Feverfew comes from the chrysanthemum family with flowers which have the appearance of daisies.
It is found in several old gardens, traditionally used as a medicinal herb and is also grown for horticulture due to its attractive appearance.
It grows in the form of a bush, usually up to about 46 centimeters long.
Feverfew has its origins in Eurasia, but has spread to different countries around the world like America and Australia.
Medications of feverfew mostly consist of dried leaves, all the other parts of the plant are also useful.
Feverfew comes in the form of tablets, capsules and liquid extracts.
Feverfew has been used since time immemorial by people dwelling in the countryside for the treatment of various ailments. Some of the known benefits of feverfew are given below:
Feverfew is effective in the treatment of headaches, toothaches, insect bites, and stomachaches.
It is also believed to be effective in female reproductive problems in menstruation, and childbirth.
It is used to provide relief for migraine headaches and rheumatoid arthritis.
It is applied to the skin to provide a cure for psoriasis.
It is also useful for treatment of asthma, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and tinnitus.
Well known benefit of feverfew is treatment for headaches. Research has revealed that by taking feverfew, the severity and frequency of headaches has reduced.
Feverfew has been even quoted to be more effective than aspirin. Feverfew inhibits two inflammatory substances from getting released in the brain. These two substances are serotonin and prostaglandins, which are known to be the cause for migraines.
Those suffering from severe headaches can get maximum benefit from taking feverfew. This is especially applicable to those who suffer from long-term, chronic migraine headaches.
Another group of patients who are likely to receive benefit from taking feverfew are those suffering from inflammation of joints and tissues.
Children should not be given this herb, as the possible side-effects are not yet known.
Side effects of feverfew are manifested in nausea, abdominal pain, indigestion, flatulence, or vomiting.
Mouth ulcers have been known to form with chewing of the leaves. Oral swelling and loss of taste have also been reported.
Those taking medication for thinning of the blood should avoid taking feverfew as there is a possibility of development of bleeding complications.
Expectant or nursing mothers should avoid this herb.
There is no common ground regarding the ideal dosage of feverfew. However, 50 to 100 mg daily is the most commonly used dosage.
Those with chronic health problems should consult their healthcare provider before taking this herb.