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5 Best Yoga Poses for Migraine Headache Relief

October 24th, 2018

It’s heartbreaking to see a friend, or loved one suffer a migraine attack but only those who suffer migraines can truly understand how traumatic and debilitating they are. Migraineurs have lost many precious moments to pulsating pain, vertigo, aversion to light and nausea to name just a few intolerable symptoms of migraine.  But there is hope.  In addition to avoiding various triggers when possible such as stress, hormone fluctuations, sleep disturbances, certain types of food, excessive use of caffeine, addressing migraines nutritionally at the cellular level and adding some healthy habits to your lifestyle such as yoga, can make all the difference.

Yoga for Migraine SufferersBENEFITS OF YOGA
More and more people are catching on to the benefits of yoga.  Not only does it increase flexibility, improve you balance, build muscle strength, improve you posture, and prevent cartilage and joint breakdown, it also increases blood flow, drains your lymphs and boosts immunity.  If that’s not enough to get you started with yoga, it can help regulate your blood pressure and adrenal glands, lower your blood sugar, help you focus, relax overall and release tension in your limbs, help you sleep and make you happy.

Yoga is also believed to reduce pain.  Yoga, meditation or a combination of the two is believed to reduce pain in people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines and other chronic conditions.  Note:  While yoga is effective and most doctors today advise you to take up this form of workout, when it comes to migraines or disorders, always consult your physician as yoga is not an alternative to your physician’s advice.  Adding a cardiovascular activity such as walking or swimming and getting a good night’s sleep will help with reducing stress and is also very beneficial to migraine sufferers.

 

6 YOGA POSES FOR MIGRAINE AND HEADACHE SUFFERERS

When going through the sequence of yoga poses (asanas), hold each pose comfortably for a few minutes while concentrating on relaxing and breathing, inhaling and exhaling, slowly and deeply.

#1  STANDING FORWARD BEND – Invigorates the nervous system by increasing blood flow and calms the mind.
Yoga for healing migraines• Standing with even weight through the feet, or weight very slightly forward onto the toes, keep the tailbone tucked under, allow the spine to bend forward.

• Tuck the chin gently in towards the chest, lengthen the back of the neck. Gently work the fingertips or palms towards the floor. Hold the pose, relax and breathe.

 

 

 

#2 CHILD’S POSE  – Calms down the nervous system, helps to increase the body’s parasympathetic state… decreasing stress and migraines.

Yoga for healing migraines

• Start on your hands and knees (tabletop position).

• Bring your legs all the way together, then sit your hips back onto your heels with your toes together, letting you knees spread apart wide,

• Stretch your trunk and arms forward and rest your forehead on the floor as you lower your chest onto your thighs. Close your eyes and relax for a few seconds and don’t forget to breathe.

• Reach your arms back along each side of your body, towards your feet, resting with your palms face up.

• Close your eyes, breathe and relax.

 

 

#3  CAT & COW – Improves blood circulation, relieve tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back while increasing serotonin levels in the brain and relaxing the mind.
Yoga for Migraine Prevention

CAT:  Begin on your hands and knees (tabletop position).

• Center your hips over your knees and square your shoulders over your wrists.

• Inhale as you tilt your tailbone towards the sky, lowering your stomach towards the floor (cow pose).

• Arch your back and keep your neck long.  Relax and hold the position for a few seconds.
Yoga for Migraine Relief

COW:  Exhale as you round your spine, drop your head and tuck your chin (cat pose).

• Tighten your abdomen while keeping your chin to your chest.

• Breathe slowly and deeply while holding the pose for a couple of minutes.

• Switch between the cat and cow poses a few times while taking long deep breaths and slow exhales

 

 

#4  SUPINE TWIST – Stretches spine and relieves tension in the shoulders and back.

Yoga for Migraine Prevention

• Lie on your back with your knees drawn in towards your chest.

• Cactus your arms out by your sides with your palms facing up and parallel your shins to your mat, bringing your knees to 90-degree angles.

• Inhale, then exhale as you slowly lower your knees to the left side of your body.

• Hold for 8 breaths, then draw your knees back to center.

• Hug your knees into your chest for a breath, then twist to the right on an exhale. Hold for 8 breaths.

 

 

#5  CORPSE POSE – Rejuvenates the body by bringing it into a deep state of meditative rest.

Yoga for Migrane Relief

• You can end your yoga routine by lying down in this pose and relaxing.

• Lay on your back with legs and feet slightly apart and let feet fall out to the sides

• Rest arms away from your sides at a 30 degree angle with palms facing up.

• Close your eyes, and relax your entire body.

• Think happy thoughts!

 

 

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CHRONIC MIGRAINE SUFFERERS

Try increasing nutritional support if you are a chronic migraine sufferer by adding MigreLief dietary supplements to your daily regimen.

MigreLief Migraine Supplements

 

 

 

 

 

Created just for migraine sufferers, MigreLief® comes in 4 nonprescription nutritional formulas:

3 “daily maintenance”
Original MigreLief
Children’s MigreLief (age 2-12)
MigreLief+M
for menstrual migraine sufferers

“as-needed” formula
MigreLief-NOW for on-the-spot nutritional support.

The MigreLief® Nutritional Regimen for Migraine Sufferers:

MigreLief and MigreLief-NOWAction Step 1:  Choose one formula for daily maintenance and take daily.

Action Step 2:  Take MigreLief-NOW as-needed.

Action Step 3:  Live the life you love!

For more information, visit MigreLief.com, call 1-800-758-8746 or email healthadvisor@migrelief.com

 

 


**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose or cure any disease or medical condition.

 

 

Children’s Migraines – The Biggest, Baddest Bully

October 9th, 2018

bully and migrainesIn society today, parents have so many things to worry about when it comes to their children.  The behavior of other children is usually high on any parents’ concern list.   The stress caused to a child by a bully is unimaginable and it is difficult to ease their pain, and both emotional and physical stress.  Now imagine helping your child cope with an unseen bully who strikes viciously without warning.  Most parents would risk life and limb to protect their child, but what happens if this vicious bully is not flesh and blood, but an acute medical condition?

Parents and Health Care Professionals Now Have a Safe Option for Children with Migraines
Children's Migraine Relief Help

On the government sponsored anti-bullying website, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children, which involve a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.    Likewise, migraine is defined as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often excruciating pain accompanied by nausea or vomiting and disturbed vision. Migraine attacks are known to come on quickly and attack aggressively, usually with no warning.  Migraines can be very frightening and can be hard to get a handle on for anyone, especially children.

Like a bully who terrorizes your child, causes pain and harms their self-esteem, frequent migraines and headache attacks often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, can sabotage your child’s well-being as well. Some people believe bullying is a part of growing up and it provides kids an opportunity to stand up to those who are stronger than them. In the same way, people often dismiss children’s migraines believing they will go away on their own. Unfortunately, migraines often persist long into adulthood for many sufferers as a matter of fact, half of all adults with migraines had their first attack before the age of 12.  Frequent migraines and headaches can have long-term negative consequences as they often hinder your child’s performance at school, damage their self-esteem and lead to depression.

It is almost certain that children who suffer from migraine headaches have the same stress in their lives as children who are terrorized by bullies at school.  When a child is bullied, they experience daily fear, knowing the terror is coming, much like migraine sufferers live with the stress of knowing an onset could arise at any time. Victims of bullying feel trapped, helpless and small. Unable to deal with their problem, they display physical symptoms like stress headaches, stomach-ache, agitation, restlessness, changes in appetite, dizziness, and general aches and pains. Psychological symptoms often include irritability, anxiety, sadness, trouble sleeping, and tiredness in the mornings, loneliness, helplessness, and feeling isolated.

