Butterbur, an Interesting Herb



Butterbur is an herb that I had heard very little about until recently.  My research shows that it has some very good properties but also has many side effects that need to be considered before taking it. It can be purchased in 25 mg tablets.

Butterbur is used for the treatment of migraines with the best results showing up in the more severe cases.  It worked both in the prevention and relieving of migraines.

It is also used for ulcers, asthma, sores, skin diseases and is used as a sedative. It is used to perk up the appetite.  It is used for sleep, constant cough, whooping cough, anxiety, chills, and hay fever.

The side effects include vomiting, prolonged constipation, difficulty breathing, swallowing and urinating, abdominal pain or pressure and nausea.

It should not be taken if you are pregnant or have slow bowels or urinary tract.  Be careful if you have asthma because butterbur could aggravate it if the asthma is being properly treated. (Odd, isn’t it, that asthma is one of the things it’s used for but is warned against) There is research out that suggests this herb might cause cancer or liver damage.

If you purchase butterbur be sure the PA Toxins that cause liver damage have been removed. The label should read “PA-free”. Also make sure the dose is standardized. That way you always know you are getting the same amount.

Butterbur comes from a plant that is in the daisy family.  It has rhubarb like leaves and spiky flowers that appear in the spring.  Never eat the plant because it is toxic.  The strongest amount of the extract is found in the rhizomes and stalks.  The lowest amounts are in the leaves. This plant grows in the Northern hemisphere and likes marshes, riverbanks, and ditches.  It is also known as Sweet Coltsfoot.










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