herbals and migraines - page 2

I'm looking for information on the use of herbs to either prevent or ease migraine headaches. One reason I'm interested is that I suffer from them, the other is that I've found herbs to be a heck of... Read More

  1. by   rpbear
    My cousin who has studied herbal remedies recomended peppermint oil. You put a few drops in your hand, rub it together, take a big sniff of it and then place you hand where you feel the pain for a few minutes. It has worked everythime. And it works instantly for me. You do have to get the pure essential oil. She gave me some, but I guess you can get it in a health food store.

    Good Luck!
  2. by   suebird3
    Try using the inner bark of Red Willow...if in your area. Grind it up, and use 1/2 tsp in a glass of water. May taste nasty, so use honey.

    This is an old Native American remedy for any/all headaches. Remember that Willow was the basis for ASA. :hatparty:
  3. by   Sis123
    Hi Indy,
    I read in your 2nd post that you used Splenda in your herbal teas....this might be a big contributor to your migraines. You might try avoiding all artificial sweeteners for a month or so and see if your migraines retreat.

    When I was having migraines (9 - 10 a month) I got so desperate that I actually kept a food diary, and eliminated all but home cooked foods with natural ingredients (nothing boxed or canned - too much MSG in all of those foods). It did help, and now and then I'd "fall off the wagon" and eat something. When it bothered me (meaning I'd wake up with a migraine the next day) I'd put that food on my "watch out" list, and avoid that too. I did get some improvement from following this plan, but it wasn't until I had my hyst and went on HRT that my migraines reduced to a tolerable level (perhaps 2 a month, sometimes none a month).

    I did see a neurologist who tried all sorts of different things for me. What worked(prior to the hyst.) was 1)kenalog injection at the base of the skull. This stopped all migraines for about a month and a half. (What joy!) and 2) Botox injections. This stopped migraines for 3 months. Of course these are not natural healing things, but I had tried all the others and I was a bad case I guess.

    The most important thing (for me) was to get the hormone levels under control and then the migraines weren't so much of a problem. Also, my neuro started me out taking (daily) 1)100mg Co-Q10 to increase blood circulation, 2) 400mg B2 (helps mitochondia process energy in the cells) 3)Stop smoking 4)Stop coffee drinking 5) Do Yoga 6) Meditate. These helped me too, but nothing helped so much as going on HRT.

    Hope you can find what works for you, but in the meantime, try using white sugar instead of the sugar substitutes. They are a migraine trigger for lots and lots of people!
  4. by   SusanJean
    Everyone is bringing up some interesting concepts, not just herbal remedies or preventions, but nutrition related.

    I was just given an article by my nutritionist (also a biochemist) "An Innovative New Treatment for Migraine" by Dr. Sergey A. Dzugan, Life Extension, Sept., 2004.

    I'll try to put the gist of it:

    23 patients all w/ refractory migraines unresponsive to other treatments.
    A 4 prong approach was taken.
    - hormonorestorative therapy w/ bio-identical hormones that included a combo of oral pregnenolone, DHEA, triestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone gels
    -simultaneous correction of the imbalance bet/ sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and the ratio of calcum to magnesium
    -melatonin supplementation (to "reset" pineal gland"
    and probiotics to improve intestinal absorption.

    Article stressed all four must be done.

    While the results seem to good to be true, the article reports no side effects and 100 % success rate. Remarkable.

    I am a bit skeptical. (as always.)

    I have a copy of the reprint and the nutritionist also gave me the name of a doctor that practices holistic/naturalistic medicine - one that would be willing to work w/ me in on this.

    I have suffered migraines for yrs and nothing works - sometimes have 10-15 per months and have to use narcotics to tx as the imitrex class of drugs disrupt my heart rhythm.
    SJ

    BTW - same nutritionist says to stay away from all artificle sweeteners. She has given me info on stevia, an herbal sweetener from Paraguay that is used in Japan (no apartame there) and a few other countries. Available online and at health food stores.
  5. by   Sis123
    SusanJean, did you ever get your hormone levels checked? I use vivelle dot, a bioidentical in a teeny teeny dose patch. As long as I stick mine on on schedule I'm good (usually no migraines). If I am late in putting a new one on, Istart getting a migraine.

    If I had any idea that estrogen deficiency was such a major contributor to my migraines, I would have supplemented years ago, and saved myself countless hours of suffering, and my life being put on hold for YEARS.
  6. by   SusanJean
    Quote from Sis123
    SusanJean, did you ever get your hormone levels checked? I use vivelle dot, a bioidentical in a teeny teeny dose patch. As long as I stick mine on on schedule I'm good (usually no migraines). If I am late in putting a new one on, Istart getting a migraine.