Children with recurrent migraines experience these same symptoms and are very likely to miss school and other activities. Research shows almost 80% of children who suffer from migraines have trouble coping with normal day-to-day routines.  The sense of vulnerability caused by migraines hinders their performance in school and causes frequent emotional changes, such as anxiety and sadness.  Only frequent migraine sufferers know the ultimate sacrifices you have to make in your daily life in order to deal with the pain they bring.  Wondering and worrying about the next migraine attack when you feel helpless affects the entire family and is debilitating to both parents and children.

Help and Hope for Children with Migraines
No parent wants to see their child suffer.  But so often parents feel helpless too and do just that, standby and watch their child suffer a migraine attack.  This is because Children do not have many safe options when it comes to fighting migraines.  Many prescription and OTC medications are difficult for adults to tolerate much-less children.  Many medications also, just don’t work.  So what is a parent to do?

First of fall, never dismiss symptoms of migraine in children.  Preschool children may or may not have head pain and merely look ill with abdominal pain and vomiting. They may become irritable, cry, seek out a darkened room and often sleep an hour after onset. After the age of 5 children often experience migraines similar to adults; pulsating pain on one side of the head, visual disturbances (aura), vertigo, and sensitivity to light, sound and smells.

Team MigreLief – A Powerful Force
Recommended by pediatric neurologists nationwide,  Children’s MigreLief and MigreLief-NOW can make a world of difference and is a great place to start.  Both of these dietary supplements by Akeso Health Sciences contain ingredients known to make a positive difference in children age 2 and older who suffer migraines.  Children’s MigreLief is to be taken twice daily as nutritional support for kids with chronic migraines (multiple migraines per month) to help maintain the normal cerebrovascular tone and function they experience on non-migraine days.  MigreLief-NOW is Akeso Health Sciences “As-Needed”  formula to be taken on an ‘as needed’ basis for on-the-spot support.    It is important to note that MigreLief-NOW is not meant to replace Children’s MigreLief which must be taken daily.  NOW may be kept on hand at all times and used in conjunction with Children’s MigreLief as needed.  Children over 100 lbs. or teens 12 and above may take Original MigreLief, Akeso’s adult daily formula.  Capsules can be opened and sprinkled in food such as applesauce, yogurt etc. for easier swallowing.

If you have a child or know of a child being bullied by migraines, let MigreLief make a difference.

Although many people experience positive benefits in under 1 month, Children’s MigreLief should be taken for 90 days to build blood levels for maximum effectiveness.  We are so confident that our MigreLief daily maintenance formula for children will make a positive difference that we offer a money back guarantee when purchased at MigreLief.com or by calling 1-800-758-8746 if you try MigreLief for 90 days (each bottle is a 1 month supply).  If for any reason you are not satisfied with your results in 90 days, the purchase price of the product will be refunded. Shipping within the U.S. is free for orders of 3 or more bottles.

Click here for more information or to purchase MigreLief products

To the Best of Health,

Your MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

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Related Article:
Migraine Prevention Drugs, Topiramate and Amitriptyline Prove No Better than Placebo in Children

 

**These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Avoid Labor Day Migraines – Summer’s Last Hurrah September 2018

August 28th, 2018

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Summer doesn’t officially end until midnight September 22 but if you are planning to hit the road for one last fun in the sun hurrah, take safety precautions; tell someone where you are going, wear your seat-belt, stay-well hydrated and avoid Labor Day migraines!

Labor Day the first Monday in September, was first celebrated on September 5, 1882.  It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is traditionally marked with parades and other celebrations, and is a time for Americans to take a break from their jobs and honor the historic role that the labor movement played in the creation of the middle class, the rise of living standards and the strength of the country.

Labor Day has also come to represent, for most Americans, the symbolic end of summer.  School starts for most students the day after Labor Day Monday, however many schools have switched to resume in late August.  Nevertheless, for many of us, it is the last hurrah to partake in traditional summer activities, lazy beach and picnic outings, camping trips, and travel away from home.

According to AAA, over 35.5 million Americans traveled at least 50 miles away from home during the 2015 Labor Day weekend and many more are expected to travel this year. Labor Day has also become an important sale weekend for many retailers, many claiming it is second largest sale date only to Christmas season’s Black Friday.  It also marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons.  Old school etiquette considers Labor Day the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white.  It is believed that this tradition originated long ago, when the high society crowd wore white during their summer vacation getaways and then changed back to dark colors when they returned to the sooty, dusty city.

If you are planning to get out and about, this Labor Day weekend, remember to stay safe and avoid your migraine triggers.   

LABOR DAY SAFETY TIPS:

Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous and deadly holidays for traveling, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration
Drive safely and be prepared for any type of emergency.  Always keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle.
Let someone know where you are going, the roads you are taking and when you expect to get there and return.
Wear your seatbelts and don’t drink and drive.  Be prepared for sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints

STAY WELL HYDRATED: Keep plenty of water on hand.  Keep a bottle of H20 with you if the weather is hot and you will be outdoors for a considerable amount of time.  If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.  If you’re going to be exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.  Start and end your day with a glass of water.  When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger.

Avoid heat related illnesses & heat stroke.  Sweating heavily without replacing enough fluids can lead to dehydration or heat cramps. If the body cannot shed enough heat for any reason, there is a risk of heat exhaustion and, in extreme cases, heat stroke – a medical emergency.  Children are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, because their bodies do not get rid of heat as efficiently as adults’ do. Make sure you know how to prevent, recognize, and treat heat-related illness.

Heat exhaustion is caused by loss of water and salt, often as a result of exercise in hot weather. If it is not treated, it may progress to heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: Normal or elevated body temperature, although not as high as 40°C (104°F) Profuse sweating – Pale skin – Skin may be cool and moist – Fast, shallow breathing – Fast, weak pulse – Headache – Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea – Dizziness, weakness, or fainting – Heat cramps or Exhaustion.  If you or a child  experience any of these symptoms, move to a shady or air-conditioned area and lie down. Remove extra clothing and sports equipment, if any. Cool down with cold water, fans, or cold towels. If not nauseated or vomiting, drink water, juice, or a sports drink.

 

TIPS TO AVOID END OF SUMMER MIGRAINES

*Drink an 8 ounce glass of water every couple of hours*Bright sunlight can often lead to migraines in photosensitive sufferers so a good pair of polarized sunglasses can really help.*Scents and odors can trigger migraines. Don’t hang around people who smoke and ask those close to you (friends, family, co-workers) to go easy on the cologne of perfume.

*Avoid bright or flickering lights if possible. If you work a lot on a computer use an anti-glare screen/filter.

*Eat healthy snacks every hour or so to prevent drops in blood sugar than can also serve as triggers to migraines.

*Pay attention to prodromal symptoms (symptoms like dizziness, visual or speech impairments) which occur prior to the pain of the migraine striking. Sometimes taking an ibuprofen during this period can prevent the full migraine from occurring.

*Small amounts of caffeine may help with migraine pain, but large amounts will cause more migraines to occur.

*Barometric Pressure Headaches Strategies: Some migraineurs have reported that lying down in a dark room can ward off the pressure headache, but if you are or want to be an outdoor enthusiast, you have to figure out other ways to deal with it.

