Migraine headaches and depression, most commonly found in women, affect the lives of many. These conditions are often difficult to treat due to the wide range of causes and treatment plans available. Botanical medicines can be effective in treating these conditions due to the chemistry involved in depression and migraines. By examining scientific evidence, the central nervous system, mechanisms of action, and the historical and anecdotal uses of these plants, their effectiveness in treating migraines and depression will be demonstrated. The following herbal medicines will be discussed in this paper: 

  • Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
  • Ginger (Zingiber off.)
  • Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)
  • St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • Gingko (Ginkgo biloba)
  • Lemon balm (Melissa off.)
  • Black cohosh  (Actaea racemosa)
  • Red clover (Trifolium pretense)
  • Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)


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Botanical Strategies for Migraines and Depression

 

 

 Botanical Strategies for Migraines and DepressionMigraine headaches and depression, most commonly found in women, affect the lives of many. These conditions are often difficult to treat due to the wide range of causes and treatment plans available. Botanical medicines can be effective in treating these conditions due to the chemistry involved in depression and migraines. By examining scientific evidence, the central nervous system, mechanisms of action, and the historical and anecdotal uses of these plants, their effectiveness in treating migraines and depression will be demonstrated.
 

From ginger to St. John’s wort, learn which herbs are most effective at treating migraines and depression.

 

 

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