Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches do have a hereditary component. They are frequently, but not always unilateral, and can be associated with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. There are cyclical migraines related to a woman’s estrogen/progesterone cycle, as well as when starting oral contraceptives. Most migraines are classified as classic or common. In a classic migraine, the symptoms precede the headache, somewhat like an aura. An example would be blind spots. Common migraine is the typical occurrence of the headache without the preceding aura. Common migraine accounts for 80% of all migraine headaches.

In all of these cases and varieties of migraine, the presumed underlying mechanism is extreme vasoconstriction (narrowing) followed by rapid vasodilatation (widening) of the blood vessels in the brain. Similar reactions my also involve the blood vessels of the face, scalp and sinuses. Certain neurotransmitter deficiencies such as serotonin and GABA have been implicated in the etiology of migraine. Classic pharmacologic treatment has heretofore involved targeting the serotonin receptor. Drugs such as Ergotamine tartrate and even Caffeine act to vasoconstrict the blood vessels and abort and cut short the migraine attack. While new medications to treat migraine seem to be announced frequently, a regimen directed at migraine prevention would be more efficacious. Most classes of drugs used to treat migraine have multiple side effects which will be troublesome after long term use. There are however, a number of non-drug therapies which have been proven to be of value in migraine prevention.

FEVERFEW is an extract of a plant whose active ingredient is parthenolide. It is believed to exert its effect by disrupting the cycle of vasoconstriction-vasodilitation which causes the symptoms of migraine. Feverfew has been used for migraine prevention in Germany and England with great success. A reduction in the number of attacks as well as a reduced severity of attack has been demonstrated repeatedly.

BUTTERBUR root has a long history of migraine prophylaxis in Germany. It also disrupts the vasoconstriction-vasodilitation cycle in a migraine attack.

Melatonin, Magnesium and Riboflavin have all been shown to relieve the symptoms of a migraine attack. These are all gaining wider acceptance as effective preventative treatments for migraine. In patients with low magnesium levels, IV infusion of magnesium has been shown to relieve their migraine symptoms. Riboflavin has repeatedly been shown to improve migraine symptoms approaching 70%.

Our old friend CoEnzyme Q-10 has also been studied and significant reduction in migraine frequency and symptoms have been documented in patients treated with CoQ10. And remember, CoQ10 has NO serious side effects!

Finally, Botulinum Toxin (Botox, Dysport) injections into the peri-cranial muscles produces significant prophylactic migraine and headache relief. Various studies have documented this several times and the treatment is very effective.
So there you have it- a veritable buffet of NATURAL treatments for migraine with little or no side effects. Think about trying some of these if you are one of many who suffers from migraine attacks. You man finally end your dependence on pharmacologic agents with multiple long term side effects. Thanks for reading…

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