Prunella vulgaris is a flowering plant that is also known by the names Common Self-Heal, Xia Ku Cao, All Heal, Woundwort, Heart-of-the-Earth, Blue Curls, and Carpenter’s Herb.
Prunella vulgaris has a long history of as a traditional medicine in the areas where is grows naturally. Ancient Chinese medicinal practices describe the plant as having the ability to change the course of a chronic disease. It may reduce the expression of the herpes virus in an in vitro study. Additionally, the plant may also help to treat other viruses as well. Not only does Prunella vulgaris act as an antiviral supplement, but it also may have antibacterial compounds.
The many polysaccharides may also help prevent the replication of viruses may also have an immune stimulating response that can ward off the spread of harmful bacteria. Based on the production of those antiviral and antibacterial compounds, Prunella vulgaris may prove useful for many conditions including autoimmune diseases, digestive issues, and even cancer.
Prunella vulgaris acts as both an antiviral and an antibacterial, so its use as an acne treatment. Prunella vulgaris may also prevent the development of estrogen-based cancers. Some research suggests that Prunella vulgaris has an anti-estrogen effect.
Prunella vulgaris has an antihyperglycemic effect. Prunella vulgaris may help reduce blood sugar, benefiting people suffering from diabetes. Prunella vulgaris may also support good dental hygiene, The extract from the plant may reduce inflammation and prevent plaque formation that would cause gingivitis.
HOW TO USE:
A dosage of 10-15 mg is advised in supplement, pill, or powder form. If not used in combination with other treatments, dosage should be doubled. One teaspoon of dried herb can be mixed with one cup of boiling water to make an infusion. Tea can also be used as a mouthwash. Fresh cut leaves can be applied to wounds or used as a dressing for smaller nicks, cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Creams are also available to treat topical conditions.