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Effect of Motherwort on Cervical Cancer

The exact way in which motherwort might beneficially effect the treatment of cervical cancer is unknown, but might still be prescribed by some practitioners during the early stages of cervical...

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Effect of Motherwort on Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Germany's Commission E has authorized motherwort for the treatment of rapid or irregular heatbeat caused by anxiety and stress, as well as part of an overall treatment plan for an overactive thyroid...

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What Is Motherwort Used for Today?

Germany's Commission E has authorized motherwort for the treatment of rapid or irregular heatbeat caused by anxiety and stress , as well as part of an overall treatment plan for an overactive thyroid ( hyperthyroidism , a condition that also causes irregualr heartbeat). 1 However, as yet there is no real evidence to support these uses of the herb. The best that can be said is that in one test tube study motherwort slowed the beating of normal rat heart cells and inhibited the effects of substances that usually speed up heart cell contractions. 2 Two other test tube studies suggest that leonurine, a compound found in some species of motherwort, may affect the uterus. 3 One of these studies found that low concentrations of leonurine induced uterine contractions, but that higher concentrations inhibited contractions. 4 These opposing effects might explain how motherwort could induce both labor and menstruation, and yet could also relax the uterus after childbirth (as it is traditionally said to do). However, until properly designed human studies are performed, we won't have any clear idea whether motherwort is actually safe or effective for these traditional uses.

One poorly designed study suggests that motherwort might improve blood circulation. 5 Another study of equally low quality hints that motherwort might protect brain tissue in people who have had a stroke . 6 One component of motherwort, ursolic acid, has been found to possess possible antiviral and antitumor properties; however, this extremely preliminary preliminary information should not be taken to mean that motherwort can fight viral infections or help treat cancer. 7

References

  1. Blumenthal M, ed. The Complete German Commission E Monographs, Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin TX: American Botanical Council; Boston, Ma: Integrative Medicine Communications; 1998: 172.
  2. Xia YX. The inhibitory effect of Motherwort extract on pulsating myocardial cells in vitro. J Tradit Chin Med. 3(3):185-8.
  3. Kong YC, Yeung HW, Cheung YM, et al. Isolation of the uterotonic principle from Leonurus artemisia , the Chinese motherwort. Am J Chin Med. 1976;4:373–382.
  4. Kong YC, Yeung HW, Cheung YM, et al. Isolation of the uterotonic principle from Leonurus artemisia , the Chinese motherwort. Am J Chin Med. 1976;4:373–382.
  5. Zou QZ, Bi RG, Li JM, et al. Effect of motherwort on blood hyperviscosity. Am J Chin Med. 1989;17:65–70.
  6. Kuang P, Zhou X, Zhang F, et al. Motherwort and cerebral ischemia. J Tradit Chin Med. 1988;8:37–40.
  7. Lee KH, Lin YM, Wu TS, et al. The cytotoxic principles of Prunella vulgaris , Psychotria serpens , and Hyptis capitata: ursolic acid and related derivatives. Planta Med. 1988;54:308–311.
 
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