Feverfew is also known as featherfew or featherfoil. Its name is derived from the Latin word febrifuge meaning fever reducing. The plant is a perennial related to the daisy family and is characterized by a strong bitter smell.
This herb is used to help relieve migraine headache and its symptoms. Parthenolide, a compound found in feverfew, works against vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels)—a cause of migraine.
Feverfew is also used to stimulate appetite, increase the fluidity of lung and bronchial mucus, pain, muscle tension, menstrual difficulties, and rheumatic diseases (eg, rheumatoid arthritis).
Sources of Feverfew
Feverfew is available in the following forms: capsules, fluid extract, and tincture. For maximum benefit, purchase only standardized products containing at least 0.2% parthenolide.
Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.
- Side effects may include stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take feverfew.
- Do not take feverfew if you are taking a blood-thinning drug (eg, aspirin, warfarin).
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