Motherwort: medicinal properties and contraindications

Motherwort ordinary or cardiac (nettles are deaf, nettle wild, core, heart grass) - this perennial plant from the family Yakovtotkovye. Distributed in Europe (Middle and Eastern), the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, China, Mongolia and Asia Minor. I was brought to North America. It grows in Ukraine and Belarus, the Baltic states, in Russia it is most often found in the European and southern parts.

The native land of the plant is Asia. In Europe, the "heart healer" was brought very long ago, where the species was successfully naturalized. However, the ubiquitous distribution was not received due to the fact that the places of life of the motherwort coincide with the more competitive Rhodian Krapiv. Previously, the plant was planted near housing, monasteries, collected and made from it medicinal drugs. Today it is cultivated on an industrial scale and is harvested for the production of medicinal raw materials.

It refers to weed plants and quickly seizes free territories, where, in the absence of competition and under good conditions, forms extensive thickets. It prefers places along roads, dwellings, grows in rare forests, in ravines, abandoned open-cast mines, on slopes and wastelands, is often found among the grasses of private front gardens, less often inhabits the coasts of rivers. Prefers clay and sandy soils rich in nitrogen.

The healing properties and contraindications of the cardiac wasteland have been studied quite well, therefore the plant is actively used in folk and official medicine. Also five-lobed and bluish kinds of a core possess pharmacological activity, but more often folk healers use precisely warm grass.

Morphological description

It reaches heights of up to 2 m (usually 50-150 cm), has a straight tetrahedral stem, branching at the top. Outside the inflorescence, the stem is bare or pubescent in the corners with pressed hairs. One plant has several stems.

The leaves have petioles and are painted in a dark green color. Above and below the shoots, the leaves are not the same: the upper oblong-rhombic forms are whole, the lower five or three-parted ones are incised up to half, they have wide wedge-shaped portions with large-toothed edges of different sizes.

motherwort The flowers are zygomorphic and collected in false multifloral whorls in the sinuses of the upper leaves. The whorls form an intermittent long apical inflorescence in the form of a spikelet. Calyx naked, about 8 mm long, has a pronounced tube and consists of 5 prongs that end with a prickly point. The two lower teeth are larger and bent downward. Corolla five-membered, has a violet-pink or pink color, and the size is more than a cup. The petals are soldered.

Inside the corolla tube is a hairy oblique ring. Upper lip with integral margin, elliptical in shape, densely shaggy and slightly concave. The lower lip has well developed lateral lobes. Under the upper lip, 4 fertile stamens are collected - the upper ones are shorter than the lower ones. Anthers introrrhiznye. There is 1 pestle, with the upper ovary, represented by two carpels, which form false septa as it matures, and the gene becomes four-membered. The stigma with two equal lobes is located on top of the column. Blooms all summer.

Fractional fruit consists of 4 nuts, which after maturation have olive green color and trihedral pyramidal shape, with hairs on the top. Matures unevenly, from July to August. Seeds are highly viable: germination lasts up to 9 years.

Chemical composition

The plant is rich in pharmacologically active substances, among which:

  • alkaloids (leonurin, stachidrine, leonurinin);
  • iridoidy (8-acetylarpagid, galliridoside, ayugol, ayugozid, harpagid);
  • flavonoids (rutin, cosmosin, quinqueloside, quercetin, hyperoside);
  • traces of essential oil (in the composition - limonene, karyofilen, linalool, α-humulen, α- and β-pinene);
  • Sahara;
  • tannins;
  • saponins;
  • bitterness;
  • carotene;
  • amine stachidrine;
  • organic acids (tartaric, P-coumarinic, malic, vanillic, ursolic, lemon);
  • vitamins E, C and A;
  • micro- and macro elements.

Collection and Procurement

For the subsequent harvesting, the entire apical part is collected together with the flowers. The optimal period is the full flowering of the plant, when the petals are opened, most often this is July. For collection choose dry and sunny weather. Side shoots with a stem are cut with scissors - the blank should be about 40 cm long and not thicker than 5 mm.

Raw materials are laid out in a thin layer on clean paper and dried in natural conditions (in attics, verandas). During drying, the raw material must be turned over. Finished raw materials break with a characteristic crunch. Store in canvas bags in a dry place for 3 years.

Some healers recommend harvesting and the motherwort's root, which is excavated at the end of the growing season, in the autumn, washed and dried in dryers.

History and application in different countries

In Tibetan medicine the herb of the plant is used for about 2 thousand years. In countries of modern Europe among the population, wild nettle began to be used from the 10th century. In medieval medical treatises, cardiac grass was used from "heart beat and" gravity in the stomach ", also used for lung diseases and as a soothing agent. The plant was mentioned in the official European herbalists as early as the 15th century, having received universal recognition in the 19th century.

In folk medicine, the first written references to the pharmaceutical effects of motherwort belong to 1485. Since 1930, the motherwort became the main competitor of valerian in the treatment of heart disease, and also began to be used as a sedative.

