Moringa for migraines
Due to several drawbacks associated with the conventional drug therapy in migraine treatment, there has been an exhaustive research to find out natural products which could be effectively used for the treatment of migraine. Plants such as Tanacetum parthenium, Petasites hybridus and few other plants have been studied that acted on migraine relief.
As per the vascular theory, initial trigger of migraine can be due to an increased release of serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter, to cause localized ischemia. It acts as a potent vasoconstrictor to cause shunting of blood causing increased intracranial pressure resulting in pulsatile headache and vasodilatation which in turn causes depletion of serotonin in the later stages.
There is also an increase in dopamine levels as implicated by associated symptoms such as yawning, nausea, vomiting and Gastrointestinal disturbances, as a result of which dopamine receptor antagonists are effective therapeutic agents in migraine.
In the present investigation it was observed that MOA inhibited behavioral effects induced by dopamine and serotonin agonists in all the mentioned models. Hence this action of MOA may be through the dopamine and serotonin receptors. The above findings indicate that the leaf juice of moringa oleifera and its extracts could be effectively used for the treatment of migraine. The moringa energy capsules can be used in place of the leaf powder to get the same effects.