A Naturopathic Approach to Treating Migraines.

Migraine headaches are often debilitating, underdiagnosed and, unfortunately, quite common. Estimates put the prevalence of migraines at roughly 12 percent in the U.S. and slightly higher in Canada, with women affected three times more frequently than men.(1,2) Here, I’ll be reviewing both effective and safe therapies for migraine, and to also mention two key principles of naturopathic medicine applicable to individualized and public health approaches to migraine treatment. The first is prevention; currently only 12 percent of individuals with migraine (migraineurs) in the U.S. use any form of preventative therapy, while 98 percent use some form of acute treatment.(3) Given that most natural therapies are effective for migraine prophylaxis (rather than acute treatment) and without adverse effects, they may be the most appropriate choice for many migraineurs. (more…)