Motherwort has long been applied in Russia as a sedative. With the help of this herb is "cast out demons" of patients with hysteria treated insomnia, restores power after recovering from a serious illness. Motherwort added to the infusion of herbs for the treatment of various diseases of internal organs, as it strengthened their action.
Where it grows and looks like motherwort
There are several species of motherwort - plants of the family grubotsvetnyh, a drug to use, for example, motherwort five-blade. This is a perennial herb up 1-1, 5 meters with erect, four-sided stems, rounded to the lower middle and quinquepartite leaves oblong-elliptic tripartite top sheet. The flowers are small, irregular, pinkish-purple, located in the axils of leaves on the tips of stems. The calyx and the fruits are covered with prickly hairs. Flowers in June - July, fruits ripen in August and September.
Motherwort five-blade grows in the European part of our country, in the Urals, western Siberia and the Far East on vacant lots and garbage dumps. Cultivated throughout as a source of medicinal material.
Harvest motherwort during flowering, cutting off the upper part of the plant (stem, leaves and flowers without rough parts), dried in the shade under a canopy, spreading a thin layer of grass, store in a dry place.
Ingredients motherwort and its impact on the human body
Leafy flowering tops Leonurus five lobes contain essential oil
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, Alkaloids, glycosides, tannins, flavonoids, sweeteners, vitamins (E, C, carotene - vitamin A precursor), and minerals.
Alkaloids - are organic substances having a high physiological activity in small doses they have the most beneficial effect on the organism
. Glycosides are also organic substances, which include sweeteners and aglycones (nesaharistaya part)
. Active influence on the organism provides aglucone
. Glycosides pustyrnika reduced heart rate, increase the strength of heart contractions, has a diuretic effect
. Motherwort essential oil - a complex mixture of volatile substances have a calming, lowers blood pressure, antispasmodic (relieves spasm of smooth muscles of internal organs and blood vessels), anticonvulsant and a slight diuretic effect, slightly irritates the mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract
. Restoration of normal functioning of the nervous system and helps to normalize the function of other organs (digestive, urinary, etc.), in some cases, restored the normal menstrual cycle, improves digestion
. Motherwort strengthens the effects of sleeping pills and painkillers
Volatile - are organic substances that have strong antibacterial effect, so use motherwort and externally, for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases.
Indications and contraindications
In folk medicine from motherwort recommended infusions, decoctions and tinctures. The factory is preparing tincture of Leonurus
Tincture motherwort - mild sedative
It can be purchased at the pharmacy.
Drugs Leonurus appointed interior:
- as a sedative (calming) agent for various neurological disorders associated with stress, sleep disorders
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, Increased thyroid function;
- as the heart and lungs sedative for disorders of the cardiovascular system: heart rate, a slight rise in blood pressure, and so on;
- in the complex therapy in the treatment of severe diseases of the cardiovascular system: hypertension, coronary heart disease, cardiosclerosis, myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), heart failure (when the heart is unable to cope with their work);
- as part of an integrated treatment of diseases of the digestive system;
- as a diuretic in the treatment of cardiovascular and renal disease;
- as a restorative remedy for chronic diseases and after infection.
Infusions and decoctions Leonurus used in the treatment of wounds and burns.
Motherwort is not recommended at high sensitivity to it, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer.
How to prepare the infusion Leonurus home
Infusion of motherwort prepared as follows: a tablespoon dried minced raw material is placed in an enamel bowl, pour a glass of boiling water, put in a water bath for 15 minutes, cool 45 minutes, strain, squeeze, made up to the initial level and take on a third cup three times a a day before meals.
Pharmacy tincture of motherwort can take 30-50 drops 3-4 times a day before meals.
Motherwort - this ancient, life-tested folk remedy, it is desirable to have in every home medicine cabinet.