This was something else that was too interesting not to share. The neurologist also started my son on 75-100mg of Butterbur BID. We found 75mg capsules at Whole Foods.
I found this info at Natural News: http://www.naturalnews.com/028866_butterbur_migraines.html#
(NaturalNews) New research into the causes of migraine headaches reveals
that a little-known herb called butterbur offers tremendous promise for
migraine headache relief. Clinical trials also indicate that butterbur,
discovered originally in Germany, can prevent the recurrence of
devastating migraine headache pain.
Butterbur's Two-pronged Action for Migraine Headache Relief
acts on migraine headaches in two ways. It removes painful migraine
headache symptoms by lowering the inflammatory effect of chemicals like
leukotrienes and prostaglandin E2. The second active benefit found in
butterbur is its ability to function as a natural beta blocker whose
action results in the normal flow of blood to the brain. This helps
control blood pressure and spasmodic capillary action, which can also
contribute to the onset of migraine headaches.
Wondering how well
butterbur works? In a study of 245 people conducted by the Department
of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 68% of participants
saw the incidence of migraine headache symptoms reduced by at least
50%. This is a huge breakthrough for people suffering from migraine
headaches and the results are better than those of many dangerous
over-the-counter and prescription medicines.
The May 2000 issue
of the journal, "Headache", states that butterbur is gaining recognition
in the US as an effective alternative migraine headache treatment.
Additionally, the report confirms its ability to reduce active migraine
headache symptoms and prevent future migraine headache attacks. The best
part is people taking butterbur reported no significant side effects and only infrequent, mild stomach upset.
Buy Specially Processed Butterbur at Health Food Stores and Online Herbal Pharmacies
When buying butterbur as a migraine
cure, be sure to choose a brand labeled PA-Free. This means the product
was processed to remove potentially harmful, toxic chemicals found in
the butterbur plant. The special butterbur extract is prepared by having
all liver-toxic alkaloids removed. Purchase butterbur at most health
food stores and online herbal pharmacies.
Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Butterbur for Migraine Headache Relief
with a healthcare practitioner before using butterbur as a migraine
cure. Clinical guidelines for using butterbur for migraine prevention
include documenting the frequency of migraine attacks, determining the
recurrence of migraine headache
symptoms and whether they interfere substantially with daily routines,
and charting the patient's use of conventional medications and how well
they are tolerated.
The recommended adult dosage is 50-100 mg twice daily to reduce migraine headache symptoms and to prevent future migraine headaches. Take butterbur for an adequate amount of time to observe its efficacy. A three month trial is suggested for this assessment.
conventional medicines or other herbs are taken for migraine headache
treatment, consult a doctor for a timetable to wean the individual off
those other preparations to avoid interactions between medicines. Avoid
using butterbur if the person is allergic to ragweed, daisies,
chrysanthemums or marigolds.
The use of butterbur as a migraine
cure and to prevent future attacks of migraine headaches is on the
cutting edge of alternative treatment for this debilitating condition.
Speak to a holistic doctor to find out how butterbur may be integrated
into an individualized treatment plan for migraine headache relief.