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Motherwort

Also indexed as:Leonurus cardiaca, Yi Mu Cao
Motherwort: Main Image© Martin Wall
Common names:
Yi Mu Cao
Botanical names:
Leonurus cardiaca

How It Works

The identities of the active constituents of motherwort are not entirely clear, though they likely include compounds in its volatile oil and the alkaloids. Little research has been done on motherwort in the West. Animal research performed in China suggests that motherwort alkaloids can calm the central nervous system and stimulate the uterus to contract.10 A report suggests that preliminary human trials have found that Chinese motherwort stimulates uterine contraction after delivery and may alleviate glomerulonephritis (kidney disease secondary to infection).11 However, insufficient details were provided to assess the quality or results of these studies.

How to Use It

A tea can be prepared by steeping approximately 3/4 teaspoon (4.5 grams) of the cut herb in 1/2-3/4 cups (150 ml) of water.12 Three cups (750 ml) of the tea may be consumed daily. Alternatively, a tincture, 1/2-3/4 teaspoon (2-4 ml) three times per day, can be taken.

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