Leonorus Cardiaca is popularly known as lion’s ear, lion’s tail or motherwort. This medicinal plant is a native of Europe and Asia, but it cultivated widely in the USA as well. It finds mention in traditional medicine of ancient China, Greece and Roman Empire where it is revered as an effective tonic for the heart and anxiety.
It is recognised for its parturient, nervine, emmenagogue, diuretic, diaphoretic, cordial, astringent, aromatic, and anti-spasmodic properties.
Most used for promoting the health of heart, Leonorus Cardiaca is used to improve blood circulation, regulate rapid heartbeat, and relax the muscles of the heart. It also lowers cholesterol, high blood pressure and swelling owing to water retention. Motherwort has been approved by the German Commission E for treatment of nervous cardiac conditions and thyroid hyper-function.
This herb is also acclaimed as an excellent tonic for women as it helps with a number of women-related ailments such as, menstrual irregularity and discomfort, scanty menses, depression and mood swings, and even pain related to childbirth (combined with valerian).
Leonorus Cardiaca is contraindicated during pregnancy as it can cause uterine contractions. It can be administered in the last days as it can induce labour and make child birth easier.
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