Herbal therapy in migraine

Neurol Sci. 2014 May;35 Suppl 1:135-40. doi: 10.1007/s10072-014-1757-x.


The use of herbal therapies is ancient and increasing worldwide. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy of various "complementary" and alternative medicine approaches in the management of headache disorders. Promising tools to treat migraine patients are herbal products. In particular constituents of Petasites hybridus, Tanacetum Parthenium and Ginkgo Biloba have shown antimigraine action in clinical studies. A miscellaneous of recreational drugs and other herbal remedies have been supposed to have a role in headache treatment but quality of clinical studies in this field is low and inconclusive. Further research is warranted in this area.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Ginkgolides / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Lactones / therapeutic use
  • Migraine Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Petasites
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Tanacetum parthenium


  • Ginkgolides
  • Lactones
  • Plant Extracts
  • ginkgolide B