BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
QUESTION: My best friend suffers from horrible migraines. He has
gone through the smattering of medical exams to ensure that his
headaches are not caused by anything life-threatening. Do you have any
suggestions for the prevention or treatment of migraines?
ANSWER: There are two herbs which have been used for
migraines, Feverfew and Ginkgo. To tell which is best for your
friend, Ginkgo is used when the pain feels like it is pressure going
into the head, or a vise on the head, can be relieved with warm
compresses. Feverfew is used when the person says their
head is going to blow off, there is pain coming out their eyes, or out
the top of their head and cold compresses works to relieve it. If
they cannot describe it in these ways, and they try one of the two
herbs and the symptoms get worse the other is indicated. Ginkgo
is a vessel dilator while Feverfew does the opposite.