Migraine is a neurological disease characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of autonomic nervous system symptoms.
Typically, the headache affects one half of the head, is pulsating in nature, and lasts from 2 to 72 hours. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain is generally made worse by physical activity. Up to one-third of people with migraine headaches perceive an aura: a transient visual, sensory, language, or motor disturbance which signals that the headache will soon occur. Occasionally, an aura can occur with little or no headache following it.
Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of environmental and genetic factors. About two-thirds of cases run in families. Changing hormone levels may also play a role, as migraines affect slightly more boys than girls before puberty, but about two to three times more women than men. The risk of migraines usually decreases during pregnancy. The exact mechanisms of migraine are not known. It is, however, believed to be a neurovascular disorder. The primary theory is related to increased excitability of the cerebral cortex and abnormal control of pain neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem.
An aura is a transient focal neurological phenomenon that occurs before or during the migraine headache. Auras appear gradually over a number of minutes and generally last less than 60 minutes. Symptoms can be visual, sensory or motor in nature and many people experience more than one. Visual effects occur most frequently; they occur in up to 99% of cases and in more than 50% of cases are not accompanied by sensory or motor effects. Vision disturbances often consist of a scintillating scotoma (an area of partial alteration in the field of vision which flickers and may interfere with a person’s ability to read or drive). These typically start near the center of vision and then spread out to the sides with zigzagging lines which have been described as looking like fortifications or walls of a castle. Usually the lines are in black and white but some people also see colored lines. Some people lose part of their field of vision known as hemianopsia while others experience blurring.
Rarely, an aura occurs without a subsequent headache. This is known as an acephalgic migraine or silent migraine; however, it is difficult to assess the frequency of such cases because people who do not experience symptoms severe enough to seek treatment may not realize that anything unusual is happening to them and pass it off without reporting any problems.
Migraine Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedies
Symptoms of Migraine
- feeling dizzy or faint.
- increased sensitivity to light and sound.
- pain on one side of the head.
- pulsing and/or throbbing pain.
Signs of Migraine
- Moderate to severe pain, usually confined to one side of the head during an attack, but can occur on either side of the head
- The pain is usually a severe, throbbing, pulsing pain
- Increasing pain during physical activity
- Inability to perform regular activities due to pain
- Feeling sick and physically being sick
- Increased sensitivity to light and sound, relieved by lying quietly in a darkened room
- Some people experience other symptoms such as sweating, temperature changes, tummy ache and diarrhea
Causes of Migraine
- Hormonal changes in women
- Foods likes Aged cheeses, salty foods and processed foods may trigger migraines
- Food additives
- Sensory stimuli
- Erratic lifestyles
- Allergies and allergic reactions
- Bright lights, loud noises, flickering lights, smoky rooms, temperature changes, strong smells and certain odors or perfumes
- Physical or emotional stress, tension, anxiety, depression, excitement
- Physical triggers such as tiredness, jet lag, exercise
- Changes in sleep patterns or irregular sleep
- Smoking or exposure to smoke
- Skipping meals or fasting causing low blood sugar
- Hormonal triggers such as menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, menopause
- Tension headaches
- Foods containing tyramine (red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and some beans), monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates (like bacon, hot dogs and salami)
- Other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products and fermented or pickled foods
- Medication such as sleeping tablets, the contraceptive pill, hormone replacement therapy
To summarize, migraine is a severe headache, usually affecting one side of head, eye pain, giddiness, visual disturbances etc. Migraine can be because of many reasons like mental tensions, allergies, tiredness, anger, Eye strain, indigestion, sudden change of weather etc.
Migraine : Ayurvedic Natural Home Remedies
Some home remedies for Migraine are:
1. Mix plain Rice with Curd in the night and keep it overnight. Eat this rice in the morning in empty stomach for some days to cure Migraine.
2. Massage head with Castor oil (Erand) and put a wet cloth on the fore head, both helps to get relief from Migraine pain.
3. Eating a spoon of Honey with half spoon of Salt or just eating Honey or putting Honey in nostrils all helps to cure Migraine pain.
4. Eating Jaggery (Gur) mixed with Pure Ghee, (Ghee prepared from cow milk) in the empty stomach for 5 days to helps to cure Migraine.
5. Eating Goose berries (Amla) with Salt gives relief from Migraine.
6. Eating Apple pieces with Salt for 3 weeks helps to get permanent relief from Migraine .
7. Apply diluted Asafoetida (Hing) paste on the forehead and try to inhale its smell, to get relief from Migraine. Don’t rub it as it can cause skin irritation.
8. Mustard (Sarson) oil drops put in the nostrils ( If you are having left side pain put in the right nostril & vice versa ) for few months helps to get permanent relief from Migraine.
9. A few drops of Ghee prepared from cow milk put in the nostrils ( If you are having left side pain put in the right nostril & vice versa) for few months helps to get permanent relief from Migraine.
10. Drinking a spoon of Basil (Tulsi) juice mixed with Honey helps to get relief from Migraine.
11. Eating some sweet or Sugar or jaggery during Migraine reduces pain in some people instantly.
12. Chewing some Black pepper (Kali mirch) with pure Ghee (Ghee prepared from cow milk) helps to get relief from Migraine.
13. Dry Ginger (Saunth) mixed in water can be smelled and applied on the forehead (avoid rubbing) reduces Migraine pain.
14. Putting Drum stick leaves (Muranka Bhaji) juice in the nostrils (If you are having left side pain put in the Right nostril & vice versa) gives relief from Migraine.
15. Smelling Onion juice or chewing raw Onions helps to get relief from Migraine pain.
16. 5 drops of Drum stick leaf juice and Ginger juice equally mixed and filtered can be put in the ear (If you are having left side pain put in the Right ear & vice versa) to get relief from Migraine pain.
17. Putting few drops of Almond (Badam) oil in the nostrils for some days helps to get permanent relief from Migraine.
Amazing Benefits of Ayurvedic Home Remedies
Ayurvedic health treatment is the world’s oldest holistic healing system.
It was developed more than 12000 years ago in India.
It’s based on the simple belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
It believes in the principle of free treatment using herbs, roots and leaves of nature. You can also call it world’s first open source medical system.
Read some of the health guides on Ayurvedic home remedies and share them with your friends and family. Implement them in real life and stay disease free.