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Migraines & Feverfew

Migraine Natural Remedy - Feverfew
Do you or someone you know affected by migraine headaches? If so, this is definitely a post that you want to read or forward!

What are Migraines Exactly?
Migraines are severe headaches with two or more of the following characteristics:
* Throbbing pain (usually on one side of the head)
* Pulsing pain (usually on one side of the head)
* Head pain accompanied by
+ Sensitivity to light
+ Sensitivity to sound
+ Nausea
+ Vomiting
+ Neck stiffness
+ Numbness of parts or all of face
+ Difficulty talking
+ Hearing sounds
+ Seeing stars, shapes, or light

What causes Migraines?
It’s not fully known with certainty what actually causes migraines, but scientists believe that the following may contribute to migraine headaches:
* Genetics (if your parent(s) had migraines, you are more likely to have migraines)
* Age (experienced more over 30 years of age)
* Being a woman
* Hormonal imbalances of serotonin
* Hormonal changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy and menopause
* Certain foods & drinks
+ Aged cheese
+ Artificial sweeteners
+ Wine
+ High salt foods
+ Preservatives found in processed foods
* Sleep pattern disruption
* Weather/season changes
* Bright lights or sunlight
* Taking too many OTC pain medications
* Strong smells
+ Second-hand smoke of any sort
+ Paint/nail polish
+ Perfumes/colognes

Natural Treatment for Migraines – Feverfew
Feverfew, also known as chrysanthemum parthenium, is a common flowering plant in the United States.  Its leaves have been used as far back as the 5^th century BC in ancient Greece to treat pain-related illness such as headaches, arthritis, and cramps associated with PMS.  It accomplishes pain relief by preventing the inflammatory responses that often trigger pain and by decreasing muscle spasms that may also trigger pain.

Feverfew has been shown to be an effective prophylactic and treatment. In one study, a patient who had suffered for 50 years with severe migraines consumed 3 leaves of Feverfew daily, and over 10 months her migraines got fewer and fewer until they no longer occurred. In another study, 49 patients experienced lowered occurrences of migraines when consuming a dried Feverfew extract powder.

The most effective study I’ve come across used Feverfew along with magnesium and CoQ10.  Among chronic migraine sufferers, lowered migraine occurrence was experienced almost immediately!  Over 3 months all clients experienced a 50%-75% reduction in migraine occurrences.

How Should I Use Feverfew?
It is generally accepted that 100-300mg of Feverfew supplement (0.2%-0.4% parthenolide) taken up to 4 times daily can be used as treatment for migraines.  This is based on an adult weight of at least 150lbs.  If your weight is less than 150lbs, then you can divide the dose appropriately.  For example, if a person weight 100lbs, then that person can take 2/3 of the standard dose.  Start at the lower end of the standard dose (100mg), and assess effectiveness.  Increase dose as necessary, but do not exceed more than 300mg of Feverfew per dose, and do not exceed more than 1200mg of Feverfew per day.

Who Shouldn’t Take Feverfew?
Just because Feverfew is a natural supplement, that doesn’t mean everyone should use it.  There are some minor side effects, and there are some groups of people who shouldn’t use Feverfew because of it’s chemical properties
* Side Effects Include
+ Bloating
+ Nausea
* People who shouldn’t use Feverfew include
+ Pregnant women
+ Children younger than two years
+ People taking blood thinners
+ People allergic to Feverfew

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