Feverfew or tanacetum parthenium is a plant historically used as a natural treatment for fever, headaches, itching, migraine prevention, infertility, nausea and vomiting, toothache, inflammation and arthritis.
Evidence[edit | edit source]
Migraine prevention[edit | edit source]
Evidence supporting feverfew supplements for migraine prevention is inconsistent and contradictory. However, a recent clinical trial found that MIG-99, a more stable feverfew extract, appeared to benefit a minority of migraine patients.
Other uses[edit | edit source]
Theory[edit | edit source]
Clinicians[edit | edit source]
Risks and safety[edit | edit source]
Feverfew appears to be probably safe for use in adults who are not pregnant.
Feverfew side effects include:
- uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or early labor in pregnancy
- allergic reactions which may include a skin rash: people allergic to other members of the daisy family (Asteraceae family), including chamomile, chrysanthemums, ragweed and yarrow, should avoid feverfew since they are more likely to be allergic to it
- heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting
- gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation
- pounding heartbeats
- headache, dizziness, feeling nervous;
- insomnia and feeling tired
- weight gain
- joint stiffness;
- changes in menstrual periods
- easier bruising or bleeding including nosebleeds may also occur with feverfew
Costs and availability[edit | edit source]
Available over the counter, without perscription.
See also[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Feverfew - drugs.com
- Feverfew - WebMD
- Feverfew - National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Dietary Supplements for Headaches: What the Science Says - National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
References[edit | edit source]
- "Dietary Supplements for Headaches: What the Science Says". National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
- "FEVERFEW: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, Dosing and Reviews". www.webmd.com. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
- "Feverfew Uses, Side Effects & Warnings". Drugs.com. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
- "Feverfew". National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
- Sun-Edelstein, Christina; Mauskop, Alexander (March 2011). "Alternative Headache Treatments: Nutraceuticals, Behavioral and Physical Treatments: March 2011". Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. 51 (3): 469–483. doi:10.1111/j.1526-4610.2011.01846.x.
adverse reaction Any unintended or unwanted response to a treatment, whether in a clinical trial or licensed treatment. May be minor or serious.