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Top 10 Super Strong Herbs to Stop Migraine Headaches
3. Cayenne Pepper
Scientists believe that the active ingredient in cayenne, capsaicin, can provide some relief from the pain of migraines by actually masking some of the pain or perhaps by increasing your pain threshold. You will find cayenne in many nasal sprays and many people find relief in using these products to stop or lessen their pain.
Butterbur has recently gained a great deal of attention due to a blind study which confirmed that this herb could both prevent and reduce migraines. Butterbur has both anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic compounds, which were tested in 2004. In this study, more than 240 subjects stated that they found relief from the pain of migraines after consuming butterbur supplements. The number of attacks was reduced by 28 percent in the placebo group, but a whopping 58 percent in the group that consumed butterbur. Another study showed that 82 percent of subjects reported that they had significant improvements in their migraine headaches after regular consumption of butterbur.
Valerian, an herb native to Europe and Asia, has shown great promise for helping with a wide range of health issues including anxiety attacks, chest pain, cardiovascular problems, and insomnia. Valerian works indirectly, targeting anxiety, which is one of the major causes behind migraine headaches. Valerian also contains sedative compounds, which help bring deep, quality sleep, which can help migraine sufferers feel better.
6. Willow Bark
This ancient herb, used for thousands of years, has been used for the treatment of inflammation and pain, including the pain of migraine headaches, The University of Maryland Medical Center conducted a study which showed that salicin, a compound found in willow bark and works in a similar manner to aspirin, can help those who suffer from migraines.
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