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Lippia Alba for Migraine Prophylaxis and Treatment

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 15, 2010
Last Update Posted : January 27, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Fabio Carmona, Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael

Brief Summary:

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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Migraine Disorders Drug: Lippia alba (Mill.) N. E. Brown ethanolic extract Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: N/A
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
Study Start Date : July 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2010

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MedlinePlus Genetics related topics: Migraine
MedlinePlus related topics: Migraine

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Lippia alba Drug: Lippia alba (Mill.) N. E. Brown ethanolic extract
1-2 drops per kilogram per day, PO, twice a day

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT01259947

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Naturoterapia Sinho Mariano
Araxa, MG, Brazil
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fabio Carmona
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Principal Investigator: Raul Conde, MD Reserva EcoCerrado Brasil
Study Chair: Ana MS Pereira, PhD Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Fabio Carmona, Technical coordinator, Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael Identifier: NCT01259947    
Other Study ID Numbers: LALBA201012
First Posted: December 15, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 27, 2016
Last Verified: January 2016
Keywords provided by Fabio Carmona, Casa Espirita Terra de Ismael:
medicinal plant
essential oil
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Migraine Disorders
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases