“There’s clearly a need for better medications to treat migraines,” said Dr. Roger Cady, director of the Headache Care Center in Springfield, Mo.
Even the best medication we have doesn’t work for one-third of sufferers. And pain medications can cause rebound headaches if taken too often. So some frustrated migraine patients have turned to natural remedies for help in preventing migraine attacks or minimizing their pain once a headache hits.
The good news is that a handful of supplements have proven to be effective in a number of small studies. Though supplement makers don’t have the big bucks to do large scale studies, smaller studies have convinced some specialists—and many patients—that some of these alt meds are worth a try, especially since they come with a low risk of side effects. Caveat: Always discuss your treatment with a doctor, and don’t take these supplements without consulting a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.