a mild skeletal relaxant
muscle pain and cramping
Analgesic / Antispasmodic / Anxiolytic / Sedative
Elephant Head Betony is found growing in the high mountain ranges of western North America, particularly the Cascades and High Sierra. Meriwether Lewis made the first collection of Pedicularis on July 6, 1806 in Montana.
Noteworthy: This plant can absorb alkaloids from other plants growing nearby. The plants used in our tinctures are never collected near potentially toxic species.
Constituents-Chemicals & Nutrients: Volatile oil (mostly monoterpenes); flavonoids including luteolin and phenylpropanoids; verbascoside and echinacoside.
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Elephant Head Betony (Pedicularis groenlandica ) is a mild skeletal relaxant and is most commonly used for joint and muscle pain, or sprains with sharp muscle spasms as in conditions aggravated by a lowered pain threshold from musculoskeletal irritability. May be used for anxiety related to trauma, injury or pain. May be used for insomnia caused by muscular “jolts” when falling asleep or insomnia at first REM cycle with agitation or anxiety.
Known Dosage (for Adults)
For muscle pain and cramping : 1 teaspoon of tincture with water every 6 hours or 3 times a day.
For insomnia : ½ to 1 teaspoon of tincture with a small amount of water before bedtime.
Generally, this herb is considered safe. However, if dizziness or weakness occurs, discontinue or reduce dosage.
"Phytochemistry and Pharmacology of the Genus Pedicularis Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine"; Mao-Xing Li, Xi-Rui He, Rui Tao and Xinyuan Cao; The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Vol. 42, No. 05, pp. 1071-1098 (2014). [endtab]
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