Back­ing for mi­graine ex­pert, 120 years on

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By James Som­per

FOR more than 120 years, a pi­o­neer­ing Scots doc­tor was ridiculed for his work on mi­graines.

But new stud­ies sug­gest re­search by Sir Wil­liam Ar­buth­not Lane – born in Fort Ge­orge, In­verness-shire – into the link be­tween the gut and se­vere headaches was right all along.

A pro­bi­otic con­tain­ing 14 strains of bac­te­ria has been shown to re­duce the fre­quency of mi­graines in suf­fer­ers.

In a study, 40 per cent of those with episodic pain and 45 per cent with chronic pain said the fre­quency of their mi­graines had de­creased af­ter tak­ing a sup­ple­ment, Bio-Kult.

The trial, by Dr SR Jahromi and col­leagues at the Ira­nian Cen­tre of Neu­ro­log­i­cal Re­search, Tehran Univer­sity, is the first of its kind to show a ben­e­fi­cial role of pro­bi­otics in al­le­vi­at­ing the fre­quency, sever­ity and du­ra­tion of mi­graine at­tacks.

Pro­fes­sor Glenn Gib­son, a food mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy ex­pert at Read­ing Univer­sity, said: ‘As long ago as the 1800s, Ar­buth­not Lane – a Scot­tish physi­cian – sug­gested that the gut could be in­volved in mi­graine and schizophre­nia.

‘These pre­dic­tions were not taken se­ri­ously at the time but they are now.’

He added: ‘This ex­cel­lent study shows how al­ter­ation of the mi­cro­biome through a safe and ef­fi­ca­cious pro­bi­otic mix­ture can help mi­graine suf­fers.’

Neu­rol­o­gist Dr Fayyaz Ahmed said: ‘This re­search opens new doors for fur­ther re­search into the link be­tween ner­vous sys­tem dis­or­der and gas­troin­testi­nal struc­tures.

‘Not taken se­ri­ously’

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