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Nature's Temple / Motherwort

Motherwort

(Leonorus cardiaca)

Parts Used:   Aerial parts

Active Constituents:  Alkaloids including L-stachydrine, beinicine and turicine.  Iridoid (leonine), diterpenes, flavonoids, caffeic acid, cardiac glycosides and tannins.

Main Actions:

  • Emmenagogue
  • Antispasmodic
  • Cardiac Tonic
  • Hypotensive
  • Sedative
  • Nervine
  • Diaphoretic

Major Safety Issues:

  • As this is a uterine stimulant it should be avoided during pregnancy however, may be used during labour and after birth.
  • Avoid wherever there is heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Use with caution as there can be adverse effects on the heart particularly in people with heart insufficiency.
  • Very large doses may cause drowsiness and impaired concentration.