DESCRIPTION: A bushy perennial that can grow to 3–4 feet (90–120 cm), with small pink, pale purple or white flowers and a pungent smell.
Native to Europe; also distributed in Himalayas from Kashmir to Kumaon.1
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the main variety used is Leonurus heterophyllus.
TCM Formulas in which it is included:
The National Formulary of Unani Medicine confuses Leonurus cardiaca with Biranjaasy (Achillea millefolium and Artemisia vulgaris)
How to take it: A tea of dried (4 to 6 g) or fresh (6 to 12 g) aerial parts per 240 ml water 3 times per day. Tincture, capsules, and tablets
(often with other calming plants) are also used. 2
Aerial parts are fried fresh or added to soups in Asia.2
- 1.Khare CP. Indian Medicinal Plants. Springer Science & Business Media; 2008.
- 2.Perry N, Perry E. YOUR BRAIN ON PLANTS. New York: Filbert Press; 2018.