What Alternative Treatments Are Available for Migraines?

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Nontraditional or alternative treatments may be helpful for people who suffer from chronic migraines. They are aimed at relieving migraine pain. Alternative therapies include the following:
  • acupuncture: a therapist skilled in acupuncture inserts thin needles into certain defined points in your skin
  • biofeedback techniques: a relaxation technique that helps you learn to control physical responses related to stress and muscle tension and pain; once you learn the techniques, they can be practiced anywhere
  • herbal products, including butterbur and feverfew, have been shown (with mixed results) to prevent or reduce the severity of migraines
  • massage
  • vitamins such as riboflavin (vitamin B2), magnesium, and coenzyme Q10
Talk to your doctor before attempting to use an herbal or vitamin supplement for your migraines. Don't use feverfew, riboflavin, or butterbur if you're pregnant. Keyword: alternative migraine treatment