Applying Functional Medicine Using A Novel Plant-based Source of Essential Fatty Acids in the Treatment of Migraines Headaches; 2 Case Studies

Robyn Murphy, Jeff Matheson, Gordon Ko


Objective: To report on 2 case studies of migraine patients effectively treated using a functional medicine approach, including the use of a broad spectrum, plant-based nutraceutical of essential fatty acids, cranial stimulation and botox injections.


Settings: Headache, Migraine and Pain Treatment Centre, 555 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, Ontario.


Subjects: Patients with migraines referred from family physicians. Patients were pre-screened with a Migraine Disability Score (MIDAS).


Outcome measures: MIDAS questionnaire, functional blood tests, imaging and physical examination including neurological and orthopedic assessment.


Interventions: The first case was treated with a plant based, broad spectrum Omega fatty acid formula, Cranial-Electrical Stimulation with Audiovisual Entrainment daily and for botox therapy.  The second patient received the Omega formula exclusively.  Concomitant medications and therapies were also adjusted or discontinued.  Duration of treatment varied from 1 to 6 months.


Results: These patients improved significantly in most outcome measures. In all cases drug use was eliminated or substantially reduced. No major adverse reaction, habituation or tolerance developed. Quality of life was also improved subjectively as per patient report.


omegas; migraine;

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