Thumos Health Center Highlight New FDA Warning about Migraine Medications

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Licensed acupuncturist Ganit Kriel brings to light the FDA’s recent warning to pregnant women not to use certain migraine prevention medications. “There are natural options,” she says.

“There are natural options.”

Thumos Health Center founder Ganit Kriel, L. Ac. highlighted a May 6th FDA press release* issuing a warning to pregnant women not to use certain migraine prevention medicines. Kriel said options in medication relief for headaches can be found in traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and meditation.

The FDA release states the medication valproate sodium, and those related to it, can cause decreased IQ scores in children of mothers who used the medicine while pregnant. The medicines listed in the release include, Depacon, Depakote, Depakote CP, Depakote ER, Depakene, Stavzor and their generic brands.

Russell Katz, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said in the FDA release, “Valproate medications should never be used in pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches because we have even more data now that show the risks to the children outweigh any treatment benefits for this use.”

"Catering to women during pregnancy is a specialty of the acupuncturists at Thumos Health Center, which is based in Los Angeles," Kriel said. Because of this recent FDA news, the health center is advising pregnant women to consider alternative medicine to relieve and prevent migraines and other forms of headaches.

“Acupuncture medicines excel in relieving migraines and in the management of a multitude of other pain situations,” Kriel said. “This can be done without introducing outside chemicals into the body.”

According a controlled study published in the March 15, 2004 issue of British Medical Journal**, researchers found during a three-month period, patients treated with acupuncture along with standard care visited the doctor 25 percent less than those treated with just standard medical care.

The recent FDA release does not surprise Kriel. “We do acupuncture for pregnant women all the time. It’s important to be as natural as possible not only during pregnancy, but in our everyday lives. Why should we ingest medications when there are nontoxic options?”

About Thumos Health Center
Besides fertility enhancement therapy, Thumos Health Center and its licensed practitioners also treat allergies, immune deficiencies and various other health problems including digestion issues. To learn more about services, products and locations, visit the Thumos Health Center Web site at or contact them by phone at (310) 927-2792. There are locations in Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks.


** (Information derived from this article derived from the British Medical Journal)

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