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.
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.
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
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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