  • Bulgarians use a plant to stop convulsions in the treatment of neuroses, as well as a diuretic, anti-tuberculosis drug.
  • In the Czech Republic and Romania, the plant is used to treat tachycardia and heart pain, with epilepsy and Graves' disease.
  • In Ukraine, the plant is used to treat rheumatism, fright, menstrual irregularities, bronchial asthma, cardiac and pulmonary edema.
  • In England, tincture of a plant is traditionally prescribed to people with weakness of the heart muscle and diseases of a neurological nature, especially those suffering from hysteria.
  • Almost every US citizen in the medicine cabinet has a motherwort tincture, which is used as a cardiac and sedative.

In Russia and Belarus core preparations are mainly used as cardiotonic and sedatives. In clinical trials positive dynamics in patients with hypertension, cardiosclerosis, angina, cardioneurosis, myocarditis in course treatment was revealed. However, the greatest effectiveness can be achieved in the treatment of pathologies in the early stages of development and with prolonged use of the motherwort (with interruptions). Phytotherapy is not capable of 100% replacement of chemical pharmaceutical preparations, but it allows to reduce the dosage of the latter and, accordingly, to reduce the drug load on patients.

Useful properties of the core

The medicinal properties of the herb Leonurus are diverse. Among the most significant effects on the body are:

  • Hypotensive effect: the core is an excellent phytopreparation for the normalization of blood pressure and allows you to reduce the doses of chemically synthesized antihypertensive drugs;
  • Cardiotonic, with normalization of the heart rhythm: mild stimulation of the heart muscle with an increase in the amplitude of cardiac contractions and a decrease in their frequency;
  • Spasmolytic and vasodilating effects. It leads to the expansion of coronary vessels and increased access of oxygen to the organ.
  • Expressed sedative effect: eliminates nervous excitability, improves overall well-being and normalizes sleep.
  • Hormone-regulating. Normalizes the menstrual cycle, relieves the symptoms characteristic of menopause.
  • Anticonvulsant.
  • Anti-edema and diuretic.
  • Antioxidant.
  • Haemostatic.

In addition, plant preparations improve metabolism: normalize carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, normalize the level of glucose, total fats, cholesterol, pyruvic and lactic acids in the blood.

On a number of indices, tincture based on a plant is more effective than tinctures of valerian and hawthorn, traditionally used for the treatment of the heart, and has fewer side effects. But the therapeutic effect in the treatment of the motherwort occurs slowly, and most people prefer even stronger drugs, but quick-acting, which is not always justified.

Among the indications for the treatment of plant drugs:

  • neurosis cardiovascular, neurasthenia, psychasthenia;
  • overexcitation of the central nervous system, fright;
  • headache associated with nervous overload;
  • VSD;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • diseases of blood vessels and heart: angina pectoris, myocarditis, cardiosclerosis, arrhythmia;
  • hypertension in the early stages;
  • poisoning with the development of myocardiopathy;
  • spasms of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • inflammatory bowel disease;
  • edema of various genesis;
  • bronchial asthma;
  • colds;
  • rheumatism;
  • Graves disease;
  • uterine bleeding;
  • climacteric syndrome;
  • convulsions (as drugs to enhance the action of anticonvulsant drugs).

Pharmacies of motherwort

Drugs based on plants are classified as budgetary and at the same time effective drugs, if used correctly, are well tolerated by patients and do not cause addiction.

  • Extract of motherwort liquid (prepared in pharmacies) and in the form of tablets . Reduces overall overexcitation, stabilizes the rhythm of heartbeats, normalizes blood pressure and reduces shortness of breath in patients with essential hypertension. Effective in the therapy of myocardiopathy, which developed against the background of nicotinism, VSD.
  • Tincture of motherwort . Properties of the drug allow it to be prescribed to patients with neurotic and asthenoneurotic dysfunctions with sleep disorders, neuroses accompanying the pre-climacteric period, in the initial stage of hypertension.
  • Grass of the motherwort . Dry raw materials with indications similar to tincture.

It is also a part of complex phytopreparations, which are used for pathologies of the heart and nervous system: valemidine, tricardin, cardiac drops, evening, sedaphyton, etc.

Recipes with motherwort

From fresh and dry raw materials prepare various dosage forms, which are recommended for certain diseases.

Motherwort tincture

The most common dosage form, which has a wide range of indications and can be used for all listed pathologies. You can buy in a pharmacy, and you can cook yourself: take 1 part of dry raw materials and add to it 5 parts of 76% alcohol. Insist in a dark place for 21 days.

Take 30-40 drops to 4 times a day (depending on the severity of the disease).

Water infusion of herbs

It is shown in neuroses of cardiac nature, sleep disorders, increased nervous excitability. Helps to strengthen diuresis, promotes excretion of sputum. Take 2 tablespoons. dry raw materials, pour 500 ml of boiling water and steam for 2 hours.

Take half a cup 3-4 times a day.


It is recommended for long-term, course treatment up to 4 weeks. It is shown under conditions similar to infusion. On the volume of 250 ml of boiled water take 2 tablespoons. dry crushed raw materials. Insist 10 - 15 minutes.

