Ayurvedic Remedies for Headache
Headaches are one of the most common and universal human ailments. Headache is a pain in the head and neck area.
There are two types of headaches: Primary and secondary.
More than 90% of all headaches are primary headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by disease or medical condition; they account for fewer than 10% of all headaches.
There are three types of primary headaches : migraine, cluster, and tension headaches.
MIGRAINE HEADACHES are characterized by pulsating pain of moderate or severe intensity lasting from four hours to as long as three days. The pain is typically felt on one side of the head; Migraine headaches become worse with physical activity and are often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. In addition, patients with migraine headaches are hypersensitive to lights, sounds, and odors.
CLUSTER HEADACHES are recurrent brief attacks of sudden and severe pain on one side of the head, usually more intense in the area around the eye. Cluster headaches may last between five minutes and three hours; they may occur once every other day or as often as eight times per day
TENSION HEADACHES rarely last more than a few hours; 82% resolve in less than a day. The patient will usually describe the pain of a tension headache as mild to moderate in severity. Tension headaches are the most common headaches in the general population.
Some of the symptoms that indicate presence of headache are:
1. It can be mild, moderate or severe pain which affects the whole head, a part of the head, forehead or eyes.
2. It may cause feeling of nausea.
3. The patient of headache may find difficulty in sleeping.
4. It may result in loss of appetite.
5. The patient may suffer with feeling of uneasiness.
Headaches may be caused due to :
1. Over work
2. Mental stress
6. Troubling stomach conditions like Acidity/constipation
7. Problem of sinusitis
8. High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
9. Deficiency of oxygen in blood.
10. Reading/writing in insufficient light or in moving vehicle.
11. Watching television for a long time or by sitting too close to the screen.
12. Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, aspirin or nicotine is also known to contribute to headache.
Some remedies to cure headache are:
1. Take clove , cinnamon and almond in equal quantities (around 1 teaspoon each) and grind together with a little water to make a paste. Apply paste on the forehead.
2. Make a paste sandalwood powder and water . Apply it whenever suffering from headache.
3. Mix a quarter teaspoon of clove powder in one teaspoon of cinnamon oil . Apply this paste to get quick relief from headache.
4. Take a few drops of ghee ( clarified butter ) on your palm. Mix 3 or 4 pieces of saffron in it, and rub it for two minutes. (The saffron does not dissolve in the ghee, but its qualities are absorbed). Remove saffron and put two drops of this ghee in each nostril.(Dosage: Follow procedure twice a day).
5. Mix 1 tablespoon of milk and half teaspoon of ginger powder . Twice a day put one to drops of it your nose to get permanent cure from headaches.
6. Oil massage on the scalp also relieves tension and headache.
7. Heat 1 teaspoon of almond oil . When it cools down, put two drops in each nostril.
8. Daily practice YOGA.
Some of the asanas that are good to cure headache are:
Surya namaskar, Pranayam, Kapaalbhati, Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Forward Bend, Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend), Savasana (Corpse Pose), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose), are
9. The natural urges (sneezing, passing stool and urine, hunger, thirst, sleep, breathing and yawning etc.) should not be suppressed.
10. Try to keep your mind free from anxiety, anger, mental tension and worry.