A flowering plant that is abundantly found in North America and Canada, bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus) has been traditionally used as a sedative.

The organic acid lithospermic, present in bugleweed, helps regulate the body’s hormonal levels, including the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4).[1,2]

Bugleweed stops the binding of antibodies to the thyroid gland, which are responsible for causing the most common form of hyperthyroidismGraves’ disease.[3] It is excellent for people with mildly overactive thyroids and helps eliminate symptoms such as weight loss, excessive sweating, anxiety, nervousness and rapid heartbeat.

As it increases the contraction of the heart and the arteries, it is also useful in treating heart conditions and anxiety.[4]

Bugleweed For Cough & Breathing Troubles
The antitussive (cough-suppressing) and expectorant (mucus-expelling) properties of bugleweed have been used time and again for treating cough.[5] It also helps relieve dyspnea (shortness of breath).[4]

How To Use It

  • Have three to four drops (around 2ml) of bugleweed tincture twice a day. You can buy it online, here.
  • Alternatively, take ½tsp (about 1-2 grams) of the whole herb once daily, with lukewarm water. To buy online, click here.

Warning: Bugleweed should not be consumed by people with hypothyroidism, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.

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1. Wagner H, Horhammer L, Frank U. Lithospermic acid, the antihormonally active principle of Lycopus europaeus L. and Symphytum officinale L. Arzneim Forsch 1970;20:705-12.

2. Winterhoff H, Gumbinger HG, Vahlensieck U, et al. Ednocrine effects of Lycopus europaeus L. following oral application. Arzneimittlforschung 1994;44:41-5.

3. Auf’mkolk M, Ingbar JC, Kubota K, et al. Extracts and auto-oxidized constituents of certain plants inhibit the receptor-binding and the biological activity of Graves’ immunoglobulins. Endocrinol 1985;116:1687-93.

4. Felter, H.W., (1922). The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

5. Wren RC, Williamson EM, Evans FJ. Potter’s New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations. Essex, UK: Saffron Walden, 1988, 47-8.