What is Migraine Headache?
Migraine is a severe vascular headache. The pain usually starts on one side of the head and can spread. It varies mild to severe and may last for 4 to72 hours.
It is a throbbing pain rather than dull, constant ache; blurring or bright spots in the vision, anxiety, and fatigue often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sounds.
During a migraine attack, the temporal artery which is just under the skin of the temples starts constriction and dilation and causes nerves to swell around the temple artery. The tension of nerves triggers the chemicals that cause inflammation, pain and even more enlargement of artery of temple region intensifies the pain.
In Ayurveda this condition is referred as ‘Sooryavarta’ . Soorya means ‘Sun’ and avarta means ‘affliction’ or ‘blockage’. The headache gets worsened on sunrise, peaks during noon hours and reduces after evening. Even though this is the typical feature of this illness, it may not be true in all cases. Symptoms may vary based on body types and habits.
Common cause of migraines Stress, sleeps disorder, fatigue and environmental factors, smoking or exposed to smoke, changes in hormonal levels during a women’s menstrual cycle or with the use of birth control pills, sexual stimulated-pills, missed or delayed meals, use and withdrawal of certain drug or medicines. In some cases it’s found the hereditary also.
Food- allergy, in toleration and sensitivity are also the main cause of migraines headache. Certain people are sensitive to foods and preservatives which triggers the migraine in some people not in all, like processed, fermented foods, pickles, dairy products (yogurt skin or whole cow’s milk, Cheese etc), citrus fruits, chocolates, eggs, onions, apples, banana, bread and pasta.
Certain beverages like alcohol especially Red wine (containing tyramine), caffeinated drinks (Coffee, tea and colas) smoked fish, chicken livers, figs and certain beans, food containing monosodium glutamate. Nut and peanuts are also in some cases worst triggers of migraines.
Migraine cannot be cured but one can prevent themselves by avoiding or identifying the good and favorable foods and changes of environment for certain time. Better way to identify the reasons by maintaining a diary.
When your headache occurs? What was the intensity of severe pain? What you have eaten-in result of that it occurs? Women should observe whether it occurs during menstrual cycle or after taking the birth control pills.
You can judge the frequency and make you alert in advance. You can avoid such kind of food easily which are allergic to you. Check your diet and routine which is pro to migraine and stop the same immediately and you will feel a lot of relief. If your diet change makes your headache disappear or become much less frequent, the next step is to confirm which food are triggers and then eliminate them. Foods can be reintroduced, one at a time, every alternate day step by step reintroduce the food items. Anything that causes a headache should be eliminated again. Then, after a week or two, try the suspected food/beverages once again for reconfirmation.
Ingredients used in Relax
In all traditionally uses of Lavandula stoechas few actions get scientific status like antibacterial, blood purifying, adaptogenic, hypotensive effect, cytotoxic and genotoxic effect, anticonvulsant, sedative, antispasmodic, hypoglycaemic activity, antianxiety etc.
This study covers the phytochemistry, pharmacognostic character and pharmacological activities of Lavandula stoechas. It contains organic, inorganic and essential oils(.77-1.2%). Linalyl acetate(15.26%), linalool (10.68%), 1-8 cinelol(10.25%), terpinene(11.2%) and camphor(11.25%) are present in essential oilof dried flower.
The plant is claimed to remove obstructions, strengthen brain activity, expel brain crudities and improve the intellect. It is regarded as a good stimulant, aromatic, general carminative, diaphoretic, expectorant, antispasmodic and emmenagogue.
Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Peppercorns contain an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Black peppers have been in use since centuries for their anti-inflammatory, carminative, anti-flatulent properties.
Peppercorns composed of health benefiting essential oils such as piperine, an amine alkaloid, which gives strong spicy pungent character. They also carry numerous monoterpenes hydrocarbons such as sabinene, pinene, terpenene, limonene, mercene, etc., which altogether gives aromatic property to the pepper.
The above-mentioned active principles in the peppercorns may increase gut motility as well as the digestion power through augmenting gastro-intestinal enzyme secretions. It has also been found that piperine can increase absorption of selenium, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, as well as other nutrients from the food.
Black peppercorns contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and blood cell production.
They are also an excellent source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as Pyridoxine, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin.
Peppercorns are a good source of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A. They are also rich in flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidants like carotenes, cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lycopene. These compounds help the body remove harmful free radicals and help protect from cancers and diseases.
Coriandrum sativum L.
Coriandrum sativum L. seed and herb essential oils have been actively investigated for their chemical composition and biological activities including antimicrobial, antioxidant, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, anxiolytic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant and anti-cancer activities, among others Coriandrum sativum L. bioactive constituents in combination with conventional drugs to enhance the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer and cancer.