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Self Heal Prunella vulgaris  
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Alternate Names: Heal-all, All Heal, Prunella, Woundwort, Hercules Woundwort, Sickle Herb, Carpenter's Herb, Dragonhead, Xu Ku Cao (Chinese), Blue Curls.

Parts Used: Above ground portion.

Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Bitter Tonic, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Hemostatic, Liver Stimulant, Styptic, Tonic, Vermifuge, Vulnerary.

Internal Use: Acne, Bleeding, Colic, Conjunctivitis, Convalescence, Convulsions, Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Dysmenorrhea, Edema, Fever, Flatulence, Gastritis, Gout, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhoids, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Injury, Jaundice, Laryngitis, Liver Weakness, Lymphatic Congestion, Pharyngitis, Sore Throat, Vertigo, Worms, Wounds.

Internal Application: Tea, Tincture, Capsules,  Ursolic acid exhibits diuretic and anti-tumor activity.


Topical Use: Bruises, Burns, Cuts, Gingivitis, Hemorrhoids, Leukorrhea, Mouth Sores, Rash, Sore Throat, Sprains, Thrush, Wounds

Topical Application: Use as a poultice for hemorrhoids, rashes, bruises, burns, cuts, sprains and wounds. Mouthwash for sores, gum problems and thrush. Sore throat gargle. Salve herb. Eyewash. Douche for leukorrhea.

Culinary use: Young plant can be eaten raw or cooked.

Energetics: Bitter, Pungent, Cool, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Pentacyclic triterpenes (betulinic, oleanolic ursolic acids), essential oil, rutin, beta carotene, vitamins B-1, C and K, tannin.

Comments: The genus name Prunella is from the German brunellen which is the name for the mouth and throat inflammation that the herb cured - die Braüne, or Quinsy in English. It was used by the German Imperial armies to treat fever associated with brownish tongues. Its Chinese name literally means 'summer dry herb'. As the plant looks somewhat like an open mouth leading to the throat, this may have prompted its use as an herb for mouth and throat ailments. The herb also helps to cool conditions of an overheated liver.