Information on Hops

Latin NameHumulus lupulus
Part UsedFemale Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, capsule (as an extract or powder), buk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system, Liver, Cardiovascular system
CautionsAvoid use of this herb in cases of depression. Most people should avoid the herb before bedtime because it is a strong diuretic.
Botanical InfoA fast-growing perennial deciduous vine that forms small male and female cones on stalks from the area just above the upper leaves.
DescriptionHops, a major flavoring component of beer, is used for insomnia, restlessness and excitability, and excess sexual excitement in men. Lactating mothers sometimes use hops to increase the flow of breast milk. Hops pillows have long been used as an aid to sleep. It has a beneficial effect on the stomach due to its bitter principle and is used with good result for nervous digestion. Hops can be useful as a strong infusion, or the fresh plant tincture added to hot water, for heart palpitations or abnormal awareness of the heart accompanied by mild to moderate anxiety. The dried plant loses its sedative properties within a few months if not stored in a cool place out of the light, and even then the shelf-life of most products is at most 6 months.

Hops has a taste of ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup as needed
Tincture1 to 3 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Hops

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Anorexiadigestive stimulant, nervinetincture, tea, capsule, tablet
Anxietyrelaxanttea, tincture, capsule
Appetite, lack ofdigestive stimulant, nervinetincture, capsules, tea
Lactation, insufficientnervinetea, tincture, capsule
Indigestiondigestive calmativetea, tincture
Hypertensionheart sedativetincture, capsule, tea
Vomitingcalmativetincture, tea, capsule
Weight, to gainrelaxant, bittertincture, capsule, tea
Nervousnesscalmativetincture of fresh strobiles, tea

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