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    Post things like links, articles, information, or details about different herbs and documented uses, potential benefits, possible side effects, interactions or even dangers

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    Herb Functions w/ examples

    ADAPTOGENS
    Herbs that improve the body's ability to adapt to stress of any sort, including infection, mental stress, or fatigue. Seem to change the threshold of resistance to damage by supporting the adrenal glands and possibly the pituitary glands.

    Examples: Ginseng

    ALTERATIVES
    Herbs that restore the proper function of the body, usually through altering metabolism by improving the tissues' ability to metabolise nutrients and eliminate wastes. Many of these herbs act through the kidneys, liver, lungs, bowels, or skin to eliminate wastes. Some stimulate digestion, some are antimicrobial, and some work through actions not as yet understood.

    Generally used as first line medicines in conditions of chronic inflammation or degeneration, for example, any sort of chronic skin condition, many types of arthritis, and auto-immune illnesses.

    Most herbs that have a primary action on the liver or kidneys can be considered alterative.

    Examples: Burdock, Cleavers, Nettles

    ANHYDROTICS
    Herbs that decrease sweating.

    Examples: Astralgus

    ANODYNES
    Herbs that reduce pain by reducing the sensitivity of the nerves. Synonymous with ANALGESICS.

    Examples: Lady's Slipper, Opium

    ANTHELMINTHICS
    Destroy or expel worms from the digestive system.

    Examples: Garlic, Tansy, Wormwood

    ANTI-ARTHRITICS
    Relieve gout or other arthritic conditions. Generally, ALTERATIVES

    ANTI-BILIOUS
    See CHOLAGOGUES.

    ANTI-CATARRHALS
    Help remove excessive mucus, generally from the upper respiratory tract. Mucus is generally produced in the body's effort to remove infective organisms or to remove excessive carbohydrates. Some of these herbs make the mucus more watery so it is easier to expel, others decrease production.

    Examples:Goldenseal, Elder, Peppermint

    ANTI-CONVULSANTS
    Herbs that help reduce or prevent seizures. Also called ANTI-EPILEPTICS.

    Examples: Valerian, Black Cohosh

    ANTI-DIABETICS
    Herbs that help regulate and reduce blood sugar. Also called HYPOGLYCEMICS.

    Examples: Garlic

    ANTIDEPRESSANTS
    See THYMOLEPTICS.

    ANTIEMETICS
    Herbs that reduce nausea and vomiting.

    Examples: Black Horehound, Lemonbalm

    ANTI-EPILEPTICS
    see ANTI-CONVULSANTS

    ANTIFUNGALS
    Herbs that act against fungal infection. See ANTI-MICROBIALS.

    ANTI-HAEMORRHAGICS
    See HAEMOSTATICS.

    ANTI-HYDROPICS
    Relieves "dropsy" or fluid retention. see DIURETICS and CARDIAC TONICS

    ANTI-HYPERTENSIVES
    Herbs that reduce blood pressure.

    Examples: Garlic, Barberry

    ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES
    Helps the body combat inflammation. Herbs classed as emollients, demulcents, and vulneraries often do this. Some anti-inflammatory herbs contain salicylates, the chemicals on which aspirin is based; examples include Willow Bark, Wintergreen, Birch, and Black Haw. Some herbs contain precursors of steroidal compounds, and can balance the levels of steroids in the body; these include Liquorice, Wild Yam, and Ginseng. Others have a useful anti-inflammatory effect without a mechanism of action yet identified; these include Bogbean, Devil's Claw, Marigold flowers, and Black Cohosh.

    ANTI-LITHICS
    Helps prevent the formation of stones or gravel in the urine, and can help the removal of those already formed. May work by a combination of dissolving stones, washing out the components that could form them, or increasing urine flow so as to flush out the system.

    Examples: Hydrangea

    ANTI-MICROBIALS
    Help the body destroy or resist pathogenic organisms. Some of these are actually antiseptic, killing the organisms (generally, "cidal" means organisms are killed, "static" means replication of organisms are stopped, and "fuge" means organisms, as in intestinal worms, are expelled.) Others support the function of the immune system to neutralise many pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and paracytes. These herbs can support the body in fighting off many infections, but there are certainly times when anti-biotics can be life-saving.

    Examples: Echinacea, Myrrh, Garlic, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Wild Indigo, Sage

    ANTI-MUTAGENICS
    Herbs that reduce spontaneous mutations within cells. This may help reduce incidence of cancer.

    Examples: Comfrey

    ANTI-PARASITICS
    See ANTHELMINTHICS.

    ANTI-PYRETICS
    See FEBRIFUGES.

    ANTI-SCORBUTICS
    Herbs rich in Vitamin C which prevent or cure scurvy, a disease caused by deficiency of this vitamin. Generally classed as ALTERATIVES.

    Examples: Rose hips

    ANTI-SEPTICS
    Inhibit growth of bacteria, and prevent infection, putrefaction, cell decay, and pus formation. See ANTI-MICROBIALS.

    ANTI-SPASMODICS
    Helps prevent or ease muscle spasms in both skeletal muscles (the muscles that move bones) and smooth muscles (the muscles related to many of the body's involuntary functions, such as digestion). Many sedative, nervine, or hypnotic herbs also have anti-spasmodic effects. Those anti-spasmodic herbs with an affinity for the respiratory system are useful for asthma.

    Examples: Cramp Bark, Black Haw

    ANTI-THROMBOTICS
    Herbs that prevent formation of blood clots.

    Examples: Garlic

    ANTI-TOXINS
    Herbs that act against the effects of specific toxins.

    Examples: Black Cohosh, Angelica

    ANTI-TUSSIVES
    Herbs that reduce or prevent cough.

    Examples: Wild Cherry

    ANTI-VIRALS
    Herbs that kill viruses or render them unable to replicate. See ANTI-MICROBIALS.

    APERIENTS
    A mild and gentle laxative. Promote only the natural bowel movement and function. Bulk forming herbs soak up water in the gut, creating a larger volume of softer stool; examples are Psyllium, Flax seed, and guar gum. Other herbs stimulate normal muscle movements in the bowels, such as Rhubarb root, and Yellow Dock.

    APHRODISIACS
    Herbs that increase sexual potency or excitement.

    Example: Ginseng.

    AROMATICS
    These herbs are characterised by a strong, usually pleasant odour that stimulates the digestive system. Often used in cooking to add flavour, they also aid digestion.

    Examples: Caraway, Cardamon, Dill, Peppermint, Ginger

    ASTRINGENTS
    Have a binding action on skin or mucous membranes that helps dry up mucous discharge, tone local blood vessels and varicosities, and stop bleeding. Most of these herbs are rich in tannins, compounds used to "tan" leather, which precipitate protein molecules; they produce a leathery, smooth coat over the tissue in question, thus reduce irritation on the surface by a mild numbing, reduce local inflammation by toning the vessels supplying the area, and create a barrier to infection in wounds and burns. Depending on the tissue they act upon, they are used to treat diarrhea, bleeding, mucous discharges, and the discomfort of varicosities and haemorrhoids.

    Examples: Agrimony, Eyebright, Oak bark, Cranesbill, Raspberry leaves, Witch Hazel, Yarrow

    BACTERICIDALS
    Herbs that kill bacteria. See ANTI-MICROBIALS.