The good news is that there are gadgets that can help you. If you are one who prefers gadgets over devices and apps, Newspring Power International Company, Ltd. offers a fishing barometer designed to check the barometric pressure at specific locations. The application for migraineurs is that you can set the device for up to six places where you might wish to go for the day, and program it to warn you when a storm is approaching any of those places. If you prefer a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), there are several smart phones and tablets which have barometric sensors with free apps that will send you alarms when pressure reaches the danger zone for you.”

*Avoid stress. If you are preparing a Labor Day picnic or festivity, remember that after a flurry of activity and preparation, when a person finally has a chance to relax, headaches often set in. The beginning of the weekend or a vacation is a common time for migraines to occur. Take it easy, plan in advance, and just agree with yourself or family members that the number one key to everyone enjoying the time is to relax and be unhurried in everything.

*Don’t forget to take your MigreLief twice a day, once in the a.m. and once in the p.m., to keep blood levels of the beneficial ingredients consistent for optimal results.  Visit MigreLief.US and enter your zip code in the store locator for a MigreLief retail store near you or visit MigreLief.com.

Have a wonderful and safe, migraine free Labor Day. Enjoy this delicious and eye-catching salad if you are looking for something new to prepare and serve this weekend and keep cool with frozen grapes.

FROZEN GRAPES – The perfect low calorie, naturally sweet summer treat!  These frozen bites always stay icy, but not frozen solid. They must be eaten as soon as they are removed from the freezer before they thaw completely.

1. Wash and dry green or red grapes.
2. Place in sealable plastic bag.
3. Keep in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.
4. Fill a bowl with several ice cubes and place the bag in the bowl to keep cool while you enjoy!

 

FNM_7LayerPastaSalad_048.tif7-layer Salad

Ingredients:
Salt
8 ounces farfalle (about 4 cups)
2 stalks broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 1 lime
Freshly ground pepper
2 avocados, diced
1 12-ounce piece deli ham, diced (about 2 cups) –or substitute with chicken, turkey or garbanzo beans
8 ounces yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
1 small head romaine lettuce, sliced
2 tomatoes, diced

 
Directions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs), adding the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli and rinse under cool water; shake off the excess. Remove the broccoli and pat dry.Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, 1/4 cup chives, the parsley, half of the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss the pasta and a few tablespoons of the dressing in a medium bowl.Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. Top with layers of the ham, broccoli, pasta, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives, or cover and refrigerate the salad and dressing separately up to 6 hours.  Bring to room temperature before serving.  (Recipe from Food Network)

Enjoy!

 

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Butterbur (Petasites) for Migraine Headaches – Risks & Benefit Update

April 2nd, 2018

Butterbur for Migraines Risks vs. BenefitsIf you’re a Healthcare Professional recommending Butterbur (Petasites) to your patients, it’s important that you stay up-to-date on the latest information (see links at the end of this post).

As a chemist, medical researcher, and drug developer, four of the multitudinous questions you ask yourself when trying to decide if you should invest time and money into developing, using or recommending a particular compound are:

1.) How likely is it to be effective for the specific condition it’s being considered to treat?
2.) Are there any known or potential side effects or adverse events that could hypothetically occur?
3.) How do the answers to question #2 impact the risk/reward profile of the compound.
4.) Are there any other competing compounds that seem to have similar benefits with lower risk?

Over 15 years ago when we received multiple patents describing the use of a combination of two magnesium sources, high dose riboflavin, and special extracts of feverfew for prophylaxis of migraines, butterbur had not yet been shown in a randomized clinical trial to be effective for migraine prophylaxis.  Of course back in 2002, when the study by Lipton et al was published showing efficacy, I paid a lot of attention to butterbur and strongly considered creating an additional formula or adding it to our existing patented combination (now known as Akeso’s MigreLief with Puracol™).  Since the release of our Original MigreLief with Puracol™ we have formulated new products with additional ingredients, for example MigreLief+M for menstrual/hormonal migraines and MigreLief-NOW a fast-acting “as needed” formula, yet none of our products contain butterbur.

It was clear that the response to butterbur was favorable and by not offering it in one of our products we would be losing out on the additional revenue it was sure to generate. Nevertheless we decided never to use butterbur in any of our products. We could never get comfortable with the fact that we had to rely on a manufacturing process to consistently remove the Hepato-toxic and carcinogenic pyrolizidine alkaloids that are found in unprocessed butterbur.   Of course this was just our company’s decision and many companies and healthcare professionals used or recommended butterbur.  In fact, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society supported butterbur.

As healthcare professionals we all try to stay current on as much of the medical literature and reporting as possible.
In the last few years, much new information has surfaced regarding butterbur and we are providing you with links to that third party information to enable you to make the best decisions for your patients (see below).

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix
Chief Scientific Officer,  Akeso Health Sciences

 

RESOURCE LINKS FOR BUTTERBUR:

Michigan University of Medicine – Warning

Decemer 2017 – “Caution: Due to reports of liver toxicity, butterbur products are being voluntarily withdrawn from markets in the United Kingdom. Based on these reports, butterbur should not be used unless a doctor determines that the potential benefits outweigh the risks. People taking butterbur should be monitored by the doctor for adverse effects.”

Update on the efficacy and safety of Petadolex®, a butterbur extract for migraine prophylaxis – Dr. Joseph M. Prietto.
DovePress March 10, 2014

Migrane Preventative Butterbur Has Safety Concerns
NEUROLOGY TIMES – JANUARY 28, 2015

“…Despite butterbur’s potential efficacy, doubts are increasing about the long-term safety of this supplement given the risk of liver damage and the lack of an actively regulated preparation. Due to the mounting concerns, the American Headache Society is currently evaluating a position statement cautioning against its use.” Migraine Preventative Butterbur Has Safety Concerns

Addressing the Long-Term Safety Aspects of Butterbur Therapy- A Call for Immediate Action
Andreas Schapowal, MD, PhD, DSc, Hon

 

Hair Loss from Topamax? Recommendations for Battling Topirimate Side-Effects

December 25th, 2017

Topamax and Hair Loss


hairloss from topamax
Topical Treatments and Nutritional Options

Discover What’s Working for Others

If you search online for “Topamax and Hair Loss” you will find many posts from people struggling with this problem and seeking advice. Just why and how Topamax causes hair loss for some users is not known, but more and more users are reporting this side-effect.

The NIH (U.S. National Institutes of Health) list hair loss as a side-effect of Topamax.  Topiramate is an anti-seizure drug taken to help prevent migraines. It can cause mild-moderate to serious side effects that may include abnormal sensations (often tingling), fatigue, nausea, changes in taste, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and weight loss. More severe side effects can occur, including difficulty with thinking and concentration.

Topiramate -additional side effects. (see bottom of page for MedlinePlus list.)

Topiramate may cause osteoporosis (a condition in which bones can break more easily) in adults and rickets (abnormal, curved bone growth) in children. Topiramate may also slow the growth of children and may decrease the final height that children reach. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking topiramate.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Two Tactics for Combating Hair Loss:

From the inside (nutritionally) and from the outside (topical treatments)

Topical Treatments:
Some people have had success with the following products when applied to hair and scalp

Nioxin shampoo and products for thinning hair – Often recommended for cancer patients who lose their hair due to chemotherapy, Nioxin can be found in many retail stores, beauty supply stores and online.

