Phytochemicals: iridoids, polyphenolic compounds, phytosterols [ to name a few ]


Common nicknames include: Virginia water horehound, American water hoarhound, water bugle, carpenter's herb, green archangel, purple archangel, Paul's betony, woodbetony, wolf foot, and Egyptian's herb.


         This herb is a member of the Mint family. Right off the bat I can tell you from ten years of reading and research that other plants in the mint family include: Pennyroyal, Peppermint of course, and Catnip. It's very plausible I think that it shares some of the potential health benefits and even phytochemicals. It's actually a very attractive plant that supposedly grows wild in some regions of the US so I'm told from a good friend of mine up in NY. According to my sources, which I get via Google Scholar, it potentially has some interesting benefits, or at least possible pharmacological value, according to some studies. It prodces many known chemical constituents such as polyphenolic compounds, which are common in herbs believed to boost the immune system. Others include phytosterols, and iridoids.


A lot of folks are unaware of phytochemicals and phytochemistry. It's a field of research that university students sign up for, which studies the pharmacological potential of active chemicals found within plants! This is what herbalist believe gives the pants their potential benefits. Bugleweed in particular, is related to another herb known as Buchu. It's thought to work by lowering high levels of thyroid hormones ( hyperthyroidism ). This herb is also used by herbalists to supposedly treat premenstrual syndrome, breast pain, nervousness, trouble sleeping ( insomnia) and bleeding, especially bleeding of the nose, and during heavy menstruation periods. Bugleweed also seeds to reduce the release of a hormone known as prolactin, which may help relieve breast pain.


       We have learned that many people believe that the idea of herbal medicine is just folk lore. They think of it as a hopeful way of thinking that foolish people believe in for some faulty reason. What they fail to realize is that science does have an understanding of these pharmacologically active chemical constituents made by the herbs. It's called phytochemistry, and it is the study of pharmacological alkaloids that plants create. In fact, a lot of the modern pharmaceutical drugs today exist because of these plants. Some prime examples are penicilin, which comes from a fungus, Aspirin, which is derived from the bark of the White Willow Tree, and even Morphine which exist naturally in the Opium poppy. So don't rule off Bugleweeds potential so quick, because you'd be suprised how much research has been done.


It's my goal to make sure the public is well aware of these herbs and the chemicals that naturally exist within their astronomically fascinating organic matter. You see, nature provides us with great insight into medical wisdom and breakthroughs. There is so much to learn from these herbs in both a scientific fashion ( phytochemistry ), and ethnobotanically speaking. If this interest you then I suggest a field of research related to human health and medicine like phytochemistry, or ethnobotany. Ethnobotany for example, would study the cultural beliefs and lore associated with the use of Bugleweed and others, and even things such as the use of trees in construction, or for dye, paper, etc.



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