Natural Cures For Migraines

Written by Jared Vincenti
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While many people use the term migraine to describe any strong headache, an actual migraine is more than just a headache. A migraine makes almost all lights and sounds so intense as to be painful, and is accompanied by nausea--and usually irritability. Few people who have never had a migraine can appreciate the pain that accompanies one.

Treating a Migraine

Doctors are constantly trying to come up with more effective migraine treatments. So far, there are many drugs on the market but none that can completely relieve a migraine and keep it from coming back. Many treatments involve strong painkillers such as coedine, and many people are reluctant to start taking such drugs on a regular basis.

Recently, a survey showed that upwards of three percent of Americans use alternative medicine to fight their migraines. The most popular herb is a plant called feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium. Feverfew has an unpleasant, bitter taste, but is usually taken as a tea that can be sweetened to taste.

Feverfew is currently being put through clinical trials, and early results indicate that the herb does help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines. More and more doctors are recommending feverfew to patients who don't want to start heavy drug regimes, or who have other medical conditions that may prevent them from taking certain medication. However, pregnant women cannot take feverfew (or many clinical drugs), and often just have to suffer through their migraines. There are many anecdotal stories to suggest that supplements, in combination with a healthy diet, can be somewhat preventative.

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