Headache is a painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull, that may occur with other symptoms. Globally, it has been estimated that prevalence among adults of current headache disorder is about 50%. Half to three quarters of adults aged 18–65 years in the world have had headache in the last year and, among those individuals, 30% or more have reported migraine. In Ayurveda Head ache in common is compared with Shirashoola
and according to sign, symptoms and condition its termed as Ardhavabhedaka, Sooryavarta
etc.Causes: Causes of Headache can be categorized under,
Primary Headaches and Secondary Headaches.Primary headache
is caused by the over activity of pain-sensitive structures in head. A primary headache is not a symptom of an underlying disease.
The most common primary headaches are
Some primary headaches can be triggered by lifestyle factors such as Alcohol Intake, lack of sleep, Skipped meals, Stress etc.Secondary headache is a symptom of a disease which activate the pain sensitive nerves of the head.
Most common cause of secondary Headache are
Types of Secondary Head aches
Integrated treatment approach for headache:
- Sinus Head ache
- Spinal Head aches
- Ice cream Headaches etc.
Treatment of Headaches in AyurvedaAyurveda treatment
mainly focus in promoting Doshic Balance by prescribing oral medication, adopting Panchakarma therapy (Detoxification) such as Nasya (Installation of medicated oil through nose) swedana (sudation) etc. Which pacify the aggravated vata dosha, nourishes the indriyas (Sense organs) and muscles there by helps to reduce the symptoms of headache
Treatment of Headaches by Yoga:
Several researches done on yoga has shown beneficial result in case of Head ache. Certain yoga poses (Asanas) helps to reduce Tension, stress, enhance circulation and improves blood flow to brain. Relaxation Techniques such as deep breathing, Meditation etc. helps to reduce stress and common triggers of Headaches and Migraine.
Treatment of Headaches by Acupuncture:Acupuncture
is a good alternative treatment which helps to reduce the frequency of chronic headaches and migraine by stimulating circulation, reducing pain and stress.
Treatment of Headaches in NaturopathyNaturopathic
treatment is a drugless therapy which includes Mud therapy, Hydrotherapy oil massage, Dietary changes etc. which helps to reduce pain, stress which is the commonest cause of Headache.