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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:

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  • 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 muscle tension—that you don't normally control.
  • 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 prevent migraines.6
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Last Updated: June 10, 2011
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