If you have that throbbing, pulsating pain and the sensation of a band being tightened around your head, you have a vata headache. Neck and shoulder tension, mental and emotional stress, an irregular sleeping schedule, possible toxicity in the gut (like constipation) and unresolved fear or anxiety are known culprits of this headache type.
What To Do:
Vata is represented by the dry, cool, fast moving element of air. When dealing with a Vata headache our intention is to relieve dryness within the mind and body.We also want to support and clear the gut. We do this best by drinking lots of warm water and incorporating ghee (clarified butter) into the diet. For acute headaches, try a traditional nasya treatment by putting 5 drops of lukewarm sesame oil in each nostril while lying down. A massage is also a great way to relieve tension in the body, don't forget to rub your belly too! Vata headaches require deep rest and relaxation so it's ok to take that afternoon nap you're craving.
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