In a study published in March 2017, it was found that stem cells can help treat migraines. The results from these studies weren’t spectacular, but they do hold promise. Let’s have a close look.
Actually, this was a small open-label study. It involved just 9 people (1 man and 8 women). Steam cells were taken from each patient, were tested for viability, and were then injected into the occipitalis, temporalis, trapezium, and neck muscles.
Now, the results seem to be a mixed-bag, some good, some bad, so bear with me.
Obviously, this was a small study, so we can’t say for sure. However, the good news is that of these 9, at least 7 saw significant decrease in their MIDAS score. It’s a test designed to measure the disability caused due to migraines. Scores decreased overall by 29 percent.
So that’s definitely a good news for you all. However, for most of the patients in the group this improvement was fairly small and temporary. This study lasted just three months.
For three of the patients, the improvement in their condition was quite significant.
But there’s no need to worry, there’s more good news for you. These were patients who had chronic migraine since years, and had tried many other treatments. The mean age was around 45, and the mean number of years with migraine was 15. All of them have tried at least four preventive medications and have also tried Botox.
So all these 9 patients were not that easy-to-treat kind. It’s also a fact that at least 3 of them saw good improvement in their condition.
We’ve heard about stem cell research for migraine and many other health conditions before. If this kind of approach can help even a small number of migraineurs, it could be a blasting breakthrough.
Want to read the full study? It’s available here