Non-Pharmacological Approaches for Migraine

Neurotherapeutics. 2018 Apr;15(2):336-345. doi: 10.1007/s13311-018-0623-6.


Migraine is one of the most common and debilitating neurological disorders. However, the efficacy of pharmacological therapies may have unsatisfactory efficacy and can be poorly tolerated. There is a strong need in clinical practice for alternative approaches for both acute and preventive treatment. Occasionally, this need might arise in the context of low-frequency migraneurs who are not keen to use medication or fear the potential side effects. At the opposite end of the spectrum, clinicians might be faced with patients who have proven refractory to numerous medications. These patients may benefit from invasive treatment strategies. In recent years, promising strategies for migraine therapy have emerged alongside a progressively better understanding of the complex pathophysiology underlying this disease. This review discusses the most recent and evidence-based advances in non-pharmacological therapeutic approaches for migraine, offering alternatives to drug treatment for both the commonly encountered episodic cases as well as the more complex migraine phenotypes, which are capable of challenging even the headache specialist.

Keywords: Migraine; Neuromodulation; Non-pharmacological; Nutraceuticals; Therapy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Animals
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Field Therapy
  • Migraine Disorders / diet therapy
  • Migraine Disorders / therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Treatment Outcome