Overview

Butterbur is a shrub that is found throughout Europe as well as mild parts of Asia. It also now grows in parts of the US. The name "butterbur" developed because the large leaves of the shrub are used to wrap butter during warm weather.

Butterbur is used for migraine, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), and emotional distress caused by extreme focus on a physical symptom (somatic symptom disorder). It is also used for lung and gastrointestinal conditions and irritable bladder, but there is no strong evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Butterbur contains chemicals that might relieve spasms and decrease swelling (inflammation).

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