Motherwort is a bitter plant, which tends to work the entire system of the body.
This plant is a nervine sedative, emmenagogue, cardiovascular trophprestorative (having a storng affinity to the heart), spasmolytic, and relaxant diaphoretic. Motherwort has an affinity to the digestive system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, female reproductive system, and the blood. Motherwort is a cooling and drying plant overall. This plant works hard to help poor digestion by supporting the liver and gallbladder, and is a great remedy for hyperthyroidism.
“Motherwort is also an excellent heart tonic, strengthening without straining. It is considered a specific for tachycardia, especially when brought on by anxiety or other such causes.” -David Hoffman
“As an important cardiac tonic, Motherwort is said to give courage and strengthen the heart. Indeed, it increases blood circulation in the coronary artery, decreases heart rate, improves microcirculation and prevents platelet agglutination.” -Leslie Tierra
“Motherwort is tonic and laxative, a diaphoretic somewhat like asclepias [Pleurisy root], an emmenagogue like cimicifuga [Black Cohosh], and a nervine like scutellaria [Skullcap].” -Finley Ellingwood