Is butterbur good for migraines? Butterbur appears to help reduce the frequency of migraines in adults and children. In 2012, the American Academy of Neurology recommended its use for preventing migraines.
Does butterbur have side effects? Side effects might include belching, headache, itchy eyes, diarrhea, upset stomach, and drowsiness. Some butterbur products may contain PAs.
Why does butterbur help headaches? Butterbur extract, which is made from the leaves and roots of the butterbur plant, may help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. That’s because it contains a family of compounds called petasins, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasm, and blood vessel-widening properties ( 4 , 5 ).
Can you take butterbur long term? You can continue to use butterbur beyond 16 weeks, though, as long as your healthcare provider deems it safe. He or she may request that you undergo routine lab work periodically if you use butterbur long-term.