Motherwort herb (Leonuri cardiacae herba)

Published March 13, 1986.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Leonuri cardiacae herba, motherwort herb.

Composition of Drug

Motherwort herb consists of the above-ground parts of Leonurus cardiaca L. [Fam. Lamiaceae], gathered during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains alkaloids (stachydrine), glycosides of bitter principles, and bufenolide.


Nervous cardiac disorders and as adjuvant for thyroid hyperfunction.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage:

4.5 g herb; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb for infusions and other galenical preparations for internal use.