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Treatment of Complex (Complicated) Migraine


What is Complex Migraine (Complicated migraine)?

A complex migraine is a specific and common form of headache. The headache portion of the migraine is caused by blood vessel dilation, decreased cerebral blood flow and abnormal activity of the trigeminal nerve. More than 23 million people in the United States suffer from migraine. The prevalence of migraine appears to be lower among African Americans and Asian Americans than among whites. Complex Migraine is more appear in women than men. It is seen in all age group persons.

Causes of Complex/Complicated Migraine

  • Depression
  • Harmonal disorder
  • Food
  • Medication
  • Changes in blood flow patterns in the brain
  • Cortical spreading depression

Symptoms of Complex/Complicated Migraine

  • Diplopia, loss of sensation
  • Weakness, ataxia
  • Sensory symptoms.
  • A sense of heaviness of the limbs
  • Dull aching pain on one or both sides of the head
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cold hands and feet.

Complex/Complicated Migraine Treatment

  • Abortive Medication such as NSAID's, Isometheptene are used to treated the complex migraine.
  • BOTOX® has been used in multiple trials for the prophylaxis of migraine headaches.
  • Pericranial injection of 50-U BTX-A has shown good efficacy and tolerability as a prophylactic agent
  • Diet - the avoidance of dietary triggers plays an important role in the treatment of these patients.
  • Butalbital, Isometheptene and dichloralphenazone is used in combination drugs effective for mild to moderately severe migraine headache.
  • Treatment includes analgesics such as aspirin, acetaminophen , ibuprofen, naproxen, naproxen sodium, and ketorolac.
  • Prophylactic therapy includes eliminating the controllable triggers such as chocolate or red wine

Herb for Complex Migraine

Latin name Humdlus lupulus
Origin Europe
Part used Strobiles (flowers)
Dose 1 teaspoon to 1 cup
Tincture 2m\, 3 times daily
Constituents Volatile oi\, bitter resin, tannins, valerianic acid, oestrogenic compounds, flavonoids
Primary actions Sedative, Hormonal agent
Secondary actions Bitter digestive, Diuretic
How it works - Hops is very bitter, which helps to preserve beer by inhibiting bacteria. The same action reduces fermentation and wind in the gut. The bitter-tasting compounds stimulate the production of bile in the liver. This action helps to prevent and relieve gallstones. The flavonoids are diuretic (promote the elimination of water) so they relieve water retention and the same group of chemicals contains oestrogenic substances which help to regulate periods. It is a useful relaxant nervine for irritability and for women who are at risk of developing gallstones. It is also possible that moderate, quality beer-drinking may be of benefit to menopausal women!
Growing guide - Very easy from layered cuttings, prefers sun and is a rampant climber.

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