Motherwort Herb

Source Chinese Motherwort is the branch and leaf of Leonuais heterophyclus Sweet, (Fam Labiatae.)

Producing Areas Can be found in most countries

Properties Bitter, Spicy, Slightly Cold

Channels Liver, Pericardium


  • Invigorates blood, dispels blood stasis, reduces masses
    An important herb used to treat gynaecological disorders due to blood stagnation. It regulates blood in the chong and treats irregular menses, amenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain, heavy menses with clots, fixed abdominal masses, infertility and traumatic pain.
  • Promotes urination, reduces swelling and edema
    Treats acute systemic edema, blood in the urine, dysuria, scanty urine, chronic edema, heavy sensation at the back and legs, abdominal distension, fullness after meals, sallow complexion, fatigue, listlessness and difficulty in movement. For edema associated with chronic nephritis. It also treats kidney infection.
  • Clears heat and toxin
    For dermatological disorders including eczema, sores, lesions, ulcers, itchy rashes and toxic swellings.

Usage and Dosage
Used as crude herb. 10-30 g is used in decoction for oral use, or decocted into extract, consumed as pill or powder. For external use, fresh herbs should be washed, pounded and brewed with water.

Contraindicated for pregnant women.
Used with caution for patients suffering from blood deficiency without stasis.

Keep in a dry place.

Description of Quality Herb
A good motherwort feels soft and has many leaves. It should be greyish green in colour. The mass is old and should wither and turn yellow. If the leaves have dropped off, they cannot be used as herbs.