Feverfew: Broad Spectrum Pain Relief
Feverfew is a medicinal plant that has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, including chronic joint pain. It grows throughout North and South America as well as many parts of Europe. It is a very pretty plant, with daisy-like flowers and citrus-scented leaves. It has proven beneficial against many painful and common complaints, including migraine headaches, menstrual cramps and arthritis to name just a few.
Feverfew and Chronic Joint Pain
Feverfew has also been used for relieving the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Chemicals in Feverfew may reduce the body's production of substances that initiate and prolong inflammation. Inflammation usually includes pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the damage, and it can occur within body tissues as well as on the surface of the skin. Chemicals in feverfew are thought to prevent blood components called platelets from releasing substances that cause this inflammation.
Feverfew can be purchased as a stand-alone herbal powder (in tablet or capsule form), as an extract (in liquid or tablet form) or may be included as an ingredient a naturopathic nutritional supplement. Feverfew products can be purchased in most health food stores.
Feverfew and Migraines
While current studies show that Feverfew isn’t effective against migraines that are already at their most painful, these studies suggest that Feverfew is effective in preventing and lessening the severity of migraine headaches, reducing blood vessel inflammation and spasm, which are believed to cause migraine pain.
Feverfew and Dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual periods)
While no clinical studies yet show its effectiveness in treating dysmenorrheal, Feverfew is believed to reduce levels of prostaglandin, a hormone produced by the uterine lining that is known to cause menstrual pain and inflammation.
What natural products have you used for chronic pain?