Potential Medicinal Benefits



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Medicinal properties and applications: migraine headaches, allergies, asthma, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, aperient(laxative), bitter, carminative, emmenagogue, sedative, stimulant, stings, stomachic, vasodilator, vermifuge, arthritis, colds, fevers, menstrual discomfort, rheumatism, anti-histamine, stroke and heart attack prevention.[1,6]


       Feverfew has quite the name, and it's no coincidence. It has had a reputation in holistic medicine for treating fevers. Herbalists use it not only to help prevent them, but also to supposedly treat migraine headaches. It's believed to work best for this when taken daily.[1] "It's also used for cluster and premenstrual headaches. It may also be beneficial for inflammation and pains associated with arthritis and other ailments which aspirin might be used for. It's typically consumed in a tea, or a capsule for those who don't appreciate its taste."(Swerdlow 2000 327) It can be made into a tincture or infusions too though. I like it when combined with Mullein leaf!


Melatonin content

Feverfew is one of my favorite herbal remedies. In my opinion, it has this remarkable ability to make me feel good when I feel off for whatever reason. I use it in the same fashion as other herbs which provide vasodilatation. Vasodilatation is an effect that widens blood vessels, thus improving the flow of blood.[3] I love the fact that it contains melatonin, a natural hormone produced by the body which serves to control our wake/sleep cycles ( circadian rhythm ).[2] While the leaf contains very small amounts of this substance, the human body requires and produces very little of it itself. I've tried it before going to sleep and my god do I really enjoy it.


How it potentially works

While there are plenty of individuals who will religiously state that there is no scientific inquiry behind the medicinal appliactions of plant based medicine, the truth is quite the opposite. An entire branch of chemistry is dedicated to the study of the pharmacological potential of plants and the complex medicinal alkaloids that they produce, is called phytochemistry.[5] If you were a master phytochemist you could isolate and free-base a ton of pure chemicals from it, all of which demonstrate their own medicinal properties. How cool would that be? I also have to wonder why these phytochemicals are not available to the public? I wish that they were listed on labels and accepted along side vitamins as the academic journals I've read clearly indicate their importance in my opinion.


"Feverfew contains a phytochemical known as parthenolide. It appears to inhibit the production of certain chemicals, including the natural hormone serotonin, which is normally released during a migraine headache. It helps relieve arthritis symptoms by inhibiting the release of prostagladin and other enzymes from the white cells that are found in inflamed joints."[1 (Swerdlow 2000 327)] See? It's one of my favorite phytochemicals of all time. (parthenolide that is). There's something almost spiritual about not feeling good at all and then taking anything which results in relief. It's almost as if the bad health experiences in life makes the good that much more intense.


Because of the fact that Feverfew can inhibit the production of serotonin, you may want to talk to your doctor before use, especially if you have certain conditions or take certain medications. While it does contain melatonin, serotonin is required for the body to produce melatonin. I've never felt off or bad after taking it, so I don't think it COMPLETELY stops the production of this hormone. If it did, there would be noticeable side effects. The study could have also been conducted on a free based version of the plants alkaloids, constituents, etc. Like I said, I use it when I feel ill and it makes me feel better. I believe that it's a wonderful medicine but it should be utilized properly. Some people may experience a natural excessive production and release of serotonin, which may also cause problems. For these people, this herb and its parthenolide compound may help.


Parethenolide is found in highest concentrations in the flowers and fruit.[4] While it's still found in the leaf, working with fresh flowers and fruits can yield a much higher potency herbal medicine claim herbalists. Oils can be obtained from the fresh feverfew plant material using steam distillation, or by soaking them in a glass jar with water. Remember that water and oil do not mix. Place the glass jar in a window seal for several weeks. Making a tincture is another sure fire way to obtain the oils and beneficial compounds. Use high proof liquor like everclear and store in a cool, dark place, for at least one month. Shake the mixture thoroughly once or twice a week.


It's better to buy large quantities of the ground leaves and flowers than it is to buy a pre-capsuled supplement in my opinion. From my experience, doing things yourself can be rewarding especially if you are on a budget. You can make your own tinctures, capsules, teas, and infusions for a really good price. You can find really high quality product out there if you know where to get it. These businesses I believe are crucial in my belief. I want to see them prosper and grow. Please support holistic health shops.


By making your own tinctures and infusions you are essentially capturing large quantities of pharmacological medicines. The ability of herbal medicines to create these medicinal chemicals is literally wired in to the schematics of their DNA ( Deoxyribonucleic acid ) If you ask me, they are not only as necessary as food, but absolutely intended to benefit us and other animals as well. When you take the time to examine the facts, you see that everything in nature works symbiotically to harmonize and sustain the complex systems of life on this planet under this the cosmos.



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