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Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus, Lycopus americanus, Lycopus europaes, Lycopus lucidus)

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Archangel, ashangee, bugle weed, green wolf's foot, gypsy weed, gypsywort, hoarhound, Lamiaceae (family), lycopi herba, Lycopus americanus, Lycopus europaes, Lycopus lucidus, Lycopus virginicus, Paul's betony, rough bugleweed, sweet bugle, Virginia water horehound, water bugle, water hoarhound, water horehound, wolfstrapp.
  • Note: This monograph does not cover Ajuga reptans L., which is also called bugleweed in the scientific literature.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Bugleweed has been used historically for an over-active thyroid, especially where symptoms include tightness of breathing, palpation and shaking. Bugleweed has also been used to treat coughs and heart conditions where there is associated build-up of water in the body. The plant has been used fresh or dried, in an infusion or as a tincture.
  • Currently there is a lack of high-quality clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of bugleweed.

Dosing/Toxicology

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Interactions

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References

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