In the case of a troublesome disease such as migraine, treatment can be based on pharmacological agents or unconventional methods. The treatment of migraine with Botox is gaining more and more supporters, as is the treatment of migraine with acupuncture, herbs or psychotherapy.
Migraine is a troublesome disease manifested by a strong, throbbing headache, accompanied by additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, photophobia, hypersensitivity to sounds. Migraine pain can also be preceded by the so-called Aura, which is a complex of neurological disorders of vision and sensation. Migraine affects several hundred million people around the world. Unfortunately, science to this day has not found the answer to the question of how to treat migraine in order to effectively and once and for all cure it. Therefore, all available methods are intended only to relieve symptoms in the case of emergency treatment during a migraine attack or to reduce the frequency of subsequent attacks in the case of preventive treatment.
How to treat migraine? The procedure is twofold. As mentioned above, we distinguish between emergency and preventive treatment. The range of available remedies is wide, with pharmacology still dominating the mainstream. For emergency treatment, several groups of medicines are used: tryptans, ergot alkaloid derivatives (ergotamine) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. acetylsalicylic acid) and non-opioid analgesics (paracetamol). Prophylactic treatment is based on antihypertensive, anti-depressant and antiepileptic drugs.
It is also possible in the case of a disease such as migraine treatment unconventional. Currently available methods include treatment of migraine with Botox, acupuncture, herbs and psychotherapy. None of them proved to be a breakthrough, but they may be of interest in the case of "resistant" patients.
Botox is the trade name of the botulinum toxin, which is a product of the Clostridum botulinum bacterium. Botox is usually associated with the use in aesthetic medicine, where it is used to smooth out wrinkles and rejuvenate the appearance of the face.
In fact, however, botox has been used in medicine on an increasing scale for over 50 years, including as a pain reliever. It turns out that it is also possible to treat migraines with botox. This therapy is especially recommended for people suffering from chronic migraine. The so-called botox type A.
How to cure migraine with Botox? Botox type A is one of the available variants of botulinum toxin. Treatment of migraine with Botox involves injecting selected areas on the head. Descriptions of the action of botox, which can be found on the websites of individual clinics differ slightly from each other, but usually the mechanism of compression or irritation of nerve endings by certain muscles of the head is presented.
Injections of Botox in selected parts of the muscles have to lead to their relaxation and thus-relieve pressure on the nerves. The procedure itself is advertised as painless and allows you to conduct normal activity immediately after its completion. The effects should be visible after about 7 days.
Depends how you look at it. The blockade, which is obtained with Botox injections, is expected to be effective from 3 to 6 months. During this time, the migraine pain attacks should clear up and even subside.
This effect is observed in about 80 percent of patients. Unfortunately, this does not mean getting rid of the disease once and for all. As we mentioned, science has not yet found a prescription that can definitively cure migraine, so in the case of BOTOX, the effect will not be lifelong.
Another non-standard therapy is the treatment of migraine with acupuncture. The ancient Chinese technique for treating migraines is only beginning to be recognized by scientific and medical circles. Until recently, acupuncture was neglected, questioning its effectiveness, but published in recent years, the results of scientific research, including comparative, indicate that proper puncture of designated areas on the patient's body can bring results no worse, and even better, than pharmacology, especially in patients suffering from migraine with aura. And, of course, in those who do not respond to pharmacological agents.
Folk medicine practices in case of migraine treatment with herbs, although serious scientific societies do not attach much importance to this method. A small herb such as the Golden Maroon is supposed to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
Rosemary is supposed to reduce pain, and mint-nausea and associated vomiting. Herbs can also be used for cooking oils, with the help of which we will perform massages relaxing the tense muscles of the neck and head.
The pathogenesis of migraine has not been fully understood and theories trying to explain its basis are without merit. One of them focuses not only on neurobiological mechanisms occurring in the body of a sick person, but also on external factors triggering these mechanisms (so-called triggers).
These include, among other things, physical exertion, emotional fatigue, prolonged exposure to stress, sleep disorders, changes in atmospheric pressure, hormonal changes, pregnancy, menstruation, diet, medications taken. As you can see, the palette is wide. In case of suspicion that mental and psychological factors may be behind migraine attacks, patients are sometimes referred for psychotherapy. It supports appropriate pharmacological treatment, allowing to know and eliminate possible "triggers" associated with, for example, stress overload.