These herbs have immune system enhancers which help the body adjust to change, regulate stress and restore natural immune resistance. Herbs which are used for this purpose include echinacea, garlic, gingko biloba, ginseng, goldenseal, pau d'arco and suma.
Herbs with alterative properties stimulate gradual changes in metabolism and tissue function in acute and chronic conditions and increase overall health, energy, vigor and strength. Alternatives are similar to tonics, which help both the overall systems as well as aiding particular organs, tissues and cells. alterative herbs, include aloe vera, black cohosh, blue cohosh, blue vervain, capsicum, cascara sagrada, chamomile, damiana, dandelion, echnicacea, fenugreek, garlic, gentian, ginger, gingko biloba, goldenseal, hawthorn, horsetail, milk thistle, red clover, red raspberry, schizandra, suma, yarro and yellow dock root.
Analgesic herbs are used to relieve pain without loss of consciousness. Some of the herbs commonly used as analgesics include feverfew, lobelia, mullein, pau d'acro, skullcap, willow bark and wood betony.
Anesthetics are used for their ability to cause physical insensitivity. Examples of herbs with this property are caraway, kava and tea tree.
Herbs with this property have the ability to soothe and reduce the intensity of pain. Herbs with this ability include anise, chamomile, cloves, juniper, pleurisy root and rosemary.
Anorectic herbs help to reduce appetite. Herbs with this asset include chickweed, ephedra, fellel, garcinia and guarana.
An antacid is used to neutralize acids in the stomach and intestinal tract. Herbs used for this include dandelion, fennel, ginger, kelp, Iceland moss and slippery elm.
Herbs with anthelmintic agents either expel or destroy worms in the body. Other similar terms to describe such agents include vermifuge, mermicide and taeniacide. Herbs with these fighting abilities include black walnut hull, black cohosh, blue walnut, gentian, goldenseal, mandrake, prickly ash, pumpkin seed, wormwood and senna.
Anti-asthmatics are used to help relieve the symptoms associated with asthma. Some of the anti-asthmatic herbs are elecampane, ephedra, gotu kola, lobelia, prickly ash, wild cherry and yerba santa.
Antibacterial herbs are those that fight and destroy bacteria and include alfalfa, basil, chamomile, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, parsley, peppermint, rhubarb, tumeric, uva ursi and yucca.
Herbs that work as natural antibiotics help the body's immune system destroy growths of micro-organisms. Some herbs commonly used as natural antibiotics include buchu, chaparral, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, myrrh, red clover and yellow dock.
These are herbs which help dissolve and eliminate, as well prevent the formation of mucus and inflammation of the mucus membrane. Herbs that are considered to be anticatarrhal include comfrey, elecampane, ephedra, funugreek, licorice, lobelia, marshmallow, mullein and wild cherry.
Anticoagulant herbs help the body prevent clotting of the blood. Herbs with this constituent include garlic, turmeric and yellow melilot.
Antiemetics prevent vomiting, and herbs with this ability include clove, Iceland moss, raspberry and spearmint.
Antifungal agents act against and destroy various fungi. Herbs in this category include alfalfa, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, kava kava, kombucha, parsley, St. John's wort, skullcap, thyme and turmeric.
Herbs with this property work opposite to herbs with galactagogue (A galactagogue is anything that excites lactation. In other words, any thing that increases milk production.) Sage and black walnut are examples of herbs in this category.
Histamine is a chemical, which is involved in our local immune response as well as regulating physiological function in the gut, acting as a neurotransmitter. During the time of seasonal allergies, the body?s immune system sees pollen as an invader. In an allergic reaction, our body produces histamine, as a defense mechanism. This inflammatory chemical attaches the cells in our body and causes irritation. It is the deficiency of this enzyme that triggers an allergic reaction as histamines gathers in the synapses. These herbs have an effectiveness as an antihistimine: Basil, Chamomile, Jewelweed, Papaya, Stinging Nettle, Echinacea, Fennel, Ginger, Reishi, and Thyme.
