Bugleweed - Lycopus Europaeus or Virginicus

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This Bugleweed (Lycopus europaeus or virginicus) 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.

Bugleweed - Lycopus europaeus or virginicus in the Lamiaceae or Mint family (Photo above is Lycopus europaeus.

Part used: Aerial parts.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-20 drops 1-3 times per day in a little water.

Use: (a) Astringent, (b) Mild gastric tonic, (c) Sedative.

As a tonifying astringent, Bugleweed affects the mucous membranes with specific pulmonary and cardiac influence and is beneficial with tachycardia and arrhythmias in conjunction with insomnia. It also balances the autonomic nervous system and equalizes circulation.

It blocks the conversion of thyroxin to T3 in the liver. It also interferes with iodine metabolism in the thyroid by inhibiting thyroid stimulating hormone. Bugleweed is used for hyperthyroid conditions and symptoms associated with hyperthyroidism.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in moderate to severe coronary artery disease. It is also contraindicated in  nontoxic goiter or hypothyroidism and may interact with oral thyroid replacement. Bugleweed is contraindicated during pregnancy due to the antithyrotropic effect and antigondatropic activity shown in research with rats.  Due to the antiprolactin activity, it is also contraindicated for nursing mothers.

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