Copyright All rights reserved. Leonurus cardiaca Chinese form: L. The flowers are pale pink to purple, very hairy, in whorls of 6 to 12, alternating up the stems with leaves. The leaves are dark green above, pale below, oak-shaped and deeply lobed into three, especially at the bottom.
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They are also used as a flavouring in beer. Fresh or dried flowers can be used to make a tea. Medicinal Uses Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. It is also seen as a remedy for heart palpitations, it has a strengthening effect, especially on a weak heart.
The antispasmodic and sedative effects promote relaxation rather than drowsiness. The leaves are antispasmodic, astringent, cardiac, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic and uterine stimulant[4, 9, 21, 46, , ].
They are taken internally in the treatment of heart complaints notably palpitations and problems associated with menstruation, childbirth and menopause, especially of nervous origin.
Although an infusion can be used, the taste is so bitter that the plant is usually made into a conserve or syrup. An alcoholic extract is said to possess superior action to valerian Valeriana officinalis . The plant has been found effective in the treatment of functional heart complaints due to autonomic imbalance, and also as an anti-thyroid treatment, though it needs to be taken for several months for these effects to be noticed.
The whole herb is harvested in August when in flower and can be dried for later use. It should not be prescribed in the earlier stages of pregnancy or where periods are heavy[, ]. A homeopathic remedy is made from the plant.
It is used in the treatment of heart complaints, amenorrhoea, menopausal problems and flatulence. The German Commission E Monographs, a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine, approve Leonurus cardiaca Motherwort for nervous heart complaints see  for critics of commission E.
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Motherworth - Leonurus cardiaca
To support our efforts please browse our store books with medicinal info, etc. Early Greeks gave pregnant women motherwort who suffered anxiety. The Latin name is derived from the Greek: leon for lion and ouros for tail. The name cardiac comes from kardiaca, meaning heart.
Motherwort Benefits, Uses and Side Effects
They are also used as a flavouring in beer. Fresh or dried flowers can be used to make a tea. Medicinal Uses Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. It is also seen as a remedy for heart palpitations, it has a strengthening effect, especially on a weak heart. The antispasmodic and sedative effects promote relaxation rather than drowsiness.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Habitat: Motherwort is found throughout northern Europe. The species is also common in Asia and has been introduced and naturalized in North America, where in many places it is now considered a bothersome weed. Motherwort has been cultivated since medieval times as a medicinal plant which is probably a contributing factor in how widespread the plant has become. The plant thrives best in humus-rich soil in bright sunny places. The plant can be grown from seeds in the spring or early summer or be propagated from the roots in autumn or late spring. Description: Motherwort is a perennial plant that belongs to the mint or deadnettle family Lamiaceae. It has an erect stem and grows to cm tall.