As lady's slipper is scarcely found and expensive too, presently this herb is rarely used. Lady's herb possesses tranquilizing as well as comforting attributes and, hence, it is used to cure nervousness, disorders related to stress, for instance headaches, palpitations, muscular strains, panic attacks as well as general neurotic conditions. Similar to valerian, lady's slipper is also a useful sedative and helps to diminish emotional tension and generally soothes the mind adequately so as to induce sleep. However, it is obvious that the restorative actions of lady's slipper are more positive compared to valerian. It may be noted that as of now, lady's slipper is among the most extensively applicable nervines that are present in the materia medica. In fact, lady's slipper facilitates in elevating the mood, particularly when there is depression. In addition, lady's slipper can also ease nervous pain; however, this herb is best used in conjugation with other herbs for treating this condition. Lady's slipper is possibly at its best when it is used to treat anxiety or nervousness related to sleeplessness or insomnia. Herbalists as well as researchers consider lady's slipper to be a genuine nervine as well as tonic, which mildly reinforces the functional activities of the nervous system. The relaxing attributes of lady's slipper are also deemed to be effective in lowering hyperactivity in children. In the form of a gentle sedative, lady's slipper is known to be useful in alleviating persistent insomnia and restiveness. This herb is particularly helpful when the brain just does not stop working, preventing sleep. Lady's slipper is believed to be an antispasmodic herb that has been effective in easing cramps, spasms as well muscle contractions. Since the herb possesses additional competence to provide relief from nervous conditions, in earlier times, lady's slipper has also been employed to cure epilepsy. In addition, lady's slipper facilitates in providing relief from the symptoms of neuralgia, a condition accompanied with an acute, excruciating and stabbing pain down the course of a nerve. It is also believed that the herb is effective in alleviating Bell's Palsy (a condition wherein half of the face looses sensitivity). Lady's slipper also possesses diaphoretic properties and this quality of the herb increases sweating, which eventually cools down the body and also alleviates sporadic fevers.
The herb lady's slipper is indigenous to the eastern regions of North America. This plant grows in the wild in forest lands and meadows, but owing to excessive harvesting, lady's slipper is seldom found growing in the wild. However, to a certain extent, this herb is also cultivated. Lady's slipper has a preference for semi shade to somewhat shade, damp to mild dry conditions as well as a soil that comprises loam or sandy loam. The young lady's slipper plants need the soil to contain suitable endomycorrhizal fungus with a view to thrive. While transplantation of large plants, which have been grown in a greenhouse, is possible, it is actually an expert's job to commence the plants from growing from their seeds. In effect, relatively it is simple to maintain lady's slipper in any flower garden.
Lady's slipper is taken in the form of an infusion as well as a tincture. Infusion: To prepare an infusion from lady's slipper add one or two teaspoonfuls of the plant's root into a cup (250 ml) of boiling water and allow them to permeate for about 10 to 15 minutes. This infusion should be taken when required. Tincture: For best results, take 1 ml to 4 ml of the tincture prepared from lady's slipper thrice every day.
It has been found that lady's slipper may enclose tannins, volatile oils and quinones and these elements are attributed to its impact on diarrhea, pruritus, menorrhagia and hemorrhage. In addition, people taking this herb have also reported experiencing a number of side effects, including headache, giddiness and dermatitis. Some people have also complained of delusions and restiveness, in addition to contact dermatitis after using lady's slipper. As the use of lady's slipper has a sedative effect, using any other hypnotic or sedative along with this herb may result in augmented stupor. It may be noted that people who have allergic reactions to orchids should always keep away from lady's slipper. In addition, this herb should never be given to women during pregnancy or breast-feeding women.
Lady's slipper is a protected plant and, hence, it should never be gathered even if the plants are found to be growing in the wild.