    BITTERS
    The bitter taste of these herbs seems to stimulate the release of digestive hormones in the gut. This stimulates appetite, and is of value in convalescence. It helps normalise the secretory functions of pancreas, duodenum, and liver. It increases the secretion of bile, and aids the liver in detoxification. There is also evidence that these herbs help the gut wall repair local damage. Note that these herbs should not generally be used in pregnancy (anything that increases gut contractions can also increase uterine contractility) Also called BITTER TONICS.

    Examples: Wormwood, Rue, Gentian

    CARDIACS AND CARDIAC TONICS
    This term is used for most herbs that have an effect on the heart. In general the treatment of heart problems should be supervised by qualified professionals. Many of these herbs are extremely beneficial in the correct dosage, but some can be fatal if this fine line is crossed.

    Examples: Lily of the Valley, Foxglove, and Broom should be used only under qualified supervision; Motherwort, Hawthorne, and Lime blossom are milder.

    CARMINATIVES
    These herbs are generally rich in aromatic oils. Their main action is to soothe and settle the gut wall, easing gripping and allowing the removal of gas. Many of the aromatic herbs have a carminative effect.

    Examples: Fennel, Ginger, Caraway

    CATHARTICS
    Herbs that clean waste material from the whole digestive system, including bowels, liver, and gall bladder. Can have a very strong effect. Due to the considerable griping they produce, are often used with ginger. Strong cathartics are often listed as poisonous, and should be used with caution. Contrast with APERIENTS and LAXATIVES.

    Example: Aloes

    CHOLAGOGUES
    These herbs stimulate the flow of bile from the liver. Most of the remedies classified as BITTERS or HEPATICS also have cholagogue function. Bile aids in the digestion and assimilation of fats and fat-soluble nutrients. It also acts as a mild laxative to keep the bowels moving smoothly and prevent accumulation of material that could become toxic.

    Examples: Balmony, Fringetree, Barberry, Goldenseal

    CICATRISANTS
    Herbs that aid wound healing. See VULNERARIES.

    CORRECTIVES
    Herbs that render strong remedies more pleasant. Particularly herbs that lessen the griping common with purgatives and cathartics.

    Examples: Ginger, Fennel

    COUNTER-IRRITANTS
    See RUBREFACIENTS.
     
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    DEMULCENTS
    Herbs rich in mucilage which soothe and protect inflamed or irritated tissue. When they are used on the skin, demulcent herbs are called EMOLLIENTS. Depending on where they work, they can reduce irritation in the bowel and help heal ulcers, ease cough, or relax painful spasm in the bladder, ureters, and sometimes even the uterus.

    Examples: Marshmallow, Slippery Elm


    DETOXICANTS
    Herbs that support the liver in removing toxic substances from the body. See HEPATICS. Contrast with ANTI-TOXINS, which work against specific toxins.


    DEPURATIVES
    A term synonymous with ALTERATIVES.


    DIAPHORETICS
    Herbs that promote sweating. This can help the vital function of removing waste products through the skin. Or it can help cool the body during a fever. They are thought to work by dilating the capillaries in the skin, which stimulates the sweat glands. Many of these herbs work as diaphoretics if taken hot, but as DIURETICS if taken cold.

    Examples: Yarrow, Cayenne, Boneset


    DIGESTIVE BITTERS
    See BITTERS.


    DIURETICS
    Strictly speaking, herbs that increase the formation and elimination of urine, but commonly used to refer to all herbs that have a beneficial effect on the urinary tract, so includes urinary demulcents, etc. The true diuretics can work by increasing blood flow to the kidneys, others actually effect the water reabsorption in the tubules of the kidneys. Contribute to overall health by helping the kidneys clear toxins from the system.

    Examples: Bearberry, Couch Grass, Buchu, Corn Silk, Dandelion



    EMETICS
    Herbs that cause vomiting. Have been used in the past in conditions characterised by a great deal of mucus, to clear the mucus from the body. In modern herbalism, used to cause forceful emptying in cases of poisoning.

    Examples: Ipecacuanha


    EMMENAGOGUES
    Herbs that stimulate menstrual flow, often used to refer to all herbs that normalise and tone the female reproductive system, although these remedies would better be called uterine tonics.

    Examples: Blue Cohosh, False Unicorn Root, Pennyroyal, Rue, Squaw Vine, Yarrow


    EMOLLIENTS
    See DEMULCENTS...emollients have a soothing and healing effect like demulcents, but specifically on the skin.

    Examples: Plantain, Flax seed, Chickweed


    ESTROGENICS
    Herbs that normalise the balance of estrogens in the body. Often supply compounds the body can make into estrogens if more are needed. These herbs are often used to ease the symptoms of menopause.

    Examples: Angelica, Wild Yam


    EXPECTORANTS
    Herbs that help the body to remove excess mucous from the lungs. Stimulating expectorants work by irritating the lining of the bronchioles to stimulate expulsion of mucous; examples include Balm of Gilead, Elecampagne, Violet, and White Horehound. Many of these herbs can act as EMETICS in large doses. The relaxing expectorants soothe bronchial spasm and promote the production of a more watery mucous that is easier to cough up; examples are Coltsfoot, Hyssop, Marshmallow, Mullein, and Plantain.


    FEBRIFUGES
    Herbs that reduce fever. In general, herbalists don't use something to reduce fever unless it also has some beneficial effect on the infection or inflammation causing the fever. They see fever as one of the body's ways of fighting infection, and try to use herbs that support the immune system and the other cleansing processes of the body. Thus, the DIAPHORETICS can lower body temperature by promoting perspiration, but they also help the body cleanse. Similarly, circulatory STIMULANTS increase blood flow to the skin and so promote a cleansing sweat. ALTERATIVES can act through an ANTI-MICROBIAL action, or through stimulation of the immune system, and can also help the body clear out the toxic waste products of an infective process.


    FUNGICIDES
    Herbs that kill fungus. See ANTI-MICROBIALS.


    GALACTOGOGUES
    Herbs that increase the flow of milk in a lactating woman. Generally need to be used in the context of a very good diet and general health to be effective.

    Examples: Milk Thistle, Fennel, Fenugreek, Nettles, Vervain, and Cleavers.


    HAEMOSTATICS
    Herbs which stop or prevent bleeding. ASTRINGENTS are often haemostatic.

    Examples: Yarrow, Cranesbill


    HEPATICS
    Herbs that support the function of the liver. They tone, strengthen, and in some cases increase bile flow (see CHOLAGOGUES ). BITTERS often exert their function through stimulation of the liver. Important for general health as the liver is the primary organ responsible for removing toxins from the body.

    Examples: Dandelion, Boldo, Milk Thistle, Aloe, Barberry, Yellow Dock


    HYPNOTICS
    Herbs that help induce sleep. This effect can result from muscle-relaxing properties, volatile oils that reduce psychological tension, or remedies that act on the nervous system itself. Almost any hypnotic remedy can become addictive if used consistantly for any long period. Should be used as part of a holistic approach to sleeplessness, including exercise, diet, relaxation exercises, and counselling regarding sources of stress.

    Examples: Passion Flower, Hops, Skullcap, Valerian


    HYPOGLCEMICS
    See ANTI-DIABETICS.


    HYPOTENSIVES
    See ANTI-HYPERTENSIVES.


