A short bushy perennial that belongs to the sunflower family.
They bloom from July to October.
A cyclooxygenase inhibitor; like
A degranulation inhibitor in platelets and leukocytes therefore
decreasing effects of the selection of serotonin and histamin. Anti-inflammatory
effect and prostaglandins
25 mg freeze dried root
May cause GI upset
, nervousness, indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, mouth
ulceration, loss of taste, and swelling of the lips, tongue, and mouth if
you chew on the leaves.
hypersensitivity if allergic to Compositae
family of flowers.
Do not take if pregnant or
lactating in that it could produce uterine contractions.
feverfew encourages platelet aggregation, clotting times will not be
accurate and prolong bleeding may occur.
Patients must be monitored and
of signs and symptoms of increased bleeding time
frequent checks on Coumadin levels.
feverfew has anti-inflammatory effects:
Concomitant use with
ASA, NSAID and Tylenol reduces the effectiveness of both.
efficacy of feverfew is dependent upon adequate levels of parthenolide.
Two out of three products assayed in the U.S. showed no
parthenolide at all.
The quality of these products is important when advising patients
of all herbal use.