herbals lemon-balm

RECND293

Lemon Balm

Scientific:Melissa officinalis
Other:Lemon Balm

Indications

Gastrointestinal
• digestive complaints associated with a 'nervous stomach'
- dyspepsia
- colic
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

CNS
insomnia
anxiety
• stress
• nervous tension
Alzheimer's Disease

Infection
cold sores (topical application)
shingles

Endocrine
hyperthyroidism
• Graves' disease

Actions

carminative
antispasmodic
nervine
antidepressant (mild)
antimicrobial
antiviral (e.g. HSV)

Constituents

• Volatile oils
• Flavonoids
• Phenolic acids

Posology

• Tincture (1:5 in 40% EtOH): 2-6 ml tid
• Liquid extract (1:1 in 45% EtOH): 1-4 ml tid
• Infusion (dried herb): 2-3 tsp tid

Safety

Generally considered safe when used as indicated.

Caution: Hypothyroidism; may potentially modulate thyroid functon.

References

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Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

Bone K. A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient. St Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Brinker F. The Toxicology of Botanical Medicines, 3rd ed. Sandy, Oregon: Eclectic Medical Publications, 2000.

Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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