Migraines: Causes and Cures

migraineMigraine headaches have been in the news a lot lately, and not just because it’s summer, kids are out of school and mothers from Weston to Pinecrest are collectively massaging a dull, throbbing pain at the temples. Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain, has been generating a lot of news coverage lately about this condition in the hopes of generating awareness and creating new research opportunities.

Although the exact cause of migraines is still not well understood, the problem is considered to originate in the nervous system. It is believed that migraines occur when blood vessels in the brain press on nearby nerves. Regardless of the how and why, one thing is clear: they’re painful! So much so that ancient migraine relief ranged from the beyond absurd, like drilling a hole in the head to alleviate the pain, to the train-wreck-of-ideas, which included making an incision at the temple to insert garlic cloves.

The expression “Hindsight is 20/20” may have originated for just this example.  Because who among us doesn’t recognize these “remedies” cured the patients’ migraines by replacing that pain with a hole in the head, literally?  Fortunately, we live in an era of true enlightenment and modern medicine, with information and knowledge at our fingertips. And while traditional medicine offers sufferers many options, more and more patients are turning to compounding pharmacists for treatment alternatives.

A good compounding pharmacy is able to offer over-the-counter nutraceuticals , commercial prescriptions and compounded alternative choices specific to the needs of the client. Nutracueticals are frequently more cost effective and present fewer side effects than traditional options. Unlike commercial prescriptions that are mostly offered in the form of a pill, compounded prescriptions can be created in liquid capsules, transdermal creams, rapid-dissolving tablets, nasal sprays, suppositories, and sub-lingual drops. Best of all, most insurance providers are open to working with compounding pharmacies to cover the cost. Many pharmacies have billing specialists who are usually able to get most claims covered by your plan.

Although the causes of migraines remain uncertain, with the increasing number of treatment options available, nearly all of the 26 million Americans who suffer should be able to find relief. When a patient, physician and pharmacist work together with the resources of functional medicine and the expanded possibilities of prescription compounding, a successful treatment is almost guaranteed.


VH Pharmacy is a family owned and operated neighborhood pharmacy.  In business for more than 40 years, VH Pharmacy has been under the leadership of Pharmacist Eddy Blanco for the past 11 years.  With his extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical compounding and natural alternatives to conventional medicine, Eddy Blanco has transformed VH Pharmacy into a cutting-edge facility.  To learn more about our services, please visit our website at or call us today at 305.324.8777.



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