are pounding or throbbing headaches that start suddenly, last for hours and usually occur with other symptoms such as nausea. The headaches usually occur between ages 10 and 30, often vanishing after age 50 or, in women after menopause.Nutrition
Avoid food allergens. Some common allergens are alcohol (especially red wine), cheese, chocolate, citrus, cow’s milk, wheat, eggs, coffee, tea, beef, pork, corn, tomato, rye, yeast, shellfish, food additives (preservatives and coloring), and nitrates.
Avoid caffeine because it is a vasodilator. Essential fatty acids
may be helpful. Supplementing with fish oil or flax seed oil
may also be helpful.Vitamins and Minerals
(500 mg per day) increases muscle relaxation.
Injection of one gram magnesium by a physician can terminate an acute migraine within minutes.
Injection of folic acid
(15 mg) in one study achieved total relief of acute headache within one hour in 60% of patients.
Omega-3 oils (EPA
, average dose 14 grams daily) greatly reduce intensity and frequency of migraines.
(riboflavin) has been shown to reduce migraine frequency by two-thirds.
for migraine prevention, enhanced by taking with 25 mg of Vitamin B6
: can help with both frequency and intensity of migraines.
Use the following herbs in combination:
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)