Antihydrodics reduce levels of perspiration. Herbs with this ability include astragalus and sage.
Herbs with this ability reduce inflammation in the body without acting directly on the cause of the inflammation. Herbs in this category include chicory, cranberry, elder flowers, eucalyptus, fennel, feverfew, ginger, licorice, marshmallow, papaya, passion flower, peppermint, pine tree bark, queen of the meadow, rhubarb, rosemary, safflower, turmeric, wild yam and witch hazel.
Antilithic herbs work to prevent the formation of stones in the gall blader and kidney, as well as aiding the expulsion of those already formed. Antilithics are similar to lithotriptics. Some herbs used for this purpose are buchu leaves, hydrangea and uva ursi leaves.
Antimicrobials helps the body destroy microbes by affecting their growth and multiplication, Herbs with this ability include fennel, fevergfew, myrrh, pau d'archo, rhubarb, tea tree and uva ursi.
Herbs with this quality destroy, inhibit and prevent tumors. Herbs in this category include aloe vera, black walnut, burdock, cat's claw, chickweed, flaxseed, garlic, hops, horsetail, ho-sho-wu, irish moss, mistletoe, pau d'arco, periwinkle, pine tree bark, rhubarb, saffron, St. John's wort, slippery elm and turmeric.
Antioxidant herbs counteract the negative effects of oxidation on body tissues. Included in this category are barley, billberry, cat's claw, chaparral, gingo biloba, milk thistle, pine tree, rosemary, sage and turmeric.
This constituent counteracts the effects of periodic diseases (intermittent) like malaria. Herbs in this category include blue vervain, boneset, eucalyptus, golden seal and willow.
Herbs with antitussive agents are cough suppressants. Herbs in this category include coltsfoot, comfrey, borehound, mullein and wild cherry bark.
Antivenomous agents counteract venom, as from a snake bite. Herbs with this quality include pennyroyal and plantain.
Antiviral agents act to destroy viruses in the body. Herbs with antiviral qualities include garlic, st.johns wart, aloe vera, astragalus, barley, boneset, calendula, echinacea, licorice, maitake, pau d'arco, red raspberry and turmeric.
An aphrodisiac is used to help restore normal sexual potency and function and improve sexual desire. Some herbs used as aphrodisiacs include astragalus, damiana, false unicorn, fenugreek, ginseng, kava kava and saw palmetto.
An astringent acts to contract and tighten, similar to styptic. This constricting action can help eliminate secretions and hemorrhaging. Some herbs with astringent actions are amaranth, blackberry root, black walnut, capsicum, elecampane, ephedra, fenugreek, horsetail, hydrangea, mullein, oak bark, queen of the meadow, St. John wort, slippery elm and witch hazel.
An agent that acts on the mucous membranes in the mouth to promote appetite and encourage digestion. Herbs in this category include alfalfa, blackberry, blessed thistle, bugleweed, chaparral, chinchona, eyebright, feverfew, gentian, licorice, quassia, watercress, wild cherry and wild lettuce.
Agents that clean and remove impurities from the blood, similar to depurative. Examples of blood purifiers include birch, buckthorn, calendula, dandelion, plantain and watercress.
Herbs which can help eliminate gas from the stomach and intestine are considered carminatives. Some of the herbs commonly used are angelica root, capsicum, caraway seeds, catnip, chamomile flowers, echinacea, fennel, ginger, hops, lemon balm, parsley root, peppermint, saffron and valerian.
This herb property increases the flow of bile which aids digestion, as well as acting as a mild laxative. Herbs which are used for this purpose are aloe vera, barberry, dandelion, goldenseal, hops, licorice, Oregon grape root and wild yam.
An agent that relieves congestion in the upper respiratory tract. Herbs with decongestant properties include ephedra, lobelia, pennyroyal, valerian and yerba santa.
These herbs work internally to help soothe and protect the mucous membranes in the body. Some herbs with this property are aloe vera, burdock, chickweed, comfrey, echinacea, fenugreek, flaxseed, Irish moss, kelp, licorice, marshmallow, mullein, oatstraw and psyllium.
