Said to be derived from the Greek term Hemikrania ( pain on one side of the head ), Migraine can be arguably one of the most debilitatingly painful experiences for those who are prone to suffer from it. Usually felt as throbbing pain on both sides of the temples, the pulsating feeling is seen to keep increasing in intensity.
At times even lasting up to 3 days, this intense pain is usually followed by feeling of nausea, vomiting, irritation to light and sound (for some), redness of eyes, the original causes of it still remain unknown. A general sense of disorientation, stiffness of the neck, blurred vision and blindspots may or may not accompany these common symptoms.
Believed to be caused due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, it is mostly an effective management of the ‘triggers’ of Migraine that can help rein in the frequency of the attacks and the subsequent debilitating pain spells. Mental and emotional stress, loss of sleep, smoking, irregular sleeping and eating habits, fluctuating hormone levels – mostly its a combination of these that trigger an attack.
The best way to combat Migraine, even from the Ayurvedic point of view is to lead a lifestyle that is healthy, with adequate exercise, regular eating and sleeping habits and keeping away from substance abuse and intoxication that plays havoc with the physiology of the human body.