Ginger Ginger Root & Coconut Oil for Stimulating Hair Regrowth – Purchase fresh ginger root from the produce department of your grocery store and a jar of coconut oil.  It will be solid but easily melts at ward temperatures or when heated.

Preparation:  Peel and slice ginger into small pieces to fit in a blender or food processor.  Blend to a pulp (do not add water) and then place the ball of pulp on a thick towel, wrap and squeeze the juice into a bowl.  Melt the coconut oil by placing it in a small bowl and then placing the bottom of the small bowl into a larger bowl filled with hot water.  Never microwave the oil or it will destroy the beneficial properties.  Add the squeezed ginger juice to the coconut oil and mix with a spoon.  You may put this concoction in a plastic or glass jar, bowl or bottle for storage. Glass is best as you can place it in warm/hot water to melt each time you want to use it.   If you store it in a bottle with a dropper it is easy to apply with the dropper to you scalp.

May purchase at Whole Foods Market or other stores.

You can also use a small paint brush or drizzle it on with your fingers.  Massage into your scalp.  You can tie up your hair or pin it back while the mixture stays on your scalp for  at least 2 hours before washing it off with cold water.  Shampoo and condition as normal.    You may also use it before bedtime, put a plastic shower cap on your head or lay your head on a towel when you sleep due to the slight oiliness.  You can wash out in the morning with your regular shampoo.  The great properties of ginger and coconut oil will nourish your hair, prevent breakage and stimulate hair growth. Use it regularly at least 3 times a week if  you have hair loss problems and don’t just want to stimulate your hair follicles, prevent dandruff and keep your hair nourished.  Here is a great online video with step by step instructions.  Ginger Root Coconut Oil Treatment Video.

Rosemary Oil (herb) – Although it’s not clear how rosemary works for hair loss, applying it to the scalp irritates the skin and increases blood circulation.  Using rosemary oil for hair loss is one of the most effective, natural solutions. Rosemary essential oil stimulates circulation to the scalp and destroys any bacteria that could clog hair follicles.

Rosemary for Daily Use – You may also use rosemary oil for hair loss on a daily basis through scalp massage and with daily shampooing. For a daily massage to stimulate new growth, add two drops of rosemary oil to one ounce of jojoba oil. Rub into the scalp for three minutes in the morning before showering. Another tip for nourishing your hair on a daily basis is to add rosemary to your shampoo or conditioner. Use one drop of oil for every four ounces of shampoo or conditioner. For hair loss, rosemary essential oil blends well with lavender, sage or peppermint. If blending, use half rosemary essential oil and half of your choice of another oil.

Hot Oil Hair Treatment – Once a week use a hot oil treatment for your hair and scalp. Combine 5 drops of rosemary essential oil with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a small jar with a lid.  Warm the oil-rosemary solution by placing the jar in a bowl of  hot water (recently boiled) the oil is warm.  Comb through damp hair. Wrap a bath towel around your head to keep in the heat and let stand for 20 minutes or more.  The rosemary treatment and heat will increase circulation to the scalp and you should see an improvement with hair growth

Lavender & Other Essential Oils for Hair Growth –  This is a treatment that has been recommended for people with Alopecia areata (a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins).  This essential oil blend includes lavender, thyme, rosemary, cedarwood, plus the carrier oils jojoba and grape-seed (a carrier oil dilutes the essential oils and aids in the delivery of their healing properties without irritation).
To make an essential oil blend, mix the following:
3 drops of lavender oil
3 drops of rosemary oil
2 drops of thyme oil
2 drops of cedarwood oil
4 tsp. of grapeseed oil
1/2 tsp of jojoba oil
Mix the oils well before massaging the oil into your scalp. Apply to a small patch of your scalp before putting it on your entire scalp, to see how your skin reacts. If you do not have a negative reaction, massage the mixture into your scalp five minutes, being sure to cover bald or thinning spots. If the lavender oil becomes overwhelming to your senses, add a little more of one of the carrier oils (grapeseed, jojoba or even olive oil) to further dilute the mixture. Try not to dilute the oil too much, though, because you may lose the benefit. After you’re done, cover your hair with a towel. It’s suggested, that to see the best results, one should do this routinely for at least seven months. Apply before bed, and wash your hair in the morning.

Nutritional Options: Many people experience improvement (with hair loss AND migraines) when they address nutritional deficiencies

Biotin – is a member of the B-vitamin family known as Vitamin B7 and helps with cell growth and blood sugar maintenance. It has been proven to help hair grow stronger and longer and it also helps strengthen your nails.h It has even been shown to reverse premature graying.  It is especially important to the skin cells as they are frequently replaced due to their exposure to the outside environment. Biotin also protects the nervous system, preventing seizures, ataxia and loss of muscle tone.

Biotin is also great for stress because it’s an important component of the nerves. Stress can cause hair loss so adding biotin to the diet gives protection both to the hair follicles and to the nerves that support their proper function.Check the supplement bottle for recommended dosage.  Many people start with 1,000 mcg. for hair loss  with a possibility of increasing up to 5,000 if they are not experiencing success at a lower dose.

Topamax and MigreLief  MigreLief 4 formulas

We often receive emails from patients informing us that MigreLief was recommended to them in combination with Topamax.  Although we have no knowledge of MigreLief helping with hair loss specifically, MigreLief has been reported to work well with Topamax in the reduction of side-effects in some users.

MigreLief contains Magnesium, high dose Riboflavin and the herb Feverfew (a proprietary form of whole leaf and extract.)  MigreLief was formulated to address the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, as well as dysfunctional brain processes, that lead to migraines in the first place.

MigreLief works by helping a migraine sufferer to maintain the normal cerebrovascular tone and function he or she enjoys on migraine-free days.  If you add MigreLief to your migraine prevention regimen, we suggest taking it for 90 days for maximum benefits.   Although many migraine sufferers have reported success in less time, the 90 days is sufficient time to build up nutritional levels for maximum effectiveness.  During this period, fast acting MigreLief-NOW may be kept on hand at all times and taken at the first sign of discomfort.

MigreLief – 4 Formulas to Meet Everyone’s Needs

Available in 3 daily maintenance formulas:  Original, Menstrual Migraine and Children’s (age 2-11)
Fast-Acting “As-Needed” formula:  MigreLief-NOW – taken at first sign of discomfort

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MORE CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS
In addition to medications, the following can also lead to hair loss:

  • Hormonal changes, including menopause
  • Increased production of DHT, a form of testosterone
  • Stress
  • Alopecia, or pattern baldness
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Thyroid issues, especially in regards to an iodine deficiency
  • Illness and medication

For hair loss in general, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will promote hair growth.  Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep to regenerate cells and promote overall health is very important.  Foods rich in iron, vitamin A & D are known for supporting healthy hair;  spinach, bok-choy, carrots, sweet-potatoes, nuts, fish, chicken, and blueberries, to name a few, all will contribute to healthier hair. Taking MigreLief, drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals  while avoiding stress and other well known migraine triggers when possible, will all contribute to a migraine preventive regimen better quality of life.

Follow the links below to additional online  forums discussing hair loss and Topamax.  Visit MigreLief.com for more information.