Diaphoretic herbs help the body produce perspiration to help the skin eliminate toxins, similar to sudorific. Herbs with diaphoretic properties include angelica, blue vervain, boneset, borage, butchers broom, capsicum, catnip, chamomile, elder flowers, elecampane, ephedra, garlic, hyssop, lemon balm leaves and yarrow.
Digestives promote or aid in the digestion process. Such herbs include anise, capsicum, centaury, echinacea, garlic, horseradish, mustard, papaya, safflower and sage.
A diuretic is used to increase the flow of urine to relieve water retention. Some herbs used for this purpose are alfalfa, blue cohosh, buchu leaves, burdock, butchers broom, damiana, dandelion, devil claw, false unicorn, fennel, hawthorn, horsetail, hydrangea, juniper berries, lily-of-the-valley, marshmallow, parsley, queen of the meadow, saw palmetto and uva ursi.
An emetic is used to induce vomiting. Emetic herbs include bayberry, boneset, buckthorn, culver, false unicorn, lobelia, mandrake, mistletoe, mustard seed, pleurisy, quassia, rue and senega.
Herbs with emmenagogue properties promote menstrual flow. Some herbs which help with this situation are angelica, aloe vera, black cohosh, blue cohosh, gentian, ginger, goldenseal, horsetail, juniper berries, mistletoe, myrrh, pennyroyal and saffron.
Estrogenic herbs promote or produce estrus. Herbs with estrogenic properties include blue cohosh, dong quai, false unicorn, fennel and licorice.
Expectorants help the body expel mucus from the lungs, nose and throat. Herbs used for this purpose include anise seed, annatto, blue cohosh, blue vervain, comfrey root, elder flowers, elecampane root, ephedra, flaxseed, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, horehound, hyssop, Irish moss, licorice, lobelia, marshmallow, mullein leaves, slippery elm, wild cherry bark and yerba santa leaves.
Herbs with this property help reduce fevers, similar to refrigerant and antipyretic. Some febrifuges are bilberry, boneset, borage, buckthorn, catnip, chamomile, elder flowers, fenugreek, garlic, gentian, ginger, hyssop, pleurisy root, sarsaparilla, white willow bark and wormwood.
Herbs with galactagogue properties stimulate lactation in women. Herbs in this category include anise, basil, blessed thistle, borage, fenugreek, horsetail and vervain.
Germicides are known for their ability to destroy germs and other microorganisms. Herbs in this category include cloves, eucalyptus and tea tree.
These herbs help to strengthen, tone, and increase bile flow to promote normal liver function. Some herbs with hepatic properties are barberry bark, cascara sagrada, dandelion root, gentian, goldenseal, horseradish, mandrake root, milk thistle, olive oil, Oregon grape, parsley, queen of the meadow and rhubarb.
Hemostatics stop blood flow by acting as antihemorrhagic agents. Herbs in this category include bistort, blackberry, bugleweed, calendula, nettle, periwinkle, shepherds purse and witch hazel.
Immunostimulants enhance or boost the body's natural defense against illness and disease. Herbs with this ability include astragalus, barley, dong quai, kombucha, maitake, queen of the meadow, reishi and shiitake.
Insecticides are used to kill insects. An example of an herb with this ability is bayberry.
LITHOTRIPTIC (Eliminates stones)
These are herbs which help dissolve and eliminate urinary stones from the body. They include buchu leaves butchers broom, cascara sagrada, cornsilk, dandelion devils claw, horsetail, marshmallow, parsley, queen of the meadow, uva ursi and white oak bark.
Herbs that are considered mucilants have mucilage properties which have a soothing and demulcent effect. They coat and protect mucous membranes from irritations. Mucilants have a wide variety of applications including coughs, sore throats, and irritated stomach bowels, bladder and kidneys. They can also be used for laxatives, cream and ointments because of their soothing effects. Mucilant herbs include aloe vera, chickweed coltsfoot, comfrey, flaxseed, Iceland moss, marshmallow plantain, psyllium seed and slippery elm.
