If you can’t identify a trigger, you can explore preventive treatment for frequent headaches. Conventional medicine relies on various drugs, but none of them works well for everyone.
You can also try one or more of the available alternative treatments. A study published in the December 28, 2004, issue of Neurology found that patients who took two 75 mg tablets of butterbur extract (Petasites hybridus) cut headache occurrence by an average of 48 percent (compared to 26 percent among patients who received a placebo). When buying butterbur, choose extracts guaranteed to be free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), compounds that are toxic to the liver. Take butterbur with meals.
Another alternative is high doses of vitamin B-2. A 1998 Belgian study found that 400 mg of B-2 reduces the frequency and duration of migraines. You’ll need a doctor’s prescription to get that dosage.
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