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'... is not used in medicine'
Lyte, Henry. (1578). Nievve Herball or Historie of Plantes. page 258

In traditional medicine,The fresh or dried flowering herb is astringent and sedative[Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin 1984]. It inhibits iodine conversion in the thyroid gland and is used in the treatment of hyperthyroidism and related disorders[Launert. E. Edible and Medicinal Plants. Hamlyn 1981]. The whole plant is used as an astringent, hypoglycaemic, mild narcotic and mild sedative[Grieve. It also slows and strengthens heart contractions. The plant has been shown to be of value in the treatment of hyperthyroidism, it is also used in the treatment of coughs, bleeding from the lungs and consumption, excessive menstruation etc. This remedy should not be prescribed for pregnant women or patients with hypothyroidism. The plant is harvested as flowering begins and can be use fresh or dried, in an infusion or as a tincture [Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. 1995]. The leaves are applied as a poultice to cleanse foul wounds[Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement). Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi. 1986].Current uses are predominantly for increased activity of the thyroid gland and for premenstrual syndrome symptoms such as breast pain [Facciola. S. (1998) Cornucopia II. Kampong Publications, California]. The German Commission E Monographs, a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine, approve Lycopus for nervousness and premenstrual syndrome (see [302] for critics of commission E).


'Marrubium palustre: in English Marishe or Water Horehounde ...'
Lyte, Henry. (1578). Nievve Herball or Historie of Plantes. page 257

Other use

Dye plant. 'Rogues and runnegates which call themselves Egyptians, do colour themselves blacke with this herbe … is not used in medicine'
Lyte, Henry. (1578). Nievve Herball or Historie of Plantes. page 257, 258

Lycopus europaeus L.

Genus: Lycopus
Species: europaeus L.
Common names: Gypsywort; Marsh Horehound; Bugleweed
Distribution summary: Eurasia
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Marshes, margins of rivers, ponds and ditches
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Europe & Middle East (J)
Flowering months: June, July, August, September
Reason for growing: Medicinal, other use

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