BN: Prunella Vulgaris AKA Common Self Heal, mountain self heal, narrowleaf, lanceleaf selfheal, American self-heal, heal-all, all heal¹ 夏枯草 (Xia Ku Cao). It is a common plant found on roadsides and fields throughout North America, Asia and Europe.
Ursolic acid (cancer inhibition) and caryophyllin, prunellin, triterpenoid, ursolicacid, oleanolic acid (Anti-HIV), maslinic acid(anti-colon cancer), rosmarinic acid (antitumor, anti-metastatic) cyanidin, rutin, hyperin, alpha-anisylacetone, delphinidin, D-Camphor, fenchone, vitamin B1, C, K, beta- carotene, resins, tannin, alkaloid, and volatile oil.
The leaves are applied to wounds to promote healing. Treats mouth sores and herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2). antibiotic, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Selfheal has antiviral properties, it is used as an anti-cancer drug in China.² Relieves headaches and sore throats.³ Reduces glucose levels and benefits diabetes. This herb has antiestrogenic activities that can help prevent endometriosis, and uterine receptivity (both of which are common fertility problems). Anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial and antiviral.4 Benefits diabetes related atherosclerosis through anti-proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells. UVA radiation protection.
Heal-all is edible. It's used in salads, stews, soup, or made as a tea.
Potential allergy: If you are allergic to mint, this plant is part of Lamiaceae (Mint) Family.
Family Lamiaceae – mints, menthes. Genus Prunella L. – selfheal. The following are the 3 species of prunella vulgaris. Other than location, I could not find any notable variation in the 3 in terms of usage, benefits, or cautions.
Google "Prunella Valgaris" or "Heal All" with any of the following categories to find the variety of products. Below are links to a few examples - not a comprehensive list.
I could not find a Youtube video on growing Prunella Vulgaris, but tons of videos on how to identify them in the backyard, in the wild or road side. It's such a common herb that most can already find growing in their yard.
A few places to buy seeds if you don't have it in your yard.
I grew up drinking this tea (dried flowers boiled for 5 min). It has a nice light flavor. Mom usually make it for us if we've eaten too much fried food or if we had a chest cough.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM) Notes
This information is for education purposes only. Seek the advice of your physician before taking any home remedies, herbs, or supplements.
|Swollen eyes, headaches, migraines, and dizziness
Painful eyes in the eveining
Liver Yin Deficient
Cleans the liver and clears the eyes
|Any neck lumps or nodules due to Phlegm-Fire such as scrofula, lipoma, carbuncle, swollen glands or goiter||Clears Hot Phlegm and dissipates nodules|
Tincture: 2-5 ml