When looking for migraine relief, migraine sufferers tend to look for any and all options to make the pain go away.
This includes trying natural migraine relief options. One of thee natural options that seems to be popular is using Feverfew.
Feverfew is a plant that is a member of the daisy family and is originally grown in Europe. Early uses include treating menstrual cramps, decreasing inflammation, preventing and reducing the length of migraines, and relieving a stomach ache.
When using feverfew, most of the medicines use the leaves, but the entire plant above the ground can be used. It can be found in fresh, freeze dried or dried conditions and is commonly given either as a capsule, tablet, or the actual fresh leaves.
The ingredient that is suspected of helping with a migraine is known as Parthenolide, which is the part that is thought to control inflammation. Since migraine has been linked to inflammation, this is most likely why feverfew works.
Side Effects of Feverfew
Some of the side effects include: abdominal pain, indigestion, gas and nausea. You should not consider taking this if you have an allergy to ragweed, yarrow or chamomile.
You should not stop taking it, but rather slowly lower your dosage. It has been known to trigger migraines if you stop immediately – and that defeats the purpose of trying it in the first place.
While science is still in the process of testing exactly how efficient it is a treating migraines, and why it actually works there is enough talk amongst migraineurs that you might want to consider talking to your doctor about your options.
Please do not try taking it without talking to your doctor, as the side effects, especially if you are on other medications, is not worth the risk. Additionally you want to ensure you are taking the right dosage of the herb as most studies that “prove” it works have a standardized amount of the Parthenolide that they are using. You want to make sure that you are at least getting that much!
As with all migraine tools for prevention and treatment, what might work for some won’t always work for others. If you are struggling and have not tried this, please talk with your doctor.
Your turn: have you had success with Fever Few for your migraines?
Additional Reading: https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/feverfew