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Papers: 12 Nov 2022 - 18 Nov 2022



Front Pharmacol


Natural products for migraine: Data-mining analyses of Chinese Medicine classical literature.


Zhang C S, Lyu S, Zhang A L, Guo X, Sun J, Lu C, Luo X, Xue C C
Front Pharmacol. 2022; 13:995559.
PMID: 36386198.


Treatment effect of current pharmacotherapies for migraine is unsatisfying. Discovering new anti-migraine natural products and nutraceuticals from large collections of Chinese medicine classical literature may assist to address this gap. We conducted a comprehensive search in the (version 5.0) to obtain migraine-related citations, then screened and scored these citations to identify clinical management of migraine using oral herbal medicine in history. Information of formulae, herbs and symptoms were further extracted. After standardisation, these data were analysed using frequency analysis and the Apriori algorithm. Anti-migraine effects and mechanisms of actions of the main herbs and formula were summarised. Among 614 eligible citations, the most frequently used formula was (CXCTS), and the most frequently used herb was . Dietary medicinal herbs including , , , and were identified. Strong associations were constructed among the herb ingredients of CXCTS formula. Symptoms of chronic duration and unilateral headache were closely related with herbs of , , , and . Symptoms of vomiting and nausea were specifically related to herbs of and . The herb ingredients of CXCTS which presented anti-migraine effects with reliable evidence of anti-migraine actions can be selected as potential drug discovery candidates, while dietary medicinal herbs including , , , , , and can be further explored as nutraceuticals for migraine.