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Lippia Alba for Migraine Prophylaxis and Treatment

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Fabio Carmona, Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael Identifier:
First received: December 14, 2010
Last updated: January 26, 2016
Last verified: January 2016

Abstract Background: There is no universally accepted and effective prophylaxis of migraine headache episodes. Thus the investigators aimed to investigate the effects of Lippia alba (Mill.) N. E. Brown, an herb with many effects on central nervous system, on pain frequency and intensity of migraine patients.

Methods: Patients were enrolled in a prospective, phase 2, non-controlled cohort study to orally receive ethanolic extract of L. alba leaves (1-2 drips/kg/day). Headache intensity and frequency of episodes were recorded before and after 30-60 days of treatment. The investigators also studied the chemical composition of its essential oil by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Results: The investigators described for the first time a particular L. alba chemotype with geranial and carvenone as major compounds. With treatment, both frequency and intensity of pain episodes significantly decreased from baseline to first reassessment date. More than 80% of patients experienced a minimum 50% reduction on pain intensity and frequency. No side effects were reported.

Conclusions: Treatment with a geranial plus carvenone chemotype of L. alba ethanolic extract is a cheap, widely available, highly effective therapy to reduce both the intensity and the frequency of headache episodes of migraine patients with no side effects.

Keywords: headache, migraine, medicinal plant, essential oil, phytotherapy

Condition Intervention Phase
Migraine Disorders Drug: Lippia alba (Mill.) N. E. Brown ethanolic extract Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Chemical Composition and Therapeutic Effects of Lippia Alba (Mill.) N. E. Brown Leaves Ethanolic Extract in Patients With Migraine

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Further study details as provided by Fabio Carmona, Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael:

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: July 2006
Study Completion Date: October 2010
Primary Completion Date: April 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Lippia alba Drug: Lippia alba (Mill.) N. E. Brown ethanolic extract
1-2 drops per kilogram per day, PO, twice a day


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Migraine diagnostic

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient's request
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01259947

Naturoterapia Sinho Mariano
Araxa, MG, Brazil
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fabio Carmona
Principal Investigator: Raul Conde, MD Reserva EcoCerrado Brasil
Study Chair: Ana MS Pereira, PhD Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Fabio Carmona, Technical coordinator, Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael Identifier: NCT01259947     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: LALBA201012
Study First Received: December 14, 2010
Last Updated: January 26, 2016

Keywords provided by Fabio Carmona, Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael:
medicinal plant
essential oil

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Migraine Disorders
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on September 20, 2017