Instructions for use of motherwort tincture include important information about the pharmacological properties, indications and contraindications, dosage and conditions of administration, drug interaction and side effects. The drug is freely sold in a pharmacy without a prescription, but without a doctor’s appointment, it is not recommended.
Motherwort is an ancient medicinal plant. The grass was widely used in folk medicine of the Middle Ages. In those days, doctors used the plant to normalize the heartbeat, get rid of heaviness in the stomach, and with pulmonary diseases. The grass was taken in the form of water infusions, tea, alcohol tinctures, fresh juice. Only in the first half of the 20th century motherwort began to be introduced into wide medical practice, and quite successfully. Today, grass is listed in the Russian State Pharmacopoeia as a sedative, sleeping pill. In addition to alcohol tinctures, motherwort is released in tablets.
Composition and dosage form
In the composition of motherwort tinctures - extract of motherwort five-lobed and cardiac and ethanol 70%. It is a greenish-brown liquid. Acceptable is the appearance of sediment. Shake before taking. Most often, the medicine is released in 25 or 30 ml vials.
The main healing properties of motherwort tincture:
- sedative (sedative),
- hypotensive (lowering blood pressure).
In addition, a number of other useful properties of the herb are distinguished:
- wound healing
In the official medical instructions for tincture, the entire spectrum of the pharmacological action of the drug is usually not mentioned. However, in folk herbalists and phyto-reference books, motherwort is given no less importance to these properties.
Indications for use
What are the indications for the use of motherwort tincture?
- Functional disorders of the nervous system. Tincture is prescribed for excitation of the nervous system, insomnia, constant fatigue, anxiety, irritability. Grass can also be taken to prevent depressive conditions. However, depression itself is a more serious diagnosis, requiring medical supervision and a course of treatment with antidepressants.
- Cardiovascular diseases . It is proved that motherwort stimulates blood circulation, relieves spasms of cerebral vessels. In addition to this, it cleanses the blood, improves its composition. The grass is prescribed for high blood pressure (initial stages of hypertension). Tincture is widely used in scientific medical practice for heart diseases, heart failure.
- Vegetovascular dystonia (VVD). Often this drug is prescribed for VVD. True, in modern medicine, VSD is already called in a different way - the polyetiological syndrome. This includes symptoms triggered by psychosomatics: neuroses, autonomic dysfunctions of the heart, cardiovascular system, cardioneurosis, neurocirculatory asthenia, and many other “complex terms”. VVD can accompany a wide variety of diseases and conditions: gastrointestinal diseases, endocrine disorders, pregnancy and childbirth, premenopausal period, adolescence, allergies, diseases of the nervous system, post-traumatic stress and many others.
- Digestive system. There is a popular opinion: "all diseases are from nerves." This largely applies to diseases of the digestive tract. Due to its antispasmodic properties, motherwort helps with diseases of the stomach, pancreas, intestines. Grass relieves cramping, colic, pain, improves digestion, eliminates bloating, and normalizes appetite.
- Respiratory system . It is useful to drink tincture with cough (bronchitis, bronchial asthma). With SARS and the flu, it helps lower the temperature. But it is better to use warm decoctions prepared at home.
- Urinary system . The diuretic properties of motherwort were noted, it can be used in complex therapy in the treatment of edema (renal and heart failure), cystitis, and inflammation of the prostate gland in men.
- Metabolic disorders. Motherwort has hormonal activity. It is used in endocrinology, is prescribed to normalize the hormonal background, with hyperthyroidism. Self-medication is strictly contraindicated in case of thyroid disorders. Diagnosis and an accurate diagnosis are required. With hypothyroidism, the grass is contraindicated.
- Outdoor application. It is an effective bactericidal and anti-inflammatory agent. Used for rubbing and compresses for diseases of the joints, neuralgic pains. It can also be added to medicinal baths, although a motherwort broth is more suitable for these purposes. In diluted form, tincture can treat wounds.
How to use
How to drink motherwort tincture to get a healing effect and at the same time avoid the risk of overdose?
- Doses of the drug. With a single dose, you can drink from 30 to 50 drops no more than 4 times a day. A safe dosage is prescribed by the attending physician. The dose of the drug depends on the age of the patient, the individual characteristics of the body, the severity of symptoms, their duration.
- Treatment regimen. To achieve a therapeutic effect, the drug is taken for a long course, like other herbal sedatives (lavender, valerian, marin root). On average, a tangible therapeutic effect occurs in the second week of treatment. The course of treatment can last 2, 3, 4 weeks. Then a break is taken, after which the doctor can prescribe a second course.
- Admission Terms Tincture is diluted in boiled water, not taken in its pure form. It is also recommended to drink the medicine 1 hour before a meal. You can drink in between meals, but not earlier than 2 hours after eating.
The drug can give side effects for various reasons:
- individual intolerance,
- drug interactions
- children's age, light weight,
- long reception, repeated course.
What are the side effects?
- Dyspeptic phenomena. This includes all digestive disorders of a functional nature: heaviness in the stomach, belching, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. With a large overdose, there may be dry mouth, thirst, bloody diarrhea.
- Violations of the nervous system. Drowsiness, lethargy, loss of strength, with large doses - dizziness, confusion, aching joints and the whole body.
- Allergic reaction . Most often found in allergy sufferers. It manifests itself with such symptoms: urticaria, swelling, itching.
In cases of overdose and poisoning, immediate medical attention is required. If the symptoms are not too pronounced, you should stop taking and consult your doctor.
