CAM Sought for Migraines

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Sep 27, 2011

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Adults who suffer from migraines or severe headaches use mind-body therapies more frequently than those who do not experience those conditions, say researchers from Harvard Medical School, in Boston. Their study, published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain (2011; doi:10.1111/j.1526-4610.2011.0917.x), examined patterns, reasons for and correlates of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by American adults with and without such headaches.

Approximately 50% of adults who do suffer from these headaches use CAM therapies like deep breathing, meditation and yoga, compared with only 34% of those don’t have the conditions, according to the 2001 National Health Interview Survey. CAM users who have migraines or severe headaches also tend to suffer from anxiety and joint or low-back pain.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at