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Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration (THMR).

Medicinal uses Uses supported by clinical data Positive cardiovascular effects have been reported in open clinical trials (41, 42). Uses described in pharmacopoeias and well established documents Herba Leonuri is used against cerebral ischaemia (32). It is also used for treatment of heart palpitations occurring with anxiety attacks or other nervous disorders (6, 43–45). Uses described in traditional medicine Traditionally, Herba Leonuri has been used for certain types of heart conditions, simple tachycardia, effort syndrome, and specifi cally for cardiac symptoms associated with neurosis (28). Herba Leonuri has also been used for urine stimulation, and for removing calculus from kidneys. Used as a remedy for female reproductive disorders; the plant stimulates the muscles of the uterus and is used to treat delayed menstruation, menstrual pain and premenstrual tension (46). Contraindications Herba Leonuri should be avoided during pregnancy due to its uterotonic activity, and its ability to affect the menstrual cycle (46, 53). Herba Leonuri is also contraindicated in individuals with arterial hypotension and bradycardia (56). If signs of hypersensitivity reactions appear, Herba Leonuri must not be used again (45).
WHO monographs on medicinal plants commonly used in the Newly Independent States (NIS). 2010. WHO, Geneva

Other use

A dark olive-green dye is obtained from the leaves.,


Skin contact with this plant can cause dermatitis.

Professor Anthony Dayan, 2022

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Turkey
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Baltic States
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Belarus
  • Europe, Eastern Europe, Ukraine
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Austria
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Belgium
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Czech Republic
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Germany
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Hungary
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Netherlands
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Poland
  • Europe, Middle Europe, Switzerland
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Denmark
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Finland
  • Europe, Northern Europe, Norway
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Albania
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Bulgaria
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Greece
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Italy
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Romania
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Yugoslavia
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe, France
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe, Spain

Leonurus cardiaca L.

Genus: Leonurus
Species: cardiaca L.
Common names: Motherwort; Cow Wort; Lion's Ear; Lion's Tail
Distribution summary: Europe, W.Asia
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: Scrub and waste land
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Classical Europe & Middle East (M), Europe & Mediterranean (E)
Flowering months: July, August, September
Reason for growing: Medicinal, traditional herbal registration

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