Migraine Headache

Natural Treatment For Migraine

 
It is a well recognized fact that nature is the best doctor. In fact, nature has gifted you the solutions for various diseases. Two gifts from the nature to cure migraine are feverfew and fish oil.

 

Feverfew:
Feverfew, a member of the daisy family, has been reported to be beneficial in the treatment of migraine headaches. Scientifically known as Tanacetum Parthenium, it is quite often confused with chrysanthemum.

Studies have shown that the beneficial effects of feverfew are visible only when taken for a few months continuously. And the best way to take the plant is either when it is fresh or when it is freeze-dried. But freeze-dried preparations may vary because their manufacture has still not been standardized.

Patients starting with feverfew should start with a low dose of about 50 mg so that the potential for any harmful side-effects is reduced to the minimum. Although it has been found to be quite useful in the treatment of a migraine headache, studies are still underway to prove its efficacy. This is the reason why its use is still considered to be experimental.

Some preparations of feverfew also have magnesium and Vitamin B-2 and hence have been found to be more effective than the regular feverfew medications.

Fish oil:
Fish oil, in addition to being good for health and promoting well-being because of the high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids present in it, can also be extremely beneficial in the treatment of migraine headaches.

Omega-3 fatty acids are found most commonly in cold water fish like salmon, mackerel, trout and herring. Scallops, caviar, oysters and clams also have high amounts of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).

Studies show that fish oil reduces the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. It is actually the components Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), classified as omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, that have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of migraine.

Even these fish oil capsules have to be taken only in the recommended dose for fear that they might raise the cholesterol and lipid levels of the migraneurs.