Feverfew is a flowering plant that grows in Central and South America. It has been used to ease pain caused by headache and migraine. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract.
150 milligrams once daily or 1 to 2 drops during onset of migraine
What Research Shows
May Be Effective
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It is likely safe for most adults to take feverfew for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period or while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:
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Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 5/6/2020
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