Introduction of Lady's Mantle:Alchemilla or heavenly dew.

Popular Herbs. ✵The article gives records of the herb Lady's Mantle, its English name, Latin name, common names, property and flavor, its botanical source two plant species, ①.Alchemilla xanthochlora Rothm., with a detailed introduction to the botanical features of this plant species, the growth characteristics, and ecological environment of this plant species, the features of the herb Lady's Mantle, its pharmacological actions, medicinal efficacy, and administration guide.

Lady's Mantle(Alchemilla).

flowering plants of Alchemilla vulgaris with greenish yellow small flowers and green leaves grow in field English Name: Lady's Mantle.
 Latin Name: Alchemilla xanthochlora Rothm., also referred to as Alchemilla vulgaris auct.non L.
 Common Names: Alchemilla, alchemille, heavenly dew, Bear's foot, Leontopodium, Lion's foot, Nine hooks, Stellaria.
 Property and flavor: Lady's Mantle is odorless and has an astringent taste.

 Brief introduction: Lady's mantle is a light-green perennial bears rosettes of fan-shaped leaves that close into a funnelform (funnel-shaped) at night, efficiently collecting droplets of rainwater or dew by early morning. Although it is a member of the rose family, the plant's tiny yellow-green flowers grow in tight clusters and are nondescript. Lady's mantle grows in North America, Asia, and Europe. The flowering stems and basal leaves, and occasionally the entire above ground part of the plant, are used medicinally.

 Botanical source: Common herbal classics defined the herb Lady's Mantle as the flowering stems and basal leaves of the species (1).Alchemilla xanthochlora Rothm. It is a plant species of the Alchemilla genus, the Rosaceae family (rose family). The flowering stems, and basal leaves are used medicinally. This commonly used species is introduced:

(1).Alchemilla xanthochlora Rothm.

 flowering plants of Alchemilla vulgaris with small greenish yellow flower spikes grow in field Botanical description: Alchemilla vulgaris is a hardy, half-rosette shrub, which grows from 30 to 50 cm. It has a branched stem, which is villous to glabrous. The basal leaves are round with 7 to 9 lobes, cauline leaves are short-petioled to sessile, 5 to 7 lobed, crenate or serrate, and villous. Even the older leaves remain more or less folded.

 The plant has inflorescences of small, yellow-green, many-flowered cymes. The perianth has 4 leaves. The flower has 4 stamens, 1 ovary, and an inferior style. The fruit is enclosed in the calyx. The flowers are infertile.

 Ecological environment: The plant grows in the Northern Hemisphere from North America, Greenland, and Europe to the Mediterranean and Iceland, and Asia from the Caucasus and the Himalayas to Siberia.

 Growth characteristics: The plant grows in moist meadows, open woods, pastures and also on rock ledges in mountainous areas. It is easily grown in ordinary soil in sun or part shade, prefers a well-drained neutral or basic soil, grows well in heavy clay soils.

 Characters of herbs: The herb is collected in the flowering season and dried.

 Pharmacological actions: ①.a source of tannin; ②.stanch bleeding; ③.anti-fungi; ④.antioxidant action;etc.

 The tannin content in the herb helps stop diarrhea, helps wounds heal, reduces oozing and bleeding, tightening tissue. The herb has anti-bleeding properties, the herb may help fight fungi, the herb has antioxidant actions and inhibits enzymes that can damage connective and elastic tissue, antioxidants control the formation of dangerous substances in the body called free radicals, which may contribute to cancer cell formation. Some studies found the herb may have mutagenic properties, a fraction of the herb may be cytostatic, it stops the normal functioning of some normal cells.

 Medicinal efficacy: Lady's mantle has been used externally to promote healing in wounds and bruises and to control vaginal discharge. It is used as an astringent and anti-inflammatory. The herb is recommended by contemporary herbalists for similar ailments, lessens excessive menstrual bleeding, promotes menstrual regularity, controls diarrhea, counters muscle spasms, boosts the appetite, promotes urine production, treats wounds, and stops bleeding as a poultice or wash. It is also used in baths and cosmetics products, the herb is also used in gynecological remedies and oral hygiene products. In Europe, the herb is approved for mild and non-specific diarrhea.

 Administration of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla): 
Reference: Administration Guide of Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla)
Herbal classic books: Dosage: A common daily dosage of tincture is 5 to 10 grams. An infusion is prepared using 1 to 2 teaspoons, 1 to 2 grams of herb per cup of water. To prepare tea, 2 to 4 grams herb to 150 ml hot water left to draw for 10 minutes, prepare a fresh batch every day. The herbal tea is taken 3 times daily between meals.
 Contraindications, Precautions and Adverse Reactions: Neither internal nor external use of this traditional healing herb has been associated with serious adverse reactions, although specific toxicity studies have yet to be done. Ingestion of any tannin-rich substance for long periods should be avoided, given indications that tannins may raise the risk of cancer.




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