Hey all, another pharmacist chiming in
I'm going to second Elluir's wonderful recommendation for the feverfew. I'm also going to restate his warning that while herbal remadies can be a great alternative treatments and or adjuncts to western medicine treatment, you really should check with your doctor of pharmacist before starting any. Just because somethings "natural" doesnt mean its always safe for everyone.
Two things to add to Elluirs very comprehensive post:
1) Chewing on the fresh leaves can be harsh on the mouth can may cause oral ulcers in some folks
2) For people who take feverfew regularly for awhile to prevent headaches, then stop all of a sudden there can be a "Post Feverfew Syndrome" in some folks which is basically described as being rebound headaches, anxiety, muscles stiffness.
In response to AzaleaMoon:
I too had never heard about the Osha root until you had mentioned it and I looked it up. Looks like its got some interesting anti-viral claims attached to it. I unfortunately don't know much about its safety and efficacy so I wont give it the thumbs up or thumbs down in terms of its ability to treat migraines.
I would be not be recommending Osha to treat any sort of bacterial infection like pneumonia, ear infections, tonsilitis...ect. Like Elluir I believe in utilizing alternative medicines when appropriate but there are certain conditions that unfortunately require some western medicine. If you have any sort of infection or suspected infection you should see a medical professional who can make a determination of whether or not its the sort of infection that needs antibiotics. Prior to the development of antibiotics simple stuff like strep throat, urinary tract infections, and skin infections could routinely turn fatal, and still can today if not treated properly and in a timely manner. If you want to use herbal remedies as additional treatment alongside antibiotics for infections, I think that's definitely reasonable but should always be discussed with medical professional beforehand.
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