Treat or minimize migraine headaches naturally

If you have a migraine, what should you do?

You could start by going online.

An HSI member named Cindy writes: “I suffer from terrible migraines. I would like to hear your advice on how to handle it.”

In many e-Alerts I’ve looked at different ways to treat or minimize migraine headaches without the use of drugs or conventional painkillers. Here are a few examples:

  • In “The Best Offense” (9/29/04) I told you about a study that shows how riboflavin (also known as vitamin B-2) may provide substantial help in reducing the frequency of migraines.
  • In “Power to the Powerhouses” (6/28/04) I told you how coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may help prevent migraines by promoting proper respiration in the mitochondria powerhouses of the cell.
  • In “Downhill From Here” (3/10/05) an HSI member named Menken was quoted from a posting on the HSI Healthier Talk community forums: “I have discovered a cure that starts within 30 minutes for migraine headaches. I juice up a bunch of celery and take 2 oz. of juice whenever I feel a migraine coming on. Then I lay down and within 30 minutes my migraine starts going away most of the time.”
  • In “Like Buttah” (1/19/05) I told you about a study in which a group of migraine patients took 75 mg of butterbur root extract daily and cut migraine frequency by nearly half.
  • In “How do You Spell Respect?” (11/5/02) I told you about the herbal anti-inflammatory called feverfew that helps some patients reduce migraine pain.

Finding the full text of all these e-Alerts couldn’t be easier. When you go to our web site at you’ll see this prompt at the center of the page: “Go to the HSI e-Alert archives.” With one click you’ll be directed to the e-Alert search feature. Just type in “migraine” and you’ll instantly have a list of e-Alerts (including the ones mentioned above) to choose from.

If you don’t have migraine problems but you want info about diabetes, enter the word “diabetes” and you’ll get a multitude of responses. Or if you want to read up on age-related macular degeneration, just enter the whole phrase and choose the “find exact phrase” option.

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