WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Migraines'?
What Causes a Migraine?A migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache, usually on one side of the head. It is often accompanied by nausea and impaired vision. Migraines develop when there are high levels of undigested toxins (ama) in the blood. These undigested toxins often form as a result of fermentation in the gut, alcohol, drugs, and certain pharmaceuticals. High ama overwhelms the liver, aggravating Pitta and causing excess heat. Irritating foods such as coffee, alcohol, white sugar, and pungent spices also create inflammation and stress the liver.
There are many other causes of migraines including allergies, autoimmune disorders, dehydration, stress, and excessively hot temperatures. All of these factors put pressure on the liver and increase liver heat, particularly if there is an electrolyte deficiency or other imbalances in blood chemistry. Inflammation or infection in the sinuses may also cause a migraine. Throbbing migraines are often due to constriction of the blood vessels in the head.
Finding the Root CauseAlthough migraines are a primarily hot, sharp, Pitta disorder, they may come from an imbalance in any of the doshas, or gunas. Therefore, it is important to find the root cause of your migraine before attempting a home remedy. To piece together the pattern and find the cause behind your migraine, journal your diet, activity, elimination, emotions, and weather conditions for the 48 hours prior to each migraine. Then, compare your results after 3-5 episodes.
As you journal, ask yourself some questions to try and discover what triggered your migraine. How did you feel before the migraine? Were you feeling particularly stressed, agitated, or irritated? When did the migraine start? Where were you when it started? Asking these questions and noticing any warning signs will help you avoid the circumstances that lead to a full blown migraine. Often, various warning signs will appear 24-48 hours in advance of a migraine.
Many people experience an aura moments before a migraine. An aura is a sensory disturbance that can include flashes of lights or technicolor spots obstructing peripheral vision. You may also feel more sensitive to light and sound. Seeing an aura is considered a prodromal symptom, or warning sign, that a migraine is coming on.
Remedies for MigrainesBright lights and hot temperatures tend aggravate migraines, so taking a break from all screens and lying in a dark room with a cool cloth over your eyes can help provide some immediate relief. Also, remove yourself from direct sunlight if needed and have a glass of coconut water to restore electrolytes. Cumin, coriander, & fennel tea helps gently detoxify and cleanse ama that has accumulated in the blood.
Aromatic herbs such as lemon balm have a natural antispasmodic action that reduces colic on the blood vessel. Other antispasmodics that reduce headaches include brahmi, sandalwood, and cloves. Sweet and cooling, licorice root reduces heat and inflammation and supports liver function. A scalp massage with brahmi oil cools a hot and bothered mind, and placing a few drops of brahmi ghee in each nostril can help relieve the pain associated with migraines. To avoid migraines, a Pitta pacifying diet is generally suitable for long term management.
Disclaimer: Conditions such as 'Migraines' that cause tissue changes could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
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DIET REMEDIES FOR 'MIGRAINES'
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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'MIGRAINES'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTSAccording to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and qualities may aggravate 'Migraines'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or qualities below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the quality to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & qualities. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using gunas. Gunas are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Migraines', you should select foods with the following qualities (gunas). Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
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ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
Cleanse and Detox:
DETOXICANTAn herb that eliminates or metabolizes toxins from the body.
Heart & Circulation:
REBUILD-ELECTROLYTESSubstances that increase your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes help you retain water, keep your palate moist, and truly quench your thirst.
REBUILDS-FLUIDSHerbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.
ANTIHISTAMINEHerbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
HEPATOPROTECTIVEAn herb that is capable of preventing liver damage.
Lung and Sinus:
FLUSHES-SINUSESAn herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
MUSCLE-RELAXANTHerbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.
GENERAL-LAXATIVEPromotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 3MIGRAINES IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 3 - ATTACKING TISSUE
If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are becoming stronger and weakening your body's resistance. Most people have a weakness in one or more organs. These areas of weakness are the 'weak link in the chain.' They are first to succumb when an imbalance reaches a tipping point. Repairing imbalances in this category often represent your last opportunity to prevent disease. At any moment, these imbalances could overwhelm weakened tissue and develop into a disease. You may feel pain or discomfort in the weakened area. At this stage you will need to support the weakened tissue with specialized foods and herbs for the weakened tissue.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Migraines'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
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HOW AYURVEDA WORKSARE YOU WONDERING HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP YOU?
WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of myopically focusing on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of gunas / qualities. For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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