Some people find that
complementary treatments reduce how many
migraines they have or how bad the migraines
Talk to your doctor about whether you
- Acupuncture. This involves
putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body.
Research shows that acupuncture can help prevent some
- Biofeedback. This is a
way to control a body function—such
as muscle tension—that you don't normally
- Butterbur. This
herb has been shown to help prevent migraines in some people.2
- Feverfew. This is an herb
that—some small studies show—may help prevent migraines in some people. But
most experts aren't sure how well it works for migraines.3
- Magnesium, which some doctors
recommend. Studies have found that some people with migraines have low levels
of magnesium in the brain.4
- Menthol. There is some evidence that a menthol solution rubbed on the forehead can stop or reduce migraine headache pain.5
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2) and coenzyme Q10. In
small studies, both of these have been shown to help
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
June 10, 2011
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