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Can feverfew help stop migraines?

By Expert HERWriter October 25, 2009 - 11:01pm
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Hi everyone,

A friend of mine gets migraine headaches about twice a month--one around ovulation and one when her period begins. Although she said the headaches aren't as bad as when she was in her 20s, she's still looking for ways to eliminate them. She is really into natural remedies and she wanted to try an herb called feverfew but she hasn't been able to find anyone who has tried it too, so I told her I'd post about it here.

Has anyone ever heard of this herb and if it can be helpful for migraine headaches? According to what my girlfriend said, you are supposed to take it regularly and over time it will help reduce the number of headaches you get. I know so many people who deal with migraines--it would be great if this herb could really help them. Thanks everyone!! Best in health, Michelle

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Hi Michelle -
Yes, Feverfew is primarily used for the prevention of migraine headaches. For this purpose, it is taken daily. Originally native to the Balkans, this relative of the common daisy was spread by deliberate planting throughout Europe and the Americas. Feverfew's feathery and aromatic leaves have long been used medicinally to improve childbirth, promote menstruation, induce abortions, relieve rheumatic pain, and treat severe headaches.

There has been no formal investigation of feverfew as a treatment for migraines that have already started, although one double-blind study evaluating feverfew as a preventive agent did find hints of possible symptom-reducing benefits.

People who are taking Coumadin (warfarin), heparin, aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should not use feverfew except on medical advice.

There are several other natural remedies, in addition to feverfew, used for migraine treatment. More information can be found at:


It's important to remember that serious diseases may occasionally first present themselves as migraine-type headaches. For this reason, proper medical diagnosis is essential if a person suddenly starts having migraines without a previous history, or if the pattern of migraines changes significantly.

I hope this information is helpful to your friend. If she would like more information just let me know.

Take good care,

October 27, 2009 - 5:33pm
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