Medicinal herb butterbur for migraines is used to alleviate migraine headaches

By Richard Bartz, Munich aka Makro Freak (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Butterbur for Migraines

Migraine sufferers would prefer not to have migraine headaches at all. If migraine cannot be alleviated or cured, well, reducing the frequency of the attacks individuals experience would definitely be a positive change. Many persons would love if it could be done without synthetic pharmacological.

Migraine sufferers should be introduced to butterbur (Petasites hybridus). Butterbur is typically a shrub or herb indigenous to southwestern Asia, Europe, and northern Africa. However, it is the root that is most effective to treat migraine headaches.

Many different research projects have shown that on a daily basis doses of extract of butterbur root reduced the frequency of migraine attacks by about fifty percent in almost eighty percent of the participants in the study.

Butterbur for migraines is used in Europe and Asia

Butterbur medicinal herb is used in Europe and Asia for migraine headaches. Nevertheless, only in recent times have American medical professionals evaluated it as a potent herbal preventative for the sufferers. Double blind, placebo-controlled studies conducted in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 all approved this herb's potency.

Migraine frequency reduction ranged from thirty seven percentage to sixty two percentage among study participants, with almost zero side effects. The sole side effect encountered was minor gastrointestinal condition, and that was in a small portion of both the herb and placebo groups. Butterbur is currently deemed to be safe when taking it with other migraine medications. A medical specialist should always be included in the decision to include herbal products for any treatment procedure.

Constituents of butterbur herb

Crude butterbur consists of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). The vast majority of all of these alkaloids are known to be harmful in human beings, particularly to the liver. When buying butterbur, make sure that the product is labeled PA-free.

The level of alkaloids present in the root is minimal because it is below 0.01% concentration. Most butterbur treatment method suggest using the supplement for a maximum of four to six months. If migraine frequency raises, it is usually safe to take again for another four to six months, but at least a month needs to separate each course of treatment when using butterbur for migraines.

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