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Medicinal Use of Feverfew

 Herbs are making the news these days as alternative treatments to many ailments. And many of these herbs are growing just outside in our gardens or wild along roadsides.

An excellent example is feverfew. It's actually a member of the chrysanthemum family. In addition to the beauty it adds to the garden, it has developed a fine reputation for what it can do for us medicinally. Dr. Varro E. Tyler, an expert in herbal medicines shares this information.

Dr. Varro E. Tyler: Feverfew has attained a considerable reputation in moderating the severity of migraine headache, vascular headache, and in extending the periods between the attack. And if you get a quality product, a standardized product that contains at least two tenths percent parthenolide, then you have a product that is useful. There have been a number of clinical trials particularly in Britain that have shown this to be effective.

The active ingredients of this plant have been found in its leaves and you can eat them, but it is preferable to take medicines in their standardized form as Dr. Tyler suggests.

Even though modern medicine continues to discover and fine tune the healing qualities of this herb, its health benefits have been known since before Roman times. In fact its name, feverfew, as you might suspect, comes from the fact that this plant actually reduces fevers.