The instructions indicate: tincture can be taken simultaneously with other sedative, hypnotics (synthetic and herbal). It is important to know that motherwort can enhance their action. Also, the herb enhances the therapeutic effect of analgesics, antidepressants, cardiac glycosides and antihypertensive drugs. This must be taken into account. Alcohol is not recommended throughout the course of treatment. Motherwort is known to potentiate the effects of alcohol.
How to make a mixture of tinctures
A mixture of sedative tinctures is prescribed by the doctor, taking into account the individual characteristics of the body and the clinical picture. A mixture of sedatives and heart drugs gives a quick therapeutic effect, however, the risk of overdose from such a medicine is higher. What tinctures make the mixture?
- Valerian. The most popular herbal sedative. Like motherwort, it acts slowly, gradually accumulating in the body. In some herbalists, it is indicated that the sedative effect on the nervous system in motherwort is 3 times higher than that of valerian. However, its hypnotic effect is lower. Read more about tincture of valerian in our other article.
- Hawthorn. Accepted to stimulate blood circulation, strengthen coronary vessels and heart muscle, prevent heart attacks and other diseases of the cardiovascular system. Read more about tincture of hawthorn in our other article.
- Peony evasive, or marin root. It takes effect several hours after administration. It stimulates the endocrine system, has a restorative, relaxing, analgesic, antispasmodic, mouth-watering and tonic effect. It is also taken as a sedative medicine for functional disorders of the nervous system - neurosis, insomnia, and VSD. Read more about tincture of peony evasion in our other article.
- Corvalol. Cardiotonic, sedative combined drug. Often used in medical practice for the treatment of heart, blood vessels, hypertension, neurosis. In addition, Corvalol relieves spasms of the stomach and intestines.
- Motherwort. Beneficial effect on the nervous and cardiovascular system. It is also effective for hypertension, VSD, insomnia, and functional digestive disorders of a psychosomatic nature. Reduces the processes of central nervous system excitation, but at the same time gives minimal side effects (with the right dosage!), It is not addictive.
How to prepare and take a mixture of tinctures?
- Take 25 ml (usually this is the volume of the bottle) of all tinctures - peony, motherwort, hawthorn, valerian.
- Add 15 ml (bottle) of Corvalol.
- Shake the mixture well.
- It can be stored for a long time in a dark and cool place.
- The dosage and course of treatment should be prescribed by a doctor.
Use in women and children
- From which motherwort tincture helps women. The grass has hemostatic properties, so it is included in the complex therapy for uterine bleeding. Motherwort also normalizes hormonal levels, well relieves pain and abdominal cramps during menstruation. Tincture is often prescribed in the premenopausal period to normalize the psychoemotional state of a woman. During pregnancy, the internal intake of alcohol tincture is prohibited. Read more about motherwort during pregnancy in our other article.
- Motherwort tincture for children. Officially, the drug is allowed only from 12 years old. This is primarily due to alcohol in the tincture. The dosage is: for every year of life - 1 drop of the drug. Sometimes a doctor may prescribe a tincture for children under 12 years of age, while taking responsibility, calculating the age dosage. It is strictly forbidden to use the drug in babies up to 3 years. Motherwort is an effective tool for normalizing sleep in children. Often a symptom of insomnia is associated with nervous excitability, hyperactivity. This drug helps to more easily survive the “hormonal revolution” in adolescence. Indeed, adolescent neuroses are diagnosed today quite often. At least teenagers also have signs of VVD.
Motherwort is known not only for sedative properties. It is also an effective bactericidal, wound healing, anti-inflammatory agent. In motherwort found tannins, essential oil, carotene and vitamin C, useful for skin and hair. There are positive reviews about the use of motherwort tinctures in cosmetology. How is the drug used?
- For face . Alcohol tincture is used only in diluted form. You can only locally treat acne, acne, purulent wounds on the skin. Suitable for oily skin type, tightens pores, dries skin with seborrhea. Tincture can also be mixed with calendula, celandine, and treat inflamed skin with a mixture.
- For hair . First of all, suitable for oily hair, eliminates oily shine well. It is permissible to use tinctures in a diluted form so as not to dry the scalp and hair. Often a mixture of decoctions is prepared - oak bark, nettle, burdock. They add either tincture of motherwort or a water decoction. When dry, brittle hair is recommended to mix a few drops of tincture with castor, burdock, almond oil and rub into the scalp.
The main use of motherwort tincture in folk and traditional medicine is increased nervous irritability, neurosis, insomnia, VSD, digestive disorders of a psychosomatic nature, diseases of the cardiovascular system. Also, the drug is often prescribed to women in the premenopausal period. Less commonly used in dermatology and cosmetology.
How useful is tincture of motherwort?
Motherwort tincture has many useful properties, namely:
- calms the nervous system
- normalizes sleep
- eliminates cramps
- has anti-inflammatory effect,
- slows down the heart rate with an increased pulse, strengthens the main organ,
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers blood sugar
- lowers cholesterol
- improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.
Composition and active substances
Motherwort is available in the form of tinctures and tablets. The preparations contain a lot of active substances that are leached into tincture:
- iridoid glycolysis-lenuride,
- essential oils,
- glycoside alkaloids,
- Vitamins A and E
- organic acids
- tannins, mainly tannins.
Pharmaceutical tincture of motherwort is made on the basis of alcohol, so before using it, you should carefully read the instructions.
In general, the medicine helps to cope with such problems:
- weakening of the cardiovascular system,
- severe shortness of breath
- high pulse
- diseases of the gastrointestinal tract of a chronic nature,
- stomach spasm
- chronic catarrh of the large intestine,
- high blood pressure.