Photos of Lycopus virginicus, Buglewed

Lycopus virginicus, Bugleweed. The bugleweeds (Lycopus species) are also known as water horehound. It is likely that most N. American species of Lycopus are harvested and used generically in the supply of Lycopus virginicus, without distinction to species. Bugleweed has a long history of empirical use for a variety of conditions, including treatment of heart palpitations, goiter, hyperthyroidism, and Graves’ disease. Science has confirmed the potential value of this plant in treating hyperthyroidism. Bugleweed extracts inhibit iodine metabolism and thyroxine release in the thyroid. Leaf extracts are considered more active than the root. Formerly approved in Germany for use in cases of thyroid hyperfunction and thyroid enlargement (without functional disorders). Contraindicated in thyroid hypofunction

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