Do you tremble at the sight of drifting pollen? Don’t let allergies and migraine headaches keep you from enjoying the spring sunshine…learn more about the beneficial properties of butterbur root for migraines and allergy symptoms.
Butterbur for migraines
Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is a shrubbery that grows in wet, marshy areas throughout Europe and parts of Asia. Historically, doctors have often included butterbur in the presence of migraine symptoms, including headache, digestive disorders, spasms, and anxiety (often correlated with migraines).
More recently, various scientific placebo-controlled studies have confirmed the effectiveness of butterbur supplements in promoting neurological health.
Scientists explain that butterbur blocks inflammatory chemicals leukotriene and prostaglandin E2, in addition to acting as a natural calcium channel blocker, both of which are conducive to nerve health.
Butterbur for allergic rhinitis
For some, allergy symptoms trigger migraine headaches. If itchy, watery eyes and sinus congestion exacerbate migraines, then that is extra reason to include butterbur as a natural migraine ingredient. Butterbur root and leaves have been used for centuries to treat nasal stuffiness, cough, bronchial asthma, and allergic skin reactions.
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- Raw, untreated butterbur extracts contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), a toxic compound that can cause liver damage. Only purchase butterbur supplements that carry a PA-free label, ensuring that they were processed for removal of pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
- PA-free butterbur is as safe for migraine patients of all ages as prescribed and OTC migraine treatments, if not safer.
- Butterbur is cousin to flowers like marigolds, daisies, and chrysanthemums; if you are allergic, then proceed with caution.
- Always consult your doctor before starting any new migraine treatment.
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