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What Is Feverfew Used for Today?
Feverfew is primarily used for the preventionof migraine headaches . For this purpose, it is taken daily. There has been no formal investigation of feverfew as a treatmentfor migraines that have already started, although one double-blind study evaluating feverfew as a preventive agent did find hints of possible symptom-reducing benefits. 1 It is important to remember that serious diseases may occasionally first present themselves as migraine-type headaches. For this reason, proper medical diagnosis is essential if you suddenly start having migraines without a previous history, or if the pattern of your migraines changes significantly.
Feverfew is sometimes recommended for osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis , but there is no evidence at all that it works.
- Pfaffenrath V, Diener HC, Fischer M, Friede M, Henneicke-von Zepelin HH, Investigators. The efficacy and safety of Tanacetum parthenium (feverfew) in migraine prophylaxis--a double-blind, multicentre, randomized placebo-controlled dose-response study. Cephalalgia. 22(7):523-32.