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Natural Migraine Prevention Solutions

Updated on November 1, 2012
A Migraine Can Feel Like the World Just Crashed on Your Head.
A Migraine Can Feel Like the World Just Crashed on Your Head. | Source

Anyone who has ever suffered through the pain of the migraine will likely have searched high and low for relief. For me, a chronic migraine sufferer since childhood I think I have tried nearly every product under the sun - both prescription and over-the-counter. Somewhere along the road, I developed a life-threatening allergy to all aspirin and NSAID containing products which narrows my treatment options further. I also am a self-proclaimed “eco-nut” which means while I LOVE science and modern medicinal advances, I also respect that which the earth has given us. I find it good-practice to try out proven natural therapies first before turning to stronger synthetic pharmaceuticals which can have more dangerous side-effects. That being said, “natural” does not equal “safe” and a person must do a good amount of research and should always consult with their healthcare practitioner before starting a new therapy, even a natural one. You may be taking something or have an underlying condition which is not conducive to the natural therapy you would like to try.

Here are a few natural herbal supplements I have tried with good personal success. Also, studies have been held which also support successful use in a large number of the study participants for these natural therapies. But as with traditional medicine. Nothing is going to work 100% of the time in 100% of the patients taking it.


White Butterbur
White Butterbur | Source
Powdered Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Powdered Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) | Source
Powdered Magnesium Oxide
Powdered Magnesium Oxide | Source


Butterbur/Petadolex

Take 75mg twice a day. This can be tricky to find. To my knowledge places like GNC do not carry it. Some smaller health food and vitamin stores may carry it. You can definitely find it by searching online. You can also find it at Whole Foods but they are going to charge you waaaay too much for it. It should be around $5 or less for standard bottle. Notable Side Effect: belching.


Riboflavin (vitamin B2)

400mg taken in the morning or you can split it into two divided doses. Notable Side Effect: turns urine bright yellow.


Magnesium Oxide

Take 200-400mg in the morning to start your regimen. Then, over a 1-2 week period, you can gradually increase this to 3 times per day with meals. Notable Side Effect: can cause an upset stomach or diarrhea


Coenzyme Q10

Take 150mg in the morning and increase the dose as needed. Some patients may need to increase all the way up to 800mg/day for maximum benefit. It has an added benefit of increasing energy. Fatigue should begin to improve within a few days but improvement with migraines may take longer to respond. Also, this is very expensive. You will need to search online and stores to find the best price if you want to try this.


Hot Showers/Cold Compresses

Depending on the type of a migraine, I find that another non-prescription remedy that helps DURING a migraine or even to fend of a headache that may turn into one is to hop into a steamy shower or lay down in a dark, quiet room with a cool compress like an ice pack wrapped in a wash cloth on my head.


These natural therapies can be taken alone or combined. It can take two or three months for you to notice that the treatment has become effective and your migraines have been significantly reduced or stopped. They are generally safe to take with typical prescription migraine medicines but to be sure, you should check these with your doctor and/or pharmacist.

Good Luck! I hope your headaches improve!

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      My2GreenBeans 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Hi dinkan53. I appreciate you commenting, athough I am not sure I fully understand your comment. I think you are saying that people can try these remedies and it may not work for them. I absolutely agree. I was hoping that was addressed by the part of my hub where I wrote “Here are a few natural herbal supplements I have tried with good personal success. Also, studies have been held which also support successful use in a large number of the study participants for these natural therapies. But as with traditional medicine. Nothing is going to work 100% of the time in 100% of the patients taking it.” Even with prescription medications something that can work for one person may not work for the next. Or it may work for that person but not 100% of the time. I have no idea if I addressed your comment adequately or not. But as I said, I do appreciate the comment!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Migraines are 'triggered' by different things; what works for one trigger migraine may not work for another. Your hub with natural remedies can be tried by all sufferers and may be they can do wonders for them in reducing the number and severity of migraine headaches.

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