Migraine Headache

Migraine Headache @ Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic

A common neurological syndrome, Migraine is characterized by altered bodily perceptions, severe pounding headaches, nausea and irritability. This pounding or pain usually begins in the forehead, the side of the head or around the eyes and gradually gets worse. Bright lights or loud noises can worsen the condition. The headache can last for two hours or even up to two or three days.

Migraine is caused by excessive stimulation of brain and blood vessels. Migraine headache is usually associated with one sided throbbing headache, with nausea (tendency of vomiting), vomiting and sensitivity to light. Some people get warning symptoms called aura, having visual changes, just ahead of migraine episode.

Many scientists think migraine is a vascular disorder caused by a tightening (constriction) and sudden opening (dilation) of the blood vessels in the head, neck, or scalp.

In Ayurveda, two conditions, known as Ardhaavabheda (meaning literally the unilateral pain) and Anantavaata resemble the classical migraine.


Activities: In most of the individuals the following activities may possibly trigger migraine.

  •   Stress and time pressure, major hassles, major losses, anger, frustration, depression and conflict.
  •   Excessive relaxation and positive feelings such as excitement.
  •   Smells and fumes, tobacco smoke, light glare or dazzle, weather changes and high altitude.
  •   Onset of puberty in girls, monthly period, birth control pills, pregnancy, delivery, oestrogen therapy and menopause.
  •   Motion and travel.
  •   Too much, too little or interrupted sleep.
  •   Hunger or fasting.
  •   Excessive activity (especially if you are not in good health).

Food: The food items that are known to trigger migraine are:

  •   Beer, wine and ‘hot’ liquor.
  •   Caffeine in coffee, tea, and cola drinks and some over-the-counter medicines.
  •   Dairy products such as ice-cream, milk, curd, cheese, butter and milk cream.
  •   Fermented foods, such as dosa and pickled foods.
  •   Grapes, lemons, bananas, figs, and raisins.
  •   Processed meats.
  •   Chinese food containing monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  •   Saccharin in diet foods or diet drinks.
  •   Onions and beans.
  •   Yeast-containing products, such as fresh breads and doughnuts.
  •   Nuts and peanuts.

Migraine causes as per Ayurved

  •   Suppression of natural urges
  •   Indigestion
  •   Intake of polluted food
  •   Exposure to sunshine for prolonged period
  •   Oily and spicy food
  •   Anger, jealousy, grief, stress etc
  •   Intake of dry, pungent and salty food etc

Origin of migraine headache

Due to the causative factors, Pitta Dosha obstructs the flow of Vata dosha in brain, causing throbbing pain. In case of Suryavarta type of headache, because Pitta is dominant in the afternoon, headache is at peak. The condition calms down by the dusk.

Symptoms of migraine:

  •   Usually migraines are initiated by aura – visual disturbances. These disturbances can be – blind spot in front of eyes, blurred vision, seeing bright light, zig zag lights, lines etc.
  •   Some may get pre-migraine signs such as yawning, mild confusion, vomiting sensation etc.
  •   Nature of migraine headache:
  •   Headache over the eyebrows,
  •   Headache worsening on exposure to sunshine
  •   Pulsating pain, pain increasing with every pulse
  •   One sided or two side headache, lasting for a few hours to up to 2 – 3 days.
  •   Pain may radiate to neck and even to the shoulder of same side.

Which Ayurvedic Therapies Effectively Reduce Migraine Headache?

Since Ayurved is a holistic system, the Ayurvedic experts first analyse the lifestyle of a patient to understand which dosha imbalance could be causing the headache. Based on a specific dosha imbalance the patient may show some signs as dry skin, redness in eyes or fatigue.

Ayurveda offers some effective therapies to relieve migraine headache.

How Much Does The Ayurvedic Treatment For Migraine Cost ?

The cost of migraine treatment in Ayurved varies for every case. Since Ayurvedic therapies are recommended based on the lifestyle and health status of patient, the cost of migraine treatment may also vary from case to case. In addition you may not need all the therapies; the doctors prescribe the right treatment after finding out the cause of your migraine attack.

What to Expect Form Our Program...?
  •   Reduction in intensity of attack
  •   Reduction in frequency
  •   Marked improvement in associated symptoms
  •   Improved mood
  •   Improved energy level
  •   Regain quality of life