Bugleweed was reportedly discovered on the banks of streams in the southeastern United States, but now grows throughout North America. Bugleweed has been used historically for an overactive thyroid, especially where symptoms include tightness of breath, palpitation (rapid and irregular heartbeat) and shaking.
Bugleweed has proposed astringent, blood sugar-lowering, mild narcotic, and mild sedative actions. Herbalists have traditionally used bugleweed to treat cough, mild heart conditions, bleeding in the lungs from tuberculosis, heavy menstruation, and to reduce fever and mucus production in the flu and colds. It has also has been used in combination with lemon balm for treating patients with Graves' disease and other forms of hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).
Currently there is a lack of high-quality clinical trials investigating the safety and efficacy of bugleweed.

Related Terms

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 include information on Ajuga reptans L., which is also called bugleweed in the scientific literature.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.