Symptoms of Migraine
When half of the head of person have ache while second half remain as it is it called ADHASHISHI (half head headache) or migraine. It increases as day progress and decreases after midday with night falling.
Migraines may begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Migraines may progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache and post-drome, one may not suffer all four stages.
Migraine always comes with early symptoms causing patient to be alert and take precaution. If a person take precaution degree of pain can be lessen. Its symptoms start showing one or two days before a migraine, you may notice following subtle changes that warn of an upcoming migraine;
- Frequent yawning
- Increased thirst and urination
- Mood changes, from depression to euphoria
- Food cravings
- Acidity or heart burn
- Neck stiffness
In few cases of migraine Aura may occur before or during migraines.
Auras are symptoms of the nervous system. They are usually visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or wavy, zigzag vision.
Sometimes auras can also be touching sensations (sensory), movement (motor) or speech (verbal) disturbances. Your muscles may get weak, or you may feel as though someone is touching you.
Each of these symptoms usually begins gradually, builds up over several minutes and lasts for 20 to 60 minutes. Examples of migraine aura include:
• Visual phenomena, such as seeing various shapes, bright spots or flashes of light
• Vision loss
• Pins and needles sensations in an arm or leg
• Weakness or numbness in the face or one side of the body
• Difficulty speaking
• Hearing noises or music
• Uncontrollable jerking or other movements
Sometimes, a migraine with aura may be associated with limb weakness (hemiplegic migraine).
A migraine usually lasts from four to 72 hours if untreated. It increases with daylight and decreases after mid day with day fall. The frequency with which headaches occur varies from person to person. Migraines may be rare, or strike several times a month. During a migraine, you may experience:
Pain on one side or both sides of your head
Pain that feels throbbing or pulsing
Sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells and touch
Nausea and vomiting
Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting
The final phase, known as post-drome, occurs after a migraine attack. You may feel drained and washed out, while some people feel elated. For about 24 hours, you may also experience:
• Sensitivity to light and sound
Causes of Migraine
Mental and body fatigue, anxiety, anger. Increased stress in eye, emotional feeling, shock, indigestion etc. Hormonal changes in women. Genetics and environmental factors also appear to play a role.
Imbalances in brain chemicals — including serotonin, which helps regulate pain in your nervous system — also may be involved. Researchers are still studying the role of serotonin in migraines.
Serotonin levels drop during migraine attacks.
Several factors make you more prone to having migraines, including:
Family history. If you have a family member with migraines, then you have a good chance of developing them too.
Sex. Women are three times more likely to have migraines. Headaches tend to affect boys more than girls during childhood, but by the time of puberty and beyond, more girls are affected.
Hormonal changes. If you are a woman who has migraines, you may find that your headaches begin just before or shortly after onset of menstruation.
They may also change during pregnancy or menopause. Migraines generally improve after menopause.
Some women report that migraine attacks begin during pregnancy, or their attacks worsen. For many, the attacks improved or didn’t occur during later stages in the pregnancy. Migraines often return during the postpartum period. Complications
Also, some people experience complications from migraines such as:
• Chronic migraine. If your migraine lasts for 15 or more days a month for more than three months, you have chronic migraine.
• Status migrainosus. People with this complication have severe migraine attacks that last for longer than three days.
• Persistent aura without infarction. Usually an aura goes away after the migraine attack, but sometimes aura lasts for more than one week afterward. A persistent aura may have similar symptoms to bleeding in the brain (stroke), but without signs of bleeding in the brain, tissue damage or other problems.
• Migrainous infarction. Aura symptoms that last longer than one hour can signal a loss of blood supply to an area of the brain (stroke), and should be evaluated. Doctors can conduct neuroimaging tests to identify bleeding in the brain.
Ayurvedic and natural treatments of Migraine
- Take the juice of Tinospora cordifolia (giloy), in doses of 10 ml with honey.
- Apply a paste made of black pepper and rice with the juice of bhringaraaja to the forehead. Alternately, you can apply the paste of sandalwood also.
- Drop some ghee, medicated with saffron flowers (kesar) into each nostril and inhale deeply.
- Take three grams of coriander seeds, five grams of lavender flowers (ustukhudusa), five seeds of black pepper, and five badam. Grind with water, sieve, and take before sunrise. Soak badam overnight in water and remove the skin before preparing the paste.
- Godanti mishran in the dose of 1-2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water controls migraine. Pathyadi kwatham, an oral liquid in the dose of 15 ml twice daily with equal water is a good remedy. Shirashoolaadi vajra ras is very useful in general migraine headaches.
Natural home remedy using chamomile powder
Add chamomile powder to 1 cup of boiling water
- Transfer the liquid to a cup
- Drink when hot. It gives fast relief from migraine
Natural home remedy using cabbage leaves
- Crush a few cabbage leaves
- Apply it on the forehead with a cloth
- WALNUT; Soak 2 walnut in water overnight eat walnut and drink water early morning helps to treat migraine.
- Inhale Reetha powder help to treat migraine.
- Clove; make paste of 5 gm clove and apply paste on forhead helps
- Tobacco and clove paste on forehead helps
Saintsam Yogacharya Shivender of Radha Yoga and herbs; Deep brain stimulating therapy (DBS). In DBS you have a particular oil to put in nostril then we ask to practice various breathing in series. This stimulate brain neurons hence giving marvellous result not even in migraine but also Parkinson, thyroid, diabetic mental disease and various other diseases.
Result may vary from person to person
It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.