    LAXATIVES
    Herbs that promote contractions of the bowels to stimulate removal of faeces. Generally differentiated from the gentler APERIENTS which promote normal bowel activity, in that these stronger herbs act by irritating the bowels so they evacuate more forcefully.

    Examples: Senna, Cascara, Aloe


    LYPOLYTICS
    Herbs that normalise lipids in the body. These herbs are gaining attention as we learn more about the effects of the ratios of different types of lipids in the causation of heart disease.

    Examples: Dong Quai, Garlic


    NARCOTICS
    Powerful ANODYNES which often also have HYPNOTIC function.

    Example: Opium Poppy


    NERVINES
    Herbs that exert an effect on the nervous system. See the categories below.


    NERVINE RELAXANTS
    Herbs that promote relaxation of the nervous system. Often act to sedate or produce sleep, or to relax muscles.

    Examples: Black Cohosh, Chamomile, Linden blossom, Passion flower, Black Haw, Cramp Bark, Lady's slipper, Hops, California Poppy, Lavender, St John's Wort, Valerian, Hyssop


    NERVINE STIMULANTS
    Herbs that stimulate the nervous system

    Examples: Coffee, Tea, Mate, Kola Nut


    NERVINE TONICS
    Herbs that support and strengthen the nervous system.

    Examples: Oats, St John's Wort, Vervain, Skullcap


    NUTRITIVES and NUTRITIVE TONICS
    Herbs that nourish the body. Useful in convalescence or anorexia.

    Examples: Marshmallow, Hemp seeds


    PARTURIENTS
    Herbs that support and facilitate the birthing process. These are often uterine tonics or stimulants.

    Examples: Raspberry


    PECTORALS
    Herbs that strengthen the lungs. All expectorants are pectorals, but this class includes herbs that aid the lungs through other actions as well.

    Examples: Elecampagne, Lobelia, Blood Root, Pleurisy Root


    REFRIGERANTS
    Herbs that lower body temperature. See DIAPHORETICS and FEBRIFUGES.


    RUBREFACIENTS
    Herbs that, when applied to the surface of the skin, promote vasodilatation and localised increase in blood flow; this causes a reddening of the skin, hence the name. Increased blood flow allows the agents in the blood that fight infection to come to the area in force. It also allows for increased cleansing and nourishment of the affected part. Hence, plasters of these agents are often used in arthritis, or in localised infections. VESICANTS actually produce blistering, but are seldom used in modern herbalism.

    Examples: Mustard, Cayenne, Ginger, Nettle, Horseradish


    SEDATIVES
    See NERVINE RELAXANTS.


    SPASMOLYTICS
    See ANTI-SPASMODICS.


    STIMULANTS
    Generally, herbs that cause an increase in body functions. In older herbals, this term refers specifically to stimulants of the circulatory system; examples would be Bayberry, Prickly Ash, Yarrow, and Cayenne. See CARDIACS.


    STOMACHICS
    Herbs that tone and stimulate action of the stomach. See BITTERS.


    STYPTICS
    Herbs with ASTRINGENT action on the skin.
     
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    THYMOLEPTICS
    Herbs that raise the mood and counteract depression. With the advent of modern pharmacology, it has been found that these herbs have an action on the chemicals that transmit nerve impulses in the brain; these "neurotransmitters" have been found to be in imbalance in most cases of severe depression.

    Examples: St John's Wort, Passion Flower.


    TONICS
    Herbs that strengthen and support the function of a specific organ or, in some herbals, the whole body.
    See BITTER TONICS, CARDIAC TONICS, NERVINE TONICS, and UTERINE TONICS.

    Examples: generally given in specific body systems, as above.


    UTERINE TONICS
    Tone and normalise the function of the female reproductive system.

    Examples: Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Chaste Berry, False Unicorn Root, Motherwort, Raspberry, Squaw Vine


    VERMICIDES
    Herbs that kill intestinal worms. See ANTHELMINTHICS.


    VERMIFUGES
    Herbs that promote expulsion of intestinal worms. See ANTHELMINTHICS.


    VULNERARIES
    Herbs that help wounds or inflammations to heal. Can refer to lesions of the skin or mucus membranes. Many ASTRINGENTS, DEMULCENTS, and EMOLLIENTS have vulnerary actions. Sometimes the vulnerary function is due to tannins producing an impervious layer that protects the wound as it heals. Sometimes mucilage soothes and keeps the tissue moist. Comfrey contains a compound called allantoin, which stimulates cell growth, and helps heal broken bones as well as skin. Herbs with ANTI-MICROBIAL action can also assist wound healing by guarding against infection.

    Examples: Comfrey, Chickweed, Goldenseal, Marigold, Marshmallow, Plantain, Yarrow, Burdock, Willow Bark.

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    Common Chinese Herbs And Their Functions


    Abutilon Seed (Dong Gui Zi)
    Abutilon seed is sweet tasting and cold in energy. This herb helps to move the bowels by lubricating the intestines as well as nourish and moisten the conduits of blood and vital energy. It is also known to promote the secretion of bodily fluids to quench thirst. Abutilon seed also promotes the smooth flow of vital energy and blood, and is beneficial for breast feeding mums as it stimulates the flow of milk.

    Amomum Fruit (Sha Ren)
    Amomum fruit is pungent in taste and warm in energy. This herb alleviates pain and prevents miscarriage, as well as dispels dampness and strengthens the spleen. It is also known to relieve flatulence and neutralize the effects of alcohol. Amomum fruit warms and tonifies the spleen and stomach.

    Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi)
    Cinnamon twig is both sweet tasting and pungent, and warm in energy. Use of this herb clears obstruction in the channels and collaterals. Cinnamon twig is also used to treat colds and headaches caused by influenza.

    Dodder Seed (Tu Si Zi)
    Dodder seed is both sweet tasting and pungent, and slightly warm in energy. This herb is used to treat weakness of muscles and bones, and headaches caused by deficiency in the liver and kidneys. Dodder seed is also known to tonify the liver and kidney's vital functions.

    Ligustrum Seed (Nu Zhen Zi)
    Ligustrum seed is both bitter and sweet tasting, and neutral in energy. This herb helps to brighten the eyes and slow down vision deterioration. Ligustrum seed is known to replenish the vital essence of the liver and kidneys. Consumed regularly, this herb helps to strengthen the body to promote longevity.

    Longan Aril (Long Yan Rou)
    Longan aril is sweet tasting and neutral in energy. This herb is used to treat poor appetite caused by deficiency in the spleen and stomach. Longan aril is also known to reinforce the blood building functions of the spleen and heart.

    Ophiopogon Root (Mai Men Dong)
    Ophiopogon root is both sweet and slightly bitter, and slightly cold in energy. This herb dispels heat from the heart to relieve irritability. It is also known to promote the production of bodily fluids to quench thirst. Ophiopogon root helps to replenish the vital essence and moisten the lungs, and is used to treat cough and laryngitis.

    Polygala Root (Yuan Zhi)
    Polygala root is both pungent and bitter in taste, and warm in energy. This herb improves hearing and vision in addition to strengthening the muscles and bones. Polygala root is also known to nourish the vital essence and reinforce Yang, and calm the heart to sooth the nerves.

