I never could have predicted when I decided to treat myself to a reflexology session at Exhale Spa in Chicago that it would lead to a cure for my migraine headaches. I was very lucky to have Daniel Mendez as my massage therapist. As he worked on the reflexology points on and around my toes, Daniel asked if I suffered from headaches. I told him that, since turning 40, I’ve had debilitating migraines during my period.
“You need to try Feverfew,” Daniel said. He explained that Feverfew (Tanacetum pathenium) is an herb that’s a member of the daisy family. It comes in a variety of forms including capsules, tablets and liquid extract. Daniel recommended the liquid form, which is available at Whole Foods. After years of searching unsuccessfully for a migraine remedy, I was willing to give just about anything a shot. So off to Whole Foods I went, where I purchased a bottle of Feverfew for about $12.
Much to my amazement and delight, Feverfew has eliminated my migraines! I take it throughout my period as recommended on the bottle (4 times per day, in a little bit of water). I’ll warn you that it tastes horrendous, so some type of chaser is in order.
Curious as to how Feverfew works, I did some research and learned that Feverfew’s migraine-relieving qualities are believed to arise from the parthenolide it contains. Parthenolide helps prevent constriction of blood vessels in the brain, a leading cause of migraines. Pregnant women, children under the age of 2, and anyone being treated for high blood pressure shouldn’t use Feverfew.
I can’t thank Daniel enough for directing me to Feverfew. No more spending a couple of days every month curled up on the couch holding my head in my hands and thinking, “make it stop, make it stop.” I may have gone into Exhale intending to treat my tootsies, but I left with a cure for my head!