Chronic Migraine Relief.
What's a Butterbur?
No, this is not a newly discovered plant, it has been around for awhile, in fact it obtained its common name (Butterbur) from people using the enormous leaves to preserve butter in warm weather. But, its only function wasn't as a butter wrap. It had medicinal purposes as well. It was used to treat a whole bunch of stuff including: pain, headache, anxiety, cough, fever, gastrointestinal and urinary tract conditions, and it was a magical mystical wound healer. However, today it is used for nasal allergies, allergic skin reactions, asthma, and migraine headaches.
This plant just never stops giving. In order to produce the extract which is used in the pills, the leaves, rhizomes, and the roots are all used.
Sounds Good! But Does it Work?
This specific clinical trial was actually two trials which totaled 293 patients. This study was conducted using Petadolex which is a root extract, and mentioned earlier. Petadolex is extracted from Petasites hybridus. The dosages that were used in the study were 150 mg extract, a lower dosage of 100 mg, and the placebo. It was found the higher dosage of 150 mg had a greater success rate in the number of responders to the drug, and also to a decrease in frequency of migraine episodes. This improvement rate was greater than 50% when compared to that of the 100 mg dosage, and the placebo. These results were obtained after a 3-4 month test period.
So, it Works. Is it for me?
Lets keep in mind that this is a long term treatment process, and benefits may not be apparent for 2-3 months. It is medicine, not magic, so if you are serious about this treatment it is going to take some time, and eventually you might be able to taper off or discontinue use (with your doctors permission).
1. Frequency of attacks
- Equal or greater than 2 attacks per month
- Patients with less than 2 per month may still benefit from treatment depending on severity of attacks.
- Interference with daily life
2. Recurring migraines that in the patient’s opinion disturb daily routines
3. Overuse of acute medications
- Equal or greater to 2 times a week
- Acute medications ineffective or not tolerated