Heal All Herb – Does Prunella Vulgaris Really Heal Anything?

A herb that Chinese people have been using for thousands of years has recently come into play in the health industry. This herb, known as the heal all herb, is claimed to be able to cure anything, including:

  • Herpes
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Liver problems
  • AIDS

However, are any of these claims for the heal all herb legitimate?

Heal All Herb Heals All (Or so They Say…)

Heal all herb - Prunella Vulgaris in Norway

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The Heal all herb, otherwise known as Prunella Vulgaris by the people with their fancy-schmancy biology degrees, is an edible plant. It can be eaten raw, boiled in soup, or made into a tea. The plant can be found throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Because of its worldwide presence, heal all has been used for a whole bunch of different ailments and diseases. The entire plant can be used in medicine as well. For instance, the Chinese dry the flower and make a soup out of it, sometimes with sugar. Other than the claims that heal all can heal everything, they used it to target liver problems, viruses, and cancer.

Heal all has also been used for centuries as sort of an antiseptic to treat wounds. Other less-outrageous claims (we’re talking about the whole “cure for cancer” and AIDS claims here) include treatment for mouth ulcers, burns, and bruises.

What Do Scientists Say?

Some scientists are a little more skeptical. Dr. Andrew Weil looked into all of the literature surrounding heal all (or as he and others call it, Selfheal), and found that it may be a bit too good to be true. He found only 123 studies on the herb, but none of the studies were done on humans. A few of the studies were conducted on rats, but as a whole, science hasn’t put much research into heal all. He, along with other doctors, conclude that it is not a major medicinal plant, but other herbalists trust it.

Don’t Let Us Stop You!

Dried Prunella Vulgaris (Heal-all herb) - Chinese

Regardless, nobody is saying it’s bad for you. If you want to try it to help with your healing, or if you simply enjoy the taste, there isn’t yet any evidence that it’s harmful to humans. So if you’re interested, go out and try some today!