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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.]
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(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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Growing valerian made sense since I was already growing and using other "calming" herbs like chamomile, motherwort, hops, and lemon balm.
Ghodsi, "Optimum extraction of polysaccharides from motherwort leaf and its antioxidant and antimicrobial activities," Carbohydrate Polymers, vol.
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.
Kang et al., "Anti-inflammatory activity of Motherwort (Leonurus sibiricus L.)," Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, vol.
(1753), known as motherwort as well, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae.
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).