Migraines

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Migraines

Six hundred milligrams per day of magnesium supplementation reduced the frequency of migraine attacks by 46%.  The number of days with migraine headache were also significantly reduced.  Peikert A, Wilmzig C, Kohne-Volland R. Prophylaxis of migraine with oral magnesium: results from a prospective, multi-center, placebo-controlled and double-blind randomized study. Cephalgia, 1996; 6, pp 257-63.

The herb, Feverfew, is successful in reducing the severity of attacks.  The usual dose 50-80 mg of the freeze dried leaves containing  .4%-.66%  of the active ingredient, parthenolide, per day.  It usually takes 4-6 weeks to take effect.  Murphy JJ et al. Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of feverfew in migraine prevention. Lancet ii: 189-92, 1988.  Johnson ES et al. Efficacy of feverfew as prophylactic treatment of migraine. British Medical Journal 291:569-73, 1985.

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