    Red Date (Hong Zao)
    Red date is sweet tasting and neutral in energy. This herb is used to nourish the blood to soothe the nerves, as well as reinforce the middle burner. Red date is known to be beneficial for replenishing the vital energy and is also used for treating poor appetite and diarrhea.

    Rice-Paper Pith (Tong Cao)
    Rice-paper pith is bland in taste and cold in energy. The herbs is known to dispel dampness by promoting diuresis. Rice-paper pith also stimulates the flow of milk for breast feeding mums.

    Rosehip (Jin Ying Zi)
    Rosehip tastes both sour and astringent. This herb is used to treat excessive leucorrhea discharge and frequent urination, as well as replenishes the vital essence of the kidneys. Rosehip is known to stimulate ovulation.

    Seahorse (Hai Ma)
    Seahorse is both sweet and salty, and warm in energy. This herb is used to treat impotence, incontinence and asthma. The consumption of seahorse is known to warm and tonify the vital functions of both the liver and kidneys.

    Spatholobus Stem (Ji Xue Teng)
    Spatholobus stem is slightly bitter tasting and warm in energy. This herb nourishes the blood and improves its circulation. Spatholobus stem is known to clear obstruction in the channels and help relax your muscles.

    Tangerine Peel (Guang Chen Pi)
    Tangerine peel is both bitter and pungent tasting, and warm in energy. This herb is used to treat poor digestion as well as to dispel dampness to get rid of phlegm.

    Tendrilled Fritillary Bulb (Chuan Zhu Bei)
    Tendrilled fritillary bulb is both bitter and pungent tasting, and slightly cold in energy. This herb is used to treat cough and acute mastitis. Tendrilled fritillary bulb is also known to be beneficial in clearing heat from the lungs to get rid of phlegm.

    Wolfberry Fruit (Gou Qi)
    Wolfberry fruit is sweet tasting and neutral in energy. This herbs helps to delay ageing and boost brain power. It also nourishes the liver and aids in improving your vision. Wolfberry fruit is known to be beneficial in nourishing both the liver and kidneys.

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    A partial list of Chinese herbs

    Adenophora Chinese herb, I am not sure what this herb is used for.
    Albizzia julibrissin (Mimosa), traditionally known in China as the "herb of happiness," is one of the most valued Chinese botanicals for supporting a healthy mood during periods of occasional anxiety and stress.
    Angelica pubescens root -- Du Huo --
    Astragalus complanatus -- Flatstem Milkvetch seed -- Sha Yuan Zi -- this is the seed of the astragalus plant as opposed to the root.
    Astragalus membranaceus root -- Huang Qi -- The genus astragalus is a large group of more than 2,000 species distributed worldwide, and is commonly known as milk-vetch root. Currently, much of the research on astragalus is focused on its immune-stimulating polysaccharides and other active ingredients useful in immune deficiency conditions.
    Astragalus mongholicus -- is part of the Astragalus genus and related to Astragalus membranaceus. In China Astragalus mongholicus is used for the same purposes as Astragalus membranaceus and may be mixed with it.
    Atractylodes macrocephala -- Bai Zhu -- Baizhu -- root ------ Atractylodes lancea -- Cang Zhu --
    Bamboo leaf extract
    Bupleurum Chinense -- Chai Hu --
    Cardamom-- Bai Dou Kou --
    Cassia seed - Cassia Obtusifolia -- Jue Ming Zi
    Chaste berry - Chasteberry -- Vitex Rotundifolia --Vitex trifolia -- Man Jing Zi. See also Chaste-Berry supplement information.
    Chrysanthemum indicum - Ye Ju Hua -- (Ye means wild), the flower is smaller than Moriflorum species.
    Chrysanthemum moriflorum -- Ju Hua -- (mori means mulberry)
    Cistanche deserticola -- Cistanche Salsa -- Rou Cong Rong -- Roucongrong -- side effect includes blurred vision.
    Ciwujia Chinese herb
    Codonopsis pilosula -- Clang Sheng - Dangshen -- Dang Shen -- protects certain immune cells from radiation therapy damage during cancer therapy, has ulcer-preventive activity. Codonopsis herbal tonic improves mind function when used in combination with ginkgo biloba.
    Cnidium monnieri Chinese herb --
    Coptis chinensis rhizome -- Golden Thread -- Huang Lian -- Rhizoma Coptidis - has a high concentration of berberine.
    Cordyceps chinensis - this mushroom is quite popular and sold as an extract. See Cordyceps mushroom extract supplement information.
    Cornus Officinalis -- Asiatic Cornelian Cherry Fruit -- Corni Fructus -- Asiatic Dogwood -- Shan Zhu Yu
    Corydalis yanhusuo
    Cuscuta -- Dodder seed -- Semen Cuscutae -- Tu Si Zi --
    Cynomorium songaricum -- Suo Yang. Cynomorium grows at high altitude, mainly in Inner Mongolia and Tibet. In Saudi Arabia, cynomorium is called tarthuth. It even grows in parts of the Sahara desert.
    Deer Antler Velvet is a potent sexual enhancer and sold as Deer-Antler-Velvet supplement for aphrodisiac properties.
    Dendrobium Chinese herb
    Cordyceps -- Cordyceps Sinensis --
    Dong Quai also spelled Dong Gui -- Angelica sinensis -- see Dong Quai supplement for sale.
    Dioscorea -- Shun Yao -- Diosgenin is a steroidal saponin, which is extracted from the root of Wild Yam, dioscorea.
    Ephedra - Ma Huang was used in weight loss products until about 2004 when the FDA decided to make it illegal to be included in weight loss products.
    Eucommia Chinese herb
    Fo Ti - Polygonum multiflorum -- Fleeceflower -- He Shou Wu -- Ho Shoo Wu - Shouwu -- This Fo-Ti herb is also found in a hair growth product called Shen Min which may have liver toxicity.
    Ginkgo Biloba -- Bai guo -- one of the most well studied Chinese herbs. This Chinese herb is often sold in Ginkgo-Biloba 40 mg supplement dosage and Ginkgo-60mg supplement dosage.
    Ginseng -- Panax Ginseng -- Ren Shen -- Renshen -- one of the best known Chinese herbs. Ginseng is used by most people to increase energy. There are quite a number of different ginseng species, and literally tens of thousands of different products. Certain ginseng varieties are helpful for individuals who are fatigued and have low body temperature. However, if the same ginseng is given to an individual with high body temperature, particularly in a high dose, it could make that person uncomfortable, restless or hyperactive.
    Gynostemma pentaphyllum -
    Horny goat weed -- Epidmedium sagittatum -- Epimedium brevicorum -- Yinyanghou. A potent Chinese herbal aphrodisiac and a popular sex enhancing herb. See Horny-Goat-Weed extract supplement to purchase this natural sex enhancer.
    Jiaogulan is a plant that grows wild in China, as well as many other countries throughout Asia.
    Jujube -- Ziziphus Jujuba -- Suan Zao Ren --
    Indigo plant -- Isatis Indigotica -- Qing Dai --
    Licorice -- Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis -- Gan Cao -- In China, Licorice is used for stomach ulcers, dry cough and to detoxify other herbs and drugs.
    Ligustrum - Fructus Ligustri Lucidi - Nu Zhen Zi
    Longan Fruit - Euphoria fruit - Long Yan Rou
    Lotus Seeds -- Lian Zi --
    Morinda officinalis roots have been used in China since ancient times. In Chinese medicine, morinda is known as "Bajitian"
    Motherwort Chinese herb
    Oroxylum indicum -- Mu Hu Die --
    Peony -- Chinese Peony -- Paeonia lactiflora
    Poria cocos -- Fu Ling --
    Prunella vulgaris -- Self-Heal Fruit-Spike -- Xia Ku Cao --
    Rehmannia -- Chinese Foxglove -- Dihuang or Di Huang-- Shudihuang -- Rehmannia supplement is available for sale.
    Reishi is also known as Ganoderma lucidum - Lingzhi - or Ling Zhi. Purchase Reishi supplement at this internet vitamin store.
    Salvia miltiorrhiza -- Danshen -- used in cardiovascular condtions
    Sarsaparilla - Smilax glabra -- Sarsaparilla supplements are available for sale.
    Shitake Mushrooms --
    Skullcap -- Scutellaria lateriflora -- Scullcap --
    Schizandra berry (Schizandra chinensis) -- also spelled Schisandra -- Shisandra -- Wuweizi -- Schisandra extract supplements are popular.
    White Peony Root Chinese herb --
    Wolfberry -- Lycium barbarum berries -- Lycii Chinensis -- Gou Qi Zi -- Goukizi - Goji supplements have become very popular along with dried goji berries and berry juice.

