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  1. Butterbur for Migraines - Topic Overview

    Petasites hybridus plant extract, known as butterbur, has been used for years to prevent migraine headaches. Studies show it is effective at reducing the frequency of migraines.1Experts are not sure what causes migraines.Researchers are 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

  2. Migraine Headaches - Living With Migraine Headaches

    You may have fewer migraines-and less pain when you do get them-by trying to: Find and avoid triggers for your headaches. Keep a headache diary (What is a PDF document?) to find out what triggers your migraines. Take medicine as your doctor advises to prevent and stop migraines. Take your medicine right away when you think that you are getting a migraine. Reduce stress with relaxation and ...

  3. Cluster Headaches - Topic Overview

    What are cluster headaches? Cluster headaches are severe headaches on one side of your head that happen in groups,or "clusters." They usually occur over weeks or months. Cluster headaches can be so painful that you are not able to follow your normal routine or do your usual activities. The pain is often called the worst type of headache pain. Cluster headaches come in cycles (also called ...

  4. Cluster Headaches - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Headaches: Should I Have Imaging Tests to Find Out What's Causing My Headaches? ...

  5. Tension Headaches - Living With Tension Headaches

    You may have fewer headaches-and less pain when you do get them-if you: Find and avoid triggers for your headaches. Keep a headache diary to find out what triggers your headaches. Take over-the-counter drugs to stop a headache. Take medicine as your doctor advises to stop or prevent a headache. Reduce stress with relaxation and positive-thinking methods. For more information,see: Headaches: ...

  6. Migraine Headaches - Other Treatment

    Some people find that complementary treatments reduce how many migraines they have or how bad the migraines are. Talk to your doctor about whether you should try: Acupuncture. This involves putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. Research shows that acupuncture can help prevent some headaches. 1 Biofeedback. This is a way to control a body function-such as ...

  7. Tension Headaches - Treatment Overview

    You can treat most tension headaches with: Over-the-counter pain medicines. Prescription drugs if you have chronic or very bad headaches. Avoiding things that trigger your headaches. Meditation and other ways to lower your stress. Over-the-counter medicines to stop headaches Try these drugs first. Most doctors recommend that you try over-the-counter drugs first if you have mild to moderate ...

  8. Tension Headaches - Topic Overview

    This topic is about tension headaches in adults. If you are looking for information about migraine headaches,see Migraine Headaches. If you are looking for information about tension headaches in children,see Headaches in Children. What is a tension headache? Most headaches are tension headaches. These headaches tend to happen again and again,especially if you are under stress. They are ...

  9. Tension Headaches - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Headaches: Should I Have Imaging Tests to Find Out What's Causing My Headaches? Headaches: Should I take prescription medicine for tension headaches? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in ...

  10. Migraine Headaches - Cause

    Experts aren't sure what causes migraines. They run in families,and experts have found a genetic link. But it is not clear why some people get migraines and others don't. Certain things can bring on a migraine. These are called triggers. Your triggers may be different from someone else's. Having several triggers increases the chance you will get migraines. Some common triggers include: ...

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