Butterbur is Good for Migraines, and it's Natural too!
Migraines and Butterbur
While it is relatively unknown to most of the general public, butterbur (petasites hybridus) has a long history of use for people with migraines, urinary incontinence, and respiratory problems. It was even used by the ancient Greeks for its mucus-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Butterbur is available from many supplement companies, but the most researched version for migraines is known as Petadolex. This patented form is available through companies like Enzymatic Therapy and Planetary Herbals.
Butterbur for Migraines, Allergies and Gastrointestinal Disorders
Butterbur extracts are primarily known for the treatment of three clusters of conditions: migraines, allergy/asthma/bronchitis and gastrointestinal disorders.
All three are dependent on the anti-inflammatory
and antispasmodic effects of butterbur. The former is arguably the most important, and what makes butterbur so unique is that it seems to suppress leukotriene production without impeding the biosynthesis of
the more 'constructive' eicosanoids, especially prostaglandins.
Butterbur for Migraines in the News
Butterbur has been in the news lately, mostly for it's purported benefits for allergies and migraines. Dr Oz recently talked about it on his show for migraines for this purpose. It seems to have an antispasmodic effect on muscle tissues and cerebral blood vessels. It is not unusual for people to develop headaches in association with their seasonal allergies, and butterbur might help in this instance, too.
Butterbur Studied for Migraines
One 2004 study found that Butterbur worked better at relieving migraines than an inactive placebo treatment. Here’s a breakdown of the patients in the four-month study. These migraine sufferers said their migraine attack frequency was reduced by:
- 48% with Butterbur/Petadolex 75 mg
- 36% with Butterbur/Petadolex 50 mg
- 26% with Placebo (sugar pill)
Based on this type of research, Petaldolex Butterbur Extract is even recommended by neurologists for migraines. Here at Peach Vitamins actually we have many customers who have been sent in to get Petaldolex Butterbur Extract by their doctor. Come by our store today and our knowledgeable staff of nutritional supplement professionals will be happy to help you learn more about this promising herbal extract.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not intended to be medical advice nor is it intended to take the place of care provided by your healthcare practitioner. The information is provided for educational and information purposes only. As always, check with your physician or healthcare practitioner before starting any new supplements in conjunction with your treatment for migraines or any other conditions.