Your Migraine May Be Over
Monday, April 26th 2004
The cost in human terms is immeasurable and the cost in financial terms is staggering. Yet many people see it as a neurosis! When you consider that most people have their first migraine attack in their teens or earlier and three out of four sufferers are women, it becomes obvious what a powerful impact it has on both the individual and the community.
We are talking about the intense pain in the head, often one sided, which is caused by swollen blood vessels in the membrane surrounding the brain and commonly called a migraine headache. Symptoms can vary and include nausea, vomiting, flashing lights and blurred vision.
An estimated more than 270,000 New Zealanders suffer from migraines.
The migraine sufferers' recourse is often to shut themselves away in a dark room - with very potent pain relieving drugs. The causes of migraine are many and varied and can include chocolate, caffeine (coffee), red wine, lack of sleep, emotional stress, changes in air pressure, odours, cold temperatures and trauma associated with birth.
The herb Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), has traditionally been used for the prevention of migraine and is now probably one of the best researched herbs currently in modern use.
Medicinally, the reputation of Feverfew goes back over 300 years. John Hill, an 18th century physician wrote in 1772 - "In the worst headache this herb exceeds whatever else is known." It was largely forgotten until the 1970's. In October 1978 the first of a series of articles on Feverfew appeared in The Lancet and later the British Medical Journal.
Before you rush out and buy just any old Feverfew product, it is worthwhile to consider the following. Scientific studies on Feverfew have demonstrated the importance of Parthenolide content. The ability to act as a preventative against migraine relies solely on the Parthenolide content of the Feverfew product. Researchers have found that much of the Parthenolide content can be lost if the Feverfew leaf is subjected to prolonged storage.
MYGRAFEW - Proven Parthenolide content
Nature's Way has recognised the importance of being able to guarantee the Parthenolide content of their Feverfew product called MygraFew®. This product contains the highest known standardised Parthenolide potency per tablet of any Feverfew product. Parthenolide breaks down in the body to form other substances that inhibit the production of prostaglandins and histamine which the body makes during the inflammatory process. This in turn prevents the painful spasms in blood vessels which are believed to cause the migraine attack.
MygraFew® is a tiny once-a-day tablet that contains the internationally recognised Partex extract, the first Feverfew extract to be standardised and stabilised to ensure and protect its high, guaranteed, 2% or 600mcg Parthenolide potency per tablet. The feverfew in MygraFew® is grown close to the extraction site, without pesticides. It is important that the harvested plants are quickly processed so as not to lose any of the plant's active constituents. The methods of harvesting, drying and processing used to create MygraFew® are carefully administered to protect its unique and sensitive ingredients. This not only ensures a high level of Parthenolide but also a consistent level over time. Studies indicate that the greatest benefits are obtained by continuous daily dosage as a preventative.
Reproduced unabridged from the April - June 2004 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
Footnote from Ideal Health:
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