HEAD INJURIES- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Head injuries are injuries that may affect the scalp, skull or brain. These injuries are ranging from simple to complex based on the type of injury.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • CAUSES OF HEAD INJURIES
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF HEAD INJURIES
  • DIAGNOSIS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • TREATMENTS FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • PROGNOSIS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • COMPLICATIONS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • HEAD INJURIES  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF HEAD INJURIES
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF HEAD INJURIES
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR HEAD INJURIES
  • YOGA FOR HEAD INJURIES

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAD INJURIES

  • The symptoms based on the degree of damage to the skull and brain
  • Dull to Excruciating pain on the head
  • Tenderness on the scalp
  • Pain may radiate to other areas of your face and neck
  • Pain around the eye may also found
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Bleeding from the site of injury
  • Swelling
  • Balance problems
  • Ringing of ears
  • Memory loss

CAUSES OF HEAD INJURIES

  • Mechanical injuries
  • Automobile accidents
  • Falling

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF HEAD INJURIES

Above mentioned causative factors may lead to injury to the skull, scalp or brain. There are different types of injuries manifested like hematoma, concussion, haemorrhage, skull fracture etc. Symptoms are vary based on the degree of damage.

DIAGNOSIS OF HEAD INJURIES

  • Neurological examinations
  • Imaging techniques like CT scan and MRI

TREATMENTS FOR HEAD INJURIES

  • Medications – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, Analgesics
  • Immobilization
  • Treatment of complications
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hospitalization needed in case of severe injuries

PROGNOSIS OF HEAD INJURIES

  • Prognosis is based on the type of injury, associated diseases  and condition of the patient

COMPLICATIONS OF HEAD INJURIES    

  • Severe headache
  • Seizures
  • Infections
  • Vertigo

HEAD INJURIES AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,head injuries fall under shiro abhighata

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF HEAD INJURIES

  • Trauma
  • Injuries

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF HEAD INJURIES

  • No premonitory signs and symptoms

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF HEAD INJURIES

  • Shiro abhighata is an aganthuja vyadhi. Here traumatic injuries cause damage to the dhathus. It further vitiates the doshas particularly vata.
  • The aggravated doshas reside in the head and produce pain.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAD INJURIES

  • Pain on the head – shirasthoda
  • Moha – confusion
  • Raktasrava – bleeding
  • Sopha – swelling
  • Chardi – vomiting

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF HEAD INJURIES

  • Mild head injuries and Post-traumatic headaches are manageable with ayurvedic medications

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR HEAD INJURIES

Ayurvedic local treatment for head injuries

  • Pain-relieving lepa application
  • Shirodhara
  • Murdhataila – oil massage on the head
  • Shiropichu – chandanadi tailam

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR HEAD INJURIES

  • Pathyashadangam kashayam
  • Brahmi vati
  • Shirasuladi vajra rasa
  • Lakshmivilasa rasa
  • For head massaging – lakshadi tailam, manjishtadi tailam, rasnadi tailam, thenginpushpadi thaila, thungadrumadi tailam

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR HEAD INJURIES

  • NASYA- anu taila, shadbindhu taila

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR HEAD INJURIES

Internal administration

HOME REMEDIES FOR HEAD INJURIES

  • Massage the painful area for 15 minutes ( NOT too much pressure )
  • Drinking an adequate quantity of water

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR HEAD INJURIES

  • Avoid food items that produce vata, pitta dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, acrid, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items, cow’s milk
  • Practice regular exercise
  • Oil massage on affected area advised. Which alleviates vata dosha
  • Take proper rest.

YOGA FOR HEAD INJURIES

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind, cleans the respiration and gets relief from symptoms associated with head injuries.

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

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