Feverfew and migraines.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Feverfew
From: srichard.nmt.edu (Scott Richardson)
Date: Mon, 1 May 1995 17:49:23 GMT

>Does anyone know of any adverse affects from taking Feverfew?

I got Feverfew for my mother for her migrains. She said that she hasn't felt this good and this free from migraines in years.


From: Marylin.Kraker.BBS.Systm.COM (Marylin Kraker)

Feverfew is Chrysanthemum parthenium, a hardy perennial with daisy-like flowers and mum-like leaves. It's been used for migraine for centuries.

The original method was to eat several leaves per day, with bread. The only side effect I've ever seen listed is that you could get mouth sores, probably from eating the raw leaves.

Now, most people get it at a health food store dried in capsules. You can take one or more per day.

Feverfew is used to prevent migraines and has to be taken every day. It may not prevent all of them, if the triggers are too strong, but in my personal experience it seems to prevent many that would be expected, and those you do get shouldn't be as bad.

There have actually been studies by the formal medical establishment that show that feverfew works (published in Lancet and some other journals). But the drug companies can't patent herbs, so look for it in the health food stores. Sometimes the capsules are combinations with other herbs, such as one called Migrelief, or other brand names.



From: diyana.btf.com (Diyana)

I have had great success with Feverfew in treating and preventing migraines. I have heard of some nasty mouth sore side effects if you ingest the leaves or the tea, which is why I have always purchased the capsules. I have had no side effects. I have never taken more than two tablets at a time when I have a migraine and never more than the dosage recommended on the bottle. I have taken one capsule once or twice a day for prevention.

Good luck but don't overdo.