Feverfew (2 oz)
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(Parthenolide) Headaches, specifically migraines
Feverfew is a member of the sunflower family and has been used for centuries in European folk medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis and fevers. It is adapted from the Latin word “febrifugia” which means “fever reducer.”
The migraine-relieving activity of Feverfew is believed to be due to parthenolide, an active compound that helps relieve smooth muscle spasms. In particular, it helps prevent the constriction of blood vessels in the brain (one of the leading causes of migraine headaches). Parthenolide also inhibits the actions of compounds that cause inflammation and may inhibit cancer cell growth. Parthenolide has also been found recently in 2005 to induce cell death in leukemia cancer stem cells.
Herbal medicine has an impressive track record in treating migraines and chronic headaches. Feverfew treats the cause of the headaches rather than simply the pain.
Clinical tests have shown the use of Feverfew may reduce the frequency and severity of headaches. It may be more effective than other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS), like aspirin. It is the combination of ingredients in the Feverfew plant that brings such effective relief. It works to inhibit the release of two inflammatory substances, serotonin and prostaglandins, both believed to contribute to the onset of migraines. By inhibiting these amines as well as the production of the chemical histamine, the herb controls inflammation that constricts the blood vessels in the head and prevents blood vessel spasms which may contribute to headaches.
In several studies, both the frequency and the severity of migraines were reduced among study participants who took Feverfew daily as a preventive measure. Feverfew should be taken regularly to receive maximum benefit and protection from migraines.
Not suggested during pregnancy.
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