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47-year-old female started getting migraine attacks in her late thirties and would experience debilitating headaches every day. She has always been an active sports woman and it was very painful for her to stop exercising as any type of exercise would trigger her migraine attack. Highly educated and a career woman faced issues at her work in terms of inability to focus. It was very difficult for her to socialize as well.
She tried consulting with all different type of doctors from general physicians, headache specialists, neurologists and homeopaths and was prescribed painkillers and other medicines like triptans daily. She found no relief and suffered from side effects of over medicating herself.
She was prescribed a 21-day Ayurveda Treatment Therapy and instructed to stay in the clinic. Her therapy was based on research and clinical trials done on over 600 migraine patients over the years.
Treatment protocol was developed the fact that there is an imbalance of acid-alkali in the body. The imbalance in the body is the primary that causes migraine headaches. Standardized Ayurveda formulation was designed that was based on a combination of five formulations:
(Narikel Lavan (NL)
Sootshekhar Rasa (SR)
Sitopaladi Churna (SC)
Rason Vati (RV)
Godanti Mishran (GM)
I have had the honor to be trained under my father Padma Shree Vaidya Balendu Prakash whose research I have shared with you. I share some of the common Ayurvedic formulations for treatment of Migraine and share evidence that has been collected for successful outcome as well.
Why Ayurvedic formulation is effective
Based on the inputs obtained from the ayurvedic practitioners, migraine is caused by the increased level in pitta which is nothing but an imbalance in the acid-alkaline level in the body. This condition could be effectively treated by ayurvedic formulations along with a regular diet which will help restore the imbalance.
Are there any science and research studies on Ayurvedic treatment for Migraine?
Vaidya Balendu Prakash, my mentor has been involved in migraine research for over 20 years and he wrote a scientific paper based on his years of hard work. Titled as Response to Ayurvedic therapy in the treatment of migraine without aura,1 scientific study that involved a total of 17 vaidyas from different parts of South India who reported effects and outcome by giving Ayurvedic formulation to 406 patients suffering from migraine between May 2005 and March 2007. According to the research, an Ayurvedic Treatment Protocol was developed AyT that included combination of five Ayurvedic formulations as listed below:
Narikela Lavan – Rock salt is filled in the whole coconut by making a hole on top of the coconut. It is then burnt in open space after covering the coconut with a cloth. After the burning process gets over, salt the burnt kernel is collected and sealed in a closed container.
Sutshekhar Rasa – Processed cinnabar and sulfur are mixed together and ground to powder. Bhasma ingredients and several other herbs are powdered together and kept in Bhringraj juice for 21 days.
Sitopaladi Churna – All the ingredients are mixed and ground to a fine powder and stored in an airtight container.
Rason Vati – Lasuna, jiraka, rock salt, and other herbs are combined together and mixed with the nimbu juice. They are dried and powdered.
Godanti Mishran – This is prepared from gypsum.
The clinical trial was done on the patients by giving them a daily dosage of the combined formulation for 90 days. The patients were advised not to take other medications and were asked to maintain a headache diary.
Summary and Outcome
Traditional Ayurvedic medicines are natural treatment originated several years before and has developed to a consistent system aiming to treat illness. The combination of the five mentioned Ayurvedic formulations regulates the gastrointestinal system functioning to treat migraine. The treatment was found to be effective and there was a considerable decrease in the scores of migraine.
The patient has been migraine free since she started her Ayurveda Treatment Therapy and has been off all medications.
In Patient’s Own Words:
I am now headache free. I exercise daily. I have returned to my work. I have started socializing and my family is so much happier now. In short Vaidyaji and Shikhaji helped me get back to life.