A medicinal herb popularly used as a natural treatment for headaches and diabetes, feverfew is a perennial herb native to Eurasia. This plant is basically a small bush, and has small flowers that give it the name ‘bachelor’s buttons.’
The word feverfew was derived from a Latin word ‘febrifugia’ that basically means to reduce fever; however, the effectiveness of this herb in doing so is yet to be determined. It is believed that the early Greek herbalist by the name of Dioscorides documented the first use of this herb as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Today, many herbal medicine practitioners use this herb for a number of different health conditions. Let’s take a closer look
- Feverfew is known to contain a chemical known as parthenolide, which is known to discourage the production of chemicals that cause migraine headaches.
- Those couples attempting to conceive can experience benefits by using feverfew- it increases the chances of pregnancy and is a good tonic for infertility.
- Feverfew extracts have also been found effective against irregular menstruation, miscarriage, anemia and other conditions.
- When applied directly to the gums, the extracts of this herb can curb toothache, and when applied to skin, it can discourage bacterial growth and kill harmful germs that may spread infections.
- Feverfew has also been found effective in treating other conditions including common cold, earache, diarrhea, muscular tension, bone disorders, swelling of the feet, intestinal gas and headaches.
- A few studies have also found that the parthenolide content in feverfew has been effective in inducing apoptosis in cancer cells, thereby preventing the spread of cancer.
- Feverfew extracts can also relieve nausea, vomiting, asthma, allergies, psoriasis and dizziness in some cases.
- It is believed that the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be handled better using feverfew as a treatment.
Feverfew is known to have blood-thinning action and may induce allergic reactions in individuals who are sensitive to it. It is advisable to consult a physician before starting the use of this herb. Also take care while using supplemental, packaged forms of this herb since they often contain doses larger than the daily-required dosage of the herb.