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Ginger as good as triptan for acute migraine

August 5 2014

by alex

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This study compared just 250 mg of powdered ginger root with sumatriptan 50 mg in 100 patients with acute migraine headache without aura. They were found to be equally effective but ginger had fewer side effects.

This very safe and well-tolerated botanical should be considered as a treatment option for acute migraine headache.

The plain powdered ginger root should be used, not an extract of ginger which is concentrated for other indications.

Further study to compare different dosages of ginger root would be of value.

Comparison between the efficacy of ginger and sumatriptan in the ablative treatment of the common migraine.
Maghbooli M1, Golipour F, Moghimi Esfandabadi A, Yousefi M.
Phytother Res. 2014 Mar;28(3):412-5. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4996. Epub 2013 May 9.

Abstract
Frequency and torment caused by migraines direct patients toward a variety of remedies. Few studies to date have proposed ginger derivates for migraine relief. This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of ginger in the ablation of common migraine attack in comparison to sumatriptan therapy. In this double-blinded randomized clinical trial, 100 patients who had acute migraine without aura were randomly allocated to receive either ginger powder or sumatriptan. Time of headache onset, its severity, time interval from headache beginning to taking drug and patient self-estimation about response for five subsequent migraine attacks were recorded by patients. Patients(,) satisfaction from treatment efficacy and their willingness to continue it was also evaluated after 1 month following intervention. Two hours after using either drug, mean headaches severity decreased significantly. Efficacy of ginger powder and sumatriptan was similar. Clinical adverse effects of ginger powder were less than sumatriptan. Patients’ satisfaction and willingness to continue did not differ. The effectiveness of ginger powder in the treatment of common migraine attacks is statistically comparable to sumatriptan. Ginger also poses a better side effect profile than sumatriptan.
PMID: 23657930