Benefits of Chinese Motherwort: Yi Mu Cao
Chinese Motherwort or Yi Mu Cao is a powerful herb which makes frequent appearance in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese Motherwort dates back to more to 1800 years and to this day this herb is widely used in China and in growing in popularity in the western world.
Chinese Motherwort in Chinese Medicine is commonly known as Yi Mu Cao which translates to “benefit mother herb.” In line with its name it offer various benefits for women’s health, it is known for invigorating blood circulation, preventing clotting ( blood stagnation ) and cleansing ability. More than 280 chemical compounds have been isolated from this plant. (1) It holds cooling and calming and come recommended from the the oldest surviving Chinese materia Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing.
Pungen, bitter, slightly cold
Pericardium, liver and bladder meridian
Benefits of Chinese Motherwort or Yi Mu Cao
1. Hormonal Balance and Women’s Health
Chinese Motherwort or Yi Mu Cao is an essential herb in the treatment of women’s health in Chinese Medicine. It is primarily used to support women’s health including: menstrual health, hormonal balance and fertility.
Yi Mu Cao effectively helps with irregular menstrual cycle, amenorrhea (missing period) postpartum abdominal pain, and heavy flow with clots. Chinese Motherwort is considered a uterine tonic which helps to regulate menstruation, bring on delayed periods and can reduce menstrual cramps. It works to reduce cramps by improving blood circulation and reducing inflammation to the pelvis.
This herb helps with blood disorders related blood stagnation such as blood clotting and blood stasis in Gynaecological field. It generates new blood, stimulating fertility organs and soothing blood stagnation. This powerful herb can also be used for targeted relief and support with fibroid and endometriosis.
2. Skin disorder
As Chinese Motherwort has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (2). It contains plant based compounds with antioxidant properties such as flavonoids, sterols, triterpenes, and tannins.
Yi Mu Cao works to detox internal heat, helping with skin itching, rashes and dryness, by increasing skin blood circulation.
It works to eliminate blood stasis and blood clotting which is caused due to stress. This clotting results in energy blockage causing pain. This powerful herb helps with pain symptoms such as headaches by removing blood stagnation and accumulated toxic heat.
Motherwort also helps with menstrual pain by both reducing spasms in the uterus and improving blood flow to the pelvis.
4. Heart health
This herb has been used to reduce rapid or irregular heart rate caused by stress or anxiety. Leonurine, a compound found to promote the relaxation of blood vessel walls and to relax muscles. It also slows heart palpitations and a rapid heartbeat. Studies have shown Chinese Motherwort to relax heart cells and to help prevent the blood clots, the antioxidants in motherwort can help protect the heart from damage. (3)
Supporting heart health and increasing blood circulation
It is known for its calming effect. This potent herb helps to regulate uneven heart beats especially when under extreme stress and anxiety. A research included 50 people with psychological issues such as anxiety. After 28 days of treatment with motherwort, 32 percent of participants showed a significant improvement in symptoms of anxiety, while 48 percent of participants showed moderate improvement. (4)