Feverfew For ED Causes
Feverfew is another of those herbs which does not directly treat erectile dysfunction, but is beneficial in treating problems which can cause erectile dysfunction like depression and joint pain – providing an alternative to drug medications which have ED as a side effect.
However if you are on either antidepressants or anti-inflammatories it is best to check with your doctor before attempting to add feverfew to your treatment, as feverfew can also interfere with the action of pharmaceutical medicines.
Benefits of Feverfew
Feverfew For Headache & Migraines
Feverfew is a well-known as a preventive remedy for headaches and it has been used for this purpose for centuries. However several studies have shown it is not effective against active headaches. It needs to be taken daily to be effective as a preventive treatment, and taken this way may be more effective than NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories) like ibuprofen.
Clinical experience suggests it may take four to six weeks of use before it starts to be effective.
- Livestrong reports a four-month-long, double-blind study of 170 people found that taking 6.25 mg of feverfew extract three times daily substantially reduced the frequency of migraine headaches compared to placebo, says the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The study was published in 2005 in the medical journal “Cephalalgia,” a publication from the International Headache Society.
- Another study published in 1985 in the “British Medical Journal” found that feverfew helped to prevent migraines.
- A 1997 double-blind study published in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” also found that taking feverfew helped to reduce the frequency, duration and severity of migraines.
Many of the over-the-counter and prescription pain killers have a “rebound effect” after a period of use, where the drug actually begins to cause the headache. Feverfew does not have this problem and is recommended by experts such as Dr. Andrew Weil as an effective alternative for headache sufferers.
Arthritis & Natural Pain Management
Feverfew has also been used for relieving the pain and inflammation of arthritis. It is known that chemicals in feverfew may reduce the body’s production of substances that initiate and prolong inflammation.
- Rheumatoid arthritis responds well to feverfew, according to J. Parada-Turska et al., at the Department of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Diseases, Medical University, in Lublin, Poland.
Balancing Your Body Clock
Feverfew leaves are thought to contain the hormone melatonin, which regulates your body’s internal clock and tells you to sleep when it’s dark and to be active during daylight. For this reason feverfew may also reduce exhaustion and improve mood and sense of well- being.
Menstrual Cramps & Vascular Effects
Menstrual cramps occur when the uterine lining produces too much prostaglandin, a hormone that can cause pain and inflammation.
Because feverfew can help limit the release of prostaglandin, this daisy-like herb may have a role to play in easing menstrual cramps. While more research is required, there’s probably no harm in starting to take feverfew a day before you anticipate that your menstrual cramps will begin.
Feverfew has been shown to relax blood vessels in the brain and inhibit pro-inflammatory molecules, both of which can improve mood and cognitive function.
Feverfew may inhibit blood clotting and is best avoided before or just after surgery or if you take anti-coagulant medications, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Getting Rid of a Hangover
Feverfew can help with the headache, and it will not irritate the stomach like traditional anti-inflammatory drugs can, according to a leading Australian natural therapy website.
Feverfew For Depression
Feverfew was used for hundreds of years for depression and melancholia, but then fell out of favour. It does inhibit the brain hormone serotonin like anti-depression SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) medications like Prozac, but research has shown mixed results for feverfew and depression.
Jeffery Katz, MD, of Harvard Medical School, in his book Heal Your Aching Back: What a Harvard Doctor Wants You to Know About Finding Relief and Keeping Your Back Strong (McGraw Hill Professional, 2007) warns feverfew may interfere with anti-depressant and arthritis medications. If you are being treated for depression, consult your doctor before using feverfew.
How Feverfew Works
Feverfew is thought to inhibit the release of two inflammatory substances, serotonin and prostaglandins, both believed to contribute to the onset of migraines.
By inhibiting these amines as well as the production of the chemical histamine, the herb controls inflammation that constricts the blood vessels in the head and prevents blood vessel spasms which may contribute to headaches.
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