The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.


Headaches are a common problem, most are due to muscle tension resulting from stress, some are migraines or vascular headaches, a small percentage are due to serious medical problems like tumors, infections and hemorrgages. Any new persistant headache, especially if accompanied by symptoms such as one sided weakness, visual changes, mental changes, nausea & vomiting, fever, high blood pressure, eye or ear pain, or with a history of head trauma should be evaluated right away by your health care provider. Chronic headaches of tension or migraine type can be debilitating and even lead to additional problems like depression. Interestingly, several studies have shown that regular consumption of analgesic medications may actually result in more headaches.

Herbal treatment-
Feverfew- an effective preventative treatment for migraine, works by inhibiting release of blood vessel dilating substances, inhibiting inflammatory substances and stablilizing blood vessel tone. Its effectiveness appears to be due to the constituent, parthenolide.
Liquid extract -1-11/2 teaspoons three times a day
Dry herb in capsules- 1000-1500 mg three times a day
Standardized extract (0.6% parthenolide)- 100 mg three times a day

Other herbs-Ginger, garlic, St. Johnís Wort

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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