Headaches–we all get them and they are, well, a pain. Some peole are more prone to them and get them rather frequently, while others get them only occasionally due to unusually high stress, dehydration, or other aggravators.
In India’s traditional medicine, known as Ayurveda, almost all headaches are due to accumulation or aggravation of Vata. Even Pitta-type headaches are caused by Vata carrying Pitta to head, again making Vata responsible.
While Vata is almost always the cause of the headache, in Ayurveda headaches can actually be classified into 5 types:
- Tridosha (characterized by all three doshas)
- Due to outside elements (allergies, chemicals, smells). These types of headaches are then sub-classified into Vata, Pitta, or Kapha according to the categorization of the toxin.
For those prone to headaches, especially Vata-type, ayurveda recommends 2 drops of Anu Tailam daily in each nostril. As headaches are characterized by the severe dilation or constrition of veins in the head, Ayurveda nasal drops help to normalize blood flow around the face and head as well as clear and open up the nasal passages to allow sufficient air intake and flow through the nostrils and sinuses.
Anu Tailam nasal drops can be used as part of a daily regimen to prevent headaches, ensure clean nasal passages, and allow easy breathing.
For those more suseptible to migraines, hyper-concecntrated Ksheerabala Taila, known as Ksheerabala 1-0-1, also administered as nasal drop is used. Again, preventative is the best approach, but relief may also be found in the early onset of a migraine.