Sree Bhadra Headache & Migraine Treatment


Headache (Shirahshool) is a term commonly used for pain felt anywhere in the head. It is observed as a symptom in most of the diseases. The diseases in which headache is the prime symptom are named as Shiroroga according Ayurveda.

Headaches can be triggered due to various reasons such as sleeplessness, high blood pressure, weak eyesight, sinusitis, hunger, anemia, emotional stress and digestive disorders. Headaches caused due to tension are the most common in type. The pain usually is constant and generalised but often radiates forward from the occipital region. It is characterized by a dull ache or tight feeling of pain. It is characteristically less severe in early part of the day and aggravates as the day continues.

The main reason for this headache is emotional strain and anxiety that causes the muscles of head and neck to contract excessively. Ayurveda states that headache is primarily caused due to a sensitive nervous system and an impaired digestive system. A sensitive nervous system impacts and reduces the body’s energy. Due to diminished energy, the ability of the body to fight against problems is diminished. This can cause toxins to accumulate in the mind channels, thus triggering headaches. Improper diet and lifestyle vitiates the pitha dosha (the dosha representing fire). The aggravation of the pitha dosha impacts the digestive system, thus leading to production of digestive impurities. When these impurities accumulate in the mind channels, headaches are triggered.

Ayurvedic treatments not only help relieve pain, but also treat the root cause. The treatments focus on calming the nervous system to restore the balance of the vatha dosha and improving the digestive system to balance the pitha dosha and arrest the accumulation of toxins.


Migraine is characterised by headache associated with visual disturbance, photophobia and vomiting. While the exact cause of migraine is unknown, it can be attributed to strain, psychological stress, intake of incompatible food items, exposure to loud noises, excessive smoking or alcohol consumption, hormonal imbalances, lack of exercise or allergic reactions. The pain typically begins in the forehead, side of the head and gradually worsens. The onset of migraine can be accompanied by fatigue, depression, insomnia, mood alterations, constipation or diarrhoea, muscle stiffness amongst other discomforts.
According to Ayurveda, the vitiation of the Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) causes the problem. However, the prime troublemaker is the pitha dosha (the dosha associated with fire). The vitiation of the pitha dosha causes heat to build up in the blood vessels. As a result of this, the blood vessels dilate and put pressure on the nervous system. This is what leads to migraines.
The Ayurvedic approach to treating migraines mainly focuses on restoring the balance of the pitha dosha in the body, and also aims at replenishing the energies of the body and mind. The Ayurvedic treatments aim at eradicating the ailment from its roots. Various cleansing and detoxification methods are administered to restore the digestive system of the body. Also, various treatments (both internal and external medication) are administered to calm and strengthen the nervous system.
Apart from the treatments, the doctors also recommend a diet and lifestyle plan tailored to suit the individuals body type and root cause of disease.

Selvaraj Mooppanar, Tribal Traditional Ayurvedic Vaidyan



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