Any takers for Headstands that Heal Headaches?

Hi,

I have started a Poll for our migraining readers (top right of the page) to get you more involved with this site and assist us form helpful statistics for review. 

Coming back to our topic for the day – headstands. I am talking Yoga here.  Yoga is a scientific system of healing that works on 3 different levels of the body -the  causal, physical and subtle levels. It is an ancient system of healing, which dates back to 3000 BC. It is known to provide effective therapy to chronic conditions, which don’t respond well to conventional medications. Yoga has 8 sub-systems, each with its own benefits – Yama (5 abstentions), Niyama (5 observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (lengthening the life force through breathing), Pratyahara (abstraction), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (liberation). 

Of these, two sub-systems are most beneficial and directly address migraines. They are Asana and Pranayama. Of note are Sarvang Asana (the all-inclusive body posture) and Shirsh Asana (the headstand). Both the asanas should be practiced on a daily basis. The practice should be regular and without breaks for at least a period of 2-3 months.

My advice is to learn these asanas/postures from a yoga expert before venturing on your own. Both the asanas require a while to master and done incorrectly or in a rush, could prove to be dangerous with severe outcomes for the spine, back, heart and neck.

A detailed description of the two asanas and how to perform them (photos incl) is spelt out in my book, Migraines For The Informed Woman. 

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Pranayama and Pain

Pranayama is a system of controlled breathing. Each one of us has a breathing pattern, which we evolve over the years, and is very different from what we naturally start out with. Breathing has a natural rhythm when we are infants. As we grow, this may become imbalanced due to the various situations and emotions we experience without our ever knowing it. Bringing the balance back through practicing controlled breathing is what Pranayama is about. Postpartum migraines are greatly helped through Pranayama practice.

Of note are :

·       Bhastrika Pranayama,

·       Anulom-Vilom Pranayama,

·       Kapalbhati Pranayama and

·       the Brahmari Pranayama 

among others that are effective in preventing post-delivery as well as any migraine from striking.

For techniques of each Pranayama, you may read my book, Migraines For The Informed Woman. 

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The Haven of Homeopathy for Migraineurs

Despite its critics, homeopathy offers some of the most potent drugs to tackle migraines. The reason I recommend homeopathic treatments for migraines more than I do allopathic ones is because of the lack of side effects. Moreover, when you are talking of migraines, you are dealing with mid to long-term usage of any drug. If you are like me, you could be looking at 10 years of monthly migraines! In such a scenario, popping pills may not be a great idea. Yes, if it is an infectious or a life-threatening ailment, you will have to resort to mainstream allopathic medication, however.

HOWEVER, CONSULT A HOMEOPATHIC DOCTOR BEFORE YOU EMBARK ON A PROGRAM. Remember, practitioners select treatments according to a patient consultation that explores the physical and psychological state of the patient, both of which are considered important to selecting the remedy. Therefore, what worked for me, may not work for you and vice versa.

Natrum mur, Silicea (also called Silica), Sepia, Belladonna, Bryonia, Cimicifuga, Cyclamen, Gelsemium, Ignatia, Iris versicolor, Kali bichromicum, Lachesis, Natrum muriaticum, Sanguinaria and Spigelia are examples of some homeopathic medicines that effectively counter migraines. 

I will be discussing other effective migraine therapy options in my next post…Until then, take care

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The MAO-Migraine connection

Continuing on the same note – that of potential chemical triggers found in the common food we consume; researches have found amine containing foods suspects. Foods such as aged cheese contain tyramines, yoghurt and beer contain tannins and chocolates contain the worst of all amines – phenylethylamine or PEA. 

It is also now established that migraineurs have low levels of monoamine oxidase (MAO), an enzyme present in blood platelets that breaks down amines. It does not take a lot of brainwork to see the connection -> why amine foods are a near taboo for the migraineur.

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More On Vitamin C

Continuing with the thoughts of day before…..Citrus fruits and juices also have histamines, which is another food allergen. However,it is important to include Vit C in our diets, so we must be careful to choose other rich Vit C sources such as BroccoliKaleCauliflowerBell Peppers etc in our diets.

However, unless otherwise proven (either through allergy tests or immediate reaction after consumption), everything should be had in moderation.

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Orange Juice and Migraines for Breakfast

Hope the New Year’s Eve partying melted into sensible resolution-motivated breakfast on January 1st for every one of us. Oats, cereals, apples, OJ, cottage cheese…. Hold on. You would be surprised that citrus fruit and their juices are included in the list of potential triggers for migraineurs. The orange juice, which we consider as one of the most integral part of our diet, could be suspect. Orange juice (and many other citrus juices) contains synephrine -a known vasoconstrictor and allergen. It is also now confirmed that citrus intake creates magnesium deficiency, which again is a migraine trigger…

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