Feverfew

    This fact sheet provides basic information about the herb plant or part of a
    plant used for its flavor, scent, or potential therapeutic properties. Includes
    flowers, leaves, bark, fruit, seeds, stems, and roots. feverfew—common names,
    uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. Originally a
    plant native to the Balkan mountains of Eastern Europe, feverfew—a short bush
    with daisy-like flowers—now grows throughout Europe, North America, and South
    America.

    Common Names—feverfew, bachelor’s buttons, featherfew

    Latin Names—Tanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum
    parthenium

    What It Is Used For
    – Feverfew has been used for centuries for fevers,
    headaches, stomach aches, toothaches, insect bites, infertility, and problems
    with menstruation and with labor during childbirth.
    – Recently, feverfew has
    been used for migraine headaches and rheumatoid arthritis.
    – Feverfew has
    also been used for psoriasis, allergies, asthma, tinnitus (ringing or roaring
    sounds in the ears), dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

    How It Is Used
    – The dried leaves—and sometimes flowers and stems—of
    feverfew are used to make supplements, including capsules, tablets, and liquid
    extracts.
    – The leaves are sometimes eaten fresh.

    What the Science Says

    – Some research suggests that feverfew may be helpful in preventing migraine
    headaches; however, results have been mixed and more evidence is needed from
    well-designed studies.
    – One study found that feverfew did not reduce
    rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in women whose symptoms did not respond to
    conventional medicines. It has been suggested that feverfew could help those
    with milder symptoms.
    – There is not enough evidence available to assess
    whether feverfew is beneficial for other uses.
    – NCCAM-funded researchers
    are studying ways to standardize feverfew; that is, to prepare it in a
    consistent manner. Standardized preparations could be used in future studies of
    feverfew for migraines.

    Side Effects and Cautions

    – No serious side effects have been reported for feverfew. Side effects can
    include canker sores, swelling and irritation of the   lips and tongue, and loss
    of taste.
    – Less common side effects can include nausea, digestive problems,
    and bloating.
    – People who take feverfew for a long time and then stop
    taking it may have headaches, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, stiff muscles,
    and joint pain.
    – Women who are pregnant should not use feverfew because it
    may cause the uterus to contract, increasing the risk of miscarriage or
    premature delivery.
    – People can have allergic reactions to feverfew. Those
    who are allergic to other members of the daisy family (which includes ragweed
    and chrysanthemums) are more likely to be allergic to feverfew.
    – Tell your
    health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use.
    Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help
    ensure coordinated and safe care.

    Sources

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