Daily News header

Poke Berry for Arthritis? Butterbur for Migraines? Herbal Remedies Come Back

By  

Herbal remedies are making a real come back and not just among us former hippies.

Butterbur, for example, is being viewed at the UPMC Center for Integrative Medicine in Shadyside, PA as a potential adjunct treatment for migraine headaches. That is, it is used in combination with other treatments.

There are published double-blind (scientific) studies which show butterbur extract can be effective in helping prevent or easing the intensity of migraine attacks.

Butterbur (petasites hybridus) is a shrub found in Europe and the U.S. and both leaf and root extracts contain compounds which have been used to treat asthma and migraine headaches.

See various studies listed at Pubmed.gov, an archive of medical journal articles maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Search term: butterbur migraine

A report published in Neurology. 2004 Dec 28;63(12):2240-4 concludes, "CONCLUSIONS: Petasites extract 75 mg bid is more effective than placebo and is well tolerated as a preventive therapy for migraine. Petasites 50 mg PO bid was not significantly more effective than placebo on the primary study endpoints."

Translated into English, a 75 mg dose does work, although lower doses don't.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15623680

This study was done at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.

Please consult your regular physician before relying on any herbal remedy if only because there may be interactions with other medicine you are taking or other reasons not to use the herbal remedy - the UPMC Integrative Medicine Center uses a combination of treatments combining Eastern and Western medicine.

On October 25, 2010, KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, PA carried a story on an herbalist in West Virginia who has been compounding herbal mixtures for years.

Among other herbal remedies she discussed was the use of Poke Berry in treating her own arthritis.

(KDKA radio 1020 was the first commercial radio station in the U.S.)

A transcript of the broadcast KDKA-TV report can be found at:

http://kdka.com/health/herbal.associations.medicine.2.1979360.html

Please note that this story is also copied on the CureZone.com.

http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1712917

Both links are included because at the time this is being written the KDKA site wasn't responding but the story did run on air. (Please note, the site server may just have been busy - the alternative link is included for reader convenience.)

John McCormick is a reporter, /science/medical columnist and finance and social commentator, with 17,000+ bylined stories. Contact John through NewsBlaze.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Health News News

Could eating spicy peppers help prevent or slow down some intestinal cancers? A UC San Diego School of Medicine research team investigates.
The deadline for the realization of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by countries of the world is drawing to a close in 2015. The progress on MDGs might have been with mixed results, but lot of lessons need to be learnt while we frame n
In the year 2000, countries of the world had agreed to meet the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Numerous consultative processes have been taking place around the world on what should be the development goals post-2015.
Martha Rosenberg investigates a proposal that people watch the animals they eat being killed. Some say it encourages insensitivity and lack of empathy for suffering.
The first estimates of the global burden of TB in children given by the WHO in 2012, suggested that there might be 530,000 children suffering from it. Subsequently there has been an uptake in the research in this field.
We know that nearly one third of the 35 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) have tuberculosis (TB), and 13% of 8.6 million new TB cases every year are HIV positive. Also 1 in 5 HIV associated deaths are due to TB.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site