This is a type of headache which is characterized by recurring paroxysmal attacks. It occurs in bouts. Often pain is seen only in one side of the head. Between the attacks, the patient feels perfectly well and leads a normal life.
In Ayurveda, this condition is known as Anantavarta. There is another similar condition which is known as Suryavarta. In this latter condition, the headache increases as the sun moves up in the sky, and the patient feels normal as the sun goes down.
Excessive Stress, worry and anxiety is considered to be the primary cause of this type of headache. Exposing the head to the heat of the sun or cold wind for a long time is one of the precipitating factors. Many patients suffering from migraine also suffer from sinusitis.
At times headache becomes so intense that the patient gets vomiting. During the period between two attack, the patients, feels normal but a trace of heaviness of head and congestion in the nose remains.
Headacho – Mix this powder with water, make it as paste and apply to head, where you find the ache let it for about half an hour and then wash. This should be done twice a day.
Those suffering from this problem as usually constipated. They should be given tripala powder, one teaspoon at bedtime with a cup of hot milk regularly.
A medicine which is very effective for this type of headache is anutaila – medicated oil prepared by boiling medicinal plants in gingelly oil and milk, about 10-20 drops of this oil should be dropped in each nose-trills and deeply inhaled this removes blockages of nose and cause sneezing. This oil, if properly inhaled, removes blockage of the passage of the sinuses to the nose. When this is process is done the person feels light in head and the heaviness as well as mental stress is relieved. He gets good sleep and the nerves in the nasal passage are soothed. This inhalation therapy should be used 2-3 times a day. When the attack of migraine is acute, use of this inhalation therapy gives instantly relief to the person.
Another medicated oil commonly used for treatment of migraine is known as shadbindu taila. The dose of this oil is 6 drops only, and it is to be used as described before. This is prepared in mustard oil which is a little irritant to the mucous membrane of the nose, but it gives instant relief.
Suvarna sutashekhara is the medicine that is most preferred for this condition.
Fried things and spicy food articles are harmful
Curd and other sour things are to be avoided.
Cow milk and cow ghee are very useful.
The patient should take care to keep himself free from indigestion, constipation, mental worries, stress and anxieties.
He should not expose himself to excessive heat, excessive cold and rain.
He should go to bed early and avoid spending sleepless nights.