• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: Dosage for Headache Relief

    Feverfew is a plant used to treat headaches. The plant comes in four ingestible forms: A dried leaf form, dried leaf mixture with other herbs, dried leaf powder in capsules and dried chopped leaves in capsules. Adults should take 2 to 3 dried leaves, or 50 to 250 mg of a dried leaf preparation daily. For powdered leaves in capsules, adults should take 50 to 114 mg daily. For dried chopped leaves in capsules, the adult dose is 70 to 86 mg. The leaf compound should always be standardized to 0.2% parthenolide.

    On the Other: When Not To Take Feverfew

    Feverfew was tested in clinical studies for relief of arthritis pain, but no relief was noted. There have not been sufficient studies for feverfew to be used on children.

    Bottom Line

    Feverfew, a member of the sunflower family, is a plant used in herbal medicine. It has been shown to be effective when used for headache relief. Feverfew is considered safe when used short term for no more than 4 months. Always check with your doctor before starting a feverfew regimen.


    University of Maryland Medical Center: Feverfew

    "Better Nutrition," Manage Migraines; Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, November 2007.

    Healthline: Feverfew

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