Daily Dose of Motherwort: 4.5g
Motherwort, or Leonurus cardiaca, is a plant originally from Central Asia and Southeastern Europe, though it is now available worldwide because of its use as an herbal remedy. As its scientific name suggests, it is commonly used to treat heart conditions. It has been approved to treat irregular heartbeats caused by anxiety. Alkaloids leonurine, and stachydine in the herb can calm the nervous system by reducing blood pressure. Studies have upheld the effectiveness of motherwort as compared to melatonin for improving retinal brightness sensitivity and emotional states in people with anxiety. Motherwort is also known for its useful application in childbirth because it eases a worried mind that often accompanies major life changes like a new child. It has sedative properties which make it beneficial for women during their monthly cycles as well as when they transition to menopause. Along with black cohosh, is may help ease symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and irritability. Menstrual complaints such as mood swings, digestive problems, and cramps can be alleviated with this herb. It’s natural diuretic effect may be used to relieve bloating. It can sedate the nerves especially in times of sadness and despair. The leonurine in this herb may be responsible for relaxing muscles in the body, even the heart.
There is no standard dose for motherwort as it can depend on several factors such as the person’s age and health condition. However, some experts recommend 4.5g, or roughly about 1 teaspoon of dried motherwort and it can be steeped into a tea. It is also available as a tincture that can be taken in one-half to three-quarters of a teaspoon three times a day. Some risks involved in taking motherwort include uterine contractions that may cause miscarriage or premature labor. If you have heavy menstrual periods, motherwort can increase the bleeding.
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