    If I had any idea that estrogen deficiency was such a major contributor to my migraines, I would have supplemented years ago, and saved myself countless hours of suffering, and my life being put on hold for YEARS.
    No, but would like to.
    Funny, for all the probs I've had w/ infertility and migraines and PMS, you would have thought that hormone levels would have been cked. Honestly, until the last few semesters of school, I did not realize the impact hormones can have on things other than what they are suppose to impact.
    I see my dr soon and plan to discuss workup on this issue.
    SJ
  7. by   lavahawaii
    There is a supplement juice that has been documented to be quite effective against migraines. It contains mangosteen fruit puree and the product is called Xango.. It really works for many problems.
  8. by   nurseabc123
    There is now a new product that has Feverfew in it, Gelstat migraine. Works well.
  9. by   gabbyh
    Hi,

    I recently found this forum. I am an RN, and am Dr. Dzugan's assiatant at LEF where we work. I would be happy to give you any detailed info about his Migraine Program. You can e-mail me at work: gharries@lef.org, or call: 1-800-226-2370; ext: #7510. I work M-F 9-5:30 EST. If I'm not available, leave a message and I will return your call ;-}
    Regards, Gail Harries, RN, BSN



    Quote from SusanJean
    Everyone is bringing up some interesting concepts, not just herbal remedies or preventions, but nutrition related.

    I was just given an article by my nutritionist (also a biochemist) "An Innovative New Treatment for Migraine" by Dr. Sergey A. Dzugan, Life Extension, Sept., 2004.

    I'll try to put the gist of it:

    23 patients all w/ refractory migraines unresponsive to other treatments.
    A 4 prong approach was taken.
    - hormonorestorative therapy w/ bio-identical hormones that included a combo of oral pregnenolone, DHEA, triestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone gels
    -simultaneous correction of the imbalance bet/ sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and the ratio of calcum to magnesium
    -melatonin supplementation (to "reset" pineal gland"
    and probiotics to improve intestinal absorption.

    Article stressed all four must be done.

    While the results seem to good to be true, the article reports no side effects and 100 % success rate. Remarkable.

    I am a bit skeptical. (as always.)

    I have a copy of the reprint and the nutritionist also gave me the name of a doctor that practices holistic/naturalistic medicine - one that would be willing to work w/ me in on this.

    I have suffered migraines for yrs and nothing works - sometimes have 10-15 per months and have to use narcotics to tx as the imitrex class of drugs disrupt my heart rhythm.
    SJ

    BTW - same nutritionist says to stay away from all artificle sweeteners. She has given me info on stevia, an herbal sweetener from Paraguay that is used in Japan (no apartame there) and a few other countries. Available online and at health food stores.
  10. by   sgent
    I know this isn't a natural suggestion...

    You might want to try 550mg of Naproxen (Alieve). That was our neurology groups first line treatment to abort migraines before all the triptans were out. If it works for you, you can get 60 pills w/ a script for about $15.00.
  11. by   CharlieRN
    I once worked on a unit where we treated recalcitrent (sp?) migraines with a "coden's cocktail", compazine, valium, and sodium amytol delivered IV push. The pt had better be in bed when it is delivered because unconsciousness is immediate. Also it is necessary to have them be at least lightly restrained. Sometimes they have a paradocical response to the meds and come up swinging. After administration they will sleep 6 to 10 hrs and wake migraine free. Clearly this is far from a risk free procedure. I believe imitrex is much safer and at least nearly as effective.

    I suffered migraines myself while I was in college. They started when midterms exams were on and coincided with the ingestion of either chocolate or canned fish. So I avoided tuna and chocolate for a few years.

    As a preventative I would look into the level of stress in the environment and any food or other allergen/irritants.
  12. by   Question
    Quote from Indy
    I'm looking for information on the use of herbs to either prevent or ease migraine headaches. One reason I'm interested is that I suffer from them, the other is that I've found herbs to be a heck of a lot cheaper than most medicines and I do not have insurance. (I will when I graduate.)

    I have mosby's little herbal guide and I found four things that are supposed to work: anise, feverfew, catnip and lemon balm. Put together in tea, these things aren't altogether nasty. Has anyone tried these? And do they work? If so, do they work only at the onset, or can you take them later? Migraines don't usually warn me that they're coming.
    -Indy
    I know this is not herbs but my best friend gets great results from her Chiropractor. She gets adjusted when she feels one "coming on" and within five minutes of her adjustment it is gone. The method her chiropractor uses is a non-rotational Gonstead cervical chair adjustment. Some people get good results some don't. It works great for my best friend! I am however not fond of any rotational adjustments. Just a side note: She does not go three times a week; she just goes when she feels that she needs an adjustment.

    I would do some research to find the best Chiropractor and research the risks vs. benefits of that type of care.
  13. by   LadyBugRN
    Quote from Indy
    I'm looking for information on the use of herbs to either prevent or ease migraine headaches. One reason I'm interested is that I suffer from them, the other is that I've found herbs to be a heck of a lot cheaper than most medicines and I do not have insurance. (I will when I graduate.)

    I have mosby's little herbal guide and I found four things that are supposed to work: anise, feverfew, catnip and lemon balm. Put together in tea, these things aren't altogether nasty. Has anyone tried these? And do they work? If so, do they work only at the onset, or can you take them later? Migraines don't usually warn me that they're coming.
    -Indy
    I used to suffer migraines few years ago. When I got the migraine I could not do anything until I met a physician who practiced alternative medicine. To make the story short, he put me on a strict vegetarian diet. Not only my problems with migraines disappear, my asthma, hypertension, and diabetes (late onset) were gone. Many people who I know do not believe in Alternative Medicine but whatever works for me that's what I follow. It cost me because health insurance did not cover, but it is all worth it because I saved, money over the years, not buying medicines. Eating vegetables and fruits did it for me.
    Last edit by LadyBugRN on Aug 23, '05

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