Chinese Motherwort (Herba Leonurus heterophyllus) is a plant that is native to Asia but grows all around the world. The leaves look like the tail of a lion, giving motherwort the nicknames "lion's tail" and "lion's ear." Chinese Motherwort has a long history of use in Chinese medicine and has been used most widely for women's health, including childbirth, afterbirth care, irregular menstrual cycles, and premenstrual anxiety, as well as to treat heart disorders.
Recently, Chinese Motherwort has also been studied for use in a variety of conditions, including prostate disorders, arthritis, kidney disease, and stomach problems.
Motherwort (Herba Leonurus heterophyllus) and the Human Body
Various syndromes caused by blood stasis such as dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps), amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), and postpartum abdominal stagnant pain
Dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps) : This herb enters blood system and can move stagnant blood, dispel blood stasis, generate new blood and regulate menstruation. It dispels stasis and promotes generation without retaining stasis serving as a key herb used before and after pregnancy and delivery in gynecology. It is mainly indicated for various gestational and labor diseases caused by heat accumulation and blood stasis so it is named "mother-benefiting". When it is indicated for syndrome of blood stasis such as traumatic injuries, swelling and pain due to stasis and stagnation and chest oppression and pain, the actions of its activating blood and resolving stasis as well as swelling-resolving and pain-alleviating are shown. For amenorrhea due to stasis, dysmenorrhea, unsmooth menstruating, irregular menstruation, postpartum abdominal stagnant pain and lochiorrhea, it is used singly by its actions of activating blood, resolving stasis and regulating menstruation, for instance, Yi Mu Cao Gao from the Pharmacopeia of China (1985 edition). It is also combined with blood-activating and menstruation-regulating herbs such as Dang Gui, Chuan Xiong, Dan Shen and Ze Lan, etc.
Edema (swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body's tissues), dysuria (painful urination) : This herb dredges water passage and relieves edema as well as activates blood and resolves stasis. It is mostly suitable for edema resulted from water and stasis accumulation together.
Sore and abscess (collection of pus that has built up within the tissue) : This herb has the actions of clearing heat and relieving toxicity and cooling blood and resolving swelling. For sore and abscess, it is usually combined with heat-clearing and toxicity-relieving herbs such as Jin Yin Hua, Lian Qiao and Pu Gong Ying.
The scientific research team behind CLINIVITA researches Herba Leonurus heterophyllus for its health benefits in various therapeutic areas.