By: Researcher Taymur
Understanding Herbal Migraine Remedies
If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering migraines, you know that they’re more than just a headache. It can debilitate the intense throbbing, pulsing, and excruciating pain that accompanies a migraine. Yes, during an episode, more than 90% of people who get migraines cannot normally work or function, says the Migraine Research Foundation.
Most people with migraines choose medication. But many turns to natural treatments such as methods for calming and herbal remedies.
So cultures around the world developed herbal remedies for headaches and other common symptoms of migraine years before the advent of modern medicine. Because the passage of time has survived many of these herbal traditions. Similarly most herbal migraine remedies for their efficacy have not been extensively clinically checked, many are rapidly gaining the support of the modern medical community.
However always be careful when considering migraine herbal treatments. So talk to a health care professional about your decision before any medical or herbal treatment starts or stops. Because there are many herbs that interfere with other medications.
List of Popular Herbal Supplements
- Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
- Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)
- Peppermint (Mentha x balsamea)
- Willow (Salix spp.)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Green tea (Arabica)
- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
- Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum)
- Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis)
- Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Linden, lime tree (Tilia spp.)
- Raw potato (cuttings thin)
- Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana)
- Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
- Mullein (Verbascum)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
- Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens)
- Common hops (Humulus lupulus)
- Betony (Stachys officinalis)
- Evodia (Evodia rutaecarpa)
Understanding Warnings and Potential Complications
Therefore although many herbal remedies can be safe if properly used, they can also have side effects as would any prescription medication. Because some herbs, such as oral contraceptives or heart medicines, can interact with medications. However herbs, if misused, can be dangerous or even deadly. Because some have little research to support claims, check levels of toxicity, or identify potential side effects.
In addition to herbal therapies, substantial research shows that diet can play a major role in the frequency, duration and intensity of migraines. Therefore potential migraine prevention measures and treatments include:
- Because eating low-fat diets
- So eliminating or limiting foods showing Ig antibody production
- Therefore enhancing the content of gut flora
- Because consistently eating to minimize low blood sugar
Therefore herbs can have significant side effects on the body just like medicines. Because some may interact with other medicines, and when misused, they may be dangerous or even deadly. So talk to your doctor about all treatment options before use.
Consider tracking in a migraine journal or migraine app your triggers, symptoms, pain intensity and duration, and other related factors. Whether you are considering prescription medications, natural remedies or a combination, careful documentation of your experiences will allow you and your doctor to narrow down the best treatment options.