty speaking, hearing noises.
Attack Phase: Pain on one side or both sides of your head, throbbing or pulsing pain, sensitivity to light, sounds, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, lightheadedness.
Postdrome Phase:Confusion, moodiness, dizziness, weakness, light sensitivity and sound.
Migraines can be clinically correlated with the Ayurvedic condition ardhavabhedakamwhich is explained in shirorog(head disorders/diseases).
It is also important to reduce the common causes of Vata and Pitta imbalances while handling migraines.
Ayurveda offers a classical strategy in the management of migraines, which includes medicines, ghee, milk boiled with herbs and tonics.
Likewise, some Ayurvedic therapies and treatment plans can also be effective using the right oils and at the right phase.
According to the Ayurvedic scholar Vaghbata, the etiological factors for shirorog are smoking, swimming, night awakening, daytime sleep, excessive sweating, mental stress, and excessive alcohol consumption.2
Moreover, migraines can often be triggered by certain food items consumed in the past 24 hours.
Many people have an adverse reaction to consuming dairy products or foods containing sulfites and nitrites like meat, caffeine, or red wine. So try to avoid these diets if you are prone to migraines.
The right medicines, combined with self-help remedies and lifestyle changes, might help to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.
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Migraines and headaches are often associated with magnesium deficiencies. Studies show magnesium oxide supplementation helps prevent migraines with aura.
It may also prevent menstrual-related migraines. Magnesium-rich foods include:
Healthy changes to diet and lifestyle can give considerable relief during migraine attacks. Therefore it is clear that it has a perfect relation with the body and emotional strategies.
Please consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before trying the above-mentioned remedies for migraines.
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