Modern medicine has grown by leaps and bounds since the 19th century, but people have been treating headaches, migraines and other ailments since way before then. Many of these herbal treatments have survived the test of time. When relief is needed before you can see a professional healthcare provider, use the following tips to treat a migraine headache.
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A part of the petasites family, butterbur grows in wet areas. The plant leaves were once used to wrap butter, hence the name. An active ingredient in this herb called isopetasin has been listed as a desensitizer for nerve endings by the British Journal of Pharmacology.
You can find this herbal remedy in pill form and extracts. While you can also buy butterbur teas, it’s recommended to use an extract that is free of pyrrolizidine alkaloid, a substance that naturally occurs in hundreds of plant species. Scientific studies have shown that a dosage of 50 to 75 milligrams twice a day seems to work best.
The bark of the willow tree contains a pain-relieving compound called salicin. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used it to treat numerous inflammatory and feverish conditions. In the 1890s, salicin led to the development of aspirin, which uses a synthetic form of that ingredient. If you want to avoid the possible side effects of this medication, use willow bark extract instead. You can also find willow bark in chewable bark or capsule form.
Studies have shown that menthol, an active compound in peppermint, relieves nausea and pain. In a parallel, randomized, double-blind controlled trial published in the International Journal for Preventive Medicine, peppermint oil slightly outperformed intranasal lidocaine in regards to pain relief. All of the participants had migraine conditions according to the International Headache Society criteria. Dilute the essence in carrier oil at a one-to-ten ratio, and apply this solution to the temples and forehead.
Ginger has been used in Chinese, Arabic and Indian herbal remedies for thousands of years. This tropical plant contains phenolic compounds, which make ginger an anti-inflammatory antioxidant with numerous health benefits. Since hydrogenation and heat treatment of ginger modify compounds slightly, the powdered form has been established as a migraine treatment in a randomized double-blinded study among 100 patients. In this trial, ginger powder performed similarly to sumatriptan, a popular prescription treatment for migraines. However, ginger did have fewer side effects.
When you take herbal remedies, it’s important to know that science has confirmed their benefits. The positive effects of butterbur, peppermint, willow and ginger on migraine headaches have all been evaluated by studies listed in the U.S. National Library of Medicine (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).