Motherwort is used to treat anxiety, difficult PMS, as an emmenagogue, for hot-flashes and mood swings in menopause, as a cardiac tonic and in cardiac arrhythmia, flatulence, hyperthyroidism, itchy skin and shingles.
Motherwort is used for heart conditions, including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, fast heartbeat, and heart symptoms due to anxiety. It is also used for the absence of menstrual periods, intestinal gas (flatulence), and over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
Some people apply motherwort directly to the skin for itching and shingles. The seeds of two of the species (Leonurus artemisia or Leonurus heterophyllus) are used to improve eyesight and as a general tonic.
How does it work?
Motherwort might slow down the heart and thin the blood. It might also stimulate uterine tone and blood flow.
From another source:
The traditional use of motherwort is the treatment of racing heart (tachycardia) caused by nervous tension. Long-term use may reduce the formation of clotting factors and also lower total cholesterol and triglycerides. Motherwort is also used to treat menstrual tension. It treats false labor pains, and it is useful in the stimulation of delayed or suppressed menstruation, especially when prolonged emotional stress is factor. Precautions: Consult your physician before using this herb if you take prescription medication for your heart. Not recommended while pregnant.
Typical Preparations: Traditionally used as a tea. Frequently combined with hawthorn. May also be taken as an extract or capsule.
Constituents: Motherwort contains four groups of medicinally active chemicals:
•Caffeic acid 4-rutinoside.
•Diterpenes of the labdane type, such as leocardin, a mixture of two epimers of 8b-acetoyx-9a, l3a, l5, l6-bisepoxy-l5-hydroyx-7-oxo- labdan-6b, l9-olide.
•Flavonoids; rutin, quinqueloside, genkwanin, quercitin, quercetrin, isoquercetrin, hyperoside, and apigenin and kaempferol glucosides.
•Iridoids: leonuride and others not yet identified
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