This is information based on my husband’s experiences rather than my own but I want to include it here because I think it may help many people. I want to say that it will not help everyone. There are different reasons for the onset of migraines. If it is hormonal or something that is needing surgery to correct the problem, this will probably not work.
My husband’s migraines were related to his sinuses and caffeine. He never gets them anymore. They used to be so bad that he had to lay down in a dark room with complete silence. Can you relate?
His first recommendation is to eliminate any caffeine from your diet. It was a serious trigger for him. His was coffee. It may be soda (coke) or something that you never thought might have caffeine in it that you eat or drink but after a little thought and research you may uncover this.
The next thing he found was an herbal combination in capsule form that he would take. They are Fenu-Thyme by Nature’s Way (which is a combination of the herb Fenegreek and Thyme) and White Willow by Nature’s Way (it is the same herb that contains the active ingredient in aspirin). Fenu-Thyme helps to drain pressure off of the sinuses and the White Willow is a pain reliever.
Please read the cautions on the labels of both of the herbs. There are contraindications, especially the White Willow for those allergic to aspirin or if you have ulcers as it does contain salicin, the basis for aspirin. It should not be given to children with fevers or those on blood-thinning medication.
You may be asking, if White Willow has similar ingredients as aspirin, why not take aspirin? This article on How.com will explain why and it has more detailed information on safety.
Here is the regimen:
At the first sign of a headache coming on, he took 2 capsules of Fenu-Thyme and 2 capsules of White Willow (you may find you need a little more, it can be very individual). If this did not eliminate all of the symptoms within twenty minutes, he would repeat with 2 capsules of each again.
He also suggested following the recommended dosage on the bottles, 2 capsules two to three times a day with food and for intensive use — up to four times daily on the Fenu-Thyme. Take 2 capsules of the White Willow two times a day with food. He took both of the herbs for awhile daily with the recommended dose to help prevent a migraine from coming on although he did not do this over a long period of time. He did this to keep some of the inflammation down initially and the migraines at bay.
He does take one capsule of the White Willow with his daily supplements to eliminate any aches and pains but he doesn’t have to take the headache regimen because he not longer gets migraine headaches. He does believe that easing off of the caffeine was the greatest factor but the herbal combinations stopped them in their tracks when he felt anything starting to come on.
I do not get migraines but this herbal combination helps me get rid of the everyday, common headache when I need it. Regular aspirin upsets my stomach but White Willow doesn’t.
I used to share this information with students in the past. One was a mother of three children on prescription medication for migraines. She shared with me the awful side effects of these drugs but she was afraid to discuss anything new with her doctor. I shared this with another student who would get migraines so bad that her vision would double and she couldn’t do her homework. She went out, got the herbal combinations, used them and, for the first time in years, she was migraine headache free and could get to her homework without interruption.
We buy these herbs at Wholefoods here in Dallas, Texas, but they are available at other health food stores, too.
If you cannot find them or would like the convenience, these products are also located from these links on Amazon.com