Migraine management

One of the latest studies has found that migraine sufferers have low levels of vitamin D, vitamin B2 and co-enzyme Q10. Not surprisingly, the supplement sellers have made a great deal of this, even though further studies haven’t managed to prove that taking extra vitamins actually helps.

This sort of thing goes on all the time. One of the steps to a classic migraine is that the blood vessels at the base of the skull go into spasm, causing painful congestion and the typical migraine headache, so most medical treatments focus on relieving the spasm. The herb Feverfew works in this way too. It does help to avert attacks and, if you take it regularly, it can cut down on their frequency too. But it doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

If you ask a supplement question, you’ll get a supplement answer. If you ask a physiological question, of course you’ll find physiological changes, but tinkering with those changes is simply first aid. Unless you ask ‘Why is this happening?’ you’re just treating the symptoms rather than the cause.

Of course, this doesn’t just apply to migraines. When you start to deal with long-term stress, lifestyle and diet, exercise and eating habits, all sorts of symptoms begin to get better or even disappear. Migraine sufferers tend to do well on regular sleeping hours and mealtimes, and working on their stress management. Herbs like Vervain and Wood Betony, Scullcap and Rosemary, can help to even out blood sugar and boost circulation to the head, but they also ‘feed’ the nervous system at a deeper level, and that’s what really makes the difference. And you can’t do that just by taking pills or herbs or anything else. You have to be willing to change.