How does Bugleweed work?
Bugleweed might reduce the body's production of thyroid hormone. Bugleweed also seems to reduce the secretion of the hormone prolactin, which might help relieve breast pain.
Are there safety concerns?
Bugleweed might be safe for most people, but thyroid disease should not be self-treated due to possible complications. Long-term use of bugleweed can cause an enlarged thyroid gland. Discontinuing bugleweed abruptly can result in high levels of thyroid and prolactin, which might cause physical symptoms.
Bugleweed might lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes
, use bugleweed cautiously, watch for symptoms of low blood sugar, and check your blood sugar carefully. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted.
Do not take bugleweed if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have certain types of thyroid disease such as an enlarged thyroid, your thyroid doesn't function fully (thyroid hypofunction), or you are taking other thyroid treatments.
- You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.