Migraines Respond to a Natural Approach

There are few pains more debilitating than migraine headaches. Now there is new evidence that natural approaches can effectively reduce, and in some cases eliminate them.

Here are a few of the most recent findings:

Hormones:

Melatonin: People prone to Migraines frequently have low levels of Melatonin secretion from their Pineal Gland and supplemental Melatonin may help to prevent Migraines in such people.

Progesterone: Estrogen dominance in some women can cause migraines. In such cases, progesterone, which counteracts estrogen dominance may alleviate migraines.

Vitamins:

B6, B12 & Folic Acid: Taken together, these three vitamins reduce the toxic metabolic intermediary called homocysteine. A recent Australian study gave these nutrients to a group of migraine sufferers. After 6 months, the vitamin group had 39% less homocysteine and 30% to 60% reduction in migraines.

Herbs:

Feverfew: Some studies indicate reduction of migraines up to 70% in people taking 50 to 80 mg per day of Feverfew.

Ginger: Ginger is an effective anti inflammatory that can help alleviate Migraines. It also has the benefit of helping reduce the Nausea that often accompanies Migraines.

Therapies:

Acupuncture: Numerous studies comparing acupuncture with other migraine treatments commonly show that acupuncture is as effective, or more effective than drug-centered treatments. In addition, acupuncture avoids the side effects so commonly associated with prescription medications.

Diet Modifications: In many cases migraines result from a biological sensitivity to specific foods. These foods can be difficult to identify since reactions can take up to 3 days before manifesting. Mediator Response Testing (MRT) is very effective at identifying reactive foods. Once these are removed from someone’s diet, migraines frequently improve dramatically.


References:
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2010.
Peres, M. F., et al. Melatonin, 3 mg, is effective for migraine prevention. Neurology. 63(4):757, 2004.
Diener, H. C., et al. Efficacy and safety of 6.25 mg t.i.d. feverfew CO2-extract (MIG-99) in migraine prevention – a randomized, double-blind, multicentre, placebo-controlled study. Cephalagia. 25(11):1031-1041, 2005.
Cady, R. K., et al. Gelstat Migraine((R)) (sublingually administered feverfew and ginger compound) for acute treatment of migraine when administered during the mild pain phase. Med Sci Monit. 11(9):PPI65-PI69, 2005.
Diener, H. C., et al. Efficacy of acupuncture for the prophylaxis of migraine: a multicentre randomised controlled clinical trial. Lancet Neurol. 5(4):310-316, 2006.
WebMD.com article on the use of acupuncture for migraines

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