What is Feverfew Extract?
Valued in folklore medicine for centuries as an herbal treatment for fever and headache, topical skin care products containing feverfew can help in reducing the appearance of facial redness and skin irritation. Purified Feverfew Extract delivers high antioxidant and anti-irritant benefits. When applied topically, these formulations significantly reduce the appearance of redness and irritation. Feverfew has been used for centuries. Records dating back 2,000 years cite it as a potential treatment for headaches. Its efficacy for lowering fevers was well documented.
Other traditional uses include nerve relaxant, antispasmodic and remedy for stomach aches.
Pharmacological, chemical and clinical studies over the past 15 years have confirmed the value of feverfew for the treatment of migraines.
The name «feverfew» is believed to derive either from one of its names, «featherfew» (owing to the feathery leaves), or from its traditional use in treating fever. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a flower native to the Balkan Peninsula. Known also as Midsummer Daisy and Chrysanthemum parthenium, it was brought to America as an ornamental plant.It has since been naturalized in America, where it is widely used in the form of a feverfew extract.
Chemical constituents of Feverfew Extract
Clinical studies show that one of its active chemical constituents, called parthenolide, is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches and the associated vomiting and nausea. also contains sesquiterpene lactones, caustic acid, essential oils, flavonoid glycosides, pinene derivatives, tannin, volatile oil.
Benefits of taking Feverfew Extract supplements:
The University of Maryland describes a clinical study that demonstrates a significant reduction in the frequency and pain of migraine headaches after a period of 12 weeks.
A number of well-designed clinical trials have demonstrated that Feverfew supplementation can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches if taken on a preventive basis each day by migraine sufferers. The Nottingham trial involving 59 migraine patients showed a 24% reduction in number of migraine headaches in an eight-month placebo-controlled crossover trial. The clinical studies by Palevitch et al, and Prusinki et al, also demonstrated success in reducing migraine frequency in human subjects with a strong history of migraine headaches
Anti-inflammatory and Rheumatoid arthritis
Feverfew contains a compound that mimics cortisone in the body. Because of this, it may be effective in decreasing pain from toothaches, sore throat and muscle aches. It may also help lower fevers.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects, the traditional use of Feverfew has also included the management of rheumatoid arthritis. A double-blind study testing this application provided encouraging results, however this should be regarded as preliminary evidence only.
Migraine Prevention and Maintenance: 25 — 75 mg of Feverfew , taken two to three times per day.
To Abort a Migraine Attack: 1,000 — 2,000 mg may be necessary at the onset of an acute attack.
Arthritis: Clinical trials have used a daily dosage of 76 mg of Feverfew.
Based upon some evidence, using a standardized grade containing capsules or tablets with a parthenolide concentration of 0.4 to 0.7 % may be a consideration. As such, the daily dosage of parthenolide should yield at least 250 mcg.
Feverfew contains significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and niacin. The tea provides substantial amounts of these nutrients to the body.
Tension and Stress
As a mild sedative, feverfew tea or leaves help relax tension and relieve stress. It will also help with sleep disturbances.
Feverfew tea is reputed to relieve menstrual cramps and promote regular periods. The University of Washington, however, warns against using when pregnant as it may cause miscarriage.
Sponge a weak mixture of the tea on skin affected by psoriasis. It will provide soothing relief from the itching and irritation and promote healing.
Dried flowers and buds, steeped in hot soapy water, provide an effective insecticide. Apply leaves, steeped in hot water, to the skin to ward off mosquitoes and other biting insects. The same tea will soothe the itching of insect bites.
Side effects and safety of Feverfew Extract
Among the many thousands of English citizens who commonly use Feverfew for the above stated medicinal purposes, there have been no reports of serious toxicity, which is also supported by animal experiments. At recommended levels of intake Feverfew extract may produce minor side effects, such as gastrointestinal upset and nervousness in a small percentage of patients.
Parthenolide exhibits anti-platelet clotting properties and can potentially lead to a bleeding disorder in patients with a history of capillary or vascular fragility. As such, it should be use with caution in these individuals.
Dosage of Feverfew Extract supplement:
120-240 mg Feverfew leaf extracts with at least 0.2 % parthenolide 2-4 times day as an anti-inflammatory. For migraine prophylaxis, allow sufficient feverfew extract to provide 0.25-0.5 mg of parthenolide, taken twice daily.