Dr. Oz Butterbur for Migraines
The Natural remedy Dr. Oz recommends to help prevent migraine headaches is the herb butterbur (Petasites hybridus), which appears to help stabilize irritable blood vessels that may contribute to migraine pain, as well as offer anti-inflammatory actions.
People who suffer from migraines will always tell you there is no cure for migraines, and can be so intense it literally immobilizes them. This is not the first time Dr. Oz spoke about natural remedies for migraines.
In one trial, researchers found that taking 75 mg of butterbur daily over 4 months cut the incidence of migraine headaches nearly in half. In addition, butterbur is an effective agent for the treatment of hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. It is not unusual for people to develop headaches in association with their seasonal allergies, and butterbur might help in this instance, too.
Results of a small study published in the May 2000 issue of the journal Headache showed that an extract of butterbur root significantly reduced the frequency of migraine attacks and days per month of migraines with no adverse drug reactions from the butterbur extract or the placebo among the 58 patients participating. Studies have shown that adverse effects of using butterbur extract for migraine prevention are rare and tend to be mild gastrointestinal upsets.
Only buy butterbur products that are labeled “PA Free,” which means they do not contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can damage the liver.
You can buy butterbur online or in most health food stores in your area-adult starting butterbur dose for the prevention of migraine headaches would be 75 mg twice a day with meals. Some people may need to increase the dosage to 100 mg twice daily for symptom relief.
Efficacy of Butterbur Herb
butterburresearch.org: randomised, double-blind and placebo-controlled monocenter trial 60 migraineurs between 18 and 60 years of age were treated twice daily with placebo or 50 mg of the special butterbur extract for a total of 12 weeks. Migraine attacks could maximally be reduced by 52%. After two months 66% of all patients experienced an attack reduction of at least 50% (therapy responders). Additionally, the number of patients, requiring acute pain medication was reduced by more than half in the butterbur group.
Trial 2 (Lipton et al, 2004): this was a double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled multicenter trial in the USA and Germany with 245 migraine patients with and without aura. The patients were treated for 4 months twice daily with either placebo or 50 mg or 75 mg special butterbur. Maximum response was achieved after 3 months resulting in an attack reduction of 58% with the 2×75 mg dosing. This was statistically significant compared to the placebo response of 28%. The number of therapy responders was 71% after treatment with butterbur.