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    GUIDE TO HERBS

    Name of Herb & Suggested Use


    AGRIMONY This herb is used for all digestive disorders. Will strengthen stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder and kidneys.
    ALFALFA Alfalfa is a good source of carotene (Vitamin A). It is useful in reducing fevers. Alfalfa is very beneficial to the blood, acting as a blood purifier. Contains natural fluoride, preventing tooth decay and helps rebuild decayed teeth.
    ALOE One of the great healing agents we have among the herbs. Works wonderfully in cleaning out the colon. Gives regular bowel movement. Aloe works well on any kind of sore on the outside of the body. Excellent remedy for piles and hemorrhoids.
    ANGELICA ROOT Angelica is an effective remedy to strengthen the heart. Excellent in diseases of the lungs and heart. Regular users of Angelica Root develop a distaste for alcoholic beverages. Also a good remedy for stomach troubles, heartburn and gas.
    ANISE SEED Anise can prevent fermentation and gas in the stomach and bowels.
    ASTRAGALUS This herb is an excellent energizer. It has been used by athletes for energy reserves, especially in the arms and legs. Also useful in cold climates for keeping the body warm. Used with Ginseng, it works as a total body energizer - both inside and out.
    BARBERRY BARK Acts on the liver, promoting secretion of bile. It has been used as an aid in the following: Bad breath, digestion, kidneys, liver, rheumatism, skin, and sore throat.
    BASIL LEAF Basil, of course, is a splendid spice. When used as a tea, it is an excellent remedy to prevent vomiting.
    BAYBERRY BARK Bayberry helps the body in many ways. It improves circulation and tones all the tissues it contacts. Can be used as a gargle for a sore throat. A fomentation applied externally at night will relieve and prevent varicose veins.
    BAY LEAF A pleasant tonic which gives tone and strength to the digestive organs. Good for cramps.
    BEE POLLEN There are 22 basic elements in the human body - enzymes, hormones, vitamins, amino acids and others - which must be renewed by nutrient intake. No one food contains all of them ... except Bee Pollen. The healing, rejuvenating and disease fighting effects of this total nutrient are hard to believe, yet are fully documented. Aging, digestive upsets, prostate diseases, sore throats, acne, fatigue, sexual problems, allergies and a host of other conditions have been successfully treated by the use of Bee Pollen. Vigorous good health has been maintained by the millions of people who make Bee Pollen a staple of their diets.
    BERGAMOT HERB Calming, very soothing to the system.
    BILBERRY LEAF Bilberry strengthens tiny capillaries that feed eye muscles and nerves reducing and even reversing the damage caused by blood vessel deterioration. Increases night vision, reduces eye fatigue.
    BIRCH BARK Use leaf tea for urinary problems and to expel intestinal worms. Has been used for rheumatism.
    BLACKBERRY LEAF Great for treating diarrhea and healing wounds. Makes an excellent tea.
    BLACK COHOSH This is an excellent herb to regulate menstrual flow and for menstrual cramps. Black Cohosh has the same effects on the female system as synthetic estrogen, without the side effects. Best of all, Black Cohosh has no cancer causing agents like synthetic estrogen.
    BLESSED THISTLE
    (Holy Thistle) Blessed Thistle is an excellent stimulant tonic for the stomach and heart. It aids circulation and helps to resolve liver problems. It takes oxygen to the brain and strengthens memory.
    BLUE COHOSH Generally used to regulate menstrual flow and for suppressed menstruation. Use as a poultice as an emergency remedy for allergic reactions to bee stings.
    BLUE FLAG This herb is very relaxing and stimulating. It has been useful in: Cancer, skin diseases, rheumatism, impurity of blood, constipation, and liver troubles.
    BLUE VIOLET Relieves severe headaches and congestion in the head. Cleans out mucous in the system. Very effective in healing and giving prompt relief of internal ulcers.
    BOLDO LEAF Stimulates digestion and the secretion of bile. Very useful for treating gallstones. Recommended for liver problems.
    BONESET This herb is one of the best for colds and flu. When taken for a cold, the infusion has a mile laxative effect.
    BORAGE LEAF Does a wonderful job in reducing high fevers. Good for irritation of skin and mucous membranes. As a tea, it is good for lung problems. Good to keep on hand.
    BROMELAIN This fat melting enzyme works wonders. Bromelain flushes the fat from your body by naturally stimulating your metabolism and ridding your body of excess fluids.
    BUCHU LEAF Buchu leaves are one of the best diuretics known. Excellent when there is pain while urinating. For acute and chronic bladder and kidney disorders, the herb Buchu is most helpful.
    BUCKTHORN BARK Keeps the bowels regular, but is not habit forming. Does not irritate the bowels. Effective remedy for appendicitis. Expels worms. Will remove warts.
    BURDOCK LEAF & ROOT Extremely good for removing toxins from the body. Strong blood purifier and cleanser. One of the best herbs for severe skin problems. Good for advanced cases of arthritis.
    BUTTERNUT BARK Strengthens intestines. Works well for constipation, sluggish liver, fevers or colds.
    CALENDULA FLOWER Promotes mending and healing of cuts or wounds when applied as a poultice.
    CAPSICUM
    (Cayenne) One of the most important herbs. Not enough can be said about this wonderful healer. Normalizes blood pressure. Improves entire circulatory system. Feeds the cell structure of arteries, veins and capillaries so they will regain elasticity. Capsicum is one of the best stimulants. When the body is stimulated properly, the healing and cleansing process starts, allowing the body to function normally. Stops bleeding on contact. Every home should have Capsicum on hand.
    CARAWAY SEED Strengthens and gives tone to the stomach, prevents fermentation in the stomach and aids digestion.
    CASCARA SAGRADA BARK What a wonderful herb. One of the best remedies for chronic constipation. Will stimulate the secretions of the entire digestive system. Excellent remedy for gallstones. It is very valuable when there are hemorrhoids associated with poor bowel movement.
    CATNIP Catnip benefits our body best by quieting our nervous system. Good for stomach gas or cramps. Aids in digestion. Helps clean out mucous in the body.
    CELERY LEAF & SEED Effective for incontinence or urine. Good in rheumatism and also nervousness.
    CENTAURY This herb stimulates the activity in the salivary gland, stomach and intestinal gland, thereby relieving constipational gas, and promoting proper digestion.
    CHAMOMILE FLOWER Chamomile if one of the herbs that is used both as a beverage and for medicinal purposes. It has a good taste. It is excellent for a nervous stomach. For women, Chamomile has been found to relieve cramping associated with the menstrual cycle.
    CHERVIL Chervil is a good stimulant, mild diuretic, lowers blood pressure and is a wonderful cooking spice.
    CHICKWEED Rich in Vitamin C and minerals -- especially calcium, magnesium and potassium. This herb helps to carry toxins from the body. Very good blood purifier. It will heal and soothe anything it comes in contact with. Dissolves plaque in blood vessels.
    CHICORY ROOT Chicory is valuable for many ailments. Effective in disorders of the kidneys, liver, urinary canal, stomach, and spleen. Helps to expel the morbid matter and tones up the system in general. Adds zest to coffee.
    CINNAMON BARK "Spice with a punch." Cinnamon is one of the world's oldest healers, widely used to prevent infection and indigestion. A little sprinkled on cuts and scrapes takes the sting away. Helps break down fats during digestion.
    CLEAVERS One of the best remedies for kidney and bladder troubles. Useful in obstructions of the urinary organ such as stones or gravel. Makes an excellent wash for the face to clear the complexion.
    COLOMBO ROOT To strengthen and tone the entire system, this is one of the best and purest tonics. Can be used for colon trouble.
    COLTSFOOT HERB & FLOWER It is very soothing to the mucous membranes. Improves lung troubles. Excellent in relieving the chest of phlegm. Useful for asthma, bronchitis and spasmodic coughs.
    CORIANDER SEED Coriander is very strengthening to the heart. This herb is a wonderful stomach tonic.
    CORNSILK Useful for trouble with the prostate gland. Excellent remedy for kidney and bladder trouble.
    CRANBERRY Keeps your kidneys clean. Taken at the first sign of bladder or kidney infection (painful urination, back pain), Cranberry can often provide relief overnight.
    CUBEB BERRY Excellent for chronic bladder troubles. Will increase flow of urine.
     
