In fact, the researchers stated that butterbur is effective for migraine prevention and should be offered to patients with migraine to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 17, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on study that shows some herbal remedies and other natural cures may help stave off migraine symptoms over the long term.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-articles/the-herbal-remedy-for-migraines ), a recent clinical trial has provided updated recommendations for the preventive treatment of migraine headaches. A team of researchers looked at both anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs) and complementary treatments thought to be effective for migraine prevention.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that researchers analyzed published studies from June 1999 to May 2009 using a review process to classify the evidence in terms of effectiveness of various medications for migraine prevention. In all, they reviewed 284 abstracts, which ultimately yielded 49 articles on migraine prevention. Of these 49, 15 were classified as involving non-traditional therapies, NSAIDs, and other complementary therapies.
The research team found that there was one herb that showed more positive evidence than any other: butterbur. In fact, the researchers stated that butterbur is effective for migraine prevention and should be offered to patients with migraine to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.
Butterbur root is a shrub-like plant in the daisy family, native to Europe, North Africa, and Southwestern Asia. Although not well-known in North America, extracts made from it have been used to treat migraines in Europe for decades.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article warns that there are naturally occurring chemicals in butterbur called “pyrrolizidine alkaloids.” These alkaloids are toxic to the liver and must be processed out to make any butterbur supplement safe. Consumers are urged take a commercial brand that is purified to contain no detectable levels of alkaloids.
(SOURCE: Holland, S., et al., "Evidence-based guideline update: NSAIDs and other complementary treatments for episodic migraine prevention in adults: Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society," Neurology, Apr. 24, 2012; 78(17): 1,346-53.)
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