Feverfew a member of the sunflower family, has been used for centuries in European folk medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, and fevers. The term feverfew is adapted from the Latin word febrifugia or “fever reducer.”
Feverfew adapts to a wide range of soils and climates.
Health care providers primarily use feverfew to treat and prevent certain headaches, arthritis, and other painful disorders. Feverfew gained popularity in Great Britain in the 1980s as an alternative to conventional medications for migraine headaches. It has been said that a feverfew taken daily as dried leaf capsules may reduce the incidence of attacks in patients who experience long-term migraine headaches.
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and that can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.
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