2018 Volume 69 Issue 1 Pages 22-28
In female patients with migraine, the triggering or exacerbating factors for migraine including stress, menstruation and fatigue, should be treated intensively in addition to treatment for headache. Patients with coldness and weak constitution become a state of qi and blood deficiency in terms of Kampo medicine under the circumstances of severe fatigue, lack of sleep and menopausal symptoms. They tend to suffer from migraine at around the 4th or 5th day of menstrual period after rather heavy menstrual bleeding on the 2nd or 3rd day. We experienced 4 patients with headache during the late period of menstruation whose symptoms were successfully treated by juzentaihoto known to improve qi and blood. In Case 1, daily prescription was changed from unkeito to juzentaihoto. In Case 2, during the 7 days of menstrual period, juzentaihoto was added to tokishigyakukagoshuyushokyoto, while juzentaihoto was substituted for tokishakuyakusan in Case 3 and Case 4.
In 9 cases of headache, including these 4 cases, juzentaihoto was efficacious against migraine headache during the late period of menstruation with coldness (9/9 cases), fatigability (9/9 cases) and dryness symptoms (7/ 9 cases).
These results indicate that juzentaihoto is effective for migraine during the late period of menstruation, especially in patients with fatigue after menstrual bleeding. The administration period of juzentaihoto should be individualized for each patient depending on the severity of qi and blood deficiency.