The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Foods and supplements to help manage migraine

    Reviewers from The New York Headache Center concluded, “The identification of food triggers, with the help of food diaries, is an inexpensive way to reduce migraine headaches.”

    Here’s their list of triggers and treatments.

    First, the details.

    • A literature search for studies on food triggers, vitamins, supplements, and migraine headaches was conducted.

    And, the results.

    • A detailed nutritional history helps identifying food triggers, although data on the role of certain foods and substances as triggers is controversial.
    • However, certain patients may be sensitive to the following substances.
      • Phenylethylamine
      • Tramine
      • Aspartame
      • Monosodium glutamate
      • Nitrates
      • Nitrites
      • Alcohol
      • Caffeine
    • Based on the evidence, certain vitamins and supplements in decreasing order of preference may help prevent migraines.
      • Magnesium
      • Petasites hybridus
      • Feverfew
      • Coenzyme Q10
      • Riboflavin
      • Alpha lipoic acid

    The bottom line?
    In 2008, reviewers from the University of Duisburg-Essen included riboflavin, feverfew, butterbur, or coenzyme Q10 in their list of supplements with supporting scientific studies.

    5/21/09 17:13 JR

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