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    DAMIANA LEAF Excellent herb for helping with sexual impotency and fertility for both male and female. Strengthens reproductive organs. Helps with menopause, hot flashes.
    DANDELION LEAF & ROOT The greatest effect of this herb is to help detoxify any poisons in the liver. Dandelion has also been beneficial in lowering blood pressure.
    DON QUAI ROOT This is a most wonderful herb for female troubles.
    ECHINACEA ROOT Works especially well in glandular infections and ailments. Used to treat strep throat, lymph glands. Cleanses the morbid matter from the stomach. Also expels poisons and toxins.
    ELDER The main use for elder is in the first stages of cold or flu.
    FENNEL SEED Fennel is one of the most highly recommended remedies for gas, acid stomach, gout, cramps and spasms. Other benefits include: excellent obesity fighter, makes a good eyewash, and a good liver cleanser.
    FENUGREEK SEED Has been used in the following with excellent results: allergies, coughs, digestion, emphysema, headaches, migraines, intestinal inflammation, ulcers, lungs, mucous membranes, and sore throat.
    FEVERFEW HERB Anyone who suffers migraines should give this herb a try. It works wonders in fighting against migraines. Thousands have successfully been helped without any side effects. Some other benefits of this herb are: helps reduce inflammation in arthritic joints and has been used to restore liver to normal function.
    GENTIAN Useful in fevers and colds. Beneficial to the female organs. Used to strengthen the digestive organs and increase circulation. Gentian is most helpful for liver complaints.
    GINGER ROOT Everyone is familiar with this spice, but few realize it can make us healthier. Here are a few things ginger is known for: stimulating the circulatory system, a very good remedy for a sore throat, has a cleansing effect on the kidneys and bowels.
    GINKGO BILOBA Research studies indicate that the use of Ginkgo Biloba can help improve blood circulation to the brain. This can help memory and reaction time. Good for Alzheimers and senility, chronic ringing in the ears, arthritis, rheumatism and coldness in the body. Twenty million people in Europe regularly take this herb to stay healthier and feeling younger.
    GINSENG ROOT, SIBERIAN This is a tremendously valuable herb. The Chinese call Ginseng a cure-all. Excellent to build resistance against stress, both mental and physical. Has been considered by many people to slow the aging process.
    GOLDENSEAL This herb is most valuable because it is a remedy for scores of ailments. Here are just a few examples: Bladder infections, bronchitis, cankers, coughs, colds, earaches, inflammations, mouth sores, mucous membranes, nasal passages, ulcers, and the list goes on. This is an expensive herb, but ask anyone who has ever used it and they will tell you it's well worth it.
    GOTA KOLA Gota Kola is known as the "memory herb." It stimulates circulation to the brain. It's considered to be one of the best nerve tonics. Many people use Gota Kola to increase learning ability.
    GRAVELROOT
    (Queen of the Meadow) Excellent remedy for gravel and stones in the kidney and bladder.
    GREEN BARLEY Extremely nutritious and an excellent antioxidant. Considered by many to help anything in the body that needs help. Twice the fiber of Oat Bran and 12 times more chlorophyll.
    HAWTHORN Hawthorn is highly regarded for its benefit to the heart. It is used to strengthen and regulate the heart. Good for people under stress. Useful in treating high and low blood pressure. Very effective in relieving insomnia.
    HENNA (EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Avoid contact with eyes and open wounds.)
    HIBISCUS FLOWER Makes a deep red tea. Useful as a stimulant for the intestines and kidneys.
    HOLY THISTLE
    (Blessed Thistle) This plant is very soothing to the brain and strengthens the memory capacity. One of the best known remedies for migraine headaches. When taken, it goes to work cleansing the blood. Especially good for the liver, lung and kidney.
    HOPS FLOWER Valuable for those with insomnia. Will produce sleep when nothing else will. Has been used successfully to decrease the desire for alcohol. Will tone liver.
    HOREHOUND Very useful for acute or chronic sore throat and coughs.
    HORSETAIL
    (Shavegrass) Horsetail is rich in minerals, especially silica. Therefore, it makes for strong fingernails and hair, good for split ends. Studies have shown that fractured bones will heal much faster when horsetail is taken. Good for eyes, ears, nose, throat, and glandular disorders.
    HO SHOU WU Excellent rejuvenator. Strengthens liver and kidneys.
    HYDRANGEA ROOT Excellent for backaches caused by kidney trouble. Valuable in bladder troubles. Works wonderfully for those with severe rheumatism.
    HYSSOP Here's another herb that has a score of beneficial effects on the body. Valuable for asthma. Excellent blood regulator. It has a splendid effect on the mucous lining of the stomach and bowels. Good remedy for any eye trouble.
    JUNIPER BERRY A great herb to be used for kidney ailments. Helps the removal of waste products from the bloodstream. Excellent as a preventative for all diseases.
    KAVA KAVA ROOT Will induce sleep and help calm nervousness. When taken as a tea at night, one will get a good restful sleep.
    KELP Has a high content of natural plant iodine, for proper function of the thyroid. Iodine also is needed because it helps fight infection. Kelp has high levels of natural calcium, potassium, and magnesium (excellent for hair and nails).
    LAVENDER FLOWER Excellent combined with other herbs that have a strong taste. Relaxes the body.
    LECITHIN Proven to break up cholesterol, allowing it to pass through arterial walls, thereby helping to prevent arteriosclerosis. Lecithin promotes a healthy nervous system. It can also help to cleanse and purify the kidneys.
    LICORICE ROOT This herb works as a mild laxative. Will strengthen both heart and circulatory system. Helps put vitality into the body. Has been used successfully for throat and injured throat muscles.
    MA HUANG Cleanses the respiratory system. Keeps eyes bright.
    MALVA FLOWER This herb can help soothe inflammation in the mouth and throat. Helpful for earaches.
    MARJORAM A wonderful herb for general aches and pains. Splendid effect in combination with Chamomile and Gentian. Very beneficial for a sour stomach or loss of appetite.
    MARSHMALLOW LEAF Does much to help, heal and soothe inflamed areas of the body. Works well for poor kidneys and bladder. For urinary problems, Marshmallow is useful.
    MILK THISTLE HERB Excellent liver detoxifier.
    MOTHERWORT This is one of the most useful remedies for suppressed menstruation and other female troubles. If one has a chest cold, great results come from taking Motherwort. Complaints of nervousness can be relieved with this herb.
    MUGWORT This herb has traditionally been used for rheumatism and gout. Helps kidney and bladder. Splendid for female trouble, especially suppressed menstruation.
    MULLEIN LEAF Mullein is high in iron, magnesium and potassium. Splendid for the entire respiratory system. Helps pulmonary ailments. Strengthens sinuses. Allows for free breathing. Mullein is very effective in relieving swollen joints.
    MYRRH GUM Myrrh has been with us for thousands of years. This was one of the precious spices brought to our Lord Jesus when he was born. Cleans the colon and brings order to the digestive system. Removes bad breath. Has been called the herbal breath freshener. Sinus problems that have been with people for years have improved with the use of Myrrh.
    NETTLE LEAF It is an excellent remedy for kidney trouble. This herb, in combination with seawrack, will bring splendid results in weight loss. Nettle Tea is good for fevers and colds. Most excellent remedy for dandruff. Will bring back the natural color of hair.
    NUTMEG Nutmeg is probably in most kitchens, used as a seasoning. Nutmeg can also be used to help the body by preventing gas and fermentation in the stomach.
    OREGANO LEAF This herb is much more than great tasting. Use as a warm, aromatic, spicy infusion to help settle the stomach after meals or to help treat a cold.
    OREGON GRAPE ROOT This herb draws toxins from the blood, thereby cleansing the blood. Useful in helping rheumatism.
     
