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Response of Cluster Headache to Kudzu
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2008
© 2008 the Author. Journal compilation © 2008 American Headache Society
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 98–105, January 2009
How to Cite
Sewell, R. A. (2009), Response of Cluster Headache to Kudzu. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 49: 98–105. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2008.01268.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2008
- Accepted for publication August 2, 2008.
- cluster headache;
- case series;
Objective.— To describe the self-treatment of cluster headache with kudzu.
Background.— Many cluster headache patients take over-the-counter (OTC) kudzu extract in the belief that it helps their cluster attacks. Kudzu's actual efficacy has not been studied.
Methods.— A database of cluster headache patients was questioned about their use of various alternative remedies to treat their cluster headache. Of 235 patients identified, 16 had used kudzu, consented to interviews, and provided medical records.
Results.— In total, 11 (69%) experienced decreased intensity of attacks, 9 (56%) decreased frequency, and 5 (31%) decreased duration, with minimal side effects.
Conclusion.— Anecdotal evidence suggests that a component in OTC products labeled as kudzu may prove useful in managing cluster headache. This hypothesis should be tested with a randomized clinical trial.