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Migraines and Headache Blog

by Dr. Miki Finlayson, Naturopathic Doctor on 05/01/12

Migraine blog: 

Why doesn’t Botox work well for migraines? 

In all the news lately, seems Botox is going to be tried to help everything these days.     A recent study published in JAMA  Botulinum Toxin A for Prophylactic Treatment of Migraine and Tension Headaches in Adults: A Meta-analysis. JAMA 2012;302 (16):1736-1745 is all over the media. 

ABOUT:  The study shows some if any benefit for certain types of headaches, people were categorized as chronic greater than 15 headaches per month or episodic with less than 15 headaches per month.

FINDINGS:  Small reduction noted in chronic daily migraine or headaches, not for episodic headache or tension type headaches. 

SIDE EFFECTS: Compared to placebo (meaning nothing ) the Botox was associated with an increase in blepharoptosis, skin tightness, paresthesias, neck stiffness,  muscles weakness and neck pain.    Just as a disclaimer, I have nothing against Botox injections as long as you are aware if it’s possible risks.  It is innately a natural substance produced by bacteria in nature naturally. 

The natural migraine approach is to deter them by removing triggers, cleanse, replenish and balance the body hormones to reduce the incidence and in most cases take someone who has daily or frequent monthly episodes to having none to very few per year.   The natural approach does not inject, provide in pill form or any other form of solution.  It is the holistic approach each person is guided through to help them enter a new headache free dimension of their life. 

Dr. Miki 

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