Ayurveda identifies three different types of headaches. Read on to understand more about the exact cause of your headache and then try out some natural remedy to heal it.
According to National Headache Foundation, more than 78 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches, and 32.4 million suffer from migraines. If you’re among them, then you may be taking some sort of pills for quick relief. But if you feel these painkillers are not safe for you and you want a completely natural remedy for your headache, then you need to consider Ayurveda. It’s the best option because it addresses the underlying cause and heals your headache.
Every headache is different. Ayurveda takes an entirely different approach. Traditional healers, or Vaidyas say that it’s important to treat your headache as a wake-up call. Pay close attention to your mind, body and emotions. Check the reasons for the pain and ways in which you can pinpoint the problem. Each headache has a story to tell. Read on to understand the exact cause of your pain, and then try out easy and completely natural Ayurvedic remedies.
Ayurveda classifies headaches on the basis of dosha (subtle energy principle) that is out of balance in the body-mind: vata, pitta or kapha.
If you feel pulsating, throbbing, migrating pain at the back of your head, you definitely have a vata headache. shoulder and neck tension, signs of colon toxicity (such as constipation), and back stiffness, and unresolved fear and anxiety can also contribute to this kind of pain.
When going to bed, boil just one teaspoon of finely powdered haritaki in one glass of water, and then drink the concoction. Now massage your neck gently with a carm calamus (vacha) root oil, and lie down calmly with your nostrils parallel to the ceiling, and put five to six drops of lukewarm seasame oil in each of your nostril for ensuring a vata-calming nasya treatment (nasal-oil therapy).
If you feel your headache starts at your temples and gradually spreads to the central areas of your head, this problem is traced back to pitta imbalances in the intestines (such as hyperacidity, indigestion, or heartburn) and stomach and/or unresolved irritability or anger. Pitta headaches are characterized by burning, shooting, or penetrating pain, and is often associated with dizziness, nausea, and/or burning sensation in the eyes. These symptoms may worsen with hot sun, bright light, or even high temperature, and sometimes by eating sour pickles, fruits, or spicy food.
As most headaches occur due to imbalances in the intestines and stomach, it’s best to consume pitta-pacifying foods such as cilantro, cucumber and dates. Take two to three tablespoons of aloe vera gel two times a day, and put four drops of warm, clarified butter in each nostril at bedtime. Then you can rub warm coconut oil on the soles of your scalp and feet and enjoy a rejuvenating, deep sleep.
If you get headaches in spring or winter, and it strikes mostly in evenings or mornings, is also accompanied by a cough or runny nose, or may turn worse when you try to bend down, you may be experiencing khapa headache. It’s usually deep-seated and dull, and starts mostly in the skull’s upper frontal area, and may eventually creep into the sinuses. Cold, sinus congestion, flue, hay fever, and other types of allergies may cause khapa headaches.
Take half teaspoon of stiopaladi powder four times a day with organic honey. Put one drop of eculyptus oil in a bowl of lukewarm water, cover your head and bowl with a towel, and inhale the steam. This will clear your sinuses.
You will get instant relief by using various Ayurvedic remedies, but if your headache doesn’t go even after days; and is accompanied by a stiff neck or a fever; if you experience some neurological symptoms memory loss, difficulty with speech or coordination, blurred vision, or weakness in your legs or arms; if you wake up in the middle of the night with severe headache and a urge to vomit; TMJ meningitis; if your headache is due to ear infection, or spinal arthritis; or if you have frequent headaches that may seem to get worse, immediately see a doctor.
Some headaches may flair up due to ear issues, insomnia, eye issues, wrong diet, food allergies, excessive traveling, pent-up emotions, unhealthy relationships, neck tension, exposure to cold temperatures, or working for hours at one place (for instance, on computer) with poor posture. Sometimes sleeping on two pillows may also give you a headache.