Highly Effective Natural Therapies for Migraine Headaches

If you go to your doctor for your migraine headaches, he/she will most likely prescribe a prescription drug. Anti-migraine drugs such as Topamax, Depakote or Inderal can lower migraine frequency by about 50 percent in about 50 percent of migraine sufferers. But so can a dozen natural therapies - and without the side effects. So, which would you choose to try first? A prescription or natural therapy?

Anti-migraine drugs cause side effects, some unpleasant, some serious, in 30-40 percent of users. Natural therapies rarely cause side effects. If a side effect occurs, it usually is mild and often disappears with an adjustment in dosage.

Mainstream doctors and their institutions like to claim that they use drugs for migraines based on the principle of evidence-based medicine. They claim that their drugs are proven in big studies, while natural therapies are not. They are wrong.

Many natural therapies have been proven effective in studies. Some of these studies are double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled, which is exactly what mainstream doctors say they want. Yet, as you may have already experienced, most mainstream doctors are not really interested in learning about natural therapies. They are content to rely on their drugs despite the high incidence of side effects and the many patients who cannot tolerate the meds.

Dr. Cohen is an integrative physician, meaning that for 40 years he has used the best of alternative and mainstream methods. His research in magnesium for migraines led to his The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches, published in 2004 and updated in 2012.

After examining the evidence on dozens of other natural anti-migraine therapies, Dr. Cohen found that many natural remedies equal the effectiveness of the prescription drugs yet without the risks. This research led to his updated 2012 publication 15 Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches.

Dr. Cohen asks, "Why start with side effect-prone drugs? Why not try natural therapies first?" If the natural therapies work, the problem is solved. If the natural therapies do not work, then of course consider prescription methods. Dr. Cohen says, "It is not a question of either prescription drugs or natural therapies. It is a question of which should be tried first." If you ask migraine sufferers this question, the great majority choose the natural approach first.

If your migraines are horrible and disabling, you may need acute prescription intervention. But if you are like most migraine sufferers, you have time to consider natural therapies that are safer, natural to your body, and less expensive.

Dr. Cohen is available for consultations with people interested in learning more about natural therapies for migraine headaches. Dr. Cohen is not a neurologist nor an expert on the medical approach to migraine headaches. Instead, his expertise is specific and focused on the many natural therapies that are as good as prescription drugs in terms of effectiveness, and better in terms of safety.

Considering that many natural therapies reduce migraine frequency and severity in 50 percent or more of migraine sufferers, just like some drugs do, a natural therapy may be all that you need. This especially true for children, many of whom sufferer from migraines in the head, neck or stomach that often go unrecognized, misdiagnosed, and improperly treated.

You can contact Dr. Cohen's office at 858-345-1760 to schedule an appointment.

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