What is bugleweed used for?
Bugleweed is a plant. People use the parts that grow above the ground for medicine. It is commonly used for treating these following conditions, including:
- High levels of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism)
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Breast pain
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- Bleeding, especially nosebleeds and heavy bleeding during menstruation
How does it work?
There are not enough studies about how this herbal supplement works. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies showing that bugleweed might reduce the body’s production of thyroid hormone. Bugleweed also seems to reduce the release of the hormone prolactin, which might help relieve breast pain.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using bugleweed?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
- You have allergy with any substances of bugleweed or other medications or other herbals.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is bugleweed?
Bugleweed is possibly safe when taken by mouth.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
It’s unsafe to take bugleweed by mouth during pregnancy because it might affect hormones.
It’s also unsafe to take bugleweed by mouth while breastfeeding. It can affect milk production.
Stop using bugleweed at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
What kind of side effects may I have from bugleweed?
When using bugleweed long-term, it may cause enlarged thyroid gland. Also, discontinuing this herbal abruptly can occur high levels of thyroid and prolactin, which leads to physical symptoms.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
What interactions may I have with bugleweed?
This herbal supplement may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.
These health conditions may interact with this herbal, such as:
- Diabetes: Bugleweed might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, use bugleweed cautiously, watch for symptoms of low blood sugar, and check your blood sugar carefully. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted.
- Enlarged thyroid or poorly functioning thyroid (thyroid hypofunction): Don’t use bugleweed if you have one of these conditions or are receiving thyroid treatments.
Products may interact with this herbal, including:
- Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs). Bugleweed might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking bugleweed along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed. These medications include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
- Thyroid hormone. Taking bugleweed might decrease how well thyroid hormone pills work. Don’t take bugleweed if you take thyroid pills.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for bugleweed?
The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does bugleweed come in?
This herbal supplement may be available in the following dosage forms:
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