Ayurveda for Migraine

Migraine Headache is a neurological condition that occurs due to abnormal brain activity affecting nerve signals, chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. The pulsing pain generally occurs in the forehead, the side of the head, or around the eyes. The headache increasingly gets worse.

It is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last from 4-72 hours and the pain can be severe.

Migraine Symptoms
Migraines can begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. It can undergo four stages but not for everyone: Prodrome, Aura, Attack and Post-drome.

Migraine symptoms which begin one or two days before the headache itself is known as Prodrome stage.
Wheals – Occur in batches on face, arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet and toes.
Welts – Generally disappears within 24 hours, but sometimes another weal appears as the last one fades.
In some cases, hives can last for several days. People with chronic hives can have warning signs for months or years.

Migraine with Aura
Migraine with Aura occurs after prodrome stage. During Aura, the patient may have problems with vision, sensation, movement and speech.

Speaking difficulty
Tingling sensation in face, arms or legs.
Observing light flashes or bright spots.
Temporary loss of vision.
Hearing noises or music
Uncontrollable jerking

Postdrome Phase
During this phase, patients can change their moods and feelings such as euphoric, extremely happy, feeling very fatigued and apathetic. The phase length can vary in different degrees in different people. Sometimes, a phase may also be skipped.
Migraine Causes
The cause of migraine is not fully understood, but it is believed that genetics, changes in the brain and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve might be involved. Imbalances in the brain chemicals – Serotonin regulates pain in nervous system.