Anyone who ever had a Migraine knows that it’s the most debilitating and painful thing possible.
Migraines generally means vascular instability potentiated by chronic stress, cranial artery constriction and inadequate blood and oxygen supply to the brain. Inflammation of the brain tissues results in a feeling like a jackhammer is coming through your skull.
Feverfew is the Anti-Migraine Herb
Feverfew is a member of the sunflower family and commonly known as Bachelor’s Button. The name adapted from the Latin word febrifugia or “fever reducer”, as Feverfew was initially used to treat fevers, and has been used for centuries in European folk medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, menstrual irregularities, labor difficulties, skin conditions, stomach aches, and asthma.
The Greek herbalist Dioscorides is believed to have used the dried leaves of this herb to treat arthritis. In 1649, the famous herbalist Nicholas Culpeper recommended it “for all pains in the head”. In 1772, Sir John Hill, another famous herbalist and author of the British Herbal, wrote that “in the worst headaches, this Herb exceeds whatever else is known.”
Feverfew was all but forgotten until the 1980’s when British researchers conducted a study of 270 migraine sufferers and reported that more than 70% of individuals felt substantially better after ingesting an average of 2 – 3 fresh feverfew leaves daily.
David Baronov, PhD, published a great little paperback through The Natural Pharmacist titled Relief for Migraines. In his book, David explains how and why Feverfew works, along with complementary supplements and therapiesto consider. Pick up a used copy at Amazon or your local book store.
It’s all about the Parthenolide
The migraine-relieving activity of feverfew is believed to be due to parthenolide, an active compound that helps relieve smooth muscle spasms. In particular, it helps prevent the constriction of blood vessels in the brain and is highly successful in “turning off” the serotonin from platelets and prostaglandin from white blood cells that are the main fuel of migraine headaches. Parthenolide also inhibits the actions of compounds that cause inflammation and may inhibit cancer cell growth.
More recent studies are showing promise for parthenolide as a treatment for Leukemia, as in laboratory studies parthenolide destroys acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells, leaving normal bone marrow cells relatively unscathed. The compound also kills stem cells that give rise to AML, proving more specific to Leukemia cells than the standard chemotherapy drug Ara-C.
Our Migraine Support formula contains 400mg of Feverfew leaf extract (0.8% parthenolide) to relax the nerves and cells in the brain surface and assist in increasing blood flow to the brain.
Best if used on a daily basis to prevent Migraine attacks, but do not abruptly stop taking Feverfew if you have used it for more than 1 week. A withdrawal syndrome characterized by rebound headache, anxiety, fatigue, muscle stiffness, and joint pain may occur.
Further Tips & Suggestions:
- Stop all caffeine intake. This only exacerbates the headache syndrome.
- Cut back on all fats and sugar, these are pure migraine fuels.
- Keep your emotions under control at all times – “count to ten”.
- A lack of Magnesium also triggers migraines, so take two teaspoons of our high Magnesium Life Transfusion Liquid Mineral Complex each day in low sodium V8 juice or carrot juice.
- Get up early each day and walk for 45 minutes. If you can’t get 45 minutes all in one session, then take a walk during the day and when you get home from work.
- Take big, deep breaths to get oxygen into all your cells, particularly into the brain.
You just had your last migraine headache.