FUN FACTS

BNPrunella 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.

CONSTITUENTS/ NUTRITION

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.

USES/ BENEFITS

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.

CAUTION

Potential allergy: If you are allergic to mint, this plant is part of Lamiaceae (Mint) Family.

TYPES

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.

  1. Prunella vulgaris ssp. aleutica– Aleutian selfheal - Native to Alaska.
  2. Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata – lance selfheal
  3. Prunella vulgaris ssp. vulgaris L. – common selfheal

PRODUCTS

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.

GROWING

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.

—Identifying plant 

 

A few places to buy seeds if you don't have it in your yard.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

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.

REFERENCES

  1. USDA fact sheet   1/29/2018
  2. powo.science.kew.org  1/30/2018
  3. Book: Caterbury, D.  Hunt, J. Bushcraft First Aid: A Field Guide to Wilderness Emergency Care.  Massachusetts. Simon & Schuseter 2017
  4. J Psotová, M Kolář, J Soušek, Z Švagera, JVičar, J Ulrichová Biological activities of Prunella vulgarisextract Phytother, 9/17/2003 pp. 1082-1087

TCM NOTES

This information is for education purposes only.  Seek the advice of your physician before taking any home remedies, herbs, or supplements.

PropertiesTreatmentsDosageCautionGlobal UsageDrugs
Temp Taste Ent. Meridians Photo
Cold

Name
夏枯草
xià kū căo

Bitter
Acrid
Mildly Sweet
Astringent

Gallbladder
Liver
Lung

This herb is an ingredient in the following formulas:

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Directions:

DOSAGE information found online.  Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

Caution information found online.  Always consult your doctor before taking any herbal supplements.

 

 

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