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    PAPAYA LEAF Very useful as a digestive stimulant. Contains the important enzyme papain. Relieves sour stomach.
    PAPRIKA
    (Sweet) Stimulates the appetite and gastric secretions.
    PARSLEY LEAF Parsley is extremely high in iron. It has more iron than any other green vegetable. Parsley is excellent for removal of small kidney and gallstones.
    PASSION FLOWER A pure and mild sedative. Very relaxing. Useful to calm nerves and blood pressure. A deterrent for alcoholism.
    PATCHOULI LEAF Makes an excellent seasoning and refreshing tea.
    PAU D'ARCO The Brazilian miracle herb that protects your immune system. It is an excellent disease preventative.
    PENNYROYAL A wonderful herb to relieve high fevers. Brings on perspiration allowing for good circulation. Excellent remedy for toothaches and gout. Useful for skin diseases. The chest and lungs benefit from Pennyroyal too.
    PEPPERMINT LEAF Everyone who drinks coffee should replace it with a cup of Peppermint Tea. Coffee brings so many harmful effects to the body. It weakens the heart, if bad for digestion, and can cause constipation. On the other hand, Peppermint has a very good taste and is a most splendid remedy for headaches. If more people used Peppermint, they would find their entire system working more normally. Excellent for sick headaches.
    PLANTAIN LEAF This herb is one of the best remedies for cuts, any skin infections, and chronic skin problems. Because of its soothing properties, Plantain works well on a score of ailments. Useful for infections of all kinds, including hemorrhoids and inflammations.
    PLEURISY ROOT One of the best herbs to break up a cold. Helps bronchial complaints.
    POPPY SEED BLUE Excellent in the making of breads and desserts.
    PRICKLY ASH BARK Has been traditionally used to increase circulation in the entire body. Splendid results occur when used for rheumatism and arthritis. Good for weak digestion. Makes a good blood purifier.
    PRINCE'S PINE This herb is well noted for producing diuretic action without irritant side effects. Prolonged use of this herb tea is said to dissolve bladder stones. Recommended for rheumatism and chronic kidney problems.
    PSYLLIUM SEED One of the best colon cleansers among herbs. Lubricant to the intestinal tract. Removes putrefactive toxins from the intestines.
    RED CLOVER One of the best herbs we have because the body's entire system will benefit from Red Clover. Excellent to purify the blood. If Red Clover is taken freely, the results against acne and other skin problems will be amazing.
    RED RASPBERRY LEAF Raspberry is very high in minerals, and a source of vitamins. Very help for all female organs and problems. It will decrease the menstrual flow without stopping it all together. Eases menstrual cramps.
    RHUBARB ROOT Rhubarb root is a powerful laxative. Use in small amounts.
    ROSE HIPS Have a very high content of Vitamin C. Is an infection fighter. Good for stress of all kinds. Researchers believe arteriosclerosis is a disease of Vitamin C deficiency.
    SAFFLOWER Prevents and helps eliminate the buildup of uric and lactic acid in the body, the leading causes of gout.
    SAFFRON A pure and natural digestive aid. Will soothe the entire digestive tract. Can relieve gout and arthritis. Promotes perspiration, therefore very helpful in colds and cold symptoms.
    SANICLE Both root and leaves can be used. This is a powerful cleansing herb, one of the best. It is very effective internally as well as externally. Expels mucous and poisonous waste matter from the body.
    SASPARILLA ROOT Splendid remedy for rheumatism and gout. Acts as a diuretic. Excellent in balancing both male and female hormones. Sasparilla has the same effects on the body as the male hormone testosterone, an important hair growing hormone.
    SASSAFRAS LEAF AND ROOT Has a very useful effect on the blood system. Because it purifies the blood so well, it is excellent for all skin disorders, especially ailments such as acne. It stimulates the action of the liver to clear toxins from the body.
    SAW PALMETTO BERRY Where there is mucous in the head and nose, relief is found with this herb. Diseases of both male and female reproductive organs can be helped with this herb.
    SCULLCAP As a nerve sedative, Scullcap is one of the best herb remedies, because the entire nervous system is influenced in a calming and soothing way. Used as a hangover remedy. Helps digestion.
    SEAWRACK
    (Bladderwrack) It is one of the best herbs to fight obesity. Has splendid effect on glandular afflictions. If one has been overweight for a long period of time without success in keeping the weight off, very satisfying results are found with the herb Seawrack.
    SENNA LEAF Senna is a splendid laxative, but sometimes causes bowel cramps which can be overcome by using it with an aromatic herb.
    SHEPHERD'S PURSE Very valuable remedy for diarrhea.
    SHEEP SORREL Works especially well as remedy for kidney trouble. Also expels gravel from the kidneys. When the kidneys are functioning properly, the entire body will feel better and the skin will look much clearer.
    SLIPPERY ELM BARK Here's one of those herbs that work well for many ailments. Slippery Elm Bark has been used to normalize bowel movement. Also beneficial for hemorrhoids and constipation. Helps to clean out the colon, aids digestion, most useful for diarrhea, remedy for kidney troubles, lung pain. Eases eye pain.
    SOLOMON'S SEAL ROOT Mainly used for external problems. It makes a good poultice for bruises. Used as a wash for skin problems and blemishes.
    SPEARMINT LEAF Spearmint has a wonderful taste and will help the body with many ailments. Will relieve suppressed, painful or scalding urine. Helpful for gas in the stomach. Very quieting and soothing to the nerves. All should have this herb in their home to help the body. NEVER BOIL SPEARMINT.
    SPEEDWELL Excellent for respiratory ailments. It also has been used for stomach ailments and migraine headaches. Used as a gargle for mouth and throat sores.
    SPIKENARD Excellent herb for skin ailments such as acne, pimples, blackheads, rashes and general skin problems. Very useful in coughs, colds and all chest afflictions.
    STAR ANISE Promotes appetite and relieves flatulence. When added to other herbal teas, it helps improve their taste without disturbing their medicinal value.
    ST. JOHN'S WORT Powerful as a blood purifier. Very good in cases of tumors and boils. Very good in chronic uterine problems. Will correct irregular menstruation.
    STRAWBERRY LEAF Very few know the medicinal value of the strawberry. It tones up the system in general, will cleanse the stomach and is very useful in preventing diarrhea.
    SUMAC BERRY & BARK A tea made of this herb is very cleansing to the system. For sores and cankers in the mouth, there is none superior. Works well for bowel complaints.
    SUMMER SAVORY LEAF Essential cooking spice. Also useful in treating diarrhea, upset stomach and sore throat.
     
