Migraine is a throbbing one-sided headache, felt on one side of the head. It is a vascular headache, caused by dilation of temporal arteries in the brain. The pain intensifies with the enlargement of the arteries.
Causes Heredity, hormonal imbalance, drop in blood-sugar levels, mental stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, exposure to hot sun, exposure to bright light, improper breathing, muscle fatigue due to wrong postures, reading while travelling, improper breathing, eating wrong foods.
Symptoms Throbbing headache, on one side, nausea, loss of appetite, blurred vision, disorientation, depression.
When you have migraine
▪ Take a shower and wrap crepe bandage on your forehead eyes and ears.
▪ Rest in a dark room, avoid bright flashing light.
▪ Gently massage your head, neck and shoulders.
▪ Press the pressure points below the skull, behind the ears for at least one minute.
▪ Keep ice pack or wet cloth on your forehead and back of your neck.
▪ Drink few glasses of water during the day to relieve tense nerves.
▪ Take one or two glasses of tomato juice or a herbal drink with ginger.
▪ Eat healthy at frequent intervals; do not keep your stomach empty.
▪ Avoid foods with excess salt and sugar.
When you do not have migraine, practice the asanas given and spend more time in forward asanas to calm the tense nerves and muscles in the head and correct neuro-hormonal imbalances. Drink two litres of water and practice alternate nostril breathing many times in a day. Duration 2 to 5 minutes each.