The traditional science of Ayurveda considers a headache to be caused because of two primary reasons – a sensitive nervous system and impaired digestion. Improper diet and lifestyle cause aggravation of Pitta (Ayurvedic humor representing Fire) in the body. In an aggravated state, Pitta impairs digestion, leading to the production of digestive impurities (known as ama). This ama gets stored in the manovahistrotas (mind channels), thereby becoming the cause for headaches. A sensitive nervous system lowers the ojas (energy) in the body. Ojas is the essence of all body tissues and provides strength to the nervous system and body. If you have a strong nervous system, you are able to fight against problems and carry on with your work with a healthy mind. Lowering of ojas causes migraine-like problems. Ayurvedic treatment of headache does not focus on simply alleviating the pain but aims at treating the root cause. Herbal preparations are administered to balance aggravated body energies and restore the digestive function.