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    THYME LEAF Everyone uses Thyme in their kitchen to add flavor to food, but it has medicinal properties as well. Removes mucous from the head, lungs and respiratory passages. Fights infection. Brings pain relief to migraine headaches.
    UVA - URSI LEAF Uva - Ursi herb is one of the most reliable remedies for bladder and kidney infections. Will cleanse and strengthen the spleen. It is a digestive stimulant.
    VALERIAN ROOT Valerian is a wonderful gift from God. It has a most useful healing effect on the nervous system. Very quieting and calming. Good for entire circulatory system. Will promote sleep if taken as a tea at night. The drug Valium is synthetically made from Valerian Root. NEVER BOIL VALERIAN ROOT.
    VERVAIN This herb should be in every home. A marvelous remedy for fevers. Will often clear a cold overnight. Good for expelling phlegm from throat and chest. Will expel worms when everything else fails. Excellent for shortness of breath and wheezing.
    WHITE OAK BARK A very strong astringent. One of the best herbs for piles and hemorrhoids. Increases the flow of urine. Removes kidney stones and gallstones. Reduces fevers. Excellent for varicose veins. It may be used as a douche for vaginal infections.
    WHITE WILLOW BARK Useful in all stomach troubles, especially sour stomach and heartburn. However, because of its pain relieving properties, it is mostly used for minor aches and pains in the body. It is mentioned in Egyptian Papyri, and Hypocrites prescribed it many times for pain and fevers.
    WILD ALUM ROOT Wild Alum Root is a powerful astringent for the body. Very useful in cholera, diarrhea and dysentery. Excellent used as a rinse for sores in the mouth and bleeding gums. The powder of Wild Alum Root sprinkled on a wound or cut will help stop the bleeding immediately. Excellent to rid mucous and pus from the bladder and intestines.
    WILD CHERRY Tones up the system. Loosens phlegm in the throat and chest. Asthma can improve with this herb.
    WILD OREGON GRAPE ROOT It is a good blood purifier. Good for all uterine diseases, and chronic skin diseases. Useful for both liver and kidney troubles. (Same as Oregon Grape Root.)
    WILD YAM ROOT Very relaxing and soothing to the nerves. For people who get excited easily, Wild Yam is most useful. It will also help expel gas from the stomach and bowels.
    WINTERGREEN LEAF This is an old-time remedy. Taken in small frequent doses, it will stimulate the stomach, heart and respiration. Helpful for obstructions in the bowels. Valuable for colic and gas in the bowels.
    WITCH HAZEL BARK & LEAF Will restore circulation. For stiff joints, Witch Hazel works wonderfully.
    WOOD BETONY Betony is of great value for pain in the face and head. Opens obstructions of the liver and spleen. Cleans impurities from the blood. For indigestion, heartburn and cramps in the stomach, Betony is most beneficial.
    WOODRUFF WOODRUFF - Woodruff is a very beneficial herb for gravel and bladder stones. Used as a calmative for nervous conditions such as restlessness, insomnia and hysteria. A tea made of this herb is good for relieving stomach pains. VERY POTENT in small doses.
    WORMWOOD Compresses soaked in tea aid bruises and sprains. Traditionally used for expelling worms.
    YARROW ROOT This is an extremely valuable herb to have on hand at all times. Yarrow is unsurpassed for flu and fevers. When Yarrow Root is used at the beginning, a cold usually breaks up within 24 hours. Yarrow has a very healing and soothing effect on mucous membranes.
    YELLOW DOCK ROOT Most useful blood purifier, therefore good in all skin problems. Helps tone entire system.
    YERBA SANTA Excellent for bronchial congestion as well as all chest conditions. Effective when there is much discharge from the nose. Good for rheumatism.
    YOHIMBE Yohimbe acts as a natural aphrodisiac for both men and women.
    YUCCA ROOT Reduces inflammation of the joints, therefore helpful for arthritic and rheumatoid problems. Makes an excellent hair and scalp treatment.



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    It should be noted that Pennyroyal is an ABORTATIVE!
    DO NOT consume while pregnant, as it is powerful enough to cause miscarriage or birth defects.

    If you read this and decide to attempt to abort a baby with Pennyroyal tea, please know the risks:
    -If it fails, your baby may suffer severe defects.
    -If it is successful, it is EXTREMELY painful!!
    Please see a doctor if you are considering abortion. It is unsafe and dangerous to try this method.

    Thanks for this thread, GSD! I studied herbs for a year and will definitely contribute more in the future.
     
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    smoke 'em if you got 'em...
     
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    Thanks to you too for your current and future contributions Wing !!

    Excellent post on dangers.

    This is one area I have often had to dig deeply to find. Of course many sources of information detail herb benefits only because frequently they are selling them.

    But at least equally, if not more important, are interactions, dangers, side effects

    And these can be of particular importance if someone has health issues or is already taking some type of prescription medication

    BTW: Any news from Tyson? Been worried about him. Hope he's alright
     
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    I'll search my notes and books for more contraindications. Not sure if I have much for prescription meds, but i'll look.

    I have no idea how Tyson is, unfortunately. I hope he is alright too. Hopefully just taking a break for awhile.
     
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