Used for fevers, headaches, arthritis, migraines and more.
Feverfew is a member of the sunflower family that, while native to Europe, can now be found throughout North America. Since the above ground parts of the herb have long been used to reduce fevers, it is not hard to see where its name comes from. In fact, the feather-like appearance of the leaves is responsible for other common names, like feather foil and feather few
While feverfew leaves have long been used for a number of illnesses, including headaches, fevers and arthritic pain, most attention recently has been focused on its use in preventing migraines. Feverfew products standardized to parthenolide content were some of the first herbal products to be permitted for sale for a specific medical condition in Canada. Original positive research coming from the United Kingdom supporting the migraine preventive action of feverfew is now being questioned. A recent review of the available clinical trials concluded that there is still not enough evidence to show that feverfew products definitely decrease the incidence or severity of migraine attacks.
While not conclusively known, feverfew is thought to work in a number of ways, including by stopping the production of chemicals in the body called eicosanoids that cause the blood vessels and muscles to spasm and by decreasing the stickiness of platelets.
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