Herbs for Migraines
Migraine headaches are a common problem and one that can be quite painful. They're also a frequent cause of missed time from work. Migraines often bring other symptoms such as nausea and sensitivity to light. If you suffer from migraines, getting relief is top priority. There's some evidence that some food and natural herbs may relieve the pain and discomfort of migraine headaches. One such herb that holds promise is ginkgo biloba. In a study published in the journal Neurological Sciences, women with a history of migraines that took ginkgo biloba had fewer migraines and the migraines they did have were shorter in duration. According to research, ginkgo may also improve blood flow to the brain. Another herb called chasteberry that comes from a plant native to the Mediterranean may also offer benefits for migraine sufferers. In one study women using chasteberry to treat symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome experienced fewer migraine headaches. Feverfew has also been studied for its potential benefits for migraines. Although these herbs show promise, larger studies are needed to confirm their benefits.
Other Herbs for Migraines That May Be Beneficial
Stress is a trigger for migraine headaches in some people. In this case, reducing stress may reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Chamomile tea has been used for thousands of years to ease anxiety and stress. Another herb called passionflower appears to ease anxiety and stress in much the same way as chamomile. These herbs work by causing your brain to produce more of a chemical called GABA that helps you relax. Most of the studies looking at these herbal supplements for easing stress and anxiety have been small. More research is needed to confirm their benefits. If you're taking prescription medications for migraine headaches, they may interact with herbs used for migraines. Herbs can also interact with one another. Make sure your doctor knows what herbs and treatment medications you're taking. Talk to your doctor before using herbal remedies for migraines. If you have medical and health problems or are pregnant, certain types of herbs may not be appropriate for you due to possible side effects. Your doctor can help you decide which is best for you and monitor you closely to make sure you're benefiting.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of purity, strength, or safety of the products. As a result, effects may vary. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking a supplement as supplements may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking a supplement. Consult a healthcare provider if you experience side effects.