its primary chemical is lactucarium, a mild pain reliever similar to ibuprofen. As a tincture, tea or in capsule form, the leaf may promote pain relief, and it is commonly used to treat migraines and menstrual cramps.
The herb is believed to be a sedative and is commonly blended in teas for those suffering from insomnia or anxiety. Fortunately, the herb does not disrupt the digestive system (unlike opium). Add some to your chamomile blend to bring on sleep faster.