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Can feverfew help with migraines?

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This plant, which looks like a daisy, has a long history in treating fevers, aches, and pains. Feverfew may help treat and prevent migraines. One study found that people who took the herb for up to six months had fewer migraines. But once they stopped taking feverfew, their headaches tripled. Another study of more than 200 people showed that feverfew reduced the frequency of migraines by about half. None of the studies showed that feverfew caused any serious side effects. If you want to try it, start at a low dose of about 50 milligrams a day. It may take a few months to see any results. Don’t take feverfew if you take a blood thinner.

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FDA: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

Association of Migraine Disorders.

The Migraine Trust.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Does Vitamin B2 Prevent Migraines?"

National Library of Medicine.

UCLA Headache Treatment and Research Program.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Cochrane.

National Headache Foundation.

Telgen, L. , September 2015. Cephalalgia

Rozen, T.D. , March 2002. Cephalalgia

Sandor, P.S.  , February 2005. Neurology

The Mayo Clinic.

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Peres, M. , August 2004. Neurology

Peres, M. ychiatry, published online May 2016. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Ps

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

Association of Migraine Disorders.

The Migraine Trust.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Does Vitamin B2 Prevent Migraines?"

National Library of Medicine.

UCLA Headache Treatment and Research Program.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Cochrane.

National Headache Foundation.

Telgen, L. , September 2015. Cephalalgia

Rozen, T.D. , March 2002. Cephalalgia

Sandor, P.S.  , February 2005. Neurology

The Mayo Clinic.

Masruha. M. March 2010. Headache,

Peres, M. , August 2004. Neurology

Peres, M. ychiatry, published online May 2016. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Ps

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

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