Wood Betony Betonica officinalis
It is an old folk remedy that is said to be unsurpassed for easing headaches, especially those related to nervous tension, anxiety and debility. It also helps to facilitate digestion, relieve gastritis, heartburn and gas. Wood Betony is known as a blood purifier that is believed to improve liver, gallbladder and spleen health.
This herb is occasionally recommended as a treatment for diarrhea, or as a mouthwash to soothe mucous membranes of the mouth, gums, and throat. It also stimulates the heart and relaxes the muscles. Wood Betony can stimulate the appetite and improve digestion, and it works well for treating cardiovascular disorders and hyperactivity. A Russian study has shown the glycosides in Wood Betony have hypotensive (blood pressure lowering) effects. This herb can also be used in treating facial pain, premenstrual pain, poor memory, and tension. Externally it can be used on wounds, bruises and leg ulcers.