Ayurveda Migraine & Headaches Program

The Raj Migraine and Headache Program, based on the science of Maharishi Ayurveda, provides the most comprehensive natural approach to headaches and migraines available today, both in identifying causes and in providing treatment.

Chronic headaches are usually caused by a variety of imbalances that have become deeply embedded in the physiology over years. In every case there must be some stimulation of the pain sensitive structures in the head. The comprehensive, multi-modality approach of Ayurveda focuses on removing impurities and promoting balanced functioning of the entire mind/body system.

The vascular changes in the brain at the basis of headache pain are often created by nervous system instability. Excessive vascular wall dilation and constriction occurs due to an inappropriate response from the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Ultimately the imbalanced performance of these divisions of the nervous system creates the experience of headache pain.

The Ayurvedic Headache and Migraine program offered at The Raj provides a breadth of recommendations and treatments that can support significant progress through a natural health approach.

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Our goal is to help you progress toward balanced health during your stay and to give you the knowledge and tools you need to enjoy continued improvement when you return home.
  • Individualized Programs – Headaches

    Our Ayurveda Experts will design an individualized Headache Treatment program for you. You will leave with specialized recommendations to allow you to continue your progress at home.

  • Boutique Experience – Headaches

    For 25 years The Raj has lead the field in Ayurveda treatments. By accepting only 15 guests at a time, The Raj maintains the highest quality of individualized service and treatment.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Modern medicine classifies headaches as either a primary disorder, as in migraine, cluster and tension headaches, or a secondary disorder where the headache is caused by other diseases. The Raj Ayurveda Headache Treatment program addresses the primary disorders of migraine, cluster and tension headaches.

There is a general agreement as to what physiological changes in the brain create headache pain. In every case there must be some stimulation of the pain sensitive structures in the head. Stimulation of these pain centers is usually created by a dilation or constriction of blood vessel walls that aggravate nerve endings in the pain sensitive areas. It is less clear to modern medicine as to why certain stimuli like estrogen fluctuation, barometric pressure change, insomnia and hunger trigger migraines and other primary headaches.

The Raj Ayurveda experts can often provide sufferers with a new perspective on what is causing their headaches through its unique and subtle technique of pulse. During your initial evaluation at The Raj, you will find out which of the underlying functioning modes of the physiology (called doshas) have become imbalanced. Ayurveda describes how it is these imbalances in the inner intelligence of the body that prevent the natural self-repair processes from removing the physical sources of migraine and headache.

Our Ayurveda experts will also assess the contribution that mental stress and buildup of toxins may be having on your headaches. The goal of this Ayurveda evaluation is to determine the root causes of vascular fluctuations in the brain and the resulting experience of headache pain.

After the evaluation of balance and imbalance our Ayurveda experts will create a customized program of natural therapeutic approaches to stabilize the nervous system, reduce stress and help cleanse the body of toxins.

This natural approach differs markedly from modern medical treatment that is primarily drug based. Modern medicine uses different sets of drugs to:

  1. Help prevent headaches from occurring
  2. Stop them once they have occurred
  3. Reduce the pain of ongoing headache.

The problems with these drug-based approaches is that they are not all completely effective at removing headache pain; many can have some side-effects and few if any permanently remove the primary physiological imbalances that predispose individuals to headaches in the first place.

As mentioned previously, vascular changes in the brain at the basis of headache pain are often created by nervous system instability. Excessive vascular wall dilation and constriction occurs due to an inappropriate response from the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Ultimately it is the imbalanced performance of these divisions of the nervous system that creates the experience of headache pain.

The Raj Ayurveda Headache and Migraine Program uses a multi-modality approach to help restore balance to nervous system activity. Your 2 hours of daily Ayurvedic treatments form the cornerstone of your in-residence program.

