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When taken by mouth: Bugleweed is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people, but thyroid disease should not be self-treated due to possible complications. Long-term use of bugleweed can cause an enlarged thyroid gland. Discontinuing bugleweed abruptly can result in high levels of thyroid and prolactin, which might cause physical symptoms.
The appropriate dose of bugleweed depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for bugleweed. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus) is a bitter, pungent tasting, aromatic herb, with astringent properties, commonly used to treat thyroid problems (such as Grave’s disease). It originated in Europe but is native to North America, found in areas east of the Mississippi River. The plant is a perennial flowering species, that belongs to the mint genus—the family of Lamiaceae—but lacks the minty smell of other mint varieties. Its deep purplish-blue colored flowers bloom from May to September (depending on geographic location) and the seeds ripen from July to September.
Other common traditional uses of bugleweed include the promotion of wound healing, treating fevers and mouth ulcers, stopping bleeding, and treating symptoms of alcohol withdrawal such as anxiety and rapid pulse. Regulating hormonal conditions—such as moderation of estrogen and lowering of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels—was commonly accomplished by administering bugleweed.Culture: Bugleweed prefers a rich, moist, well-drained site and tolerates clay and poor soils. Plant in full sun to shade. Be careful about planting bugleweed next to a turf area because it has creeping tendencies; install edging to help keep it from spreading. To deadhead spent blooms, run a lawnmower over it. Propagated through seed, cuttings or division. Division can be done at any time of the year and should be done every two to three years to avoid crowding. No serious pest or disease problems; may have crown rot problems, especially in hot and humid climates or areas with poor air circulation. (Source: www.hgtv.com)