What is Migraine?

A migraine is when a person has an extreme headache. Often, there is a pulsing sensation or a severe amount of throbbing. This extreme head pain usually has physical symptoms such as sensitivity to sound and light, vomiting, and nausea. The headache portion of a migraine usually lasts 4-72 hours and often interferes with daily activities because the pain is so extreme.

What are the Symptoms of Migraine?

Migraines typically have four (4) phases; however, a person may not experience all four phases during a migraine:

Prodrome: The first phase of a migraine begins nearly 24 hours prior to your migraine. Those that experience migraines often can recognize the symptoms and prepare for a migraine. The symptoms included: increased urination, yawning, fluid retention, mood changes, and cravings for food.

Aura: During this phase, you may see zig-zagging lines, bright or flashing light. Physically, you may feel like you have been grabbed or touched, although, in reality, no one has touched you. This Aura phase may happen during or before a migraine.

Headache: During the 3rd and most noticeable phase, a strong headache commonly occurs and begins to worsen. Usually, there will be pulsing or throbbing on one side of the head. If not headache is present, here are some other symptoms:

  • Painful to sneeze, cough, or move
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Sensitivity to Sensitivity to odors, noise, and light

Postdrome: After the headache, this is your body’s recovery phase. Usually, signs of exhaustion, weakness, and confusion are common post-migraines symptoms, which may last for 24 hours.

What are the Causes of Migraine?

Migraines typically are triggered by an emotion, symptom, thought, or activity; however, this trigger is different for everybody. If you struggle with migraines, be aware of what may trigger than to happen. Once you discover your trigger item, avoid it if possible or seek help from a medical professional.Here is a list of some items that may trigger a migraine:

  • Anxiety
  • Flashing or bright lights
  • Excess caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
  • Women hormonal changes
  • Loud noises
  • Medication overuse
  • Medicines
  • Too much physical activity
  • Skipped meals
  • Stress
  • Strong smells
  • Sudden change in environment or weather
  • Tobacco
  • Too much or lack sleep

When to see a Doctor?

If you have one of the following symptoms, go to the emergency room immediately:
  • An extreme headache that comes suddenly
  • A headache could be a sign of a stroke because there is also weakness, numbness, double vision, seizures, confusion, a stiff neck, and fever.
  • Getting a headache after a head injury
  • A chronic long term headache that gets worse after sudden movement, straining, coughing and physical activity

    • Regular screening: If you think you have or have had a migraine, consult your doctor. They may prescribe you medicine that reduces your risk of having a migraine.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Migraine

  • Reduce Your Pitta: You are likely experiencing Migraines because your pitta is out of control. Attempt to soothe your pitta by avoiding spicy and hot foods, citrus or sour fruits, or fermented food. Relieving your pitta is strongly recommended for migraine relief and prevent future migraines.
  • Proper Breakfast: Some people get headaches in the morning after breakfast, so you must eat a good breakfast that helps to prevent migraines. Try peeling a ripe banana, chopping it to pieces, and then adding a teaspoon of warm ghee to it. For flavor, add a teaspoon of date sugar and a pinch of cardamom on top. This particular breakfast should help to reduce pitta and prevent further headaches.
  • Avoid Harsh Sunlight: Since migraine headaches occur because of an overwhelming amount of pitta, direct sunlight can cause pitta to increase; therefore, try to wear a hat while outside.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Migraine

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
The following herbal compound will be beneficial: 5 parts Shatavari, 4 parts Brahmi , 3 parts Jatamansi, 3 parts Musta. Try ½ teaspoon twice a day after meals and consume it with water. This formula should reduce the pitta and pain from the headache.
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Not known.
Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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