Herbs for Migraines

Herbs for Migraines that are useful

By Veena Deo


In this article I will be discussing herbs for migraines that are helpful to all people.

Migraine is a condition that is marked by recurrent usually unilateral, severe headache often accompanied by nausea. It tends to occur in more than one member of a family, and is of uncertain origin, although attacks appear to be precipitated by dilatation of intracranial blood vessels. The percentage of ‘Migraines’ is more in women as compared to men. In some pregnant women, migraine headache is accompanied with fever.

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Some medical experts believe that attack of migraine begins in the brain and it involves various nerve pathways and chemicals. Migraine may affect 10-20% of the general population. According to Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache Society, migraine has been classified as Migraine without Aura (common-migraine), Migraine with Aura, (complicated Migraine).

Migraine without Aura – Unilateral throbbing headache occurs along with nausea and vomiting.

Migraine with Aura – Unilateral throbbing headache that becomes generalized.

Aura – is a group of symptoms including vision disturbances and these are a warning sign of headaches.

Probable Causes are stress, excessive intake of alcohol, certain perfumes, Red wine, eating aged cheese, hot dogs, cured meats, peanut butter, and foods containing monosodium glucomate (MSG). Avocado, bananas are also things which may trigger a migraine attack and pain occurs typically on one side of the head.

Symptoms: A temporary blind spot, nausea, vomiting along with headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, sensitivity to light, sweating etc.

There is no specific cure for migraine. There is no specific treatment for migraine.

Traditional medicine uses Anti depressants, Beta Blockers or calcium or calcium channel blockers. To treat symptoms, narcotic pain relievers and Non steroidal Anti inflammatory drugs also are given.

Triptans are effective for both pain and nausea. The different forms available include oral, nasal spray and oral dissolving tablets. Ergotamin and dihydroegatamin are older medication, but some doctors still prescribe them.

Organizations working on Migraines-

1. American Headache society committee for headache education ,19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ.
2. Migraine Research Foundation 300 East 75th Street suite 3k New York NY.
3. National Headache Foundation 820 N, Orleans Suite 217 Chicago, IL.

Herbs for Migraines that are useful-

Camellia Sinensis:- Relieves muscular and mental fatigue and has a muscle relaxant property. Induces tranquility.  It is beneficial in headache, neuralgia and nervous depression. Tea flavonoids possess anti-coagulant and capillary strengthening properties. Ref: Wealth of India.

In black tea, caffeine is present up to 1-5%. It is stated that 80% of caffeine is extracted during normal brewing. If one is consuming 6 cup of tea a day, it means the person is taking approximately 0.3g of caffeine. Caffeine and its metabolites do not accumulate in the body. Caffeine stimulates mental alacrity and increases discrimination ability. The stimulating effect of tea does not have subsequent depression or hangover. Excessive dose may cause anxiety or gastric irritation.

Caffeine enhances biosynthesis of catecholamine and polyphenols inhibit their degradation.

Gotu cola has been found to be effective in reducing different types of stress including psychological, chemical and traumatic. Ref: Prasad GC.

Lavandula Stroechas acts as a tonic for brain. It relieves confusion states related with behavioral disturbances also relieves mental fatigue, anxiety, irritability and depression. Ref:  Daljit Singh.

Coriander seeds corrects confused mental state and is found useful in dizziness and boosts memory. Ref: Wealth of India.

I hope the above herbs for migraines help all people that are trying to address this condition.


Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided above and opinions expressed above are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to veenadeo@herbsbenefits.com


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