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 (mŭth′ər-wûrt′, -wôrt′)
Any of several plants of the genus Leonurus of the mint family, especially L. cardiaca, having clusters of small purple or pink flowers with spiny sepals.

[Middle English moderwort : moder, mother, womb (from its use in treating diseases of the uterus); see mother1 + wort, wort; see wort1.]


(Plants) any of several plants of the Eurasian genus Leonurus, esp L. cardiaca, having divided leaves and clusters of small purple or pink flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
[C14: so named because it was thought to be beneficial in uterine disorders]
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Noun1.motherwort - bitter Old World herb of hedgerows and woodland margins having toothed leaves and white or pale pink flowersmotherwort - bitter Old World herb of hedgerows and woodland margins having toothed leaves and white or pale pink flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Leonurus, Leonurus - genus of stout Old World herbs having flowers in whorls
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Other calming herbs include linden, lemon balm, motherwort, holy basil, mimosa/albizia, and gotu kola.
Motherwort is used for symptoms of PMS such as nervous exhaustion, irritability, hysteria, dysmenorrhea, and nervous excitability.
Cramp bark, coupled with red raspberry, and motherwort, support the uterus, while passionflower calms the nerves.
The herbs TCM uses for this issue are danshen (salvia), motherwort herb, Chinese safflower, and Crataegus (Hawthorn root).
Proteka-a potent combination of stone root, Oregon grape root, saw palmetto berry, pau d'arco bark, L-lysine HCL, wormseed, wintergreen leaf, olive leaf, L-glutamic acid, wormwood herb, male fern, motherwort, African bird's eye, chili pepper, 90,000 hu, oregano Greek, yarrow flower, malva flower (black), L-aspartic acid, cellulose.
In addition, for treating patients with more acute symptoms, we used herbal medicine (to allay nervous and mental tension and stabilize the vasomotor center, we used medicinal plants in threshold individual doses with sedative properties: valerian, motherwort, lime, lemon balm, mint, peony, meadowsweet), oxygen therapy with New Life oxygen concentrators, and the equipment of the American Air Ser company (the enrichment of the inhaled air with oxygen improves the alveolar-arterial oxygen difference, increases the delivery of oxygen to the tissues, and eliminates and reduces tissue hypoxia).
Greg Whitten and Dr Jason Hawrelak gave an engaging talk on rediscovering motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) which was held in high regard in our history for its nervine and thymoleptic properties and has since been all but forgotten.
In confirmation of the conclusion about the drawbacks in the organization of consumer companies concerning mobilization of the available resources we can consider the following example: the timing of school students gathering motherwort was conducted in Sarmanovo district.
I've been lucky enough to meet other foragers on my journey: herbalists who've introduced me to the healing properties of common weeds like motherwort and stinging nettles; Asian ladies collecting ginkgoes, those stinky fruit that litter sidewalks every fall; expert and amateur mycologists, who've taught me how to make mushroom-spore prints that resemble honeycomb and starbursts and how to cook up my frugal finds in fragrant culinary wonders; burly beekeepers who've shown me the art of relocating honeybees safely in the city and given me tastes of the sweetest wild honey.
Motherwort consists of the aerial portions of Leonurus cardiaca collected through the flowering time and dried at 35[degrees]C and, according to European Pharmacopoeia 7th edition, must encompass a minimum of 0.
Constituents that are often listed are plant/herbal ingredients such as Baybean, Blue Lotus, Dwarf Scullcap, Honey, Indian Warrior, Lion's Tail, Louse-wart, Maconha Brava, Marshmallow, Pink Lotus, Red Clover, Rose, Siberian Motherwort, and Vanilla.