Natural Solutions for Migraines

Migraines can be debilitating.  For some, the occurrence of a migraine means laying down, curled up in a dark room for hours on end while their head throbs away.  While head pain is the most pronounced symptom other things like light and sound sensitivity, nausea and vomiting and general fatigue are not uncommon experiences.

Many are reluctant to take the powerful pharmaceutical agents that are often recommended to help alleviate the symptoms of a migraine. They can have unwanted side effects that can outlast the migraine itself.  There are natural options that exist.

Recently, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society reviewed the evidence that exists behind drugs and behind some natural treatments for migraines.  They found there is good evidence of effectiveness for a range of natural products to reduce the severity and occurrence of migraines.  For more information, watch below!

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3 responses to “Natural Solutions for Migraines

  1. Janice Flahiff

    At the risk of sounding like Ms. Smarty Pants!
    (Disclaimer: Everything below is for informational purposes only, please discuss with trusted health practitioner before using any substance below..natural does not always meen no side effects!]

    The information in the video (in table form, geared toward health professionals) may be found at http://www.aan.com/practice/guideline/uploads/538.pdf

    Also, a good summary for the rest of us may be found at
    http://www.aan.com/practice/guideline/uploads/539.pdf

    The US National Center for Complementary Medicine and Alternative Medicine has a good overview of butterbur at
    http://nccam.nih.gov/health/butterbur
    including
    “The raw, unprocessed butterbur plant contains chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs can cause liver damage and can result in serious illness. Only butterbur products that have been processed to remove PAs and are labeled or certified as PA-free should be used.”

    For more information about the various levels of effectiveness of herbal products, see the referenced article (basis of this video) at http://www.neurology.org/content/78/17/1346.full.pdf

    [PS I have about 2-3 severe headaches a month, I have a great doctor.
    Even tho’ he tells me they are not migraines, he prescribes something that is labelled for migraine treatment. His attitude is not to quibble too much about the diagnosis, just what works. Maybe I’ll be looking into these options, they seem reasonable…but I will certainly talk it over with my doctor first!]

    • Thank you for the helpful links! I hope people will take the time to investigate these wonderful options for themselves. Of course, no single substance works for everyone. If one existed, other options wouldn’t be necessary. Speaking to your trusted health professional is good advice. Herbals, like medications, have therapeutic doses which must be reached in order to be effective. Your doctor can help you decide what dose is the correct dose for you.

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