Ayurveda calls the principle of biological intelligence that controls nervous system and brain activity Vata. By assessing the extent and location of Vata imbalance within the body, our Ayurveda experts can is create a customized program using a variety of natural therapies to target root imbalances in Vata and nervous system dysfunction. Because Vata is the most commonly disturbed principle within the body, there is a great wealth of recommendations within Ayurvedic medicine to restore Vata’s proper functioning.

Toxin accumulation in brain tissue can aggravate and sensitize those tissues to pain. Impurities can also block channels of circulation and elimination, thus preventing nutrients from nourishing nerve tissues and waste from being eliminated. Our Ayurveda experts will also provide recommendations to help you to prevent future toxin accumulation from:

  1. hard-to-digest foods
  2. Poor digestion
  3. Poor elimination
  4. Improper metabolism
  5. Mental and physical stress

At the heart of our programs at The Raj are the traditional Ayurveda purification and rejuvenation therapies, called Panchakarma. These powerful yet luxurious treatments work to remove imbalances at the basis of migraine and headaches. Each day of your program you will receive a combination of Ayurveda massage, herbalized oil application, heat treatments and herbal elimination therapies. This multi-modality cleansing approach works by:

  1. Loosening impurities from where they have been deeply embedded in tissues.
  2. Liquefying the impurities so they may be more easily eliminated.
  3. Opening the channels of circulation thereby supporting natural cleansing processes.

The goal of rejuvenation therapy is to draw out of tissues the chemical impurities that are clogging circulation and creating an imbalance of Vata.

The Raj Ayurveda Program for Headaches and Migraines is based the world’s oldest and most complete system of natural health care. The program provides the most comprehensive approach in natural health to remove the imbalances at the basis of migraine, tension and cluster headache pain.

Many individuals experience that headaches are often worsened by heightened stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. This may be due to hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the nervous system, create pain and depress resistance. Also, headache symptoms can disturb sleep thereby increasing fatigue, making one susceptible to stress and aggravating headaches. The Raj Ayurveda experts recommend practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique for removing the stress component of migraine and headache.

If you choose to learn meditation during your in-residence stay at The Raj, highly trained teachers of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique are available to instruct you in the practice. The TM technique has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many of the mental and stress factors influencing headaches. Research also shows it creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli.

Please note that instruction in TM is not included in your package price.

One of the most important factors for balancing Vata and keeping the natural cleansing processes strong is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely important for reducing headache symptoms.

Our Ayurveda experts will review your daily routine and provide the information you need to help create a daily schedule that will actually increase balance in your nervous system and aid in healing your body.

At the time of her visit, Sue Mandel of California had been to countless specialists to no avail and was taking 12 to 14 medications a day for her chronic asthma, digestive disorders, sinus problems, malfunctioning thyroid, migraines, and back pain. She claims that the Raj “turned my life around and put me back in charge of my wellness.” She was inspired to adopt an Ayurveda lifestyle at home and is now down to two medications, suffers from no asthma attacks, and has shed 35 pounds.

Case Study: Chronic Recurrent Headache

A 51-year-old housewife had a ten-year history of mixed tension and migraine headache. The headaches had been mild for several years, but two years prior to enrolling in the chronic disorders program, she experienced exacerbation of her condition. The headaches were occurring daily, often for a large part of the day and were relieved only by increasing doses of medications including salicylates, barbiturates, caffeine. She was warned that the headache pattern may have been worsened by her increasing dependence on the medications. This pattern had lasted for the preceding seven months.

She underwent a three-week chronic disease program beginning in October 1997. At the end of the treatment the frequency of headaches was reduced significantly to 1-2 times per week, with the duration of headaches limited to 10-15 minutes. In addition the overwhelming majority of these headaches (about 90%) were able to be relieved without recourse to medication. These improvements continued at least five months later.

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Individualized, All-Inclusive Programs

Guests arrive at The Raj with their own personal set of health and wellness goals. Our commitment is to help you understand your unique individual nature, to identify areas of imbalance, and to create a customized treatment program to address your needs. Our all-inclusive packages include everything you need to experience optimal results, and to continue your progress when you return home.

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