Ayurvedic Treatment for Menstrual Migraine

Dr. Ajay Krishna P B.A.M.S

Migraine is a neurological condition known for intense throbbing headaches, usually on one side of the head. These headaches often come with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and noise. Migraine attacks can last from hours to days, and the pain can be so intense that it disrupts your daily life.

Certain individuals experience a warning sign called an “aura” before or during a migraine headache. An aura may involve visual disruptions like seeing flashes of light or blind spots. It can also include other sensations, such as tingling in one side of the face or in an arm or leg, as well as difficulties in speaking.

What Are the Symptoms of Menstrual Migraine

Migraine predominantly affects women, with its occurrence influenced by various hormonal events in a woman’s life. These events include menarche, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, as well as the use of hormonal contraception and hormone replacement therapy. Migraine usually starts after a woman’s first menstrual period, tends to be more frequent in the days leading up to or during menstruation, and often eases during pregnancy and menopause. These fluctuations are attributed to alterations in estrogen levels, which impact either the excitability of brain cells or the blood vessels in the brain.


  • Headaches range from Dull to severe throbbing 
  • Blurring of Vision
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Fatigue 
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea 
  • Feeling very warm or cold

Ayurvedic Treatment for Menstrual Migraine

According to Ayurveda, there is no direct link with menstrual migraine but Ayurveda explains the lakshanas (Symptoms) of Ruthumathi (women in the menstrual phase). In Ayurveda, Migraine can be co-related with a disease called Ardhavabhedaka its explained by Ayurveda Acharya “ Vagbhata” in Shiro roga (Disease of the head). The condition is caused due to the simultaneous vitiation of Tridosha like Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. When we came to treatment, then the treatment in such a way that to pacify tri dosha that can be done by Samana Chikitsa (Conservative treatment) and Sodhana Chikitsa (Purification treatment)

Samana Chikitsa (Conservative treatment) 

The proper examination and evaluation of a patient by an  Ayurveda doctor authentic Ayurvedic formulations are prescribed,

  • Kashaya (Decoction)
  • Gulika (Tablets)
  • Choornam (Powder)
  • Aristam (Fermented Prepration)

Sodhana Chikitsa (Purification treatment)

  • Nasya: is one of the main procedures in Panchakarma (5 cleansing procedures) nasya means installation of medicine through the nose. Nasya has an important role in the treatment of migraine because nasya is the specific treatment procedure to eliminate dosha that is vitiated above the neck 
  • Virechana (Purgation treatment): is mainly done after a procedure called Snehapanam (internal oleation).
  • Vasti (Enema): Administration of medicine through anal route.

External treatments like,

  • Upanaha (Poultice)
  • Shiro Basti (Retention of oil in the head)
  • Shiro Lepam (Application of medicine on the head)

Recommended Yoga Asanas for Menstrual Migraine

Regular yoga practice has been shown to reduce the pain and discomfort during periods, menopause, and migraine headaches. By using techniques like deep breathing, Visualisation, and specific body posture, yoga can be a helpful therapy to enhance the overall well-being of individuals who experience stress and hormonal changes. But one thing is that all this yoga is done strictly under the supervision of certified yoga instructors.

  • Balasana (Child pose)

It may help to calm your body and mind by reducing tension and stress

  • Ushtrasana (Camal Pose)

It will help you overcome menstrual discomfort 

  • Bhujangasna (Cobra pose)

Regulate menstrual irregularities and reduce stress. 

  • Padmasana (lotus pose)

Calm the brain and ease the menstrual Discomfort.

  • Sethu Bandhasanam (bridge pose)

Reduce anxiety and stress and also help to relieve menstrual pain    

Along with these, some pranayama can also practised,

  1. Bramari pranayama
  2. Anulom Vilom
  3. Kabala bhati 

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