Complementary and Integrative Health Treatments for Migraine

J Neuroophthalmol. 2019 Sep;39(3):360-369. doi: 10.1097/WNO.0000000000000841.


Background: Migraine is a chronic disabling neurologic condition that can be treated with a combination of both pharmacologic and complementary and integrative health options.

Evidence acquisition: With the growing interest in the US population in the use of nonpharmacologic treatments, we reviewed the evidence for supplements and behavioral interventions used for migraine prevention.

Results: Supplements reviewed included vitamins, minerals, and certain herbal preparations. Behavioral interventions reviewed included cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, relaxation, the third-wave therapies, acupuncture, hypnosis, and aerobic exercise.

Conclusions: This article should provide an appreciation for the wide range of nonpharmacologic therapies that might be offered to patients in place of or in addition to migraine-preventive medications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Biofeedback, Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Humans
  • Migraine Disorders / therapy*