by NativeRemedies on August 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 am
If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know it’s excruciating.
You might have a hint of what’s coming beforehand, when you’re a bit irritable or crave certain foods. Afterwards, you might even see strange flashes of light.
Then comes the migraine attack. It makes your head throb in the most painful way possible. It’s painful enough to make you seek the shelter of a dark room, possibly your bedroom. There, you can escape from bright lights and noise — the very things that you find nauseating at that moment.
When the pain subsides, you’re exhausted. The experience has drained you of all your energy. And you think, ‘I pray that I’ll never feel like that ever again.’
Relief may be within reach. In a new study, people got relief from migraine pain after taking a supplement containing two herbs: feverfew and ginger.1 The authors say that the supplement eliminated migraine symptoms like the pulsating sensation, light and sound sensitivity, and nausea.
Another study determined that the active ingredient in feverfew that has an antimigraine effect may be parthenolide, a naturally-occurring chemical compound.2
The authors indicate that parthenolide may achieve this effect by reducing the presence of the Fos protein in the trigeminal nucleus caudalis, a set of nerves in the brain stem.3 These nerves are connected to the trigeminal nerve, which is threaded through the human face and head and plays a major role in migraines.
According to JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), the pain from migraines may be linked to signals from the trigeminal nerve.4
One group of scientists summed up the migraine process by saying, “…it is generally thought that the pain originates from chemical activation of sensory nerves that supply intracranial blood vessels and the meninges [membranes covering the brain and spinal cord].”5,6
So, anything that can stop this chemical process might be helpful in alleviating the pain of migraines. And, according to the scientists, feverfew and its active compound, parthenolide, may play a helpful role in this process.
MiGone Plus™ promotes calm and discourages common nervous tension for clear-headed comfort. It contains feverfew, milk thistle, and passion flower.
- Roger K. Cady et al, “A Double-blind Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study of Sublingual Feverfew and Ginger (LipiGesic™M) in the Treatment of Migraine,” Headache
- Tassorelli C., “Parthenolide is the Component of Tanacetum Parthenium That Inhibits Nitroglycerin-Induced Fos Activation: Studies in an Animal Model of Migraine,” Cephalalgia
- Dr. Gominak, “Why Do Humans Have Headaches? The Trigeminovascular Theory,” DrGominak.com
- Carolyn J. Hildreth, “Migraine Headache,” JAMA
- Rami Burstein, Michael F. Cutrer, and David Yarnitsky, “The Development of Cutaneous Allodynia During a Migraine Attack – Clinical Evidence for the Sequential Recruitment of Spinal and Supraspinal Nociceptive Neurons in Migraine,” Brain
- MedicineNet.com, “Definition of Meninges.”