A Comprehensive Medicine Approach to Migraines

Thitelbaum, Jacob
January 2005
Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients;Jan2005, Issue 258, p40
This article presents a comprehensive medicine approach to migraines. There is still marked debate over the cause of migraines. For decades, researchers thought that these occurred because of excessive contraction and expansion of the blood vessels in the brain. Others thought that this blood vessel problem occurred because of inadequate serotonin, the neurotransmitter that controls sleep and mood, which also ptays a role in how blood vessels expand. Low serotonin also amplifies pain by increasing the pain neurotransmitter called substance P. Muscle spasm and nutritional imbalances and deficiencies can also contribute to migraines, as can food sensitivities.


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