The herb Feverfew has been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory prostaglandin synthesis. These anti-inflammatory properties may control the inflammation that results in cerebral blood vessel dilation, a cause or contributor to the symptoms of migraine headaches.
Feverfew has been used for centuries and originally became popular with English herbalists in the middle ages. As the name suggests, feverfew was used as an application for the treatment of “fevers.” However, the word “fever” at that time referred to a number of ailments, including rheumatic aches, abdominal pain and headaches.
Over the past two decades medical interest of feverfew has been rekindled in response to various in-vitro studies as well as the wide spread use of feverfew among the general public. A number of research groups have formally investigated the clinical use of the herb for the relief of symptoms of migraine headaches.
Several studies, have demonstrated feverfew’s potential for migraine relief. These double blind placebo studies showed a statistically significant number of patients reporting a reduction in the number and/or severity of migraine attacks.
Subsequent studies have substantiated the use of feverfew in controlling the symptoms of migraines.