Betony - Stachys Officinalis

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This Betony (Stachys officinalis) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Betony - Stachys/Betonica officinalis in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Aerial parts in the bud stage.

Taste/smell: Slight bitterness.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh plant or 1:5 dry plant liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Mental picture and specific indications: Betony has an affinity for persons who are non-assertive, lack interest in the world and have a sense of not being "grounded." An emphasis is on gastro-intestinal irritability and a lack of cerebral circulation causing ischemia and pain.

Use: (a) Nervine, (b) Stomachic.

It is used as a gentle stimulating tonic with emphasis upon the cerebral circulation and neuralgic and ischemic conditions affecting the head. Betony is indicated for gastro-intestinal irritability, chronic rheumatism, sciatica, ischemic (lack of oxygen) headaches, strokes and pains in the head and face.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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