Other names: Bishop's wort, Common hedgenettle

Stachys species have been used worldwide in TM for several reasons, including anxiolytic uses. It is often combined to supplement other herbal remedies. In Italy, S. recta is known as “erba dell paura” or “herb that keeps away fear”. Iranian traditional medicine used it for stress, skin inflammation, stomach disorders, and genital tumors.


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Tomou E-M, Barda C, Skaltsa H. Genus Stachys: A Review of Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry and Bioactivity. Medicines. 2020; 7(10):63. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicines7100063

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