Herbs with narcotic agents can be used to soothe intractable pain or to induce anesthesia. Herbs with these agents should be used carefully. They include bugleweed, guarana and wild lettuce. Herbs that can be used to counteract narcotic effects include alfalfa (for addiction) and marjoram and mustard (for poisoning)
These are used in healing kidney problems. Herbs with nephritic properties include buchu leaves, couch grass root, goldenseal, horsetail, hydrangea, juniper berries, Oregon grape and queen of the meadow root.
Nervine herbs help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system. Some of the nervine herbs are black cohosh, blue vervain, boneset, catnip, chamomile, cramp bark. damiana, gotu kola, hops, lady's slipper, lemon balm, lobelia, oatraw, passion flower, skullcap, valerian root and wood betony.
Nutritive agents nourish the body. Herbs with nutritive properties include alfalfa, amaranth, barley, bee pollen, chickweed, comfrey, guarana, Iceland moss, Irish moss, kelp, marshmallow, nettle, oatstraw, papaya, pumpkin, red clover, rose hips, slippery elm, suma, watercress and yellow dock.
These are herbs which help stimulate uterine contractions to assist and induce a safe labor and delivery. Herbs with oxytocic properties are black cohosh, blue cohosh, pennyroyal and red raspberry.
Parasiticidic herbs are those that destroy parasites in the body. Herbs with parasticidic agents include chaparral, feverfew, figwort, horseradish, mandrake, papaya, parsley, peach, pennyroyal, plantain, pumpkin, rhubarb, sage, thyme, vervain, wild cherry and wood betony.
Pectoral agents give relief and remedy pulmonary and other respiriatory conditions. Examples of pectorals are chickweed, coltsfoot, couch grass, hyssop, Iceland moss and wild cherry.
A cathartic or purgative herb is used for purging and stimulating the action of evacuating the bowels. They are similar to laxatives, which are mild purgative used to relieve constipation. Herbs considered to be purgative included aloe vera, barberry bark, boneset, buckthorn bark, cascara sagrada, elder flowers, goldenseal, mandrake, Oregon grape root, psyllium, rhubarb root and senna leaves.
Herbs with rubefacient properties are reddening agents that help to increase the flow of the blood to the surface of the skin to aid in healing in cases such as sprains and muscle soreness. Some herbs used for this purpose include camphor, capsicum, cloves, eucalyptus, garlic, ginger, horseradish, mustard seed, peppermint oil, pine oil, stinging nettle and thyme oil.
Sedative herbs are used to relieve irritability and promote calm and tranquil feelings. Some are catnip, chamomile, cramp bark, dong quai, hawthron, hops, kava kava, lady's slipper, lobelia, passion flower, red clovers, St. John's wort, schizandra, skullcap, valerian and wood betony.
Herbs with this property help to promote the flow and secretion of saliva to aid in the digestion of starches. Some herbs include bayberry, capsicum, echinacea, gentian, ginger, horseradish, hydrangea, licorice, prickly ash, rhubarb and yerba santa.
These herbs help to increase the function of the body energy levels, circulation, and help eliminate toxins. Herbs with stimulant properties are angelica, boneset, capsicum, damiana, devil's claw, echinacea, elder flowers, elecampane, ephedra, false unicorn, garlic, gentian, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, ho-shou-wu, milk thistle, prickley ash bark, saffron, sarsaparilla root and suma.
Stomachics strengthen and tone the stomach. Herbs in the stomachic category included agrimony, anise, barberry, basil, caraway, celery, chinchina, cloves, dandelion, gentian, ginseng, gymnema, hops, horseradish, papaya, peach, pennyroyal, quassia, rhubarb, rosehips and watercress.
Herbs with vasoldilating agents expand the blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Herbs in this category included fever few, hawthorn and ho-shou-wu.
Acerola- Has antioxident, antifungal and astringent properties. Helps support the liver and hydrate the skin. Useful against diarrhea and fever.
