Skip to content
    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Feverfew

    Feverfew is a short bush with flowers like daisies. People have used feverfew over the years as folk medicine for many ailments.

    Today, its dried leaves -- and sometimes stems or flowers -- are made into supplements.

    Recommended Related to Vitamins & Supplements

    How to Choose a Multivitamin

    There are lots of good reasons to take a multivitamin. Even the best eating plans can fall short of meeting all of the 40-plus nutrients you need each day. Most Americans fail to meet dietary recommendations for many reasons, including strict dieting, poor appetite, changing nutritional needs, or less-than-healthy food choices. Taking a once-daily multivitamin is an easy way to fill in small nutritional gaps. But strolling down the vitamin aisle to choose the best multivitamin...

    Read the How to Choose a Multivitamin article > >

    Why do people take feverfew?

    People take feverfew by mouth or sometimes apply it directly to their gums or skin.

    Two common reasons people take feverfew are to try to prevent migraine or lessen arthritis symptoms.

    Researchers haven't proven the effectiveness of feverfew for rheumatoid arthritis.

    Studies for migraine have had mixed results. Some studies show it may help reduce how often you get migraines, especially if you get them often. But more research is needed.

    There isn't enough evidence to prove that feverfew is effective for other medical problems. This includes those that affect the gastrointestinal system, such as:

    There also isn't enough evidence to show feverfew is effective for the wide range of other reasons people take it. This includes such conditions as:

    There isn't a clear optimal dose of feverfew for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it hard to set a standard dose although standardized extracts have been studied in research on humans.

    Can you get feverfew naturally from foods?

    Some people eat the feverfew leaves, but they are bitter and may hurt your mouth.

    What are the risks of taking feverfew?

    Side effects. People have not reported serious side effects of feverfew. Researchers have used it safely with people in studies lasting up to four months. No one knows whether it is safe if you use it longer than that.

    Side effects may include symptoms affecting the mouth, such as:

    These side effects may be more common if you chew on feverfew leaves.

    Other side effects from feverfew affect the digestive system. They may include:

    Other possible side effects include:

    Vitamins and
    Supplements
    Lifestyle Guide

    Which Nutrients
    Are You Missing?

    Learn More

    Today on WebMD

    vitamin rich groceries
    Do you know your vitamin ABCs?
    St Johns wart
    Ease hot flashes and other symptoms.
     
    clams
    Are you getting enough?
    Take your medication
    Wonder pill or overkill?
     
    fruits and vegetables
    Video
    !!69X75_Vitamins_Supplements.jpg
    Article
     
    Woman sleeping
    Article
    Woman staring into space with coffee
    Article
     

    Send yourself a link to download the app.

    Loading ...

    Please wait...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

    Thanks!

    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.