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Migraine is more than just a really intense headache. It is a chronic neurological disorder characterised by recurrent moderate to severe headaches. The difference to a standard “headache” is that it often occurs in association with a number of changes within autonomic nervous system. The word derives from the Greek (hemikrania), "pain on one side of the head", from 'hemi-', "half", and 'kranion', which means "skull".
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Migraine is more than just a really intense headache. It is a chronic neurological disorder characterised by recurrent moderate to severe headaches. The difference to a standard “headache” is that it often occurs in association with a number of changes within autonomic nervous system. The word derives from the Greek (hemikrania), "pain on one side of the head", from 'hemi-', "half", and 'kranion', which means "skull".

Typically the migraine is manifested as a unilateral headache (initially affecting only one half of the head) and it is pulsating in nature. It can last anywhere from 2 to 72 hours.

Other associated symptoms (stemming from the autonomic nervous system changes) may include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light (photophobia,) increased sensitivity to sound (phonophobia). The pain is usually made worse by physical activity.

Up to one-third of people with migraine headaches perceive a transient visual, sensory or motor disturbance just prior to the onset of the headache (referred to as an 'aura'.) Occasionally an aura can occur with little or no headache following it.

Although the exact mechanisms of migraines are not known, they are often characterised as a neurovascular disorder. Increased excitability of the cerebral cortex and abnormal control of pain neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem have been noted as probable causes. Migraines are believed to be due to a mixture of environmental and genetic factors.

About two-thirds of cases run in families.

Fluctuating hormone levels may also play a role: migraine affects slightly more boys than girls before puberty, but about two to three times more women than men. Propensity for migraines usually decreases during pregnancy.

Typically, migraine sufferers treat themselves with simple analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the headache, an antiemetic for the nausea, and where possible they try to identify the triggers and avoid these (can differ between sufferers but usually related to increased light and sound). Often health professionals will prescribe specific agents such as triptans or ergotamines may be used by those for whom simple analgesics are not effective.

Globally, approximately 15% of the population is affected by migraines at some point in life. Which is quite a high number.

If you or your loved one are experiencing new-onset headaches, a change in frequency or intensity of your headaches, you should consult a healthcare professional before going on any new treatments.

There are some natural health remedies that may help alleviate symptoms of migraine.

Feverfew has been known to be effective in reducing migraines. Ginger can help in two ways; both with its anti-inflammatory and with its anti-emetic (nausea) properties. Fresh ginger appears to work the best; try making an infusion or just smelling the freshly crushed ginger for nausea. Sadly, ginger ale is not effective in migraines. Caffeine can improve and worsen a headache, so use this remedy wisely. “Caffeine-rebound headaches” are often blamed as sources of migraines, yet one cup of tea or coffee may actually help relieve a migraine. People with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium than those who don't have migraines. Studies suggest that magnesium may reduce frequency by more than 40 percent! Another study suggested that magnesium may be helpful in women with menstrual migraines. 

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) may also be helpful in reducing the frequency of migraines. 

Consistent exercise (3 times a week) is effective at preventing migraines.

5-HTP may be particularly effective in reducing the severity and frequency of migraine headaches according to a clinical study by Harvard University. This is because low serotonin levels are associated with migraines and 5-HTP increases the body's production of serotonin. 

Coenzyme Q10 may also help prevent migraines as clinical studies have revealed.

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    I have been taking this 5htp on and off for over a year. It has really helped me sleep better, easier to fall asleep initially and I stay asleep all night long. Every now and then I feel a bit down and get ‘the blues’, this product also helps me with this. I have found that I need to take a break from taking it every now and then as my body seems to get used to it and it isn’t as effective, but after a month or so off it seems to work as well as it did the first time taking it. I highly recommend this product, it’s helped me so much and I like that it’s natural as opposed to what the doctors may prescribe for similar issues.



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    I have suffered from depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. Over the years I have tried many natural products and unfortunately this product actually exacerbated my symptoms instead of relieving them. Within a week of starting them I was unable to leave the house, crying uncontrollably etc so I stopped taking them. My partner always oversees any products I try just so I have someone else's perspective on the outcome and he was noticed my reaction even after a couple of days but I persisted for a week. 5 HTP is not for me.



  • Works well, but expensive


    I've been taking magnesium capsules for a while for painful night-time leg cramps I get as a result of peripheral neuropathy (numb legs) from rheumatoid arthritis. The capsules work ok but I need four of the rather large capsules every day.

    I decided to try Liposomal Magnesium since that's supposed to be absorbed better, but when I take the recommended 10ml per day there is little effect. When I take one 20ml dose each evening before bed it works as well as the capsules. At 20ml a day I get no cramps at all, and if I don't take the magnesium I'm guaranteed to get painful cramps every time, so it most certainly works. I also sleep a little better.

    The taste and texture is a little strange but it's not a problem, and the bottle needs a really good shake every time. Somewhat more expensive than capsules, but way more convenient. I use two bottles a month, so it's nearly $100 monthly, compared to under $20 a month for the capsules.

    Some details about my dosage:
    To get the required effect I've found I needed the normal required daily intake (RDA) of Magnesium on top of whatever I get through my diet. The RDA for Magnesium is 4.5mg/kg for men. I'm 90kg so I need about 400mg per day. The bottle says to take 10ml daily but that only gives me 200mg of magnesium, and I've found this to be ineffective. When I take 20ml of the liquid per day, which is the RDA, it works well.



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