 

Topamax and hair loss suggestions? – MDJunction

  • www.mdjunction.com/forums/migraine-headaches-discussions/general-support/10… I have been on 75mg of topamax for the past 8 months. I lost around 12 lbs. but I’ ve noticed that my hair has been falling out.  I take many 
  • Can Topamax Cause Alopecia?  – 2015 study
  • So sad to stop Topamax, but can’t deal with hair loss – Topix

    www.topix.com/forum/drug/topamax/TFRFH8A8NCDNCVMN2 – Similar to So sad to stop Topamax, but can’t deal with hair loss – Topix I’ve had every test there is and still have no diagnosis (possible MS? freak migraines?), but my neuro put me on Topamax. It was awesome.

  • Hair loss and Topamax – Weight Loss Alternatives – MedHelp

    www.medhelp.org/posts/Weight-Loss-Alternatives/Hair-loss-and-To… – Similar to Hair loss and Topamax – Weight Loss Alternatives – MedHelp Sep 4, 2006  I have been prescribed Wellbutrin for depression and Topamax as a mood stabilizer. The combination worked very well for me and the bonus 

Is “Hair Loss” Even Listed as a Side Effect?!

It’s always good to read the warnings regarding side-effects before starting a new drug. However, many people have stated that hair-loss is not listed as a side-effect of Topamax.  It doesn’t appear that hair loss is mentioned anywhere, confirming the frustration of so many migraine sufferers – they didn’t expect it, making it all the more aggravating.  But if you take a closer look – the hair loss information may be there, but in disguise, referred to as Alopecia.

According to the official Topamax website, the common side-effects are numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, fatigue, taste change (food and drink tastes different), difficulty with concentration and difficulty with memory.  Hair loss is not mentioned.  Serious Topamax side-effects are described in the manufacturers Important Safety Information section.

MedlinePlus, an informative drug database and service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provides a lot of information, but does not seem to mention anything about hair loss.

Topamax and Hair Loss – What Can You Do?

Visiting online forums is a good way to read the stories of others who are experiencing the same dilemma and discover what is or isn’t working.  Nutritional options and remedies are also shared. You’ll see that users share their frustration about their hair loss from Topamax, and about being uninformed of this side-effect …with a few people stating it could take a year for hair to grow back once stopping Topamax. However, there are many who are experiencing regrowth as they supplement their nutritional deficiencies, and others who benefit from the information provided in the Hair Loss Black Book, and the Women’s Hair Loss Project is also another resource.

Additional Information:
MedlinePlus (U.S. NIH National Library of Medicine) Topirimate Info & List of Side-effects

Topiramate may cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • slowed reactions
  • nervousness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • weakness
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • uncontrollable eye movements
  • weight loss
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • change in ability to taste food
  • dry mouth
  • nosebleed
  • teary or dry eyes
  • back, muscle, leg, or bone pain
  • missed menstrual periods
  • excessive menstrual bleeding

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section, call your doctor immediately:

  • blurred vision
  • loss of vision
  • double vision
  • eye pain
  • eye redness
  • worsening of seizures
  • feeling cold, chills, or low body temperature
  • difficulty concentrating
  • speech problems, especially difficulty thinking of specific words
  • confusion
  • memory problems
  • loss of coordination
  • pounding or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • trouble breathing
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • inability to respond to things around you
  • excessive tiredness
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • loss of appetite
  • intense back or side pain
  • bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine
  • constant need to urinate
  • difficulty urinating or pain when urinating
  • fever or other signs of infection

Topiramate may cause osteoporosis (a condition in which bones can break more easily) in adults and rickets (abnormal, curved bone growth) in children. Topiramate may also slow the growth of children and may decrease the final height that children reach. Talk to your doctor about the risks of taking Topiramate.

Topiramate may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

Avoid Labor Day Migraines – Summer’s Last Hurrah

September 1st, 2017

MigreLief Long Lasting Migraine Treatment - Non Prescription

Summer doesn’t officially end until midnight September 22 but if you are planning to hit the road for one last fun in the sun hurrah, take safety precautions; tell someone where you are going, wear your seat-belt, stay-well hydrated and avoid Labor Day migraines!

Labor Day the first Monday in September, was first celebrated on September 5, 1882.  It is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is traditionally marked with parades and other celebrations, and is a time for Americans to take a break from their jobs and honor the historic role that the labor movement played in the creation of the middle class, the rise of living standards and the strength of the country.

Labor Day has also come to represent, for most Americans, the symbolic end of summer.  School starts for most students the day after Labor Day Monday, however many schools have switched to resume in late August.  Nevertheless, for many of us, it is the last hurrah to partake in traditional summer activities, lazy beach and picnic outings, camping trips, and travel away from home.

According to AAA, over 35.5 million Americans traveled at least 50 miles away from home during the 2015 Labor Day weekend and many more are expected to travel this year. Labor Day has also become an important sale weekend for many retailers, many claiming it is second largest sale date only to Christmas season’s Black Friday.  It also marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons.  Old school etiquette considers Labor Day the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white.  It is believed that this tradition originated long ago, when the high society crowd wore white during their summer vacation getaways and then changed back to dark colors when they returned to the sooty, dusty city.

If you are planning to get out and about, this Labor Day weekend, remember to stay safe and avoid your migraine triggers.   

 

LABOR DAY SAFETY TIPS: Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous and deadly holidays for traveling, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration –  Drive safely and be prepared for any type of emergency.  Always keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle. –   Let someone know where you are going, the roads you are taking and when you expect to get there and return. –   Wear your seatbelts and don’t drink and drive.  Be prepared for sobriety and seatbelt checkpoints

 

STAY WELL HYDRATED: –        Keep plenty of water on hand.  Keep a bottle of H20 with you if the weather is hot and you will be outdoors for a considerable amount of time.  If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink.  If you’re going to be exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.  Start and end your day with a glass of water.  When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger.

 

Avoid heat related illnesses & heat stroke.  Sweating heavily without replacing enough fluids can lead to dehydration or heat cramps. If the body cannot shed enough heat for any reason, there is a risk of heat exhaustion and, in extreme cases, heat stroke – a medical emergency.  Children are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, because their bodies do not get rid of heat as efficiently as adults’ do. Make sure you know how to prevent, recognize, and treat heat-related illness.

 

Heat exhaustion is caused by loss of water and salt, often as a result of exercise in hot weather. If it is not treated, it may progress to heat stroke.

 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: Normal or elevated body temperature, although not as high as 40°C (104°F) Profuse sweating – Pale skin – Skin may be cool and moist – Fast, shallow breathing – Fast, weak pulse – Headache – Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea – Dizziness, weakness, or fainting – Heat cramps or Exhaustion.  If you or a child  experience any of these symptoms, move to a shady or air-conditioned area and lie down. Remove extra clothing and sports equipment, if any. Cool down with cold water, fans, or cold towels. If not nauseated or vomiting, drink water, juice, or a sports drink.

 

TIPS TO AVOID END OF SUMMER MIGRAINES

 

*Drink an 8 ounce glass of water every couple of hours*Bright sunlight can often lead to migraines in photosensitive sufferers so a good pair of polarized sunglasses can really help.*Scents and odors can trigger migraines. Don’t hang around people who smoke and ask those close to you (friends, family, co-workers) to go easy on the cologne of perfume.

*Avoid bight or flickering lights if possible. If you work a lot on a computer use an anti-glare screen/filter.

 

*Eat healthy snacks every hour or so to prevent drops in blood sugar than can also serve as triggers to migraines.

 

*Pay attention to prodromal symptoms (symptoms like dizziness, visual or speech impairments) which occur prior to the pain of the migraine striking. Sometimes taking an ibuprofen during this period can prevent the full migraine from occurring.

