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Feverfew

Feverfew
(Tanacetum parthenium; 200 mg/ml)

• Used to help reduce the severity and frequency of migraine and tension headaches and associated nausea and vomiting
• Used to help relieve arthritic conditions
• Used to help relieve vertigo

With anti-inflammatory and vasodilating (i.e. blood vessel widening) properties, feverfew enjoys a distinguished history of use in Western medicine, going all the way back to ancient Greece, particularly for the treatment of headaches.

In his monograph on feverfew, prominent American herbal practitioner Alan K. Tillotson explains that, “Feverfew... reduces heat and inflammation and prevents headaches and dizziness. Feverfew is now well known as a reliable remedy for migraine headaches. It also has a long history of use against arthritis. It prevents release of inflammatory chemicals from white blood cells and platelets, making it useful for rheumatoid arthritis.”

In the same vein, leading herbalist David Hoffmann notes that, “Feverfew has regained its deserved reputation as a primary remedy for treating and preventing migraine headaches, particularly those eased by the application of warmth to the head. Feverfew may be valuable for arthritis in the painfully active inflammatory stage. The herb may also help alleviate dizziness...”

Herbal expert Michael Castleman points out that, “In 1998, British researchers reviewed five studies of feverfew for migraine prevention, using sophisticated statistical techniques to combine the studies as though they were all arms of one big trial (called a meta-analysis). The researchers’ conclusion: Feverfew works.”

Citing personal anecdotal evidence, renowned herbal botanist Dr. James Duke relates interestingly that, “It’s been more than ten years now since feverfew helped my sister-in-law beat her migraines. This herb also helped my secretary’s sister. I consider feverfew one of the most interesting herbs in modern herbalism. In my own experience, and this is reflected in the medical literature, feverfew works for about two-thirds of those who use it consistently. My sister-in-law’s experience is typical. Before she tried feverfew, she averaged about one migraine a week and spent about $200 a year trying to counteract the pain... I don’t think the purveyors of modern pharmaceuticals would be pleased to see feverfew replace the many profitable drugs that are now prescribed for treating migraine. That’s partly why I’m so interested in promoting this herbal alternative.”

Administration:
20-35 drops (0.7-1.2ml), three to four times daily, in a mouthful of water, on an empty stomach

Contraindications and Cautions:
Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use if you are allergic to the Asteracae (daisy) family of plants. Reduce dosage or discontinue use if you experience a sore mouth, mouth ulcers or gastrointestinal discomfort. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking blood thinners. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 4 months.

Available in bottle sizes of 50ml, 100ml, and 250 ml.

A NOTE ON TINCTURES

Tinctures are more readily absorbed by the body and have a high degree of bio-availability. As well, they have a long shelf life.

Sometimes people ask us why tinctures are alcohol-based. There are very good reasons. Alcohol is critically important in the extraction of an herb's medicinal ingredients. It also helps to stabilize and preserve them. Alcohol is the ideal carrier substance, conveying the therapeutic goodness of the herb to the body. In itself, too, science has proven that alcohol enhances the immune system and its defences.

As for the amount of alcohol taken in an average dose of tincture, you’ll be surprised to learn that it’s about the same as what you’d find in an overly ripe banana!

Tinctures remain the most practical way to take advantage of the amazing, health-giving power of herbs.