Better Side Effects: A Juicer as a Preventive Migraine Treatment

April 6, 2012

We recently discussed a Canadian study that American chronic migraine sufferers incur more than $4,000 per year in medical costs.  It doesn’t help that a common migraine treatment like Treximet®, a drug approved by the FDA for migraine treatment in 2008, now costs around $24 per pill.  It may lead you to wonder: What actually contributes to the high cost of these medications?  And is there a drug-free migraine solution that may cost less?

One answer comes from a court ruling.  Treximet was recently the subject of patent litigation when several generic drug manufacturers sought approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market less expensive generic copies of the drug.  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ultimately ruled in favor of Pozen, Treximet’s maker. The decision means that Treximet will continue to benefit from patent protection until 2017, at which time generic manufacturers will be permitted to market less costly alternatives to the sumatriptan/naproxen sodium combination medication.

Don’t despair just yet!  This doesn’t mean that you have to give up all chronic migraine relief hope until the year 2017.  There are, in fact, drug-free migraine treatments that may help to lighten your financial load.  The best one is lifestyle management – especially trigger avoidance.  In addition to staying clear of chocolate holiday treats, it is important to be aware of all of the lifestyle enhancements you can make to give yourself a little DIY migraine treatment.  They include:

  • Exercise (be careful not to trigger an allergy-related migraine if you venture outside!)
  • Massage, meditation and other relaxation techniques
  • Proper amount of rest
  • Healthy diet and nutritional supplementation (including tasty quinoa)

In addition to feeling better in your wallet, you might feel better all over from the positive side effects of such healthy, drug-free migraine solutions…  many of these so-called “migraine treatments” are also used to prevent spine pain, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve your emotional outlook.  That’s better than the side effects listed on some bottles!

If you’re still looking for a magic elixir, here’s something you might want to invest in:  a juicer.   Nutritionists have said that drinking fruit juice is similar to eating candy, due to the amount of sugar in the colorful glass.   But a nice glass of vegetable juice can give you the hydration, vitamins and nutrients your body needs for more balance.

Already cringing from the thought of a liquid that, as Steve Martin quipped in L.A. Story, is “like licking a shag carpet?” You’re wrong.  The right mix of veggies zipped through a juicer can be a surprisingly tasty step toward a drug-free migraine solution.

Here’s one recipe adapted from Juicer Recipes Now:

  • One half cucumber
  • Two stalks of celery
  • One-quarter cup of spinach
  • One-quarter cup of parsley
  • One cored apple
  • One quarter-inch square of fresh ginger root
  • Optional: one-half cup of water for more hydration

Once you stir in the foam – wow, you have a nice, frothy, healthy smoothie to start your day.  And don’t forget some glasses of water, or a cup of herbal tea, to keep you hydrated and relaxed later on.  That’s one cost-effective treatment that everyone – even people without migraines – can try to feel better.



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