Constant Episodic migraines: try alternative medicine.
Tired of swallowing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs known as NSAIDs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen to relieve migraines?
Complementary treatment may be what is needed.
- A report published in April 2012 by the American academy of neurology and the American headache society, concluded that an extract of butterbur or Petasites hybridis root is a very effective and safe preventative treatment for migraine. It is also able to reduce the frequency of episodic migraines.
- Petasine and isopetasine are the main components of the perennial plant. Both substances have strong vasodilatory action.
NCCAM cautions consumers to use only butterbur products labeled as pyrrolizidine alkaloids or PA-free.
- Petadolex® Linpharma Inc., Orlando, FL; manufactured in Germany by Weber & Weber. It has been available in the United States as a dietary supplement since 1999.
Other uses of butterbur root.
In folk medicine, the plant is used for pain management, anxiety, fever, and gastrointestinal conditions.