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A migraine is a headache that can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks 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 an aura occurs before or with the headache. An aura can include visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or blind spots, or other disturbances, such as tingling on one side of the face or in an arm or leg and difficulty speaking.

Causes

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Genetics and environmental factors appear to play a role. Changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway, might be involved. So might imbalances in brain chemicals — including serotonin, which helps regulate pain in your nervous system.

  • Emotional triggers: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, etc.
  • Physical triggers: Tiredness, Poor quality sleep, Shift work
  • Diet triggers: Missed, delayed, or irregular meals, Dehydration, Alcohol, Caffeine products, Chocolate, etc.
  • Environmental triggers: Bright light, Smoking, Loud noises, Strong smells
  • Medicational triggers: Some types of sleeping tablets, The combined contraceptive pill

Common Symptoms

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  • Constipation
  • Mood changes, from depression to euphoria
  • Food cravings
  • Neck stiffness
  • Increased urination
  • Fluid retention

Four stages

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Prodrome

Aura

Attack

Post-drome

Ayurvedic View

Migraine treatment in Ayurveda is stated as Ardhavabedhaka that defines one-sided pain which is intense and piercing in nature. In Ayurveda, Migraine dominated with Vata-Pitta Dosha patient may have intense pain, redness, and burning sensation in the eyes. Ayurveda uses a holistic approach to health. It considers the body, mind, and soul when treating a condition Therapeutic Measures adopted in Ayurveda are

At Samwarthika Ayurveda Hospital, we implement the treatment, not for the disease itself, but it is tailored for the particular condition of disease of the individual. Panchakarma (purification) treatments are highly recommended for treating Migraines. This is done after a detailed ayurvedic consultation with the ayurvedic doctor. Treatment is tailored by our physicians which can consist of herbs, therapies, and a diet/lifestyle program.