Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints. It would be difficult to find someone who has never had a headache.
“Headaches should be taken good care of because it might be the sign of a serious underlying issue. This is of course if headaches are frequent.” says Ayurvedic Physician Ranjith Abeywardena, the former Ayurvedic Instructor attached to the Ministry of Tourism and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.
“A headache can occur in any part of the head, in both sides or in just one area or all around the head. Reasons are many for a headache. It usually doesn’t represent one disease, but most probably a pre-symptom of another disease, such as catarrh, migraine, high blood pressure, excessive tiredness, anger, depression, as well as side effects of some medicines, weakness of the eye (constant staring at an object like computer screen), weaknesses of nerves, problems in blood vessels in brain, brain tumor, brain cancer or infections in the ear. High levels of phlegm stored and blocking cavities in the cranium is also responsible for headaches. The patient must know the rhythm, time and should pay close attention to constant severe headaches. When the simple home remedies fail to control a headache one must seek medical assistance.
Ayurvedic concoctions should be taken for constant headaches, by visiting an Ayurvedic doctor. Some patients do make medicines without consulting a doctor.
Commenting on the pain killers used in Ayurveda, the doctor said, “Yes there are pain killers in Ayurveda, but due to lack of ingredients available, it is not produced. The permits are required to make those medicines, called “Rasa” medicines. The making of 90% of these medicines has been stopped.
“We usually do not give priority to pain killers since we treat the root cause of a disease, in Ayurveda. Inhaling medicinal powders and oils are done to relieve headaches with the guidance of an Ayurvedic doctor. Head massages also play an important part in relieving headaches. Pouring oil on the head is yet another method of massage which is known as ‘Shirodhara’. The medicines used in Ayurveda are 100% natural and free of side effects. The present society does not pay attention to curing a disease for life and enjoy good health, but opt for quick treatments without considering Ayurveda; largely because of the long process of making Ayurvedic medicine, or high costs. By opting for quick treatment the disease worsens in the long-term,” he said.
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“If someone is experiencing frequent headaches and has high blood pressure in the family, and is also suffering from some serious diseases, pay close attention to such headaches. Many headaches can be a sign of an underlying disease in such cases,” the doctor concluded.