Gender Leonurus (to which it belongs leonurus cardiac) is made up of around 80 herbaceous plants from a well-known family such as the Lamiaceae.
Commonly known as motherwort, it is native to different countries in Asia and Europe, so it is widespread and can be identified in many areas.
Within this genus, we find plants more or less known in medicinal botany:
- Leonurus cardiac
- Leonurus japonicus
- Leonurus parviflorus
- Leonurus villosus
- Leonurus artemisia
It has several common names in addition to motherwort, such as lion’s tail (not to be confused with dandelion), edge nettle or cardiac plant (derived from its scientific name).
As we have mentioned, it is a herbaceous plant, not used in ornamental gardening since it does not have an attractive appearance. It has a large number of active ingredients
Nowadays its commercialization is not very common and they are being studied in various investigations to verify the reality of what is said in traditional medicine.
Various agencies, such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) considers it a safe medicinal plant and is registered as a traditional herbal medicine (MTP).
For being a plant from the Far East, in Japan it is well known and revered for many years.
Agronomic characteristics of Leonurus cardiac
Leonurus cardiac It is a rather rustic plant, which grows spontaneously in many places, meadows, roadsides, stony environments, etc.
It usually withstands a wide range of temperatures and the full exposure to the Sun. It even withstands winter frosts if they last a short time.
It is able to live in all types of soils, although it tolerates to a lesser degree those clays that retain a large amount of moisture. The lack of drainage impairs their root development.
The multiplication of leonurus cardiac is performed through seeds, after flowering and collection of the parts for medicinal use. These seeds can be sown at the end of summer to be able to finally transplant them in spring.
Leonurus cardiac it blooms in the summer months, starting in June. It gives rise to small hairy flowers of whitish color
Flowering occurs in the summer months, giving rise to some little flowers of a rather pale burgundy color, which have a large amount of hair and are small in size. They are characterized -like the #flowers# of the rest of their #family#- for having in the #corolla# formations that resemble two lips, the upper one being concave. This particularity of name to the whole family.
Medicinal properties of Lcardiac eonurus
- Bitter glycoside (leunurin)
- Pyrogallic tannins
- Alkaloid (leunucardin and stachydrin)
- Phenylpropanic heterosides
The main medicinal effects of this medicinal plant are the following:
It helps to reduce states of anxiety and, in general, insomnia caused by general stress.
Leonurus cardiac it has a hypotensive effect (due to its leunurin content) and, therefore, reduces tachycardic states and palpitations generated by stressful situations and great physical efforts.
The very presence of the compound leunurin causes blood pressure (hypotensive) to be reduced and reduces high pressure states, so negative for the circulatory system.
An oxytocic effect is any element that releases the oxytocin, hormone related to contractions in the uterus.
Therefore, leonurus cardiac allows to regulate problems related to menorrhagias and metrorrhagias.
The scientific name of leonurus cardiac it is closely related to the heart. Previous tests on animals, specifically the rabbit, have seen a reduced blood pressure and increased blood flow, so it has positive effects (at the moment, in animals) on the circulatory system.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect
The content in triterpenoids (Ursanus type) of leonurus cardiac they are strong inhibitors of superoxides produced in cellular activity. Therefore, they have a great antioxidant activity and even anti-inflammatory power.
Different studies corroborate this antioxidant capacity, both by these triterpenoids and by the flavonoids present in different parts of the plant.
The tea of Agripalma
An ideal option to take advantage of the medicinal power of leonurus cardiac it is by preparing an infusion. We have different options to buy with the leaves already dried and prepared.
Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee (1 gram) of leonurus cardiac in a cup of hot water. Take once a day before or after meals.
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