Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)


Feverfew is an excellent medicinal herb popular since medieval time. The herb derived its name from Latin febrifugia, which means ‘fever reducer’. It has been used since ancient times to treat different inflammatory disorders, fever and different types of pain. It is part of many folklore and medicinal scriptures, known as ‘medieval aspirin’ and used for natural migraine relief. Other popular names of this medicinal herb are featherfew and bachelor’s button. Generally, feverfew represents different varieties of herb Tanacetum parthenium and related species

Feverfew plant with different parts (left-pictorial drawing) and in full-grown condition (right)

Over and above these properties, the feverfew herb and extracts serve as an excellent remedy to treat many gynaecological disorders such as menstruation disorders, miscarriage, difficulties during childbirth. The plant was well recognised in many Greek and European medicinal texts, as it was one of the prominent medicines of medieval time.

The bushy annual, herb belongs to family Asteraceae also known as compositae that comprises of other popular plants such as marigold, sunflower and chemomile and many more. Although the plant is native to Europe (eastern region), it is now widely distributed to America (North and South), Australia and other parts of globe as well. The main blooming season extends from mid July to October.

The white colored daisy flower with golden head also resembles that of chemomile, since it also has strong aroma and sometimes also known as ‘wild chemomile’ although both are entirely different functionally.

It has been used to treat different types of pains at different regions of body such as that of head region (migraines), teeth (toothaches), stomach (stomachaches), different joint regions (arthritis) etc. Feverfew herb thus serves as not only natural migraine relief but also holistically natural pain reliever.

The excellent medicinal value of plant is also used to treat nausea, vomiting, giddiness and tinnitus (frequent ringing sounds in ears). It is more effective at treating various other disorders like asthma, allergies, psoriasis in addition to diseases already discussed. The extract can be used as feverfew tea, feverfew tablets and feverfew powder or different  pharmacological preparations derived from Tanacetum parthenium plant.


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