Migraine is common in the UK, affecting about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 12 men. Triptans have been used by millions of people throughout the world for decades and are generally considered safe drugs. Triptan medication is for people under 65, who have been diagnosed with migraine, not for other types of headaches.
People experiencing frequent migraines may benefit from preventative treatments. If suffering more than one migraine per week, see your GP to discuss preventative treatment.
This is the surprising conclusion of a 2013medical research study (Maghbooli and colleagues).
But before all migraine sufferers rush out to stock up on ginger, there remain some unanswered questions:
Is this really true? Could a herbal remedy be as effective for an episode of acute migraine, as a tried and tested, popular, anti-migraine drug such as sumatriptan, which has transformed the lives of millions of migraine sufferers?
Should migraine sufferers take ginger instead of sumatriptan?
Many of us know the feeling when a headache starts to set in. You feel pressure inside your skull, your muscles are tense and light becomes annoying. The pain can become so unbearable that concentration on simple tasks seems impossible.
Most headaches are of the stress type, but migraine is different and is caused by changes in blood flow in and around the brain. Migraine can be incapacitating, forcing you to stay home from work or school and cancel all appointments. Even if you are able to identify your triggers they can still occur. Learn more about how to stave them off and what to do if you feel one coming on. Read in full