When you’re experiencing any physical pain, it is natural to reach for over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. However, the long-term use of these medicines can severely damage your liver. To avoid irreversible liver damage and other adverse side effects, here are some suggestions for natural painkillers that are safer and just as effective. Continue reading
Almost everyone has experienced at least one or two headaches in a lifetime. Some have to put up with several headaches over time, especially those who experience migraine or cluster headaches. Continue reading
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
Mitochondria, the powerhouse inside the cell, generate high-energy chemicals. In between migraine attacks, this important function is much reduced. Riboflavin has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention of migraine attacks to help affect this specific action. Here are three clinical studies worth taking a look at:
1. Fifty-five migraine patients received either 400 mg of riboflavin or placebo for three months. Riboflavin treatment was much better than placebo treatment in reducing the frequency of attacks and the number of headache days (59% in riboflavin vs. 15% in placebo).
2. Twenty-six migraine patients Continue reading
Migraine sufferers treated with a homeopathic preparation of ginger and the herb feverfew may find some pain relief, according to a preliminary study.
Feverfew, which is derived from a flowering plant, has long been thought to be a remedy for headaches. It might offer an alternative to standard migraine medications, which are costly, have side effects, and don’t always work, according the new report.
About 12 percent of Americans get migraines, and the problem has been estimated to cost the United States some $20 billion annually in lost productivity and medical care. Continue reading
What Feverfew herb is and what it is used for?Traditionally as a herbal medicine to prevent migraine headaches.
DO NOT USE Feverfew herb if you are taking the following medicines: doxycycline, isotretinoin, rizatriptan, zolmitriptan, clopidrogel, aspirin, ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
There is no evidence that Feverfew herb is safe to use during pregnancy and breast-feeding so it should not be taken.
Driving and using machines
No data on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines are available. Make sure you know how it affects you before you drive or use machinery.
How to take Feverfew herb:
You should see your doctor if symptoms worsen or do not improve after 12 weeks.
Long-term Feverfew users who stop treatment suddenly may experience withdrawal symptoms, including rebound headaches, anxiety, insomnia, muscle stiffness and joint pain. Patients on long-term therapy should seek advice from their doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional before stopping treatment.
Possible side effects:
The following side effects can occur:
Common side-effects (affecting approximately 1 in 20 people)
Abdominal bloating, Indigestion, Heartburn, Digestive upsets such as wind, bloating, nausea, or constipation. If these persist for more than a few days or become troublesome, stop taking the herbal medicine. These common side-effects are often only temporary.
Uncommon side-effects (affecting fewer than 1 in 300 people)
Mouth inflammation or mouth ulcers, Mild allergic skin reactions, itching and/or rash of the skin. Stop taking Feverfew herb immediately if you experience any allergic skin reaction. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you experience any other side-effect.