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Recurring migraine headaches can be excruciating and so severe that they interfere with your work and affect the quality of your life, bringing your life to a standstill. It manifests as severe pain, typically on one side of the head. Other symptoms include heightened sensitivity towards light and noise, vomiting and nausea. Though over-the-counter painkillers and prescription drugs can offset the pain and bring relief, they often come with side-effects. Other preventive methods like arterial surgery, muscle surgery, occipital nerve stimulation, beta-blockers, and anti-depressants may have down sides too.

What Causes Migraine?

The Headache Center of Atlanta has found that “stress” is a major migraine trigger. Around 80% of all migraines are attributable to stress. Other lifestyle triggers include tiredness, poor sleep cycles, irregular diet (certain foods and drinks), and substance abuse.

  1. Oil therapy

 If the headache is due to muscular tension, a really effective option is regular oil massages that can help relieve the tension, stress or stiffness from the concerned parts of the body. Shankara muscle release oil is a herbal oil known for its ability to relieve muscular tension, that is pain that emanates from neck or shoulder region.  For headaches that have their origin in Vata imbalance can get reduced by applying specially formulated calming oils or calming essences, au naturale and deeply relieving.  There are different soothing oil applications for headaches due to Pitta aggravation that you can use to treat your pounding headaches. These headaches are usually experienced on the sides of the head.

  1. Yoga

There are some Asanas or poses that offer a natural way to tackle migraine without hurting the body in the process and bring you relief.

A) Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)

The Standing Forward bend invigorates the nervous system by increasing blood supply and also calms the mind.

Move the hips backward, and slowly start bending forward from your back.

-As you bend forward, breathe out completely and then you can draw in your tummy.


B) Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Relieves tiredness from the back, improves digestion, reduces anxiety and thyroid related issues apart from relaxing your mind.

For Bridge pose, bend both your knees and place the feet on the floor, very close to your hips.


C) Shishuasana (Child Pose)

This pose releases the stress and tightness from the body, leaving you feeling fresh and energized.

Benefits Of Child Pose


D) Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)

The Cat stretch improves blood circulation and also relaxes the mind.


E) Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)

The Downward Facing Dog pose increases blood circulation to the brain

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F) Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

The Lotus pose activates the vagus nerve, the wellness nerve in the body

G) Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

The corpse pose rejuvenates the body by bringing it into a deep state of meditative rest. The yoga routine should end by lying down in this pose for a couple of minutes. You can also listen and slip into Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep, a meditative restful technique.

3) Deep breathing exercises

Techniques like bumble bee works on the parasympathetic nervous system, which facilitates rest in the body and mind.

4) Meditation

The second aspect of healing is meditation. Practicing 20 minutes of meditation twice a day provides deep rest to the immune and nervous system. It relaxes the whole body, relieves tension and eventually lowers stress levels, an important factor in a migraine. Here are a few more benefits of meditation when it comes to dealing with a migraine:


5) Sudarshan Kriya

The Sudarshan Kriya, a unique and powerful breathing and relaxation technique taught in the Art of Living has proven to be an effective cure for healing patients with a migraine. Practicing Sudarshan Kriya increases GaBa levels, the absence of which is a cause of migraines and anxiety. It relaxes the nervous system while balancing stress hormones.

The Brahmari pranayama or the bumble bee technique, when done prior to the Sudarshan Kriya, releases serotonin and helps address post-partum and menstrual migraine

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