Butterbur

Latin name: Petasites hybridus

What is Butterbur?
Native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Southwestern Asia, butterbur has been used for centuries as an herbal treatment for headaches, fever, back pain, asthma, and painful urination.

What are the health benefits of Butterbur?
Today, butterbur is often used to prevent migraine headaches. It may achieve this by reducing the inflammation that triggers the headaches.

Are there any precautions for taking Butterbur?
Raw butterbur root contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA), chemicals that are toxic to the liver, which are removed during the manufacturing process. Thus, use butterbur extract, and do not try preparing the herb at home. Look for PA-free butterbur extracts.

Where can I find Butterbur?
Look for butterbur extract in health food or vitamin stores, online, and at the offices of herbal practitioners.

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