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Migraine: When Medications Don’t Work

By Rudrani Banik, M.D

One out of 10 people has a history of migraines. That’s a staggering number—more than 33 million people in the United States alone. Odds are you or someone you know, such as a family member, friend, or coworker, suffers from debilitating migraines. Why is this condition such an epidemic, and what can be done to treat it?

Even though migraines are very common, we still don’t completely understand what causes them. Each sufferer may have unique triggers. For some, it may be stress. For others, it may be fluorescent lights, hormonal changes, or even certain foods such as wine, cheese or chocolate. And some migraine sufferers have no triggers at all.

It is even less clear what is the ideal treatment for migraine headaches. Numerous prescription medications and even procedures such as Botox injections or surgeries are available, with no guarantee that they work. What’s more frustrating is that despite decades of medical research and billions of dollars invested by pharmaceutical companies, there is still no cure for migraines.

 A Natural Treatment

I’m writing this because am I not only a physician, an ophthalmologist, and a neuro-ophthalmologist who cares for thousands of migraine patients. I am also a migraine sufferer. I have the medical background to treat migraines, and I have experienced the personal suffering caused by this dreaded disease.

 At one point, I had daily, debilitating migraines for more than two years. I tried many of the treatments on the market, none of which truly relieved my symptoms. The ones that did help gave me intolerable side effects. After many rounds of trial and error, I decided to stop all my medications and seek a different kind of solution. I began researching alternative treatments. 

What happened then miraculously changed my life, as well as the lives of thousands of my migraine patients. And even more importantly, it changed the way I practice medicine, as well as my career path.

Through my research, I discovered numerous natural approaches that have been proven to be effective against migraines. These treatments are not used mainstream, mainly because they are not backed by a pharmaceutical company.  

After developing and using a natural treatment regimen, my migraines gradually improved. I am now at the point where I can go weeks or even months without one.

After experimenting with these natural therapies on myself, I decided to offer this approach to some of my most difficult-to-treat migraine patients. The results were astonishing; even I was surprised by how effective these simple interventions were in helping reduce the frequency and severity of their headaches. My patients told me I had changed their lives.

 Rudrani Banik, M.D., practices at 950 Fifth Ave., New York, NY. For appointments and information, call 646-820-2074, email [email protected] or visit



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