Friday, November 11, 2011

Herbs that help to stop or prevent migraines?

  • Feverfew is the best known and documented herb for treating migraines.
  • If heat is helpful in reducing headache pain, feverfew might help. But if cold is helpful, then feverfew probably will not help. But you could try taking it regularly as a preventive.

  • Some other herbs which are claimed to be of help for migraine headaches include: ordinary black or green tea; peppermint, valerian, vervain, lime blossom, coriander seed, wood betony. All taken as a tea.
  • Eating 10-12 almonds is the equivalent of 2 aspirin tablets and will reduce pain without upsetting the stomach.

  • Keep a food, activity and headache diary ... tobacco smoke, chocolate, and some other foods can trigger migraines. See if there is a pattern.
  • And take the feverfew at the FIRST SIGNS of the headache - don't wait until it is sitting on your head.

  • Advice I received from a neurologist years ago has helped me reduce my migraines greatly. Used to get them 2-3 times a months for 4-5 days at a time with vomiting, etc. I was "lucky" enough to get the aura. Doctor told me to drink 1 or 2 cups of very strong coffee and take 3-4 Ibuprofen at the start of the aura.
  • Caffeine does help abort migraines in some people. In others it's a trigger for migraines and removing it from the diet may help.
  • Magnesium and B-vitamins are cheap,and have some evidence of helping prevent neuro vascular headaches.
  • caffeine is also a possible trigger for both cluster and migraine headaches, and some people need to avoid caffeine entirely.

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