Guide to Using the Feverfew Plant as a Natural Treatment

This guide will tell you all you need to know when using feverfew plant extract for the first time.

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The feverfew plant is a commonly used, medicinal herb, who’s leaves are used for the treatment of headaches, migraines and other inflammatory-based conditions. Feverfew can be especially effective as an alternative to asprin when treating aches and pains, particularly in the head. This guide will tell you all you need to know when using feverfew plant extract for the first time.

Uses

Feverfew plant extract is most commonly used in treating and preventing headaches and migraines. It works by relaxing tension in blood vessels in the brain. This also makes it a popular choice for helping to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by calming swelling and tension in joints whilst improving bloodflow where needed.

Feverfew plant extract is also taken by patients suffering from a number of other ailments, however, there is less evidence of its effectiveness in treating these conditions, which include:

  • irregular periods

  • dizziness

  • nausea

  • allergies

  • asthma

  • tinitus (ringing in the ears)

Effectiveness

While the feverfew plant is used to treat a number of illnesses and ailments, its effectiveness in treating headaches and migraines far surpasses its use on other conditions. It works by relaxing tension in blood vessels in the brain, and can be effective at treating rheumatoid arthritis in a similar way. Use in treating other ailments, however, currently requires further evidence.

Taking feverfew

Feverfew plant extract is taken most effectively and safely in tablet form. 50-100mg daily is the recommended dosage.

Side effects

Feverfew plant extract is considered to be a safe plant extract in recommended doses and for short term use. However, like with many medicines, side effects can occur. Common side effects can include:

  • upset stomach

  • heartburn

  • bloating

  • nausea

  • vomiting

  • cold symptoms

While using feverfew is considered safe in most cases, it has not yet been tested for safety in long-term use. It is also considered to be unsafe when taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Care needs to be taken with feverfew if allergic to any asteraceae plants, including ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies, and, as it slows down blood clotting, should not be taken two weeks before surgery.

Reactions

Feverfew is considered to be a moderate risk medication in terms of interaction with other drugs. Using feverfew can slow the process in which the liver breaks down certain medicines, making heightening their effects or causing adverse reactions. It can also interact with medicines that slow down blood clotting. If currently taking any medicines, check with your GP to make sure they won’t interact with feverfew.

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