 

*Small amounts of caffeine may help with migraine pain, but large amounts will cause more migraines to occur.

 

*Barometric Pressure Headaches Strategies: Some migraineurs have reported that lying down in a dark room can ward off the pressure headache, but if you are or want to be an outdoor enthusiast, you have to figure out other ways to deal with it.

 

The good news is that there are gadgets that can help you. If you are one who prefers gadgets over devices and apps, Newspring Power International Company, Ltd. offers a fishing barometer designed to check the barometric pressure at specific locations. The application for migraineurs is that you can set the device for up to six places where you might wish to go for the day, and program it to warn you when a storm is approaching any of those places. If you prefer a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), there are several smart phones and tablets which have barometric sensors with free apps that will send you alarms when pressure reaches the danger zone for you.”

 

*Avoid stress. If you are preparing a Labor Day picnic or festivity, remember that after a flurry of activity and preparation, when a person finally has a chance to relax, headaches often set in. The beginning of the weekend or a vacation is a common time for migraines to occur. Take it easy, plan in advance, and just agree with yourself or family members that the number one key to everyone enjoying the time is to relax and be unhurried in everything.

 

*Don’t forget to take your MigreLief twice a day, once in the a.m. and once in the p.m., to keep blood levels of the beneficial ingredients consistent for optimal results.  Visit MigreLief.US and enter your zip code in the store locator for a MigreLief retail store near you or visit MigreLief.com.

 

Have a wonderful and safe, migraine free Labor Day. Enjoy this delicious and eye-catching salad if you are looking for something new to prepare and serve this weekend and keep cool with frozen grapes.

The perfect low calorie, naturally sweet summer treat!  These frozen bites always stay icy, but not frozen solid. They must be eaten as soon as they are removed from the freezer before they thaw completely.

1. Wash and dry green or red grapes.
2. Place in sealable plastic bag.
3. Keep in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.
4. Fill a bowl with several ice cubes and place the bag in the bowl to keep cool while you enjoy!

 

FNM_7LayerPastaSalad_048.tif7-layer SaladIngredientsSalt8 ounces farfalle (about 4 cups)2 stalks broccoli, cut into florets1/2 cup mayonnaise1/2 cup buttermilk1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives1/4 cup chopped fresh parsleyJuice of 1 limeFreshly ground pepper

2 avocados, diced

1 12-ounce piece deli ham, diced (about 2 cups) –or substitute with chicken, turkey or garbanzo beans

8 ounces yellow cheddar cheese, shredded

1 small head romaine lettuce, sliced

2 tomatoes, diced

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs), adding the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli and rinse under cool water; shake off the excess. Remove the broccoli and pat dry.

Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, 1/4 cup chives, the parsley, half of the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss the pasta and a few tablespoons of the dressing in a medium bowl.

Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. Top with layers of the ham, broccoli, pasta, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives, or cover and refrigerate the salad and dressing separately up to 6 hours.  Bring to room temperature before serving.  (Recipe from Food Network)

Enjoy!

 

HOLIDAY SAVINGS!  Online Coupon Code:  MIGFREE3 – Enter at checkout at MigreLief.com or call (800) 758-8745 M-Friday.
One per customer. May not combine offers.

MigreLief Triple Therapy with Puracol™ and Fast Acting MigreLief-NOW…  Recommended for all types of headaches and migraines; chronic, common, classic, hemiplegic, pediatric, transformed, complex, abdominal, acephalgic etc.

 

The Science of Migrelief – Nonprescription Dietary Supplements for Adult & Pediatric Migraines

July 20th, 2017

THREE MECHANISMS OF ACTION TO HELP MAINTAIN NORMAL NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION… ALL IN ONE SUPPLEMENT

MigreLief Original Formula should be part of your “Preventive” regimen.  It is not an “Abortive.” It was formulated to help migraineurs maintain normal cerebrovascular (blood vessels that supply the brain) tone and function by addressing the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that are common to many migraine sufferers. These deficiencies lead to many dysfunctional processes in the brain.

The Science of MigreLief - Migraine Control


TRUSTED “TRIPLE THERAPY” – A NUTRITIONAL APPROACH 

MigreLief is a great option and good place to start… a vitamin, a mineral and a plant, all well known for their safety, efficacy and low side-effects to establish normal cerebrovascular function instead of a lifetime on pain killers and drugs.  Magnesium, riboflavin (B-2) and the herb feverfew are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.  Puracol, Akeso Health Sciences proprietary blend of two  feverfew sources (whole leaf and extract), magnesium (oxcide and citrate) and high dose riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) have independently shown to have significant benefits for chronic migraine sufferers.

THE SCIENCE OF MIGRELIEF

Nutritional deficiencies, inflammation, and vasospasm can independently and together contribute to migraine occurrence, frequency and intensity.  The multi-patented combination of ingredients in MigreLief was formulated to address the underlying dysfunctional processes in the brain that often lead to migraines once triggered. MigreLief helps to reestablish and maintain normal cerebrovascular function by addressing the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances often associated with migraines such as:

*Excessive Platelet Aggregation resulting in blood vessel changes.

*Decrease in the brain’s cellular energy reserves.  Cells lose energy production ability when the powerhouses of the cells (the mitochondria) become dysfunctional due to nutritional deficiencies.

 

Migrelief – Triple Therapy Ingredients: 

Magnesium
Magnesium is a nutritional supplement with numerous effects that support cerebrovascular tone.

These include:

1) inhibition of platelet aggregation
2) interference with synthesis, release, and action of inflammatory mediators
3) direct alterations of cerebrovascular tone
4) inhibition of vasospasm
5) stabilization of cell membranes.

Some migraine sufferers with poor cerebrovascular tone have been found to have low brain levels of magnesium. Recommended daily dosages of magnesium typically range from 200 to 600 mg to compensate for this deficiency, far above what’s found in most multi-vitamins. Several double blind placebo controlled studies have demonstrated that oral magnesium can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches in both adults and children.

Riboflavin
Riboflavin (vitamin B-2) is a precursor of flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). This coenzyme is an important component of the electron-transport chain. A deficiency of mitrochondrial energy reserves has been observed in some persons exhibiting poor cerebrovascular tone. This defect may theoretically be corrected by a compound such as riboflavin that improves the activity of the electron-transport chain.

MigreLief provides 400 mg of riboflavin. Multiple studies have demonstrated that high dose riboflavin can be beneficial to both adults and children who suffer migraines.

Puracol Feverfew
Commonly recommended for its ability to support cerebrovascular tone, feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones. One of the more important of these compounds may be parthenolide, which represents 85% of the sesquiterpene lactone content in feverfew. Some scientific studies indicate that while parthenolide may be important there may very well be other phytochemicals in feverfew that are as of yet unidentified and play a role in its effectiveness. .

Some studies of extracts of feverfew containing parthenolide yielded no significant benefits. This led researchers to believe that certain of the unidentified phytochemicals may have been left behind during the extraction process. The ideal solution would be a non-extracted feverfew product that naturally contained high levels of parthenolide and kept all of the other naturally occurring phytochemicals as well. For this reason Puracol Feverfew, AKESO HEALTH SCIENCE’S proprietary non extracted plant source for feverfew with high levels of naturally occurring parthenolide was developed.  Scientific studies have found parthenolide inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules.* It has also been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid. Each of these phenomena is associated with migraines. European studies have shown the benefits of feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.

