Herbs and Migraine
“I consulted you because I had regular bouts of migraine, in fact up to three a week, and a constant ‘heavy’ head. I had tried many different drugs from my GP down the years. None had worked. I saw a neurologist and his treatment knocked me out and made me worse. That’s my sorry medical history in a nutshell. I was in a cul de sac when I came to you. You gave me your MigraineLess Tonic. In the very first week I improved. And over the weeks I got less and less migraines. Now just 3 months since I started your treatment I don’t get migraines at all. I’m one very happy bunny! Thank you so much.”
“Thank you for your excellent Migraine Tonic. Although I have to keep taking it, it has totally transformed my life. I’m not on any drugs and I can live normally. I hope others with this complaint find you, it is almost unbelievable that your herbs are so effective. Once again, many thanks.”
There are herbal medicines in the modern herbal clinic that can have remarkable results in easing or clearing migraine.
Incidence and Prevalence
Migraines afflict about 30 million people in the United States. They may occur at any age, but usually begin between the ages of 10 and 40 and diminish after age 50. Some people experience several migraines a month, while others have only a few migraines throughout their lifetime. Approximately 75% of migraine sufferers are women.
The cause of migraine is unknown. The condition may result from a series of reactions in the central nervous system caused by changes in the body or in the environment. There is often a family history of the disorder, suggesting that migraine sufferers may inherit sensitivity to triggers that produce inflammation in the blood vessels and nerves around the brain, causing pain.
A trigger is any stimulus that initiates a process or reaction. Commonly identified migraine triggers include the following:
* Alcohol (e.g., red wine)
* Environmental factors (e.g., weather, altitude, time zone changes)
* Foods that contain high caffeine (e.g., coffee, chocolate), monosodium glutamate (MSG; often found in Chinese food), and nitrates (e.g., processed foods, hot dogs)
* Glare and flashing lights (bright sunlight and LED lights, sunlight flashes eg through trees or flashing cameras eg on the news)
* Hormonal changes in women (emotional reactions)
* Lack of sleep
* Medications (over-the-counter and prescription)
Some women experience migraine headaches just prior to or during menstruation. These headaches, which are called menstrual migraines, may be related to hormonal changes and often do not occur during pregnancy. Other women develop migraines for the first time during pregnancy or after menopause.
Signs and Symptoms
Migraine headache pain is often described as throbbing or pulsating pain that is intensified by routine physical activity, coughing, straining, or lowering the head. The headache is often so severe that it interferes with daily activity and may awaken the person. The attack is debilitating, and migraine sufferers are often left feeling tired and weak once the headache has passed.
A migraine headache typically begins in a specific area on one side of the head, then spreads and builds in intensity over 1 to 2 hours and then gradually subsides. It can last up to 24 hours, and in some cases, several days.
There may be accompanying symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light (photophobia), or sensitivity to sound (phonophobia). Hands and feet may feel cold and sweaty and unusual odors may be intolerable.
Migraine with aura is characterized by a neurological phenomenon (aura) that is experienced 10 to 30 minutes before the headache. Most auras are visual and are described as bright shimmering lights around objects or at the edges of the field of vision (called scintillating scotomas) or zigzag lines, wavy images, or hallucinations. Others experience temporary vision loss.
Nonvisual auras include motor weakness, speech or language abnormalities, dizziness, vertigo, and tingling or numbness (parasthesia) of the face, tongue, or extremities.
Migraine without aura is the most prevalent type and may occur on one or both sides (bilateral) of the head. Tiredness or mood changes may be experienced the day before the headache. Nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light (photophobia) often accompany migraine without aura.
Not only feverfew so well known for its effectiveness in the treatment of migraine but many other specialist herbs to give supportive relief to the symptoms of migraine. Circulatory dilators, stress relaxants and nervines.
There are herbs that medical herbalists have used that have had some remarkable transformations to peoples lives. The best herbs for migraines have been selected for including in MigraineLess Tonic.
Hi Alan, I started taking your MigraineLess Tonic because for years I’ve had migraines regularly at least once a week and they were draining my energy and wrecking my life. I’m 42 now. I had tried so many alternatives which mostly didn’t work longterm. I heard about you so ordered your MigraineLess. I’m more than impressed! It’s been 12 whole weeks (and counting) that I haven’t had an attack. I’m just so happy you wouldn’t believe! I’m staying on this mixture cos it’s magic! Thank you so much. Janet x