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Bugleweed Herb -Benefits, Uses And Side Effects

Scientific name: Copus virginicus

Actions: Antigonadotropic, anti-inflammatory, anti-thyrotropic, astringent, cardiac tonic, diuretic (mild), narcotic (mild), and sedative.

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Bugleweed is a low-growing, mat-forming ground cover perennial that has short spikes of blue flowers in spring. It is a very common weed in North America, growing in low, damp, shady ground and flowering from July to September.

Description

Though a Labiate, it does not actually belong to the same genus as the British Bugles, but has certain points in common. From the perennial, creeping root, the quadrangular, smooth stem rises to a height of from 6 to 24 inches, bearing pairs of opposite leaves on short stalks, those on the upper part being toothed and lance-shaped, the lower ones wedge-shaped and with entire margins. The leaves are destitute of hairs and gland-dotted beneath. The flowers are in clusters in the axils of the leaves; the calyx has four broad, blunt teeth and the corolla is four-lobed, purplish in colour, with only two fertile stamens.

Uses and benefits of Bugleweed

  • A specific for the thyroid gland, especially when enlarged or when a goiter exists.
  • Said to be a detoxifier, and especially valuable at removing heavy metals.
  • Bugleweed is said to offer protection against radiation.
  • Beneficial in irregular heartbeat and palpitations.
  • Improves thyroid and adrenal function.
  • Restores tooth enamel.
  • Possibly enhances neurotransmitters.
  • Also said to resemble digitalis in its actions.
  • Has a strengthening effect upon tissue.

Are there any side effects or interactions?

Excessive intake of bugleweed by people with thyroid disease or use by healthy people may cause a potentially harmful decrease in thyroid function. Thyroid disease is dangerous and should only be treated under the supervision of a healthcare professional. However, long-term use of bugleweed is considered safe for people with hyperthyroidism. Bugleweed should not be taken by people with hypothyroidism. Bugleweed should also not be used during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Possible Drug Interactions

Do not use Bugleweed if you are taking any thyroid medications.


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