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Feverfew

Feverfew

Feverfew is a small shrub that is considered to be a traditional medicinal herb to treat problems such as headaches, migraines, etc.

Benefits of taking Feverfew

  • In the 1980s, Feverfew was very much in use as a remedy to treat migraines and headaches. It is still found effective and has properties like that of aspirin that help relieve the pain
  • Feverfew is considered to be a remedy for problems like nausea
  • Feverfew is also used for fever as well as arthritis
  • It is also used to treat a skin disorder called psoriasis, allergies, asthma, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, nausea and vomiting
  • Helps to cure irregular menstrual periods
  • Feverfew is also sometimes directly applies to the gums as it helps in treating toothaches

Natural sources of Feverfew
Feverfew products are generally made from the dried leaves of the plant.

When should you take Feverfew?
If you are suffering from headaches, migraines, nausea, indigestion, allergies, asthma, common cold, diarrhea and even cancer, then you can try this herbal remedy.

When should you avoid Feverfew?

  • If you are taking any medications, or any supplements, then you should consult your doctor before taking Feverfew
  • Pregnant women are advised not to take Feverfew as its safety is not proven
  • People allergic to chamomile or ragweed should not take Feverfew
  • People who are on medications for a blood thinning like aspirin, should not take Feverfew as it might lead to problems like bleeding

Quantity to be taken
One should take 50 to 100 mg of Feverfew in a day for adults, if you are looking to cure migraine or headaches. It is not advisable to take Feverfew in case of children. Ask your doctor about its safety and right dosage.
Expert tips/ Precautions

  • If you have been taking Feverfew for more than a week, you should not abruptly stop its use without consulting a doctor as it van cause rebound headaches, migraines and anxiety
  • If you are scheduled for a surgery, it is important to consult a doctor and discuss its implications as Feverfew can cause problems during anesthesia
  • Feverfew is most likely to be safe for most people when used short-term (up to four months) in small amounts. Side effects might include stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn bloating, vomiting and nausea.
  • Other side effects may include dizziness, nervousness, sleeping, and stiffening of joints, tiredness, and changes in menstrual cycle, rashes, pounding heart, as well as weight gain.