Ginger as a Natural Triptan
Is Ginger effective to quickly calm a migraine attack?
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Ginger Research Findings:
- Migraine headache treatment (as compared to Imitrex)
- A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 100 migraine headache patients showed that ginger was equally as effective as 50 mg of Imitrex in achieving 90% headache relief within 2 hours after ingestion.
- Side effects of ginger (4% of patients had minor digestive symptoms) were much less frequent than those reported with Imitrex (20% of patients taking Imitrex reported dizziness, drowsiness or heartburn)
- Ginger is not associated with any of the potentially serious side effects that can occur with the use of triptan medications, such as coronary artery spasm, heart attacks, stroke, abnormal heart beats, and seizure.
Directions for Taking Ginger:
CHOOSE EITHER POWDERED GINGER:
- Mix 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of powdered ginger in a cup of water and swallow.
- It is easier to get the ginger mixed into the water with an 8 oz bottled water. Swallow a couple of sips, put the ginger in, cap the bottle and shake well.
- Repeat dose in 2 hours if needed. Some take it a few times per day during troublesome, prolonged migraine episodes as a preventive.
- You may also double the dose of ginger to 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water, based on what kind of symptom relief you experience.
OR GINGER CAPSULES:
SUCH AS THESE (AMAZON), OR THE EQUIVALENT (ANY MAJOR HEALTH FOOD STORE):
One to Two 550 mg. capsules as needed. Some take one to two capsules daily as a preventative, whether they have symptoms or not:
Ginger Root 550 mg. by Natures Way
AND FINALLY, TO FIX YOUR UNDERLYING PROBLEMS
(VERSUS TEMPORARILY CALMING YOUR SYMPTOMS)
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