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Feverfew

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Description

This is a special herb that is found in many regions around the world especially North America.  It is a perennial flower that serves a wide range of medical purposes. With this herb, you can treat a lot of diseases. Many people used to associate the herb with native Africans but today medical studies have shown that the herb can be effective in treating most of the health conditions that disturb people worldwide. A lot scientific studies have been conducted in America and other parts of the world to find out how effective the feverfew herb is in treating diseases. The good thing is that most studies successfully reveal that the feverfew herb can deal with numerous health conditions once and for all.    

Medicinal Uses

Among the most important uses of feverfew is migraine prevention. There is very convincing scientific evidence that suggests that the herb is highly effective in dealing with migraine. However, some reports tend to exaggerate the use of feverfew. This means that enough evaluation of these benefits has to be done.

Many people assume that the herb is used to fight off fever especially by looking at its name. However, the truth is that there has been very little evidence showing that this herb is effective in treating fever. But research has revealed that the herb contains properties that help in fighting conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, muscle spasm, migraine and more. It has also proved to be effective in dealing with painful menstrual periods. The herb can be an effective anti-gas agent. Therefore you can use it to treat your digestive problems.  

Dosage and Administration

First of all, the leaves of feverfew are extremely bitter. Therefore it is not ideal to prepare tea using the herb. To fight the problem of migraine and muscle ache, many people chew several leaves. You can also combine the leaves with other herbs to kill the bitter taste. However, you should not overdo it. You should only chew three to four leaves everyday. The good thing is that these leaves can be dried for the production of capsules.

Even though this herb is rarely used to treat fever, it can be used as syrup to improve symptoms of colds such as discomfort, wheezing, breathing difficulties, flu and more. Some people apply these leaves externally to treat sore feet and swelling. Companies also use feverfew to produce products such as ointments and oil for conditions such as acne, insect stings, bruises, and other skin problems.

Parts Used

The most important part of this herb is its leaves. These leaves are known to contain numerous medicinal properties that can help you fight off a couple of health problems. For instance, they are used to contain anti-inflammatory properties that help healing wounds. They also have substances that drive insects away. In fact, most bee keepers rub these leaves on their bodies whenever they are harvesting honey. Their awful smell drives bees away. You can also use the leaves to treat insect stings.

Research has also proved that feverfew leaves contain parthenolide, a substance that helps in relieving muscle spasms. This substance makes the herb effective in dealing with migraines. This substance also serves as an anti-inflammatory and can inhibit the development of cancer cells.   

Benefits

There are many benefits of using the feverfew herb. For instance, it helps in dealing with migraine headaches. A research done in Great Britain in early 1980s indicate that over 70 percent of people suffering from migraine headaches felt better after using feverfew.

Other studies indicate that feverfew contains anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a perfect remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. The good thing is that this herb can be consumed in a number of forms including capsules, tablets, and liquid extracts. Many companies are now using this herb to produce natural health products.

Side Effects

Feverfew comes with various side effects especially when it is taken in large quantities. The most common side effects include nausea, indigestion, stomachache, diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, nervousness and more. Doctors advise that pregnant women and lactating mothers should not use this herb because it has the potential of affecting the fetus and the infants. You should also not take this herb two days before surgery. Talk to your physician on how to use feverfew safely.

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