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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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  • Adrienne VesethJuly 6, 2009, 3:03 pm

    I am a Classical Homeopath and have had good results in treating migraines. There isn’t one specific homeopathic remedy for migraines because homeopathy treats the INDIVIDUAL and not the disease. By finding the remedy that best fits the individual symptom picture, homeopathy stimulates the body to heal itself. Migraines can take some time to improve, but my patients and I have been very happy with the results. For this treatment you need to see a Classical Homeopath for constitutional treatment. For more information about homeopathy or my practice, please see my website: http://www.freedomhomeopathy.com.

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