Do you suffer from migraine headaches? Learn more about how to prevent and treat these conditions holistically in this discussion with Dr. Karlfeldt, ND, PhD.
In 1772, physician John Hill said "in the worst headache, this herb exceeds what ever else is known." Clinical tests have shown the use of feverfew reduces frequency or severity of any headaches. It may be more effective than any other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatories such as aspirin. It is the combination of ingredients in the feverfew plant that works to bring such effective relief. The herb works to inhibit the release of inflammatory substances such as seratonin and prostaglandins, believed to contribute to onset of migraine headaches.
Feverfew inhbits these substances as well as production of the chemical histamine, the herb controls inflammation that constricts blood vessels in the head, and prevents blood vessel spasms which may then contribute to headaches.
In several studies, both frequency and severity of headaches among participants was reduced in those taking feverfew daily as a preventative measure. However, active migraine headaches were not relieved by taking feverfew. The herb should be taken regularly to receive maximum benefit and protection from migraines.
Twenty-five million Americans spend 5 billion a year on migraines. Many of the over-the-counter and prescription medications on the market for migraines have a rebound effect after a period of use. An unfortunate consequence is that the drug, then, begins to cause the headache, rather than eliminate the cause of discomfort.