People with recurrent migraines are always looking for a way to end their searing headache pain. Now, a small study conducted in Brazil, suggests another weapon; melatonin. The hormone, which helps regulate sleep-wake cycles, may help prevent migraines.
When doctors gave 34 migraine sufferers 3 mg of melatonin before bed for 3 months, 78% said the number of migraines had been cur in half, including 25% whose headaches vanished. Migraine intensity also dropped for most people, from 7 to 3 on a scale of 1 to 10. Melatonin may find-tune brain chemicals that are out of balance in migraine sufferers, says study author Mario Peres, a neurologist. More study is needed before melatonin can be recommended for migraine.