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 [aw´rah] (pl. auras, au´rae)
a peculiar sensation preceding the appearance of more definite symptoms. An epileptic aura precedes an epileptic seizure and may involve visual disturbances, dizziness, numbness, or any of a number of sensations which the patient may find difficult to describe exactly. In epilepsy the aura serves a useful purpose in that it warns of an impending attack and gives the patient time to seek privacy and a safe place to lie down before the seizure actually begins.

A migraine aura precedes about 15 per cent of migraine headaches, warning the patient that an attack is imminent. When it occurs the patient should rest in a quiet, darkened room.


, pl.


(aw'ră, -rē),
1. Epileptic ictal phenomenon perceived only by the patient.
2. Subjective symptom at the onset of a migraine headache.
[L. breeze, odor, gleam of light]


n. pl. auras or aurae (ôr′ē)
Medicine A sensation, as of a cold breeze or a bright light, that precedes the onset of certain disorders, such as an epileptic seizure or an attack of migraine.


A subtle energy field which is believed to envelop the human body and correspond to the soul. Some believe the aura can be analysed by various techniques, and the information obtained provide the basis for diagnosing and monitoring disease. Many names have been given to the aura, including: astral body, auric field, bioenergy field, biofield, bioplasmic body, bioplasmic force field, doppelgänger, dream body, etheric body, etheric double, hakra, human atmosphere, human energy field, sidereal body, spiritual body, spiritual skin, star body, subtle body, subtle organizing energy field, vital body.
A subjective (illusionary or hallucinatory—e.g., flashing lights, blurred vision, odours, sensation of a breeze, numbness, weakness, difficulty speaking) or objective (motor) event marking the onset of an epileptic attack, gran mal seizure or a migraine.


Neurology A subjective—illusionary or hallucinatory. or objective–motor event marking the onset of an epileptic attack, grand mal seizure, or a migraine. See Migraine, Seizure Paranormal An energy field said to envelop the human body, and correspond to the soulSee Chakra, Cf Vital force.


, pl. aurae (awr'ă)
1. Subjective symptoms occurring at the onset of a partial epileptic seizure; often characteristic for the brain region involved in the seizure, e.g., visual aura, occipital lobe auditory aura, temporal lobe.
2. Subjective symptoms at the onset of a migraine headache.
[L. breeze, odor, gleam of light]


The symptoms providing a warning of an impending attack of some kind, such as an epileptic seizure or a migraine episode. These may take the form, respectively, of a feeling of coldness and the perception of sparkling lights.


A subjective sensation or motor phenomenon that precedes and indicates the onset of a neurological episode, such as a migraine or an epileptic seizure.


, pl. aurae (awr'ă)
1. Epileptic ictal phenomenon perceived only by the patient.
2. Subjective symptom at onset of migraine headache.
[L. breeze, odor, gleam of light]

Patient discussion about aura

Q. Can visual aura alone be migraine? I'm 21 years old girl, and for the last six years, about once a week, when I wake up from night sleep all I see in my left eye is a very bright light. After some time my vision returns. In the last few weeks it became more frequent and also starts to happen in the other eye. I consulted my doctor and she told me it's not an important thing, and that it's probably a specific type of migraine. However, I don't have any pain at all. Does anyone else have this? Is it possible for migraine to occur only with aura, without any pain?

A. Hi,

I'm sorry to hear about your problem. Whatever your doctor told you, you should know that if it bothers you, it IS an "important thing". I also suffer from similiar thing (only visual disturbances after I wake up, without any pain), and when my doctor prescribed me meds they went away. You should consult your doctor again and ask him for a solution for this thing.

Q. My 21 year son has chronic sinus issues, I think, due to many high school sports injuries. Help! His ENT has recommended a "nose job" but our insurance will not cover it. Do you know of any holostic, nutritional or homeopathic solutions to keep this under control? When he gets a headache, it shuts him down and normally goes into a migraine.

A. One of the best, most inexpensive, ways to prevent, treat, and generally care for any sinus related problem is with a saline (salt water) sinus rinse. The one I use is called "Neil Med" and can be purchased at Walgreen's for about $15. It has a plastic bottle with pre-measured, pre-packaged salt that is should be mixed with cooled off sterilized (boiled) water. If I get an infection, using 2 or 3 packets to concentrate the solution gives the lavage a bacteriostatic (stuns/partially kills bacteria), not bacteriocidal (kills bacteria) quality. I do not own Neil Med although I wish I did!! The lavage method also washes out any dust, old mucous, you name it. It should be used prior to the use of any nasal steroid like Flonase if treating allergic rhinitis. Good luck!!

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