What do you use when a migraine hits? Prescriptions? Excedrin? Advil? Have you tried a simpler, better-for-you remedy instead? Butterbur isn’t well known to holistic novices, but it has been around since medieval times for pain relief. Migraines can stop you in your tracks, but a reliable natural supplement like Butterbur can get you back to your normal routine quickly – and without any harmful side effects.

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In addition to those in medieval time, clinical studies from Germany have positively confirmed that butterbur may cut the frequency of migraine headaches by up to 50% in long-term migraine sufferers. How great is that? Many times a natural remedy is overlooked by the scientific community, so when one actually gets good press, it’s great. Butterbur’s headache-preventive capabilities likely stem from its anti-inflammatory and spasmolytic (muscle-relaxant) effects. It contains active components known as isopetasin, oxopetasin, and petasin, which induce smooth muscle relaxation, particularly in cerebral blood vessel walls. Research indicates that petasin inhibits the proinflammatory lipoxygenase (LOX) enzyme, while both petasin and isopetasin exert highly potent anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting leukotriene synthesis. All in all, it helps calm out migraine pain.

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Butterbur is also great for stomach issues, and has been used for centuries to help treat diarrhea and nausea. This is also helpful, as those are common ailments that accompany a migraine headache. Unlike the ancient times when one would have to go far to hunt for such a valuable remedy, butterbur is commonly found in health food stores and via the internet. This makes it easier for you and me to find and take this remedy – and it is helpfyl for our kid, as well.

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If you are treating a child’s migraine, you know how challenging it can be to correctly dose medication. With butterbur, have no worries. The same German study that found it worked great for adults also found that it 77% of participants who took 50-150 mgs. of butterbur daily for four months had a 50% reduction in migraines. This is great news for kiddos suffering. However, as with anything you give your child, speak with your doctor or pharmacist first to make sure nothing will interact with it. Sometimes prescriptions can interact with natural supplements, so it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Butterbur should never be consumed directly from the plant, as the plant itself can he harmful to the human body. Instead, buy butterbur extract or capsules from your local health food store or online retailer (make sure they are legit!) to make sure that you are getting the best bang for your buck. There are no documented cases of a butterbur overdose, but anyone with a ragweed allergy should steer clear – they are in the same family.