Say goodbye to migraines: how feverfew can help prevent and treat chronic headaches
Migraines can be a debilitating and painful experience, often causing severe head pain, nausea, and light sensitivity. While there are many pharmaceutical options available for managing migraines, some people may prefer to try natural remedies. If you're one of those people, you may want to consider using a supplement that contains Feverfew and Ginger.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a herb that has been used for centuries to treat migraines and other types of headaches. It is thought to work by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals that contribute to inflammation and pain. Some studies have found that taking Feverfew can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, as well as improve quality of life for those who suffer from them.
Feverfew is a traditional medicinal plant popular among early European and Greek Herbalists. A Few dried leaves, extracts, and fresh leaves are used to treat migraine headaches, fevers, stomach aches, insect bites, toothaches, infertility, and problems with menstruation and labour during birth. In some cases, it is also used for allergies, asthma, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, and tinnitus.
Some people call feverfew the “mediaeval aspirin”.
The feverfew leaves contain natural chemicals including parthenolide—which helps decrease migraine headaches.
Migraine and Feverfew
During the 1980s, feverfew has been a popular treatment for migraines. A survey in Great Britain found that more than 70% of 270 people felt better after taking an average of 2-3 fresh leaves of feverfew daily. Several studies also found that feverfew help in preventing and treating migraines. Studies suggest that taking it as capsules daily may reduce the number of migraine attacks in people who have chronic migraines.
In one study, participants used a combination of white willow and feverfew twice daily for 12 weeks. After the study, participants experienced fewer migraines and less painful headaches.
However, not all studies have found that feverfew helps with migraines. Whether it reduces the frequency of migraines or migraine pain, it depends on which supplement you take. Ask your healthcare provider to find out the right dose and formula you need.
Forms of Feverfew
Feverfew supplements are available in freeze-dried, dried, or fresh forms. They can be purchased as tablets, capsules, or liquid extracts. The few supplements used in clinical studies contain a standardised dose of parthenolide. Feverfew supplements should contain at least 0.2% parthenolide.
We sell two MigraSoothe products that contain feverfew and can help alleviate chronic headaches and migraines.
- Our Green Bottle is MigrsSoothe+Herbs containing high dose riboflavin as recommended by the NHS and the National Institute of clinical excellence in the UK as well as feverfew and ginger
- Our Pink Version is a so-called pro plus combination which also contains a high dose of L-tryptophan amino acid to boost serotonin and mood which can affect migraine patients as well as alpha lipoic acid (hey super antioxidant which can reduce brain inflammation which is sort of a cause of migraines) and neuro vitamins which are cofactors to nerve and brain health.
Natural Supplements for Migraine
Ginger and riboflavin (also known as vitamin B2) are two natural supplements that have been shown to be effective in preventing and reducing the severity of migraines contained in MigraSoothe.
Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for nausea and vomiting, and research has shown that it may also be effective in reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines. One study found that taking a ginger supplement reduced the number of migraines experienced by participants by more than half. Ginger is thought to work by inhibiting the production of certain inflammatory substances that can contribute to migraines.
Riboflavin is a B-vitamin that has been shown to be effective in preventing migraines, particularly in individuals who experience migraines with aura. Some studies have found that taking a daily riboflavin supplement can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines by up to 50%. Riboflavin is thought to work by helping to improve the function of mitochondria, the energy-producing structures in cells, which may be impaired in individuals with migraines. It is also thought to help reduce inflammation in the brain, which can contribute to migraines.
When taken by mouth, feverfew extract or dried feverfew leaf is safe . Side effects may include heartburn, constipation, diarrhoea, vomiting, bloating, and upset stomach especially when taking the raw plant ingredient. Chewing fresh feverfew leaves is especially unsafe and can cause swelling of the mouth, loss of taste, and mouth sores.
Pregnant and Breastfeeding
Feverfew is not recommend it for pregnant women. For lactating mothers, there is not enough information on whether feverfew is safe to use. Avoid it when you’re breastfeeding.
Taking feverfew increases the risk of bleeding in some people but for some, it might slow down blood clotting. If you have bleeding disorders, use feverfew cautiously.
Studies have shown that fever helps in slowing blood clotting. Avoid taking feverfew during and after surgery as it may cause bleeding. Stop taking fever for 2 weeks prior to a scheduled surgery.
Information provided by this article and our company is not a substitute for direct, individual medical treatment or advice. It is the responsibility of you and your healthcare providers to make all decisions regarding your health.
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- Brinckmann J, Lindenmaier S, Hoerr R. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. American Botanical Council: Austin, TX; 2000.
- Murphy JJ, Heptinstall S, Mitchell JR. Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of feverfew in migraine prevention. Lancet. 1988;2(8604):189-192.