Migraine is a form of headache caused by vasodilatation of the arteries of the brain. It is debilitating by nature and is characterized by moderate to severe headaches and nausea. Women are 3 times more prone to migraines than men. Migraines can last from 4 to 72 hours.
While the causes of Migraine are unknown, the triggers include:
- Stress, hunger and fatigue
- Lack of sleep
- Alcohol, smoking
- Excessive exercise or too little physical activity
- Being overweight
- Travel – changes in altitude, weather, or time zone
- Family history of migraines
- Glaring lights, perfumes or other odors.
Ayurveda for Migraine
The treatment principles for Migraine in Ayurveda includes Nidhana Parivarchana and Vata & vatakaphahara chikitsa. The treatments recommended are: Shiroabyanga, Snehapanam, Swedham, Shirovasti, Virechana, Nasyam, Vasti and Pranayama. Selection of treatment procedures vary upon conditions.