This monograph was a result of an international collaboration of researchers at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany; the Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Department of Pharmacognosy in Poland; the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Department of Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry, and Phytotherapy, Bucharest, Romania; the University of Vienna, Austria; and University of Reading, U.K. and included reviewers from China, Kazakhtstan, and Russia, as well as the U.S. There is strong traditional data regarding the efficacy of motherwort in treating cardiac palpitations, high blood pressure, and occasional anxiety, among other uses. Clinical evidence points to its use for cardiac complaints, hypertension, and symptoms associated with hypertension.
Of specific interest is the relationship between L. cardiaca and L. quinquelobatus, formerly L. cardiaca var villosus. The two appear to be virtually identical with the exception of the latter species being much hairier than L. cardiaca. Both occur on the North American market, only L. quinquelobatus does not occur in most texts and is lacking from the 2nd edition of Herbs of Commerce (HOC). This may lead some to believe it is an adulterant for those only labeling their products as "motherwort," which according to HOC, must be L. cardiaca. This is an artifact of botanical nomenclatural changes and L. quinquelobatus should not be considered an adulterant of L. cardiaca. Also addressed is the potential for confusion between Western motherwort (L. cardiaca/L. quinquelobatus) and Asian motherwort (L. japonicus). While the two are very similar from a traditional use perspective (actually identically), morphologically, chemically, and pharmacologically, there are differences that can be discerned and methods are provided.
"Motherwort is an underutilized botanical. Thanks to the many international collaborators, this monograph represents the most complete body of information on motherwort to date,” stated Roy Upton, president of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
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