In Ayurveda migraine headache is known as Anantavata or Ardhavbhedak meaning ‘one-sided headache’. Irregularities in diet, inappropriate food combinations, Ayurvedic treatment of Migraine and Sinusitis is a complete all inclusive treatment that is centered on the pacification of Pitta Dosha and restoration of digestive function in the body. Patients are given herbal medicines as well as customized diet and lifestyle plans in accordance with their body constitution to eliminate the root cause of disease.
Avoid Direct Sun:
Because migraine headaches are predominantly a pitta disorder, they are affected by the hot sun. When the sun rises, its hot, sharp, penetrating rays increase pitta in the cardiovascular system and cause the dilation of the blood vessels in the brain, which results in the painful headaches. So avoid direct exposure to the sun. If you have to go out, use an umbrella or wear a hat or other protection from the sun.
Walks in the full moon and gardening reduce Pitta that causes Migraines.
Soothing Nose Drops:
Once a headache has developed, putting about 5 drops of warm brahmi ghee in each nostril will help relieve the pain.
Shiro Dhara (hot oil head massage) is also beneficial.
Recommended Yoga Postures:
Moon Salutation is especially good for migraines. Yoga postures such as the Hidden Lotus, Boat pose, Bow pose, Spinal Twist, Palm Tree pose, and Standing on the Toes are also good to combat migraines.
A Cooling Pranayam:
Do a cooling breathing exercise such as shitali. To do it, curl your tongue into a tube. Inhale slowly through the curled tongue, swallow, and then exhale normally through the nose, keeping the mouth closed. You will feel the incoming air cools your saliva, your tongue, and the oral mucous membranes.
This breathing exercise will lower the body temperature, and make the saliva cool. It also helps to quench thirst, and improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation.
If you can't curl your tongue into a tube, an alternative way to perform shitali is with your teeth lightly clenched together and your tongue pressed up against the teeth. The air is then inhaled through the teeth.
Some people feel pain when cool air is drawn through the teeth; keeping your tongue against your teeth will provide warmth and prevent this discomfort.
A Healing Yawn:
When you have a migraine, gently squeeze your earlobes, pulling the ear down, and do the act of yawning. This will relieve the pressure on the blood vessels and help to pacify the headache.