Migraines and Headaches
Being regularly plagued by chronic headaches and/or migraines can be extremely debilitating. Not only do they make it difficult to function when they strike, they can often leave suffers feeling exhausted and ‘foggy’ for days afterwards. While we have a clear idea of the physiological changes that create a headache, namely dilation or constriction of the blood vessels within the head, we have less of an idea as to why certain lifestyle factors and events cause these changes to happen. While ‘popping a painkiller’ has become the modern way to manage a headache or migraine, it fails to identify the root cause and thus simply treats the symptoms.
Ayurvedic tradition has found that chronic conditions like headache and migraine are usually caused by a number of imbalances within the body’s physiology that has become deeply entrenched over an extended period of time. These imbalances are primarily attributed to a shift in the Vata principle. Vata controls the nervous system and brain activity and an imbalance can impede the bodies’ natural ability to heal itself, in turn making headaches a frequent and difficult to eradicate issue.
To effectively treat headaches you will work closely alongside one of our Ayurvedic doctors to diagnose exactly what is happening within your body. A variety of tools is often utilised to form a thorough diagnosis which then informs treatment. The treatment protocol will focus on:
- Stabilising the nervous system
- Reducing stress
- Cleansing the body of toxins
This four-pronged approach works beyond the surface systems to completely overhaul your health and well-being at a deeper level and may involve:
- Lifestyle modification
- Prescription of kitchen and medicinal herbal medicines
- Instruction in gentle yoga postures and breathing exercises
- Prescription of Ayurvedic rejuvenating massage and detoxing treatments
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