Migraine is not new to us. One of Lewis Carrol's character in his
classic 'Alice in Wonderland' shows signs of experiencing what we now know as
'aura' an experience that is linked to migraine.
A scientific team from Queensland is hoping to find a cure for
migraine with a treatment involving vitamin B and folate supplements.
Bridget Maher, postdoctoral researcher at the
Griffith University, this remedy is expected to bring
about relief in 20% of sufferers whose problem is genetic. Maher says that one
out of every five person who suffers from migraine has a faulty enzyme that is
incapable of working as optimally as it does in those with normal enzymes.
She further explains that the new remedy is capable of effectively
reducing the frequency and severity of the condition. This information is very
welcome, as there is a lot of social stigma linked to the lives of these
patients, mainly because the condition is chronic, besides negatively impacting
Those who have migraines which are familial in origin experience
auras, which is a term given to an episode of temporary neurological
disturbances involving 'seeing stars, pins and needles and numbness'.
Migraine is a condition affecting millions of people around the
world. It is characterized by headache, vomiting, nausea and sensitivity to
light and sound. The chief sufferers are women, which is not surprising, given
the fact that hormone fluctuations, especially during menstruation, is among
the common causes.
Not many cures are known to be effective in treating migraine. It
is recommended that one observes the pattern of occurrence and try to identify
the trigger involved. Excessive exposure to sunlight or consuming foods such as
salami, alcohol, smoked foods, turkey and old cheese or strong- scented
perfumes, motion sickness or excessive exercise are some of the many triggers
that can cause migraines.
The research team at Griffith involved in the
making of the drug is working on the correct optimal dose of these supplements.
The new drug is expected to be in the market within the next few years.