The Benefits of Lady's Mantle

Health Benefits, Uses, and More

Lady's Mantle
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Lady's mantle is a natural substance long used in herbal medicine. Sourced from Alchemilla vulgaris (a plant native to Europe and Asia), lady's mantle is sometimes referred to as alchemilla. When taken in supplement form or applied directly to the skin, lady's mantle is said to offer a variety of health benefits.

Uses for Lady's Mantle

In alternative medicine, lady's mantle supplements are said to help with the following health problems:

When applied directly to the skin, lady's mantle is said to promote healing from the following conditions:

Health Benefits of Lady's Mantle

So far, very few scientific studies have tested the health effects of lady's mantle. However, some preliminary research suggests that it may offer certain benefits. Here's a look at findings from the available research on lady's mantle:

1) Mouth Ulcers

Lady's mantle may aid in the healing of mouth ulcers, according to a small study published in Clinical Drug Investigation in 2006. For the study, 48 otherwise healthy people with minor oral ulcers were assigned to one of three groups: The first group was treated with a gel containing a combination of lady's mantle and glycerine, the second group was given no treatment, and the third group was assigned to standard medication.

After three days, 75 percent of patients assigned to treatment with lady's mantle had completely healed (compared to 15 percent of participants in the treatment-free group and 40 percent of participants assigned to standard care). The majority of members of the lady's mantle group also experienced significant pain relief within two days of treatment.

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2) Wound Healing

Preliminary research suggests that lady's mantle shows promise in the treatment of wounds. In a 2007 study published in Phytotherapy Research, for instance, tests on rats determined that lady's mantle may promote the growth of certain cells that play a key role in wound healing.

Caveats

Due to a lack of research, little is known about the safety of taking lady's mantle supplements or applying lady's mantle to the skin regularly or in the long term.

Keep in mind that supplements haven't been tested for safety and dietary supplements are largely unregulated. In some cases, the product may deliver doses that differ from the specified amount for each herb. In other cases, the product may be contaminated with other substances such as metals. Also, the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. 

Learn more about using dietary supplements safely.

Alternatives to Lady's Mantle

A number of natural remedies may offer health effects similar to the purported benefits of lady's mantle. For example, studies show that omega-3 fatty acids and ginger may each help relieve menstrual pain, as well as alleviate some symptoms of endometriosis.

In addition, natural remedies like probiotics, gamma-linolenic acid, witch hazel, and ceramides may help control eczema.

To help promote the healing of wounds, there is preliminary evidence that honey, jojoba oil, emu oil, sea buckthorn, lucuma nut oil, and tamanu oil applied topically may help.

Where to Find It

Widely available for purchase online, lady's mantle is sold in many natural-foods stores and in stores specializing in dietary supplements.

Using Lady's Mantle for Health

Due to the limited research, it's too soon to recommend lady's mantle as a treatment for any condition. It's important to note that self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences. If you're considering the use of lady's mantle for any health purpose, make sure to consult your physician.

Sources

Shrivastava R, Cucuat N, John GW. "Effects of Alchemilla vulgaris and glycerine on epithelial and myofibroblast cell growth and cutaneous lesion healing in rats." Phytother Res. 2007 Apr;21(4):369-73.

Shrivastava R, John GW. "Treatment of Aphthous Stomatitis with topical Alchemilla vulgaris in glycerine." Clin Drug Investig. 2006;26(10):567-73.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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