 

The World Health Organization lists migraines 19th among the world’s most debilitating and disabling diseases

Migraine is the most common neurological condition in the developed world: it is more prevalent than asthma, epilepsy and diabetes combined.  In the United States alone, 37 million people .

MigreLief is a wonderful nutritinal option for migraine sufferers and has been recommended my neurologists, headache specialists and other healthcare professionals thoughout the United States and world wide.

Magnesium, riboflavin and the herb feverfew are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Evidence Based Guidelines for Migraine Prophylaxis.

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S. and Chief Scientific Officer of Akeso Health Sciences, formulated and patented MigreLief Triple Therapy with Puracol was well received by physicians at the recent Pri-Med convention and explained the science behind the success of MigreLief to a very interested audience.

Most MigreLief fans already know that MigreLief was formulated to addresses the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that are common to many migraine sufferers. But for those newcomers lucky enough to have stumbled upon MigreLief for the first time…it is not an “abortive” to treat the pain while it is occurring. It is nutritional support and daily maintenance.

MigreLief-NOW is Akeso’s fast-acting “as-needed” formula that can be take at the first sign of discomfort.  It can be used by itself as needed or combined with MigreLief Original, Children’s MigreLief or MigreLief+M (mestrual migraines).  For additinal nutritional support, 2 MigreLief-NOW capsules can be added to the morning dose of any MigreLief daily maintenance product.

 

MIGRAINE SUFFERER NEW TO MIGRELIEF?

MigreLief should be your first choice for migraine therapy…not the last! Too often sufferers opt for the more invasive, complex often side-effect prone prescription drugs, botox or other approaches to their problem. MigreLief is all natural (vitamin, mineral and herb), inexpensive and addresses the problem. It does not just mask the symptoms or temporarily ease the pain.

 

100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE – Try MigreLief Risk Free   

We are so confident, MigreLief will make a difference, if anyone is dissatisfied for any reason, we offer a 100% money back guarantee of the product purchase price for new customers trying MigreLief for 90 days. (Each bottles is a one month supply).  Although many consumer/patients experience beneficial results in as little as 3 weeks, it is recommended that it be taken for the full 3 months to build blood levels for maximum effectiveness.

MigreLief can be safely combined with prescription migraines or OTC medications.  It has been known to lessen the side-effects of certain prescription drugs for many users. You may discover while taking MigreLief that you’ve effectively weaned yourself off of other migraine meds as you reach for them less and less.

Track your MigreLief progress with our Migraine Diary and Trigger Tracker.

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Puracol Feverfew for Migraines – A Real Plus!

June 20th, 2017

The herb Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) has been recorded as a medicinal remedy for millennia.  One can find references to the Latin “febrefugia” from which Feverfew gets its name in Old Saxon records. Hildegard of Bingen, a great 12th century abbess and healer made mention of it in her herbal tomes. Febrefugia literally means “Fever flies,” and has always been used as a fever reducer among other purposes. In even more ancient times, the Greeks used Feverfew to treat melancholy which was characterized as much by debilitating headaches as it was by long-term depression.

Historically Feverfew has also been used as a dietary supplement for headaches, constipation, diarrhea, and dizziness.   But one of the greatest boons in the modern era is the discovery of Feverfew as an aid for migraine headaches.

FEVERFEW & MIGRAINES

Commonly recommended for its ability to support cerebrovascular tone, Feverfew is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones.  One of the more important of these compounds is parthenolide, which represents 85% of the sesquiterpene lactone content in Feverfew. Some scientific studies indicate that while parthenolide may be important there may very well be other phytochemicals in Feverfew that are as of yet unidentified and play a role in its effectiveness.

PURACOL FEVERFEW
Some studies of extracts of feverfew containing parthenolide yielded no significant benefits. This led researchers to believe that some of the unidentified phytochemicals may have been left behind during the extraction process. The ideal solution would be a non-extracted feverfew product that naturally contained high levels of parthenolide AND kept all of the other naturally occurring phytochemicals as well. For this reason Puracol Feverfew (AKESO HEALTH SCIENCE’S proprietary non extracted plant source for feverfew with high levels of naturally occurring parthenolide) was developed. Puracol Feverfew is just one of the reasons for the superior efficacy of MigreLief, which delivers optimal dosages of parthenolide. Scientific studies have found parthenolide inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules.* It has also been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid. Each of these phenomena is associated with migraines. European studies have shown the benefits of feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.

INHIBITING BLOOD PLATELET AGGREGATION
Feverfew can help to prevent the clumping together of platelets in the blood – part of the sequence of events leading to the formation of a clot)

Over aggregating of platelets in the blood appear just before a migraine forcing a release of serotonin. Serotonin causes the blood vessel to constrict.  Scientific studies have found parthenolide inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules, thus keeping the blood vessel normal resulting in less painful, less frequent or cessation of migraines.

Feverfew has also been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid. Each of these phenomena is associated with migraines. European studies have shown the benefits of Feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.

ACTIVATING DYSFUNCTIONAL BRAIN PROCESSES
Though the exact cause of migraines is not known, certain triggers like tyramine in aged cheeses, chocolate, scents/perfumes, bright lights, changes in weather/temperature/humidity/altitude, over-use of headache medications, stress, hormonal fluctuations and many more, can activate certain processes that increase the risk of migraines occurring.

The dysfunctional processes that these triggers can activate are:

*  Excessive platelet aggregation which can result in changes in blood vessels associated with migraines.

*  Decrease in the cellular energy reserves in the brain that are common to migraine sufferers.

NUTRITIONAL APPROACH – When Migraine Sufferers Get These 3 Factors Under Control – The Results Can Be Life Changing

1.  Maintain normal platelet aggregation
2.  Reduce or eliminate vasospasms
3.  Maintain normal mitochondrial energy reserve in the brain.
A Nutritional Approach to Migraine Control:  Riboflavin, Magnesium and Feverfew for maintaining normal cerebrovascular function.
All 3 of these ingredients are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

Magnesium:  Research studies show that almost half of all migraine sufferers have low blood levels of Magnesium, which is critical in controlling vasospasms (the contraction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain which occurs during migraines).

Riboflavin:  Migraine sufferers also suffer mitochondrial energy deficiencies, which Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) can improve when given in high dosages.

Feverfew:  Research studies show Feverfew inhibits blood platelet aggregation and is anti-inflammatory.

For adults and children over the age of 2 who suffer migraines chronically, this combination is a great place to start and is a good alternative to the chronic use of NSAIDs like aspirin, and ibuprofen without the negative side-effects.  You can find these formulas at MIGRELIEF.com

 

To the Best of Health,
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

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Feverfew for Migraines – A Real Plus!

March 21st, 2017

 

Peter Rabbit’s mother was on to something when she put him to bed with a cup of wild chamomile tea after he had been into Mr. McGregor’s garden. People in the modern world often think of chamomile as a sleep or digestive aid. But wild chamomile is another name for the herb Feverfew. A tea of feverfew would not only have relaxed the hapless rabbit, but would also have routed his headache, calmed his upset tummy, put his mind at ease and soothed his jangled nerves after his terrifying turn in the garden.

The herb Feverfew (Tanacetum Parthenium) has been recorded as a medicinal remedy for millennia.  One can find references to the Latin “febrefugia” from which Feverfew gets its name in Old Saxon records. Hildegard of Bingen, a great 12th century abbess and healer made mention of it in her herbal tomes. Febrefugia literally means “Fever flies,” and has always been used as a fever reducer among other purposes. In even more ancient times, the Greeks used Feverfew to treat melancholy which was characterized as much by debilitating headaches as it was by long-term depression.

