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Management of Migraine Without Aura Through Ayurveda: A Case Report

Sanjeev Rastogi, MD

Abstract

Objective: To report the results of Ayurvedic therapy in a single case of migraine without aura.

Methods: A single case of migraine without aura was diagnosed based on International Headache Society parameters. The average pain intensity on a 4-point scale (nil, mild, moderate, severe) and the Migraine Disability Assessment Score (MIDAS) for the grade of illness and its impact on the quality of life were recorded before and after therapy. A 2-month trial of Ayurvedic therapy that included Ashwagandha ghrita was prescribed, and a reevaluation was performed at the end of the trial. No other medication was coadministered, but the patient was allowed to use analgesics if necessary.

Results: Substantial changes in the patient’s status were recorded. The pain intensity measurement was reduced from severe (4) to mild (1), and the MIDAS was reduced from 2 to 1 after 2 months of Ayurvedic therapy. A third 1-month follow- up visit without therapy showed no discernible changes from the last visit.

Conclusion: Ayurvedic therapy warrants further study in the treatment of migraine without aura based on the observed response in this case.

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