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How to help with migraines

By July 15, 2010 - 10:00am
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My wife suffers from migraines and I'd like to see if there are any natural solutions that can possibly help with them outside of just asprin or a presciption like Imitrix. Thoughts?

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Hi tpagliocco,

There have been many studies on how to relieve migraine pain:

1. The Mayo Clinic's Migraine site provides an extensive list of possible "alternative medicine" treatments for migraines:
"There is some evidence that the herbs feverfew and butterbur may prevent migraines or reduce their severity. A high dose of riboflavin (vitamin B-2) also may prevent migraines by correcting tiny deficiencies in the brain cells. Coenzyme Q10 supplements may be helpful in some individuals. Oral magnesium sulfate supplements may reduce the frequency of headaches in some people, although studies don't all agree on this issue. Magnesium taken intravenously seems to help some people during an acute headache, particularly people with magnesium deficiencies. Ask your doctor if these treatments are right for you. Don't use feverfew or butterbur if you're pregnant."

2. The National Center for Complemenatry and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) provides extensive information on the benefits of acupuncture for chronic pain: NCCAM: Acupuncture for Pain

3. The EmpowHER Community is a great resource for women who have discussed their condition, treatment options and what worked and did not work for them: EmpowHER Migraine Community

I hope this helps...please let us know if you have any additional questions! Is your wife currently working with a health care provider for treatment?

July 15, 2010 - 1:29pm
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