Bugleweed

Bugleweed

Supplement Forms/Alternate Names:

Lycopus, gypsywort, water horehound

Introduction

Bugleweed is a plant in the mint family. Its leaves and flowers have been used to treat mild hyperthyroidism. It can be taken as a pill or powder. It can also be made into a tea.

Dosages

There aren’t any advised doses for bugleweed.

What Research Shows

May Be Effective

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe for most people to take bugleweed for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.

Interactions

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:

  • Bugleweed may interfere with antithyroid and thyroid hormone medicines and lower blood sugar levels.
  • People taking iodine supplements should talk to their doctor before taking bugleweed. It may change the way your body processes iodine.
  • Bugleweed may affect hormones. It should not be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

References

1. Eiling R, Wieland V, et al. [Improvement of symptoms in mild hyperthyroidism with an extract of Lycopus europaeus (Thyreogutt® mono)]. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2013;163(3-4):95-101.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
Last Updated: 2/25/2020

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