Headache treatment depends largely on determining the cause of the headache. Tension headaches can usually be treated by the use of over-the counter pain relievers such as Tylenol, Motrin, or even aspirin. When tension or stress is the cause, nondrug options may include massage to relieve muscle tension, yoga and other forms of exercise, and working less when possible.
The treatment of migraine headaches is somewhat more involved and may involve a number of different approaches to the pain. (Please...
unclear exactly how butterbur helps to prevent migraines. But some
research suggests that it may prevent swelling and relieve pressure on the
blood vessels. Another theory is that it may affect calcium channels, which
experts also believe may be related to migraines. More research is needed to
find out how butterbur helps prevent migraines.
Butterbur is available as a supplement (tablet or capsule). It is marketed under the brand name Petadolex. It is important
to find butterbur that has been standardized (which means you receive the same
amount of active ingredient in every dose) with guaranteed potency. Do not
consume butterbur from the plant itself because it has toxic properties, which
are removed in the standardized supplement.
Some people may
experience stomach upset, including gas, when they take butterbur. It is not
recommended for young children or for women who are pregnant or
Be sure to tell your doctor before you take
butterbur. Like any drug, it can interact with other medicines you are
taking or affect your health in ways you may not be aware of.
Lipton RB, et al. (2004). Petasites hybridus root (butterbur) is an effective preventive treatment for
migraine. Neurology, 63(12): 2240-2244.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
June 10, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 10, 2011
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