Butterbur is a type of plant that is supposedly beneficial for conditions such as allergies or migraines. This herbal supplement contains several active compounds that may have various medicinal properties. However, more research is necessary to confirm the effectiveness of this product for any use. Potential side effects include fatigue, headaches, and itchy eyes.
What Is Butterbur?Butterbur is a daisy-like plant said to have medicinal properties. It is used for various conditions, such as allergies or migraines and is available in a variety of different dietary supplements.
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How Does It Work?Butterbur contains a variety of different active compounds, such as petasin, isopetasin, flavonoids, and tannins. It is thought that these compounds are probably responsible for most of the medicinal properties of the plant.
Butterbur is believed to relieve allergies by decreasing the production of leukotrienes and histamine, two substances in the body that are responsible for many of the symptoms of allergies. It is not yet clear how the supplement might work to prevent migraine headaches.
Is Butterbur Effective?
There is growing evidence to suggest that butterbur may actually work for preventing migraines or treating allergies. However, more research is necessary to confirm these findings and to explore the possibility that the supplement may be effective for other uses as well.
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Dosing InformationAs with most dietary supplements, there is no well-established standard dose for butterbur, although general guidelines may be obtained from a few clinical trials (see Butterbur Dosage for more information).