Yoga and naturopathy for migraine

Migraine headache is a type of headache associated with sensitivity to light, smells, or sounds, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head.  Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of environmental and genetic factors. Changing hormone levels may also play a role, as migraines affect slightly more boys than girls before puberty and two to three times more women than men. It is however, believed to involve the nerves and blood vessels of the brain.


Yogic Kriya: Practice Jal Neti daily. Do Kunjal once in a week after clearing motion or after taking enema.

Asana at the time of attack: Savasana, Yognidra.

Asana after the symptoms of attack is over: Viparit Karani, Balasana, Ardha Kati Chakrasana, Ardha Chandrasana, Padhastasana,  Naukasana, Dhanurasana, Ardha Matsyasana, Paschimotasana, Chakrasana, Pawanmuktasana, Uttanpadasana, Halasana, Matsyasana, Shashankasana, Vrikshasana, Sarvangasana, Sirsasana etc.

Pranayama at the time of attack: Change the breathe (shwora), Om Chanting, Deep breathing, Anulom Vilom, Bhramari etc.

Pranayama once the attack is over:  Om Chanting, Deep Breathing, Kapalbhati, Shitali (Without Kumbhaka), Anulom Vilom, Nadi Sodhan and Bhramari etc.

Mudra: Gyana Mudra, Prana Mudra etc.

Meditation: Practice meditation for 20 minutes daily.

Diet Therapy: According to yogic philosophy, food influences the physical and mental conditions of an individual. So, it is said that as you eat, so you become. If you do not take proper diet, you harm yourself physically and mentally. Have healthy and balanced diet. Avoid unhealthy diet i.e. fast food, fried food, readymade food, tinned food, preserved food, stale food, maida products, sugar and excessive species etc. What we digest and assimilate is more important than what we eat. Irregularities of diet and excessive exertion must be avoided. The diet should have low content of fats and oils. Exposure to heat or cold should be avoided.

Naturopathy: Hot foot bath, Spinal bath, stiz bath, Enema after abdominal Mud pack/hot and cold fomentation on abdomen etc.

Written by Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki

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