FEVERFEW Tanacetum parthenium
Leaves and flowers
Alterative, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, aromatic, bitter, carminative, emmenagogue, febrifuge, nervine, parasiticide, purgative (mild), stimulant, vasodilator
Iron, niacin, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, vitamins A and c, zinc
Feverfew has been used for the treatment of various ailments for thousands of years. Feverfew has long been used as a natural remedy for pain relief and is considered an excellent remedy for migraines. Feverfew was used to treat any kind of pain. The herb also helped with chills and fever. It aids in relieving colds, dizziness, tinnitus and inflammation from arthritis. It works gradually and with a gentle action that allows the body to heal itself.
Probably the most popular use of Feverfew is in the prevention of migraine headaches. Feverfew lessens the severity of attacks and reduces symptoms associated with migraines, such as vomiting. Some forms of migraines are thought to be associated with abnormal platelet behaviour. Feverfew has been found to help restrain the release of serotonin from platelets, preventing a migraine from occurring.
Feverfew may be a useful treatment in cases of rheumatoid arthritis because of its ability to inhibit the formation of inflammation-promoting compounds such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes. It seems to have similar properties to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS), which include aspirin, but Feverfew may actually be more effective with fewer potential complications. Some of the studies involving Feverfew and migraines have shown that Feverfew may also lower blood pressure.
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