Alfalfa- Alkalizes and detoxifies the body. Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol reducer, hormonal balancer, antifungal. Enhances the function of the pituitary gland. Helpful for anemia and ulcers, and also disorders related to: bleeding, bones and joints, colon, digestive, skin.
Aloe Vera- Used topically, heals burns and wounds; stimulates cell regeneration; and. Has astringent, emollient, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties. Used internally, soothes stomach irritation, aids in healing, and has laxative properties.
Anise- Indicated for respiratory infections such as sinusitis. Combats infection and relieves mucus from air passages. Good digestion aid. Helpful during menopause. Increases milk production in nursing mothers.
Annatto- Diuretic, antioxident, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Helps protect the liver and kidneys. May reduce blood sugar levels. Good for indigestion, fever, coughs, burns, skin problems and weight loss.
Ashwagandha- Rejuvenates and energizes the nervous system. Helps prevent stress related disorders and stress related depletion of Vitamin C and cortisol. Increases physical endurance and improves sexual function. Has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. (Has stimulated immune function in laboratory studies.)
Astragalus- Tonic to the immune, adrenal, and digestive system. Raises stamina and energy to fight fatigue. Stimulates metabolism, produces spontaneous sweating, promotes healing. Good for colds, flu, and immune-deficiency related problems, including AIDS, cancer, tumors as well as chronic lung weakness. If you have a fever, do not use.
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Barberry- Reduces heart rate, breathing, bronchial constriction. Do not use if pregnant. Promotes intestinal movement. Kills bacteria on skin.
Bayberry- Indicated for circulatory disorders, fever, hypothyroidism, ulcers, eyes and immune system. Clears congestion, assists circulation, lowers fever. Astringent. Helps stop bleeding.
Bilberry- Helps control insulin levels. Diuretic. Antiseptic for the urinary tract. Indicated for: hypoglycemia, inflammation, stress, anxiety, night blindness, cataracts. Strengthens connective tissue. When taken internally can interfere with iron absorption.
Birch- Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever. Helpful in joint pain and urinary tract infections. Used externally, good for boils and sores.
Black Cohosh- Indicated for: blood pressure, cholesterol, mucus production, cardiovascular & circulatory disorders, arthritis, poisonous snake bites, relieving hot flashes, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, pain. Induces labor and aids in childbirth, so should not be used during pregnancy until needed for delivery.
Black Walnut- Assists digestion and healing of mouth or throat sores. Cleanses the body of many parasites. Also indicated for bruising, fungal infection, herpes, poison ivy, and warts.
Blessed Thistle- Anti-inflammatory, circulatory aid, blood purifier, liver healer, and heart strengthener. Increases appetite and stomach secretions. Has been recommended as a brain food. Good for female disorders and increases milk flow for nursing mothers.
Blue Cohosh- Indicated for memory problems, menstrual disorders, nervous disorders, and muscle spasms. Helpful for childbirth as it stimulates uterine contractions. Do not use in first sixth months of pregnancy.
Boldo- Acts as a diuretic, laxative, antibiotic, liver tonic and anti-inflammatory. Aids in the excretion of uric acid and stimulates digestion.
Boneset- Laxative. Anti-inflammatory. Indicated for bronchitis and fever-induced aches and pains. Helps clear congestion, loosen phlegm, reduce fever, increase perspiration, and calm the body. Can become toxic with long-time use.
Borage- Tonic for adrenals. Balances glands. Contains valuable minerals and essential fatty acids helpful to cardiovascular function and healthy skin and nails.
Boswellia- Acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, antifungal and antibacterial. Topically used for pain relief. Lowers cholesterol and protects the liver. Useful for arthritis, gout, low back pain, myositis, and fibromyalgia. Helps repair blood vessels damaged by inflammation. Used as a remedy for obesity, diarrhea, dysentary, pulmonary diseases, ringworm and boils.
Buchu- Anti-inflammatory for the colon, gums, mucous membranes, prostate, sinuses, and vagina. Indicated for bladder and kidney problems, diabetes, digestive disorders, fluid retention, and prostate disorders. Particularly helpful for bladder infections.