Historically Feverfew has also been used as a dietary supplement for headaches, constipation, diarrhea, and dizziness.   But one of the greatest boons in the modern era is the discovery of Feverfew as an aid for migraine headaches.

FEVERFEW & MIGRAINES

Commonly recommended for its ability to support cerebrovascular tone, Feverfew is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpene lactones.  One of the more important of these compounds is parthenolide, which represents 85% of the sesquiterpene lactone content in Feverfew. Some scientific studies indicate that while parthenolide may be important there may very well be other phytochemicals in Feverfew that are as of yet unidentified and play a role in its effectiveness.

INHIBITING BLOOD PLATELET AGGREGATION
Feverfew can help to prevent the clumping together of platelets in the blood – part of the sequence of events leading to the formation of a clot)

Over aggregating of platelets in the blood appear just before a migraine forcing a release of serotonin. Serotonin causes the blood vessel to constrict.  Scientific studies have found parthenolide inhibits platelet aggregation and the release of serotonin from platelets and polymorphonuclear leukocyte granules, thus keeping the blood vessel normal resulting in less painful, less frequent or cessation of migraines.

Feverfew has also been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis and the release of arachadonic acid. Each of these phenomena is associated with migraines. European studies have shown the benefits of Feverfew on long-term cerebrovasular tone in multiple human studies.


ACTIVATING
 DYSFUNCTIONAL BRAIN PROCESSES
Though the exact cause of migraines is not known, certain triggers like tyramine in aged cheeses, chocolate, scents/perfumes, bright lights, changes in weather/temperature/humidity/altitude, over-use of headache medications, stress, hormonal fluctuations and many more, can activate certain processes that increase the risk of migraines occurring.

The dysfunctional processes that these triggers can activate are:

*  Excessive platelet aggregation which can result in changes in blood vessels associated with migraines.

*  Decrease in the cellular energy reserves in the brain that are common to migraine sufferers.

NUTRITIONAL APPROACH – When Migraine Sufferers Get These 3 Factors Under Control – The Results Can Be Life Changing

1.  Maintain normal platelet aggregation
2.  Reduce or eliminate vasospasms
3.  Maintain normal mitochondrial energy reserve in the brain.
A Nutritional Approach to Migraine Control:  Riboflavin, Magnesium and Feverfew for maintaining normal cerebrovascular function.
All 3 of these ingredients are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

Magnesium:  Research studies show that almost half of all migraine sufferers have low blood levels of Magnesium, which is critical in controlling vasospasms (the contraction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain which occurs during migraines).

Riboflavin:  Migraine sufferers also suffer mitochondrial energy deficiencies, which Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) can improve when given in high dosages.

Feverfew:  Research studies show Feverfew inhibits blood platelet aggregation and is anti-inflammatory.

For adults and children over the age of 2 who suffer migraines chronically, this combination is a great place to start and is a good alternative to the chronic use of NSAIDs like aspirin, and ibuprofen without the negative side-effects.

 
To the Best of Health,
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

MIGRELIEF.com

 

Menstrual Migraines are More Severe, Last Longer and are More Resistant to Treatment

March 12th, 2017

Menstrual Migraine Formula

DON’T LET YOUR MENSTRUAL MIGRAINES BECOME CHRONIC MIGRAINES 

Menstrual migraines are difficult to control.  Approximately 1 in 7 adults have migraines, but women are three times more likely to be affected than men and 60% to 70% report a menstrual relationship to their migraine attacks.  Menstrual related migraine attacks are often more severe, last significantly longer, and are more resistant to treatment than the usual non-menstrual migraine attacks.

Menstrual migraines that occur only monthly can progress into chronic migraines.  Researchers are discovering that migraines beget migraines, the more you have the more you will tend to get.

According to a study published in the medical journal, Cephalalgia:

  • > On average, a menstrual migraine lasted 23.4 hours vs 16.1 hours for non-menstrual migraines.
  • > Menstrual migraines cause more disability and inability to function in daily tasks than non-menstrual migraines
  • > Medications to treat the pain of migraines were 50% less effective when used to treat menstrual migraines.
  • > Even when the pain medication did work, the risk of the menstrual migraine reoccurring was much more likely.

The authors of the study concluded by saying – “Menstrual migraines may require a treatment approach different from that of non-menstrual migraines.”

Other literature indicates only 13.5% of sufferers are pain-free after 2 hours compared to 32.9% of non-menstrual migraine attacks.  This indicates that 86.5% of menstrual migraine sufferers and 67.1% of non-menstrual migraine sufferers do not achieve complete relief from debilitating migraine pain after 2 hours.

The “Terrible Twosome” of Hormonal Fluctuations and Insulin Resistance Can Wreak Havoc on a Woman’s Over-All Health and Cause Symptoms of PMS, PCOS and Menstrual Migraines

Insulin resistance is the body’s inability to respond well to insulin, which controls blood sugar levels and can lead to Type II diabetes, abdominal weight gain and migraines.  High insulin levels due to insulin resistance increase the production of the male hormone, testosterone. High testosterone levels cause symptoms such as body hair growth, acne, irregular periods and weight gain (all of these are PCOS symptoms).

 

There is a Direct Relationship between Hormones and Migraines

Headaches in women, particularly migraines, have been related to changes in the levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone before, during and after a woman’s menstrual cycle. Estrogen, progesterone and even testosterone levels can fluctuate significantly a few days before and after menstruation leading to migraines and causing symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) such as:

PMS Symptoms:

  • » Menstrual migraines
  • » Anxiety
  • » Overeating
  • » Breast Swelling
  • » Weight Gain
  • » Bloating
  • » Irritability & Mood Swings|
  • » Abdominal and Pelvic Cramps
  • » Fatigue
  • » Headaches
  • » Changes in Libido
  • » Depression
  • » Insomnia
  • » Acne
  • » Hives

 

PCOS Symptoms:

  • » Hair loss: similar to male pattern baldness
  • » Obesity and inability to lose weight
  • » Acne

MigreLief+M and Menstrual Migraines

In addition to the 3 ingredients in Original MigreLief, drug-free MigreLief+M contains 5 additional ingredients that have been shown to not only balance blood sugar swings and the hormonal fluctuations that lead to menstrual migraines, but to also significantly decrease PMS pre-menstrual and PCOS symptoms.

 

Ingredients: 

Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2, 400 mg/day)*

Puracol Feverfew (100 mg/day)*

Magnesium (citrate/oxide, 360mg/day)*

Chasteberry extract (175 mg/day)

L-Theanine (100 mg/day)

D-Biotin (15 mg/day)

Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B-6, 100 mg/day)

Chromium Picolinate

*Riboflavin, feverfew and magnesium are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention (Detailed Ingredients Description)

 

MENOPAUSE & MIGRAINES

Migraine headaches can severely affect women undergoing the changes of menopause.  Statistics indicate that migraines in women tend to increase during the approach to menopause and during menopause; however, they tend to decrease or go away after menopause.

Some women who have never had migraines develop them as they enter the period before (pre and peri-menopause) and during menopause.

 

MigreLief Making a Difference

Until MigreLief+M, no one product was available to address both hormonal and blood sugar fluctuation, migraines and other symptoms associated with a woman’s hormones or menstrual cycle.

Try MigreLief+M today!

 

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
Makers of MigreLief.com

 

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