The herbal remedies made from the feverfew herb have a stimulant effect on the uterus - the remedy is also capable of inducing relaxation in the uterine tissues. The herbal remedies made from the feverfew can be used to induce flows in patients suffering from delayed or suppressed menstrual periods, at the same time, the herb is also useful in relieving the painful sensations associated with the menstrual periods and it also reduces the physical symptoms associated with PMS, including persistent headaches, irritability and muscular tension. Hot flashes in women have been traditionally treated using the feverfew herb and the remedy has also been used in the treatment of all other symptoms related to the period of menopause in women. The feverfew ensures equalization in the circulation of blood if it is taken during the period of childbirth by women, and the herb makes the pains and the muscular contractions come much more regularly. At the same time the contractions become firmer if the process of labor during the birth is slow in starting. Herbal remedies made from the feverfew herb also help in relieving the tension present in a rigid cervix which can affect some women. The use of the feverfew herb has gained recent fame, as an effective and excellent herbal remedy for the treatment of all kinds of headaches and chronic migraines. The benefits of taking the feverfew herb was studied during clinical trials, where at least 70 per cent of the patients suffering from intractable migraines spoke of improvements when they took doses of the feverfew herb, at the same time 33 per cent of them reported the cessation of further attacks following the treatment. There are many ways to supplement the herb in the diet, and fresh leaves can be eaten every day inserted between slices of bread - it is best not to eat them alone, as they are known to cause mouth ulcers in some individuals. The bitter taste of the feverfew may also put off some people, but the herbal bitterness gives a beneficial push to the functioning of the liver, and results in beneficially enhancing the general appetite as well as the digestive process. The bitterness also allays and stanches the nausea and persistent vomiting affecting some people. The herb helps the body to clear away excess heat and accumulated toxins from the system and helps the body rids these substances. The symptoms related to a sluggish liver can be relieved by the feverfew herb, and herbal remedies made from the feverfew have also been used to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. The herbal feverfew remedy actively relieves the lethargy, persistent irritability and headaches which accompany a sluggishly performing liver in patients. The nervous system is also benefited as the feverfew acts as a tonic, it helps in relaxing the tension and aids in lifting away persistent depression while also promoting sleep at the same time. Nerve pain in the body has also been effectively relieved using the herbal remedies made from the feverfew; these include pains associated with trigeminal nerve neuralgia and disorders such as sciatica in the lower limbs. The feverfew herb can be prepared in the form of a hot herbal infusion, which will increase the rate of perspiration in the body and reduce fevers in patients. The decongestant action of the feverfew herb is another beneficial property of this plant, it helps the body clear away accumulated phlegm, it relieves chronic catarrh and symptoms associated with disorders such as sinusitis in patients. The herbal feverfew remedies have also been used to treat disorders such as asthma, allergic reactions such as the hay fever, in the treatment of spells of dizziness and to treat ear problems such as tinnitus.
The feverfew grows throughout much of Europe, Australia, and North America though the original wild stock is from the regions around southeastern Europe. Propagation of the feverfew herb is via the use of stored seed or stem cuttings, and the plant prefers lots of sunlight and well-drained soils - such areas are the ideal habitat for cultivation of the herb. The herb flowers in the summer and most of the aerial parts are harvested during this time, while most of the leaves are picked as and when required for use in herbal medicine.
Initial interest in the herbal properties of the feverfew plant began in the modern era, when the wife of a Welsh doctor found relief from her unfortunate fifty year struggle with a persistent migraine after being on a course of the feverfew. As interest revived, a detailed scientific investigation of the feverfew as a potential herbal remedy began, and in the 1980's in the clinical trials held in Britain, the herbal prowess of the feverfew was demonstrated, it was found to be a very effective remedy for the treatment of long term migraine in people. The underlying nature and the exact mechanism of this migraine defeating property of the herb has not been understood till now, this is despite the extensive research already conducted on the herb. At the same time, the compound known as parthenolide seems to inhibit the release of the hormone serotonin within the body of test subjects, the release of this hormone is thought to trigger migraine in patients and thus the possibility exists that this chemical compound is in some way linked to the herbal powers of the feverfew. At the present time, researchers are involved in investigating the supposed ability of the feverfew's and its reputed effectiveness in treating cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
Dosages of the various herbal remedies made from the herb differs, and it is normal to use leaf extracts of the feverfew with at least 0.2 % parthenolide content on patients being treated using this form of the remedy. When the herbal extracts are taken in the form of capsules or as tablets, doses of at least 250 mg parthenolide content are suggested, for use every day by the patient. The first beneficial effects are normally seen in four to six weeks time, and during this time period the first signs of recovery become noticeable in the patient.
The side effects when taking the recommended standardized feverfew herbal remedy is minimal and there are no major problems associated with the remedy. Some of the more prominent and minor side effects can include problems with the gastrointestinal tract and sudden nervousness or irritability in the patient. Children below two years of age must not be given the feverfew herb, furthermore, the herbal remedy is not recommended for use during a term of pregnancy or by lactating women.
The well known action of feverfew's against elevated body temperature during fevers is believed to be due to the action of the compounds sesquiterpene lactones in the herb. These chemical compounds can inhibit the release of the arachidonic acid within the body of the patients and thus reduce temperature. The inhibition of other compounds in the body has also been attributed to these chemical compounds - the active chemical compounds in the herb inhibit other substances which may contribute to the anti-blood clotting factors in the body. The ability to promote menstrual flow in the reproductive system of women with menstrual disorders is also another traditional role attributed to the feverfew herb. The prevention and alleviation of headaches, and especially persistent migraines is the main role in which the feverfew herb is used by herbalists these days. The inhibition of the hormone serotonin has also been linked to the feverfew herb in various researches; the suggestion is that the chemical compounds called sesquiterpene lactones, among the other chemical constituents in the herb are responsible for this inhibition of serotonin secretion. As has been mention, serotonin secretion is implicated in the onset of migraine in the body. The role of feverfew herb in the actions of the musculoskeletal system is another area currently being researched; the inhibitory effects of the herb are believed to be able to help in the control of pain in conditions such as arthritis - which normally affect this particular system within the body.