Dr Russ Blog - Allergies? Migraines? Think Butterbur
Allergies? Migraines? Think Butterbur
Created on 3/20/2012
I had the good fortune to appear on The Dr. Oz Show recently to discuss natural pain relief remedies. One of the agents I spoke of is the herb butterbur (Petasites hybridus).
If you experience hay fever or frequent migraine headaches, you should know about butterbur.
It appears that extracts of butterbur may lessen inflammation and perhaps reduce the release of histamine, a compound that produces common hay fever symptoms. In addition, butterbur seems to calm overly reactive blood vessels in the head, which many experts believe contributes to the pain of migraine headaches.
Research suggests that butterbur can be as effective as certain prescription allergy medicines, and one study performed over a period of 4 months' time found a 48% decrease in the incidence of migraine headache - 48%!
For what appears to be a remarkably effective remedy, relatively few people know about butterbur.
But there is at least one thing you should know about butterbur - you must look for products guaranteed to be free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids, or PAs - this stuff can be very dangerous to you, especially to your liver. Look for "PA-Free" butterbur, and be sure to speak with your doctor first before buying and using the agent.
A fairly typical adult starting dose for butterbur is 75 mg twice daily with food.
Pollen season can be a headache - literally. Butterbur just might help.
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