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Feverfew is a short bushy plant with flowers that closely resemble daisies.  It is commonly know by other names such as midsummer daisy, bachelor's button, featherfoil and featherfew.  Although native to the Balkan mountains of eastern Europe, it is found growing in many other European areas, also in both North America and South America.
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Feverfew is a short bushy plant with flowers that closely resemble daisies and is a member of the sunflower family.  It is commonly know by other names such as midsummer daisy, bachelor's button, featherfoil and featherfew.  Although native to the Balkan mountains of eastern Europe, it is found growing in many other European areas, also in both North America and South America.
  
  
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Although the leaves of this herb are mostly used for their medicinal value, the flowers and stems can also be utilized.  Feverfew consists of volatile oil, parthenolide, sesquiterpene lactones, acetylene derivatives, etc.  Ths herb is an anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, bitter and emmenagogue.
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Although the leaves of this herb are mostly used for their medicinal value, the flowers and stems can also be utilized.  Feverfew consists of volatile oil, parthenolide (active compound), sesquiterpene lactones, acetylene derivatives, etc.  This herb is an anti-inflammatory, vasodilator ''(relaxes blood vessels)'', bitter ''(stimulates secretions of digestive, encourages appetite)'' and emmenagogue ''(facilitates andregulates menstrul flow)''.
  
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== Medical Uses ==
  
  
== Medical Uses ==
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Feverfew herb has the chemical parthenolide present, this active compound is very beneficial in promoting muscular relaxation resulting in reduction of spasms.  It is also helpful in the treatment of osteo-[[arthritis]] and rheumatoid [[arthritis]].
  
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Sesquiterpene lactones in Feverfew are believed to inhibit prostaglandins and histamine released during the inflammatory process, therefore preventing spasms of the blood vessels in the head which trigger migraine attacks.  Regular use of this herb is recommended as a treatment of migraine [[headache]]s.
  
Feverfew herb has the chemical parthenolide present, which is very beneficial in muscular relaxation and reduction of spasms.  It is beneficial in the treatment of oster-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Feverfew has also gained recognition for treating dizziness, [[tinnitus]], and painful menstruation due to sluggish flow.  It is a bitter tonic that can be helpful to those suffering with depression, asthma, nausea and vomiting.
  
Sesquiterpene lactones in Feverfew are believed to inhibit prostaglandins and histamine released during the inflammatory process, therefore preventing spasms of the blood vessels in the head which trigger migraine attacks.  Feverfew has also gained recognition for treating dizziness, tinnitus, and painful menstruation due to sluggish flow.
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== Available Forms & Dosage ==
  
Feverfew is a bitter tonic that can be helpful to those sffering with depression, nausea and vomiting.
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Feverfew is available fresh, freeze-dried, in capsules, tablets and liquid extract.  Supplements should be standardized to contain at least .2% of parthenolide, this herbs most active compound.  Freeze-dried is the preferred form, taken in doses of 50-100mg per day.
  
  
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This herb should not be used by women who are pregnant, due to the stimulant action in the womb.  The fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers in sensitive people.
 
This herb should not be used by women who are pregnant, due to the stimulant action in the womb.  The fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers in sensitive people.
  
Feverfew may react with anti-coagulant (blood thinning) medication such as warfarin, consult with physician before use.
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Feverfew may react with anti-coagulant (blood thinning) medication such as warfarin, physician consultation recommended before use.
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== Related Discussion ==
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* [http://www.natmedtalk.com/showthread.php?t=3253 Headache Solutions]
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* [http://www.natmedtalk.com/showthread.php?t=4945 Headache]
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* [http://www.natmedtalk.com/showthread.php?t=5362 Alternative Answers for Menstrual Migraines]
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* [http://www.natmedtalk.com/showthread.php?t=19281 Alternative Answers for Psoriatic Arthritis]

Latest revision as of 18:44, 25 January 2012

Feverfew
Feverfew (tanacetum parthenium)


Description & Habitat

Feverfew is a short bushy plant with flowers that closely resemble daisies and is a member of the sunflower family. It is commonly know by other names such as midsummer daisy, bachelor's button, featherfoil and featherfew. Although native to the Balkan mountains of eastern Europe, it is found growing in many other European areas, also in both North America and South America.


Constituents & Actions

Although the leaves of this herb are mostly used for their medicinal value, the flowers and stems can also be utilized. Feverfew consists of volatile oil, parthenolide (active compound), sesquiterpene lactones, acetylene derivatives, etc. This herb is an anti-inflammatory, vasodilator (relaxes blood vessels), bitter (stimulates secretions of digestive, encourages appetite) and emmenagogue (facilitates andregulates menstrul flow).

Medical Uses

Feverfew herb has the chemical parthenolide present, this active compound is very beneficial in promoting muscular relaxation resulting in reduction of spasms. It is also helpful in the treatment of osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sesquiterpene lactones in Feverfew are believed to inhibit prostaglandins and histamine released during the inflammatory process, therefore preventing spasms of the blood vessels in the head which trigger migraine attacks. Regular use of this herb is recommended as a treatment of migraine headaches.

Feverfew has also gained recognition for treating dizziness, tinnitus, and painful menstruation due to sluggish flow. It is a bitter tonic that can be helpful to those suffering with depression, asthma, nausea and vomiting.

Available Forms & Dosage

Feverfew is available fresh, freeze-dried, in capsules, tablets and liquid extract. Supplements should be standardized to contain at least .2% of parthenolide, this herbs most active compound. Freeze-dried is the preferred form, taken in doses of 50-100mg per day.


Side-Effects & Interactions

This herb should not be used by women who are pregnant, due to the stimulant action in the womb. The fresh leaves may cause mouth ulcers in sensitive people.

Feverfew may react with anti-coagulant (blood thinning) medication such as warfarin, physician consultation recommended before use.


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