Best Ayurvedic treatment for Head pains - Alveda

Head pains

Head pains from the point of view of Ayurveda

Headaches can be more complicated than they initially seem. Different headaches may have their own set of symptoms, may occur for unique reasons, and require different treatments.
The most common types of headaches include:
Tension headaches
Migraine headaches are often described as pounding, throbbing pain. They can last from 4 hours to 3 days and usually happen one to four times a month
Cluster headaches are the most severe pain accompanied by a burning or piercing sensation behind or around one eye. You might get them one to three times per day during a cluster period, which may last 2 weeks to 3 months. Each headache attack lasts 15 minutes to 3 hours
Sinus Headaches give you a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or on the bridge of the nose. The pain usually comes along with other sinus symptoms
Post-traumatic headaches result from post-traumatic stress, and usually start 2-3 days after a head injury
Hormonal headaches
In Ayurveda, headaches are not considered a disease, but a symptom of the vitiation of one or more of the doshas — Vata, Pitta or Kapha. In headaches, the primarily affected dosha is typically Vata.
Vata is represented by the dry, cool, fast moving element of air. When dealing with a Vata headache, it’s important to relieve dryness within the mind and body.
A Pitta headache typically starts in the temples and spreads to the central part of the head. Pitta headaches are known for their shooting, burning, piercing pain with a dash of nausea and often made worse by bright light, heat or by eating sour or spicy foods.
A Kapha headache is mostly accompanied by a cough or runny nose.

How Ayurvedic doctors treat head pains

Ayurvedic treatment process for head pain includes Panchakarma therapies to purify the body from toxins contributing to head pain.
Ayurvedic purification treatments include:
pouring medicated oil into the nose
whole body oil massage
eating medicated ghee
sweating therapy
Other important and popular Ayurvedic therapies, that can be prescribed by your doctor could be Shirodhara, Nasya, Shirobhyanga, Shirolepa.
Ayurvedic treatment may also involve lifestyle changes meant to promote overall wellness. Yoga is an ancient practice that brings your mind and body together. It incorporates various breathing techniques and poses to promote relaxation. By calming your mind and body, yoga helps ease stress and anxiety and may also reduce head pains.
Please talk to an Ayurvedic doctor for the best treatment recommendations.
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Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of head pains

  • Drink ginger tea or add fresh ginger to your food
  • Get a full body oil massage or do self-massage 2 times a week
  • Smell lavender essential oil or lavender dry flowers. It is a great remedy for alleviating headaches
  • Cinnamon is a miracle spice that is known as one of the effective headache remedies
  • To relieve headache pain, dab a drop or two of thyme or rosemary essential oil on each temple and on your forehead
  • A few simple exercises to stretch your head and neck can help reduce the intensity of the headache
  • Apply an ice pack to the back of your neck
  • Cloves can be used to ease a throbbing headache due to its cooling and pain-relieving properties

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