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
Common Names—feverfew, bachelor’s buttons, featherfew
Latin Names—Tanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum
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
– 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
– 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