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Migraine – Ayurvedic Treatment / Symptoms / Causes


Do you suffer from migraine regularly? Do you take any western pharmaceutical drugs which are mostly toxic to cure this ailment? If yes, then you are at the right place. Continue reading to find out the possible Ayurvedic natural solutions to this problem.

Migraine has become quiet a common problem these days and affects more than 1 out of every 10 people. Migraine is described as a severe headache most commonly occurring only on one side of the head, but in some cases the pain may occur on both sides of the head. They are usually associated with sensitivity to light, smell and sound. There is a throbbing pain over your eyebrow which may worsen if you stay for longer duration in the sunlight.

Migraine is known as Sooryavarta in Ayurveda. Soorya means ‘Sun’ and avarta means ‘affliction’ or ‘blockage’. The condition gets worsened on sunrise, peaks during noon hours and reduces after evening. Even though this is the typical pattern of pain in most of the cases, it may not be true for all of them.

Causes of Migraine

1. Suppression of natural urges

2. Indigestion

3. Exposure to sunshine for prolonged period

4. Excessive intake of oil / spicy / salty food

5. Physical or mental stress

6. Hormonal changes in women

7. High intake of alcohol and highly caffeinated beverages

8. Changes in wake-sleep pattern

Foods which cause an increase in the Kapha dosha or Pitta dosha trigger a migraine attack. These include baked foods, heavy-to-digest non veg foods, peanuts, processed foods, fermented foods and spicy foods.

When Vata and Pitta dosha are imbalanced in a person, then the condition is quite difficult to treat because, if we give cold treatment then Vata will go up and if we give hot treatment Pitta Dosha will go up. Pitta dosha obstructs the flow of Vata dosha in the brain causing a throbbing pain. In case of Sooryavarta, because Pitta is dominant in the afternoon headache is at it’s maximum. The pain reduces as evening approaches.

There are few techniques in Ayurveda which can help alleviate the pain. Let’s discuss them!

Ayurvedic Remedies To Cure Migraine

1. Shirolepa

Shirolepa is a part of ayurvedic panchkarma and rejuvenation therapy. Shiro means head and lepa means paste application, so the procedure in which a paste of various medicinal powders and herbs is applied on the scalp is called shirolepa.

In this process medicated oil is applied over the head and body. The head is then covered and tied with certain herbal leaves. This facilitates absorption of all the nutrients of the lepa for complete nourishment of the head. After 60-90mins, the paste is removed and the oil is wiped off while gently massaging the head

The process has a very soothing and cooling therapy on the brain as well as the body.

This is one of the most effective treatment in curing migraine pains.

2. Shirodhara


Shirodhara is an excellent therapy for curing of migraine pains. Shiro means head and dhara means flow. The therapy involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma.

Warm oil is poured in a continuous stream over the forehead, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The pressure of the oil onto the forehead creates a vibration. The oil saturates the forehead and penetrates into the nervous system. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body and mind to experience a deep state of relaxation similar to meditation.

Caution: It is not advised to give Shirodhara to women who are pregnant or a person who has had recent injury on the neck or head, brain tumor, fever, sunburn, nausea, and vomiting.

Cow milk (Ksheera Dhara) can be used to perform Shirodhara. Ksheera Dhara is beneficial when Pitta involvement is more.

Buttermilk can also be used to perform Shirodhara. This is performed when there is an obstruction to the vata passage, which has to be removed. The process is called Takra Dhara.

3. Kavala Graha

The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita has reference to Kavala gandusha or Kavala graha as produces in oil pulling therapy practiced in ancient India. Kavala refers to that which is related to the oral cavity and gandusha is a gargle. Kavala graha is a medicine that can be held in the oral cavity.

It has a powerful detoxifying effect and the benefits ranges from getting rid of bad breath, improvement in bowel movement, cures migrane, bronchitis, tooth pain, eczema, heart and kidney disease, and womens health issues.

Oil pulling can be done with chandanadi taila and mahanarayana taila to cure migraine attacks.

4. Sneha Nasaya

sneha nasya

Also known as nasaya karma, it involves application of medicines administered through the nasal route. Shadbindu taila or Anu taila are administered in the nasal route in the same way as you would put nasal drops.

Ayurvedic texts define nasya as “Oushadham oushadha siddha sneham va nasikayaam deeyate inti nasyam”. The technique is highly beneficial to people suffering from headaches, stiffness of the shoulders, eye disorders, nasal disorders, gingivitis and tonsillitis

5. Shirovasti

Another effective therapy in the treatment of migraines is Shirovasti or Shirobasti. In this theraphy warm medicated oil is made to stay stagnant on the scalp for a specific time in a proper formed frame made up of leather or rexine sheet so the oil does not leak out of the frame.

It is highly effective in curing migraine pains, eye disorders, sinusitis and also improves complexion. It stimulates the marma point in the head acting like acupressure points and thereby balances the vata and kapha in the brain.

Home Remedies to Cure Migraine

Simple home remedies can ease the migraine pain significantly when used in addition to the therapies above:

1. Take as fist full of Doorva grass and crush it to obtain it’s fresh juice. Add a pinch of licorice powder (Mulethi) and mix it well. Drink this solution in the afternoon for 20-30 days. This will help ease the condition of the illness and provide relaxation.

2. Take a teaspoon of coriander powder and add it it to one cup of water. Leave it overnight and drink it the next morning on an empty stomach.

3. Raisins and almonds are very beneficial in the treatment of migraine pain. Take 5-6 almonds and raisins and soak them in the water. Leave it overnight and eat them the next morning.

4. Fresh and tender leaves of jasmine and pomegranate are also quiet effective in curing the migraine pain. Crush the leaves to obtain it’s fresh juice and add a pinch of salt. Pour two to three drops of this juice in your nostrils early in the morning, preferably on an empty stomach.

5. Add a small pinch of saffron to a teaspoon of ghee and pour few drops of it in your nostrils early in the morning on an empty stomach.

The migraine is a very irritating illness but the above remedies will definitely help to ease your pain.

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3 thoughts on “Migraine – Ayurvedic Treatment / Symptoms / Causes

  1. I am suffering from migraine from 3 years. Definitely i will try the remedies you mentioned above . Thank you for such informative post.

  2. Hi dear, thanks for such a useful post. Thank you for introducing with me these wonderful and useful treatments for migraine. My brother is suffering from same and he had started recently showing some symptom. This will now help him.

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