Feverfew for Migraine Headaches & Arthritis
Feverfew has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy to prevent and treat migraines and headaches, to reduce fevers and inflammation and to ease symptoms of arthritis.
In England a study was conducted with 300 migraine sufferers using Feverfew as a treatment. Some of the patients noted that the herb acted quickly but most of them said that it took several weeks to obtain optimum effect, which certainly goes along with the knowledge gained that herbs are slower to work but much more effective in the long run than medications.
Seventy percent said that their migraine headaches were less frequent, less painful or both. One third experienced no further headaches after commencing Feverfew while one third said Feverfew had made no difference. These results are astounding when it is considered that the majority of the 300 patients found no relief to any orthodox medicine. (Herbal Migraine Relief-Feverfew, by David Potterton, N.D., in Bestways magazine February 1985.)
Feverfew is recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil to ease the pain of arthritis. Compounds in Feverfew suppress the release of prostaglandins and histamines, chemicals that produce inflammation.
Feverfew like other herbs contains many elements that work synergistically to regulate the function of the body, it contains a more gradual but gentler action and depends primarily on allowing the body to heal itself by a slow natural process. Herbal plant food strengthens the body to become stronger while modern pharmaceuticals have a powerful and quick action that give only temporary relief. Drugs only help the warning signals that your body is telling you something is wrong. Herbs work in a natural nourishing way. Research on the elements of Feverfew show that its chemical structure has the ability to block migraine attacks.
Herbalists believe that Feverfew needs to be taken daily as a preventative for migraine headaches, instead of taking it only when they felt a headache coming on.
Feverfew is used for pain relief, migraine headaches, chills, fevers, colds and inflammation from arthritis. Researchers speculate that substances in the Feverfew plant appear to make smooth muscle cells less responsive to body chemicals that trigger migraine muscle spasms.
In a new study, a University of Rochester cancer research group began investigating Feverfew after other scientists showed that it prevented some skin cancers in animal models. Intrigued by the plant's anti-tumor activities, the UR team analyzed how a concentrated form of parthenolide would act on the most primitive types of acute myelogenous leukemia cells, chronic myelogenous leukemia cells and normal cells.
In laboratory experiments, they also compared how human leukemia stem cells reacted to parthenolide, versus a common chemotherapy drug called cytarabine. The result: parthenolide selectively killed the leukemia cells while sparing the normal cells better than cytarabine.
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Classic Migraines. The classic migraine is similar to the common migraine, but is usually preceded by flashing lights and other symptoms that are known as an "aura."
Common Migraines. The common migraine is characterized by pain on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, and tingling and numbness in the limbs.
Tension Migraines. Tightness or pressing, often in a band all around the head. Pain is usually dull, with no throbbing.
Menstrual. Strikes during week of menstruation. Pain is often worse than a "common" migraine.
Analgesic. Chronic; symptoms similar to rebound tension or migraine.
Sinus Pain over nasal area and behind eyes, often with runny nose, congestion, and/or fever.
Caffeine. Throbbing in the temple or on withdrawal the top of the head.
Cluster. Severe pain in eye area for 30-40 minutes.