By

Dr. Ranjana Chawla, Ay.D. CAS

| 04/18/2019

How to Cure “Migraine Headaches”: An Ayurvedic approach

How to Cure “Migraine Headaches”:  An Ayurvedic approach

Migraine headache is one of the most severe form of headaches. Migraine symptoms include a pounding headache, nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. Pain occurs on either one or both sides of the head that is throbbing or pulsating in nature. The pain can last from several hours to several days. Women are more likely to suffer from migraine, than men.

In my experience working with patients I have found stress to be the most common cause behind migraine headaches. Other migraine triggers are:

  • No fixed bedtime routine and sleep deprivation can trigger a headache in migraine sufferers.
  • Skipping meals or not having a regular meal schedule can be a problem for some migraineurs.
  • Some foods and drinks can trigger a migraine attack such as alcohol, caffeine, black tea, chocolates, hard cheeses, fermented or pickled foods.
  • Many food additives and colors can also trigger migraines, so can monosodium glutamate (MSG) in Chinese food.
  • Any fluctuations in temperature, barometric pressure and humidity
  • Hot & bright summer sun and sensitivity to bright lights, certain, loud noises, certain chemicals in perfumes, smoke and odors can cause migraine.
  • For some women hormonal changes during their monthly menstrual cycle can trigger Migraine.

Sounds overwhelming, Right?  Based on Ayurveda, here are seven general steps you could do to start getting help with migraine. 

  1. Maintaining a headache journal on a regular basis with recording food and activity patterns can help with assessing headache occurrence. Usually eating a particular food can trigger a migraine within 24 hours. Limiting a trigger food for 3-4 weeks and monitoring the frequency and intensity of headaches by using a headache journal can be very beneficial.
  2. Migraine can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle. By paying special attention to diet and identifying food triggers.
  3. Maintaining a regular sleep schedule, one must go to bed and rise according to the rhythms of nature.
  4. Daily morning routine of bowel movement, mindful eating habits, proper eating routine and working habits can help to alleviate headache.
  5. Stress avoidance is the best approach. Avoid factors that induce stress such as strenuous exercise, fasting, improper body postures, high altitudes and prolonged exposure to the sun or heat.
  6. Yoga can help with improving blood circulation and reducing tension in the muscles of the neck, back and head which contribute to headaches. In addition, it will help calm the mind as well.
  7. Practice meditation daily.

These steps will help you manage Migraine, however, if you want to cure, then you should be asking different questions - Why I get migraine? What’s the root cause for ME?

That’s where Ayurveda is the best holistic system.  My passion is helping people, so they significantly improve their quality of life.  For next 60 days, I will be giving 40% discount on initial consultation to anyone who comes in for migraine and refers to this article.

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