Take without sweeteners, drink in small sips, in 3 - 4 doses during the day.


One of the most effective dosage forms with the greatest concentration of nutrients. It is prescribed for hypertension, neurosis, headache, insomnia, cardiovascular diseases, vegetovascular dystonia and climacteric syndrome. Prepare it from fresh leaves and store in the refrigerator for no more than 2 days: let the leaves through the meat grinder, squeeze the gruel through gauze.

Take 1 tsp. for 1.5 hours before meals, 3 times a day. within 3 weeks. As an external preparation is indicated for the treatment of ulcers, long-term non-healing wounds, burns at the regeneration stage.


Such pleasant procedures are especially recommended for patients with VSD, help to eliminate panic attacks, to establish sleep, to get rid of anxiety and unmotivated fear. They are recommended for restoring the general strength of the body, increasing immunity, restoring the heart rhythm, eliminating headaches and tachycardia. For the preparation of baths, you can use water infusion plants (1 liter per bath) or a ready-made extract in a volume of 10 ml. The bath can be taken within 15 minutes, preferably at bedtime.

Phytosolids with motherwort

It is proved that plant mixtures have a more effective effect than monografts of the motherwort.

Tea, normalizing metabolic processes in the central nervous system

Take 5 parts of valerian rhizomes, 10 pieces of lemon balm, St. John's wort and hawthorn flowers, add to the mixture of 20 parts of the motherwort. To make tea take 2 tsp. herbal mixture and pour 250 ml of boiling water. Insist 5 minutes.

Take small portions throughout the day.

Sedative collection

Helps with VSD, anxiety, sleep disturbance, rapid heartbeat. Take 2 parts of the motherwort and 1 part of the leaves of lemon balm, St. John's wort and valerian root, mix. 1 tsp mixture pour 250 ml of boiling water and leave for 10 minutes.

Take the received volume during the day and especially at bedtime.

Collection in the early stages of hypertension

Take 30 gr. mistletoe of white, hawthorn, corn and swine grass. Pour this mixture 1 liter of boiling water and insist for 2 hours in a thermos, strain and place in the refrigerator.

Take 1/3 cup 3 times a day. within 1-2 weeks. After a break of 7 days, you can repeat the course.

A collection that helps to quickly reduce high blood pressure

In an equal proportion mix sporish, bearberry, root of aira and motherwort. Take 1 tablespoon. mixture and pour 1 liter of boiling water, insist in the thermos for 12 hours. Take 500 ml of vodka and dissolve in it 500 ml of honey, mix it all with infusion of herbs and infuse for another 9 days.

Take twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, starting with 1 tsp. and gradually increasing the dose to 1 glass per reception (increase the dose for 7 days).

Gathering for dysmenorrhea and menopause (to eliminate unpleasant symptoms)

Take 25 gr. blackberry leaf, 20 gr. each. motherwort and chrysanthemum odorous, 15 gr. Cucurbits, 10 gr. hawthorn flowers. For 250 ml of boiling water take 2 tsp. mix and brew like tea, let it brew for 10 minutes.

Take 1 glass a day. The effect begins to appear within 7-10 days.

Collection to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures

Take 1 tsp. hearty grass, Astragalus Danish, lumbago open, tubers curly lily, lemon grass and herb horsetail ephedra. Pour raw material 300 ml of boiling water and leave for 20 minutes.

Take the medication in the morning and evening, dividing the dose in half.

Collecting from tremors of hands and head (with parkinsonism, dysfunction of the nervous system)

Take 150 gr. fruits of hawthorn, 100 gr. roots of valerian and motherwort, 50 gr. each. hip hop, mint leaves and dill seeds, mix everything. Take 2 tablespoons. mixture, pour 2 cups of boiling water, cook for 5 minutes and 2 hours in a thermos.

Take 3 times a day for 50 ml. Every day, you will have to prepare a new dose of the drug and take it for a month, then take a break 10 days and again take 1 month.

Infertility treatment

Take in equal shares the flowers of calendula, motherwort, immortelle, chamomile, St. John's wort, bark of buckthorn, yarrow, field horsetail, bearberry and plantain. All mixed and 500 ml of boiled water take 10 tsp. mixture, insist for 2 hours.

Take 100 ml three times a day, 2 months before the alleged conception.

Side effects and contraindications

In overdose or uncontrolled treatment, such unpleasant symptoms as vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood) occur. Possible skin reactions.

It is impossible to resort to treatment with plant preparations with:

  • bradycardia;
  • hypotension;
  • pregnancy;
  • lactation;
  • hypersensitivity to the plant;
  • children under 12 years.

As for the use in children, then the opinions of herbalists differ: many recommend the plant in the form of trays even to babies of the first year of life with bad sleep, colic, constant anxiety, regurgitation. Children from 3 years are recommended plant in the form of tea with hyperactivity, functional disorders of digestion, bad sleep.

Do not use drugs with motherwort to people whose work requires increased concentration of attention, as well as those who drive a car. It is undesirable to combine treatment with the use of alcohol-containing and sedative drugs - potentiation of the action will be observed.

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