Pure Feverfew Extract
Feverfew has been used in alternative medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, and fevers. The term feverfew is adapted from the Latin word febrifugia or “fever reducer.”
The migraine-relieving activity of Feverfew is due to parthenolide, an active compound to help relieve smooth muscle spasms. In particular, it helps prevent the constriction of blood vessels in the brain (a leading cause of migraine headaches). Parthenolide also inhibits the actions of compounds that cause inflammation and may inhibit cancer cell growth. Parthenolide has also been found recently in 2005 to induce cell death in leukemia cancer stem cells.
Feverfew treats the cause of the headaches rather than simply the pain. Feverfew reduces the frequency and severity of headaches. It may be more effective than other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS), like aspirin. It is the combination of ingredients in the Feverfew plant that brings such effective relief. It works to inhibit the release of two inflammatory substances, serotonin and prostaglandins, both believed to contribute to the onset of migraines. By inhibiting these amines as wells as the production of the chemical histamine, the herb controls inflammation that constricts the blood vessels in the head and prevents blood vessel spasms which may contribute to headaches.
Severity of migraines are reduced taking Feverfew daily as a preventive measure. However generally, active migraine headaches were not relieved by taking Feverfew. Feverefew should be taken regularly to receive maximum benefit and protection from migraines.
Feverfew has also been used for relieving the pain and inflammation of arthritis. It is known that chemicals in Feverfew may reduce the body’s response to irritation, injury, or infection. Inflammation usually includes pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the damage, and it can occur within body tissues as well as on the surface of the skin. Chemicals in Feverfew is thought to prevent blood components called platelets from releasing inflammatory substances. Feverefew may also reduce the body’s production of prostaglanins, hormone-like substances made in the body and may be involved in regulating a number of body functions including blood pressure, blood vessel tone, and temperature, as well as inflammation. All of these effects could help relieve fever arthritis, and migraines.
NOTICE: Pediatric: DO NOT give Feverfew to children under 2. ADULT DOSAGE: For migraine headaches: Take 1 - 3 dropperful up to 4 times daily. For rheumatoid arthritis: 1 - 2 dropperful, 2 times daily.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT.