Motherwort Herbal

Motherwort Herbal

Motherwort is known in scientific circles as Leonurus cardiaca. This herbal plant is native to many parts of Europe, growing on banks and under hedges where the soil is gravelly or calcareous. Formerly, the motherwort herbal plant was grown for its medicinal purposes and it was most often found in country gardens. Today, it is now regarded by some authorities as a mere garden escape.

The Plant

The motherwort herbal plant is classified as perennial, distinguished from all other British labiates by its leaves. Its foliage, which rises from the square, stout stems, is deeply and palmately cut into five lobes, or three-pointed segments. For the most part, motherwort herbal plant resembles Mugwort but for its flowers which are characterized by their prickly calyx-teeth.

Health Benefits

The mugwort herbal plant is known to have many medicinal properties which account for its use in traditional medicine. It is largely diaphoretic and antispasmodic. It has been used as a tonic for women, especially for female weaknesses and disorders. In fact, it was for this association with female disorders that the plant got its name of “motherwort.”

In herbology, the motherwort herbal plant is classified as a nervine. It is also considered as a powerful emmenagogue, useful in allaying nervous irritability and inducing quiet and passivity of the whole nervous system. For this, this herb was used to treat fevers, especially when attended with nervousness and delirium.

From old writers, the motherwort herbal plant is an herb esteemed for its strengthening and gladdening effects on the heart. It is considered good against hysterical complaints and especially for palpitations of the heart during hysteria. When made into syrup, the motherwort herbal plant emits soothing effects, allying inward tremors, fainting, et cetera.

Although it is not entirely clear what the active constituents of the motherwort herbal plant really are, scientists attribute its many benefits to the volatile oils and the alkaloids. In the West, little scientific research has been done on motherwort herbal plant and in Asia, particularly in China, the plant has been used for animal study only.

According to one animal study conducted by Chinese researchers, the alkaloids in motherwort herbal plant are said to calm the central nervous system and stimulate the uterus to contract. Another study reported that the motherwort herbal plant may have a use for stimulating uterine contractions after delivery. This suggestion was based on preliminary human trials. The results led to speculations on the use of motherwort herbal plant to alleviate glomerulonephritis, a disease secondary to infection of the kidney. However, the results were insufficient to warrant serious pursuit of this premise.

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