Burdock- Blood purifier, restores liver and gallbladder function, stimulates immune system. Good for skin disorders (i.e. boils and carbuncles). Relieves gout symptoms.
Butcher's Broom- Anti-inflammatory. Good for bladder, kidney, and circulatory disorders. Indicated for carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, Meniere?s disease, obesity, Raynaud?s phenomenon, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, and vertigo.
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Calendula- Anti-inflammatory. Reduces fever. Indicated for neuritis and toothache. Assists in regulating the menstrual cycle. Useful for skin disorders, such as rashes, sunburn, diaper rash.
Cascara Sagrada- Colon cleanser. Laxative. Indicated for colon disorders, constipation, and parasitic infestation.
Catnip- Reduces fever (catnip tea enemas work especially quickly). Stimulates appetite, digestion and sleep; relieves stress, anxiety, inflammation and pain. Indicated for colds and flu. Cats love it of course.
Cat's Claw- Intestinal cleanser, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, enhances white blood cell action. Indicated for intestinal problems and viral infections. May be helpful for AIDS, arthritis, cancer tumors or ulcers. Do not use when pregnant.
Cayenne- Helpful for digestion, circulation, arthritis, rheumatism, colds, sinus infections, and sore throats. Stops bleeding from ulcers. A tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. Good for pain when applied topically. Enhances the effect for other herbs.
Cedar- Antiviral, antifungal, stimulates immune system, increases venous blood flow. Expectorant, lymphatic cleanser, urinary antiseptic. Use externally for warts.
Celery- Antioxidant, sedative, reduces blood pressure, relieves muscle spasms, improves appetite. Recommended for arthritis and kidney problems. Use sparingly while pregnant.
Chamomile- Anti-inflammatory, diuretic. Stimulates appetite, digestion, and sleep. Indicated for colitis, diverticulosis, fever, headaches, and pain. Has a long history of use for stress and anxiety, indigestion, and insomnia. Can be used as a nerve tonic. Caution: Should not be used for long periods of time. Could result in a "ragweed" allergy. Don't use with sedatives or alcohol.
Chanca piedra- Fights inflammation, bacterial and viral infections. Acts as a diuretic. Useful for kidney stones, gallstones, colds flu, digestion, asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, pain relief, fever, sexually transmitted diseases and muscle spasms.
Chaparral- Free radical scavenger. Pain reliever. Protects against radiation and sun exposure. Good for skin disorders. Reduces formation of tumors and cancer cells. Used to quell gastric upset. Also used as an adjunct therapy for respiratory infections. Chaparral contains over 600 medicinally active ingredients; some of these are extremely antimicrobial against both Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria.
Chaste tree- Has a calming and soothing effect. Relieves muscle cramps. Regulates and normalizes hormone levels and menstrual cycles. Increases and improves breast milk. Good for PMS symptoms and menopause.
Chickweed- ndicated for bronchitis, circulatory problems, colds, coughs, skin diseases, and warts. Reduces mucus in the lungs.
Chuchuhuasi- Fights inflammation and stimulates the immune system. Supports the adrenal system and balances and regulates menstrual cycles. Good for arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, muscle spasms, fever, skin tumors, bronchitis and diarrhea.
Cinnamon- Indicated for: diarrhea, nausea, congestion, peripheral blood circulation, digestion, fat metabolism, digestive problems, diabetes, weight loss, yeast infection, uterine hemorrhaging, fungal infections. Use sparingly during pregnancy.
Clove- Antiseptic, antiparasitic, digestive aid. Essential oil (diluted) is applied topically for relief of toothaches.
Coltsfoot- Demulcent, expectorant and tonic. One of the most popular of cough remedies. It's generally given together with other herbs possessing pectoral qualities, such as Horehound, Marshmallow, Ground Ivy, etc.
Comfrey- Helps the healing of wounds and skin conditions. Helpful for: bedsores, bites and stings, bruises, inflamed bunions, bums, dermatitis, dry skin, bleeding hemorrhoids, leg ulcers, nosebleeds, psoriais, scabies, skin rashes, sunburn. Not recommended during pregnancy.
