Feverfew for the Prevention or Treatment of Migraines

Most migraine sufferers are willing to try just about anything to prevent or alleviate a migraines. However, many migraineurs have found they do not tolerate prescription medication, experience too many side effects or do not want to risk the side effects. While there are many natural remedies for migraines that can help lessen the pain and duration, feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) has shown tremendous promise in both preventing and treating migraine headaches.

Feverfew for the Prevention or Treatment of Migraines


Feverfew has a long-standing history as being used to reduce fevers which is where its unique name was derived, but it has also gained popularity for its ability to lessen the pain associated with migraines. Tanacetum parthenium is a member of the sunflower family and has also been used to help arthritic individuals.

Feverfew benefits

Feverfew benefits

While researchers do not yet know exactly why it helps prevent or treat these types of headaches, they believe a substance found within the plant parthenolide, has the ability to reduce spasms in small muscle tissue. Parthenolide has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which in conjunction with relieving small tissue spasms makes it an effective migraine treatment.

In addition,

  • it blocks the release of serotonin,
  • affects the expansion and narrowing of blood vessels,
  • regulates vascular tone,

and therefore has an excellent anti-migraine effect.

So, it relieves spasm of blood vessels.It has an analgesic effect for migraines, reduces the frequency and severity of headaches. Its effect can be compared with the action of ibuprofen.

Recent studies have shown that over seventy percent of participants experienced reduce occurrence and severity of migraines when a product containing feverfew was taken daily compared to the participants who were given a placebo. Not all natural health products are equal in quality, however. It was shown most effective when a tincture made from dried Tanacetum parthenium leaves or a capsule containing the dried leaves was consumed.

Feverfew is more effective for people with very frequent migraine attacks than with rare ones.

Recommended dosage of feverfew

If you are an adult experiencing chronic migraines, taking one hundred to three hundred milligrams up to four times daily may help prevent migraine headaches from occurring as often or as severely. If you only get migraines sporadically, a tincture or capsule of the dried leaves can be taken at the onset of the migraine and may reduce the severity and duration. Children under two should not take any product containing Tanacetum parthenium and children over two should only be given these types of supplements while under the care of a doctor or physician. Before starting any new migraine treatment, whether it is over the counter or a natural health remedy, it is best to consult with your doctor as they can inform you of any issues you might have, so be sure to talk to them first.

Tanacetum parthenium many not work for all migraineurs or on every migraine they experience, but given the results in many studies, it may be just the natural solution you need.


Drugs from feverfew are contraindicated in pregnant and lactating women, and in children under 2 years of age.

Do not use pyrethrum with individual intolerance, allergies.

Since pyrethrum can thin the blood, it should not be used by people taking blood thinners (anticoagulants).

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