Complete Relief from Migraine

Backdrop

In mid 80's a co-relation was made between Sleshma pitta & Migraine and an Ayurvedic Treatment Protocol (ATP) was developed. It comprises of Aahar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle), Aushadh (Ayurvedic formulations - AFs). Such empirical success in the treatment of migraine were repeatedly seen between 1985 – 2002 in my clinical practice at Meerut. This led for the first prospective clinical study.

The results were presented in poster forms at 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society, Los Angeles, USA June 2010, 13th International Congress on Headache Stockholm, Sweden, June / July 2007 and at 16th International Symposium on Migraine, London, UK September 2006. The poster abstracts got published in medical journal Cephalalgia, 2006 volume 26, number 11, P 1367, Cephalalgia, 2007 volume 27, number 6, P 745 and Headache 2010 volume 50 (Supplement 1), P 53. A peer reviewed research article entitled, Response to Ayurvedic therapy in the treatment of migraine without aura, has also been published in International Journal of Ayurveda Research 2010, volume 1 issue 1, P 30-36. It is official Journal of Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

AFs used in the treatment of migraine have undergone acute (96 hrs), sub acute (28 days) and sub chronic (210 days) toxicology studies following OECD guidelines at Bombay College of Pharmacy. The study shows that AFs are absolutely safe up to ten times to the given doses in human beings. The finding has been accepted for publication in a scientific journal International Journal of Toxicology & Pharmaceutical Research, 2010 volume 2, Issue 2, June -August 2010.

ATP for migraine is available at Padaav - Speciality Ayurveda Treatment Center at Dehradun through proficiently trained Ayurvedic physicians. Efforts are being made with leading institute(s) to develop this innovation masses uses following WHO guidelines. Collaborative experimental and clinical studies are in progress in association with Department of Pharmacology and Department of and Neurology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Evidence

Initial empirical success between 1985 to 2002 led for first prospective clinical study (Phase IIb level) on migraine patients at Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh (2002 2005). These findings were discussed in an open seminar on “An Integrated Approach in the treatment of Migraine” which was organized at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on 14th May 2005 under the chairmanship of Padamshri Prof. Dr, R M Varma, eminent scientist, renowned neurologist and founder director of NIMHANS. The seminar was well attended by general public, scientist, students and physicians of Ayurveda and modern medicines.

Following media report large number of patients suffering with headache approached for treatment. These patients underwent scrutiny following IHS diagnostic criteria for migraine. The patients were called for pre – recruitment counselling where they were explained about medicines, diet, investigations, cost and duration of treatment. The enrolled patients received Ayurvedic treatment ranging from eight days to hundred eighty days. The seen results were first published in the form of 1st Annual Report which was released on June 17, 2006 at Bangalore.

An abstract form of such findings followed by detailed manuscript was submitted to 16th Migraine Trust International Symposium, London, UK. (September 2006). It was accepted for poster presentation under category preventive treatment of migraine titled "Observational Study of Ayurvedic Treatment on Migraine without Aura" and the poster abstract was published in Cephalalgia 26:11, 1367.

By now more migraineurs contacted us for treatment. In the year 2006-07, a total number of 406 patients volunteered themselves with respective Ayurvedic Physicians, who were proficiently trained at VCPCRF. These 406 migraine patients were enrolled by 17 self-employed Ayurvedic physicians at different places of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. These patients fulfilled HIS diagnosis criteria for the diagnosis of migraine and were centrally registered using Post Card Registry System.

Out of 406 enrolled patients 30.54% of patients reported total disappearance of headache and associated symptoms and this response was graded as good by the treating physician. There were 16.2% of patients who reported mild bearable headache which did not require any medication. This response was designated as fair in these patients. In 10.3% of patients the response was poor characterized by low intensity headache with less dependence on medicines. There were 31.3% of patients who reported no change in their status and 11.3% of patients who reported worsening of the clinical condition.

The migraineurs who completed 120 days of Ayurvedic treatment and followed the dietary and life style changes as recommended by the treating physicians responded well to the therapy. The therapy was well tolerated and no patient reported any noticeable adverse effects. These findings were published in the IInd Annual Report and again were accepted for poster presentation at 13th Congress on Headache organized by HIS at Stockholm, Sweden, 28th June to 2nd July 2007. A poster abstract of such findings was published in Cephalalgia, 2007,27,745.

Recently, a research article titled "Response of Ayurvedic therapy in the treatment of migraine without aura" has been published in International Journal of Ayurveda Research, Vol 1, Issue 1, an official journal of Department of AYUSH, Government of India.

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