Corn Silk- Diuretic. Helpful for the bladder, kidneys, and small intestine. Can be used with other kidney herbs to open the urinary tract and remove mucus from the urine. Useful for bed-wetting, carpal tunnel syndrome, edema, obesity, premenstrual syndrome, and prostate disorders.
Cramp bark- Relieves muscle spasms and pain. Good for mentrual cramps and lower back and leg spasms.
Cranberry- Recommended in cases of urinary tract infections as it acidifies the urine and prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder. Good for kidneys, bladder and skin. Has anti-cancer properties.
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Damiana- Energy tonic and aphrodisiac. Stimulates muscular contractions of the intestinal tract. Brings oxygen to the genital area. Recommended for sexual and hormonal problems and as a sexual tonic for women.
Dandelion- Diuretic. Bloodstream and liver cleanser. Increases bile production. Reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid. Tonic for kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and stomach. Recommended for abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, cirrhosis of the liver, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, rheumatism. Has been said to help prevent age spots and breast cancer.
Devils claw- Relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Acts as a diuretic, sedative and digestive stimulant. Good for back pain, arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, allergies, liver, gallbladder, kidney disorders, arteriosclerosis, lumbago, gout and menopausal symptoms.
Dong Quai- Stimulates the effects of ovarian and testicular hormones. Recommended for female problems: premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, and vaginal dryness.
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Echinacea- Anti-inflammatory. Antiviral. Stimulates certain white blood cells. Enhances immune and lymphatic system. Useful for colic, colds, flu, and other infectious illnesses. Helpful for snakebite.
Elder- Antioxidant. Cleanses the system. Recommended for: constipation, inflammation, fevers, poor circulation, respiratory problems. Helpful in building up blood, immune system, and perspiration. Flowers are useful in soothing skin irritations.
Ephedra- Decongestant, appetite suppressant. Assists in fluid elimination, relieving bronchial spasm, and central nervous system stimulation. Recommended for: allergies, asthma, colds, and other respiratory complaints, as well as for depression and obesity. May decrease and elevate mood. Not to be used in cases of panic attacks, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or in combination with MAO inhibitor drugs prescribed for depression.
Eucalyptus- Antiseptic (mild). Good for colds, coughs and other respiratory problems. Clears congestion. Reduces swelling by increasing blood flow. Relaxes tired and sore muscles. Recommended for external use only.
Eyebright- Used as eyewash. Eases discomfort from eye strain or minor irritations. Recommended for: allergies, itchy and/or watery eyes, runny nose.
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False Unicorn- Balances sex hormones. Recommended for: infertility, menstrual irregularities and pain, premenstrual syndrome, prostate disorders. Helpful in preventing miscarriage.
Fennel- Appetite suppressant. Eyewash. Tonic for kidneys, liver, spleen. Useful for acid stomach and clearing the lungs. Reduces abdominal pain, colon disorders, gas, and gastrointestinal tract spasms. Recommended after chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
Fenugreek- Laxative. Reduces fever and mucus. Good for inflammation, lung disorders, eyes, asthma and sinus problems.
Feverfew- Increases fluidity of lung and bronchial tube mucus, promotes menses, stimulates the appetite, and stimulates uterine contractions. Good for arthritis, colitis, fever, headaches, menstrual problems, muscle tension, pain. Promotes strong bones, nails, and teeth, as well as healthy skin. Useful for colon problems, female disorders, and inflammation.
Flax- Recommended for: colon problems, female disorders, and inflammation. Good for bones, nails, teeth, healthy skin.
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Garlic- Detoxification, infection protection, immune enhancement. Lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, lowers blood lipid levels. Recommended for: arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, cancer, circulatory problems, colds, flu, digestive problems, heart disorders, insomnia, liver disease, sinusitis, ulcers, yeast infections.
Gentian- Helpful for digestion, circulation, gastric secretions, pancreatitis, and parasitic infection. Kills plasmodia (malaria causing organisms) and worms, and stimulates appe