Motherwort - Leonurus Cardiaca

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This Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) 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. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Motherwort - Leonurus cardiaca in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Aerial parts in bud stage.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling, drying.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh strength liquid extract: 20-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Motherwort is used for melancholy, restlessness and disturbed sleep from emotional or physical ailments of the heart. It strengthens the heart.

Use: (a) Female tonic, (b) Diuretic, (c) Antispasmodic, (d) Nervine, (e) Emmenagogue.

Motherwort is used for premenstrual cramps with delayed menstruation, congestive amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea, nervous palpitations, premenstrual nerve tension, high blood pressure due to stress and nerve pain from herpes zoster and herpes simplex as well as symptoms of hyperthyroidsim. It should be taken over a period of months for best results.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue effect. Iit contains the animal uterine-stimulating constituents, stachydrine and leonurine.

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