All those ads for Head On headache remedy have gotten a lot of news coverage and a fair amount of ridicule in the press. It is pretty strange to posit that rubbing something that looks like roll-on deodorant on your forehead would cure a headache.
An innovation that might help alleviate migraines, the migraine "zapper" is now being trotted out. People who are getting a migraine headache frequently know it's coming because of an aura--a warning that appears as visual disturbances, like flashing lights, shooting stars or zigzagging lines. According to The Week magazine, "researchers at Ohio State University have developed a device that delivers an electric current through a metal coil, creating a magnetic field for about 1 millisecond." In a study of 23 patients, most subjects said the device either eliminated or dulled their headaches when it was used during the aura phase. "Experts long believed that migraines were caused by the constriction of blood vessels in the brain, but the promising results from the "zapper" experiment add to a growing body of evidence that neural pathways are also involved."
23 patients obviously is too few to hang any conclusions on, but it would be wonderful if a non-medication treatment for migraines could be found.
[Illustration from Living with Migraine]