Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Herb of the Week>>>FEVERFEW Leaves and Flowers


Feverfew is used for numerous conditions, but it is most often used to prevent migraines. Of all the possible feverfew uses, however, only migraine prevention has convincing scientific evidence to suggest that the herbal supplement may help. The benefits of feverfew are not fully known because it has not been extensively studied.

The main active ingredient in the herb feverfew is parthenolide, a phytochemical that provides feverfew its anti-inflammatory properties.

The herb also believed to sooth the blood vessels in the head, and prevent blood vessel spasms which may contribute to headaches and other resulting problems.

Feverfew was known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks who regarded it as a valuable remedy to alleviate headaches, joint and stomach aches, menstrual stress and help maintain normal body temperature.

The feverfew plant is rich in sesquiterpene lactones, the principal one being parthenolide.

Other constituents include essential oils, flavonoid glycosides, pinene derivatives and costic acid.

Feverfew should be taken regularly to receive maximum protection and benefit.

Feverfew also contains niacin and iron, and provides nutrition to the central nervous system.

Feverfew should not be used during pregnancy or if nursing.

Feverfew is also known as: Tanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium, Bachelor's Button .

Feverfew is sometimes used for the following conditions:

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