So many doctors (including neurologists) are beginning to rely on natural products to help ease and prevent their patients' migraines. In this issue, we look at how doctors are using magnesium-and what a brand new clinical study shows about its effectiveness. Plus we look at whether ear piercing can ease migraines and the dangerous "all-natural" ingredient you don't want in your migraine supplement.

Thank you for your comments on our last issue, including the value of the Alexander technique in preventing migraines. We also received an email about our article on Atlas alignment cautioning that chiropractic adjustment of the neck could pose the same risk of stroke that occurs with whiplash or other sudden movement. We checked, and while there is no proof that chiropractic neck manipulation directly causes strokes, it's certainly a concern to discuss before any chiropractic session.

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Mag Force: How Doctors Use Magnesium to Treat Migraines

Drugs prescribed for migraines often come with serious risks and side effects patients can't tolerate. Doctors also worry about migraine patients becoming addicted to painkillers, or having the painkillers themselves start to cause rebound headaches. That's why many doctors-including neurologists-are taking a closer look at what magnesium can do for migraine sufferers.

Why magnesium? Magnesium is an essential nutrient thought to support the healthy functioning of blood vessels in the brain. Clinical research shows that people who suffer migraines often have low levels of magnesium. Magnesium has been clinically studied for decades and is favorably rated by the American Academy of Neurology guidelines for migraine prevention.

Treating acute migraine. Sometimes, migraine pain becomes so intense that sufferers end up in the Emergency Room. While ER doctors may treat acute migraine with a wide array of prescription drugs for pain, many hospitals use a different intervention: magnesium. Given intravenously, magnesium has shown effectiveness with severe migraines, particularly for patients who have migraines with aura.

Part of a migraine prevention strategy. As doctors increasingly seek safe and well-tolerated migraine prevention options, they recognize magnesium as a well-researched natural option. Magnesium is generally well tolerated and can be combined with other natural and prescription options as part of a comprehensive prevention strategy. Magnesium has an excellent safety profile and, some research suggests, can be particularly helpful for women with menstrual migraines.

If you're considering adding magnesium to your prevention program, you may want to let your doctor know about a newly published clinical study showing the effectiveness supplementation. For a quick, easy-reading summary of the research you can print and share with your doctor, CLICK HERE.

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Can Daith Ear Piercing Stop Piercing Migraine Pain?

A Daith ear piercing passes through the ear's innermost cartilage fold. Some migraine sufferers report this type of piercing improves their migraines. However, no clinical studies show that Daith piercings prevent or relieve migraines. Acupuncture, however, has been studied. For example, a 2012 study involving nearly 18,000 patients showed acupuncture twice as effective as the drugs and exercise recommended by most doctors. Acupuncture works by dilating the blood vessels and increasing blood flow to relieve pressure on specific trigger points. The Daith piercing may work in a similar fashion, relieving pressure on the trigeminal nerve and/or the ear's branch of the vagus nerve.

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IS IT WORTH A TRY? Remember that there is no clinical support for the effectiveness of Daith piercings and even anecdotal reports indicate that only some migraine sufferers experience relief-and even then, the piercings do not typically eliminate migraines. In addition, significant pain and risk of infection exist because the earring pierces through bony cartilage. Before trying a Daith piercing, you might try acupuncture. Seeing substantial results may indicate that a Daith piercing might help your migraines.
Can butterbur be dangerous?

Butterbur supplements have achieved a Level A (effective) rating in the American Academy of Neurology migraine prevention guidelines and a "strong recommendation" from the Canadian Headache Society Guideline. However, that doesn't mean it's safe to go out and buy any butterbur supplement. That's because butterbur can be dangerous unless it is properly processed to remove toxic "PAs."

What are PAs? Pyrrolizidine alkaloids occur naturally in many flowering plants-including butterbur. These plants produce PAs as a defense against insects. In making herbal supplements, these toxins must be removed or they may damage the liver, lungs and blood circulation. They may also contribute to cancer. This is why clinical research studies to date have relied exclusively on pure, PA-free butterbur (specifically, the German-manufactured Petasites hybridus extract formulation known as Petadolex®).

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