Leonurus sibiricus has been used for many years in Asia and Europe as a traditional and medicinal herb. This species has been shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) reducing properties.
What is Leonurus sibiricus?
Leonurus sibiricus L., also known as "Chinese Motherwort," is a species in the family Lamiaceae that is used for its medicinal properties. The plant grows naturally in southern Siberia, Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam. The raw materials come from the parts of L. sibiricus that grow above the ground during the flowering stage. These parts have been used to treat menstrual problems, amenorrhea, malaria, high blood pressure, and myocardial ischemia. This species is also known to be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant, and it has been shown to reduce reactive oxygen species inside cells.
Key components of Leonurus sibiricus:
Most of the healing effects come from the phenolic acids, iridoid and phenylpropanoid glycosides, flavonoids, alkaloids, and labdane diterpenoids that are in the plant.
Health benefits of Leonurus sibiricus:
Leonurus sibiricus is one of the best things you can take for your heart. This herb works to relax smooth muscles, including the heart, because it contains the chemical alkaloid leonurine, which is a mild vasodilator. Its calming effect has also been shown to slow heart palpitations and a fast heartbeat, making it an excellent treatment for cardiac anxiety.
Leonurus sibiricus helps regulate tachicardia (uneven heartbeats), especially when it's caused by stress and anxiety. This happens very quickly after taking it, and it can be a powerful ally for people who feel their heartbeat often because of stress and anxiety, and especially for people whose fear of having anxiety can turn into panic.
Iridoid glycosides are another important compound found in this plant. Together with the plant's alkaloids, they can help lower cholesterol and triglycerides, stop blood clots and platelets from sticking together, slow the heart rate, lower blood pressure, and improve heart circulation.
Leonurus sibiricus is sometimes called "a hug from mom in a bottle" because it helps to heal the emotional heart. This plant is said to give you the calm, strong heart of a lion when you're sad, angry, or upset.