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How effective is butterbur in treating migraines?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Butterbur (Petasites hybridus) is a perennial shrub. Its root extract reduces inflammation and is used to treat asthma and migraine. Butterbur is the most effective nutritional remedy for migraines. Doses of 50-75 mg twice daily have been shown to reduce headaches by up to one-half after about 3 months. Children may use 25 mg twice daily. Most people complain of few side effects when taking butterbur, although about one in four will experience digestive system complaints, most commonly burping.
The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Woman's Migraine Toolkit: Managing Your Headaches from Puberty to Menopause (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of...

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