Posted by: Chris Maloney | April 29, 2012

Lavender Essential Oil Treats 71% of Migraines And Outperforms Lasmiditan

I've had a migraine/headache for 6 days straig...

I've had a migraine/headache for 6 days straight. Today was so bad I couldn't concentrate on what I was saying. I'm not even sure I knew WHAT I was saying because of the pain. I even mixed up two people's names and felt really dumb afterwards. Anyone got a migraine cure? 🙂 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several interesting things about this trial.  First, that breathing lavender essential oil for fifteen minutes resolved or improved migraine headaches for 71% of the test subjects.  Second, that simply breathing deeply with paraffin in front of their noses helped 47% of the placebo group.  Since paraffin isn’t terribly active, we might assume that deep, full breaths really help.  Most migraine sufferers don’t simply have their pain resolve without intervention or significant time, so breathing Lavender makes a simple, harmless, and possibly ver effective treatment.  I also want to know who thought:  “Paraffin.  That smells sort of like Lavender.”

In related news, the new trial for Lasmiditan showed it was 64% effective against migraines.  It became more effective with higher doses, with increasing side effects at increasing doses.  Since Lamiditan is a 5-HT receptor agonist (layspeak would be it does roughly what 5-HTP might do in terms of serotonin) the sedative effects are pretty pronounced.

If these were two drugs, Lasmiditan would be sunk because it was outperformed by something with fewer side effects.  But because it’s Lavender Oil no one will be educating the migraine docs to get their patients sniffing Lavender.  Lasmiditan will sell a couple of billion bottles to patients who will experience vertigo, paraesthesia, and somnolence.  A few fringe folk like myself will push Lavender, which makes you smell like a grandmother but doesn’t cause those issues.  Sigh.

Eur Neurol. 2012;67(5):288-91. Epub 2012 Apr 17.Lavender essential oil in the treatment of migraine headache: a placebo-controlled clinical trial.Sasannejad P, Saeedi M, Shoeibi A, Gorji A, Abbasi M, Foroughipour M.SourceDepartment of Neurology, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.AbstractLavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic, antihypertensive, antimicrobial, analgesic agent as well as a wound healing accelerator. We have studied for the first time the efficacy of lavender essential oil inhalation for the treatment of migraine in a placebo-controlled clinical trial. Methods: Forty-seven patients with definite diagnosis of migraine headache were divided into cases and controls. Cases inhaled lavender essential oil for 15 min, whereas the control group used liquid paraffin for the same time period. Patients were asked to record their headache severity and associated symptoms in 30-min intervals for a total of 2 h. We matched the two groups for key confounding factors. Results: The mean reduction of headache severity in cases was 3.6 ± 2.8 based on Visual Analogue Scale score. The reduction was 1.6 ± 1.6 in controls. This difference between the controls and cases was statistically significant with p < 0.0001. From 129 headache attacks in cases, 92 responded entirely or partially to lavender. In the control group, 32 out of 68 recorded headache attacks responded to placebo. The percentage of responders was significantly higher in the lavender group than the placebo group (p = 0.001). Conclusion: The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches.Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.PMID: 22517298

via Lavender essential oil in the treatment of migrai… [Eur Neurol. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI.


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