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This is the Online WorldHerbs® Formulary (and also my "thesis" for my doctoral work in Naturopathic Medicine). This has been an ongoing lesson herbal lore that has been in the works for over 10 years. This site is FREE for private/ commercial research. Contact us if you would like to use any content for use other than printing sections to show your physician. I´ve included herbs found in American, American Indian, Ayurvedic/ Indian, Asian, TCM, African, Australian / New Zealand native medicinals, Pan Asian, German Commission E recommendations & advisories; & all other countries´ /cultures´ formulae. If I´ve missed any, if there are other names that you know these herbs by; in ANY language; or you know of one or another that I should address. Please please email the herbalist.

Herbs are used to aid in the healing of wounds, illness; they serve as a preventative to sickness as well as to maintain human & animal well being. More herbs are added every few weeks. Come back & visit us. Definitions can also be found at ebay on our storefront to explain the various ingredients in the products.

Herbs tend to fall into categories which describe general attributes. I will try to keep these general attributes close to the front of each definition. Note The herbs themselves may treat something in exact opposite of their general category...such as a Stimulant that is also a Nervine due to its Diuretic nature.

Be advised that if an herb is normalized to Africa; the listing will mention that. If it is an herb found in certain "old fashioned" country names; I will put what I knew to be their names when I initially found the herb...However in today´s rapidly changing political scene; you may have to be somewhat forgiving about the place names.

Chinese Herbs (Asian): Will include the Chinese/Asian names plus our latin name plus where & what it benefits -No Asian Herbs should be taken without the advice of either a registered TCM or Asian Herbal Pharmacist´s advice. These herbs treat the whole body in a completely different medical mindset. See TCM for more details on this truely Alternate Therapy.

» There are many references to "TCM" which is an abreviation for "Traditional Chinese Medicine".

Categories

[ Anti-biotic ]   [ Anti-Inflam. ]   [ Astringent ]   [ Calmnative ]   [ Digestif ]   [ Diuretic ]   [ Energizer ]   [ Expectorant ]   [ Nervine ]   [ Tonic ]   [ TCM ]

Herbs Listing for - ALL - page 11 of 28
Chinacea Augustofolia
Other Names: Black Sampson, Echinacea augustofolia Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Root preparations are the plant products most used, although some preparations will include the flower & aerial parts. Echinacea is an AmerIndian Medicinal Plant. Used as an all over antibiotic, anti-bacterial, to correct sore throats and upper respiratory ailments. The Comanche and Sioux used it primarily for treating rabies, helping to clean out & heal toothaches, Echinacea is a plant that’s native to North America, specifically the central and eastern portions. What’s so special about this plant? Research shows that it is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and contains properties that actually help to build new white blood cells. In other words, it fights all kinds of germs and it improves your body’s natural immunity to foreign invaders. Modern medicine would have taken centuries to come up with something that nature has provided. Today, it’s used to help check infections such as colds and flu of the respiratory system. It also helps to improve immunity and can be a treatment for abscesses and skin problems. It’s used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, urinary tract infections, and even helps to prevent aging.
Uses: Echinacea is found in many forms but most people trying to fight an infection or prevent one will be taking it in capsule form. Because it has been overharvested in its wildcrafted form, We herbalists ask that you look for a "stnndardized" formulation so that the wild populations can reseed themselves. As a tincture, 1/2 tsp with water 3 times a day should be taken for chronic infections. As a decoction, gargle with 50 ml 3 times a day for a sore throat. Echinacea capsules may be taken at a dosage of 500 mg, 3 times a day for cold remedy. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Chinese Wormwood
Other Names: Green Ginger, Old woman, Artemisia apiacea Region: Asian
Description: Leaves used. Other alternate names: Wormwood, absinthium, absinthe, southernwood. Asian herb used in TCM for their cooling properties. Antibiotic, Digestive, vermifuge, parasite chaser. Breaks fevers, used to combat malaria, bronchial diseases, cough, colds, gout. Used to stop nosebleeds. External wash clears up skin infections. Wormwood is a bitter plant that can be used to treat complaints of the digestive system. It keeps the digestive system stimulated and moving smoothly. It also helps to expel intestinal parasites. In addition, it can be used to kill insects.
Uses: Teas, poultices, standardized extract in capsules, soft gels. Tinctures. Wormwood improves digestion by stimulating the production of stomach acid and bile. It helps to relieve gas and bloating and can help convalescing patients gain their strength. It can be used to expel intestinal worms. Wormwood can also be used to repel and kill insects. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Chiso
Other Names: , Perilla frutescens Region: Asian
Description: Asian aromatic Mint. Contains compounds called Xanthin oxidase (XO) which prevent additional uric acids being formed in your system; which relieves gout.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Chives
Other Names: Chinese Chives, Ail civitte,, Allium tuberosum, var shoenopr Region:
Description: Liliaceae Family. Other Alternative names: Cives, Petit poureau, (Old French) garlic chives and Siberian chives. Chives contains a significant amount of vitamin C and a volatile, acrid oil containing sulfur. Chives lower blood pressure. Chives do not contain as much of the antiseptic sulfur oil as their onion cousins, and for this reason were overlooked for most medicinal uses. They were thought to have a magical power in keeping disease and evil at bay; believers hung bundles of Chives in their homes. "Rush leek" is the Latin translation of this plant's name, probably due to their preference for moist habitat.
Uses: Snipped into cooking pots & used as a garnish and medicinal for salads & fresh preparations needing an oniony taste without too much of the tang of onion or offensive mouth oder. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cicely, Sweet
Other Names: , Myrrhis ordorata Region: European
Description: Diabetic Aid. Sugar saver. Reduces need for sugar in baked & cooked products. Can be used fresh or dried. Anise scented leaves & stalks.
Uses: Standardized extract to granulated or powder form. Liquid Extract or Tincture in either glycerin or alcohol. Tea made of leaves and/or decoction simmered for over 20 minutes to bring out stronger use of herb. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cilantro
Other Names: Kotambri-breeja, Hu Sui, Coriandrum sativum Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Leaves used. Additional Alternative Names: Chinese Parsley, Coriander, Coriander cultive, Kusbara, Dhanyaka, Dhana, Gemeiner coriander, Dhane, Dhano, Haveeja, Kishniz, Dhanyak, Dhania, Koriyun, Kothimbir, Nau-nau Kotimiri, Kustumbari, Kottamalli, Kushniz Kottampalari, Kottumbari, Kottmir. Cilantro is found in many Peruvian dishes, and is still used as a bitter herb in Passover, a tradition passed down from the ancient Hebrews. Hippocrates, among other ancient physicians concocted medicines with Cilantro. The Romans included it in vinegars used to preserve meat. Pliny named it after a bedbug that emits an aroma similar to the herb. There are references from 16th century literature of using Cilantro seed in bread for treatment of Saint Anthony's Fire, or impetigo. Coriander gained a reputation as an aphrodisiac in the tale The Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Today it is primarily used as a flavoring in liquors and foul-tasting medicines. Active compounds: Volatile oil contains borneol, coriandrol, camphor, p-cymene, geraniol, limonene, and alpha-pinenes; trans-tridec-2-enale is responsible for the distinctive aroma. The main fixed oils are linolenic acid, petroselic acid, and oleic acid. Other components include the hydroxycoumarins scopoletine and umbelliferone.
Uses: Leaves in tea or mixed with food act as a Digestive. Appetite Stimulant. Reduces stomach spasm. Used for treatment of windy colic, a condition in horses and livestock. Chewing the seeds or drinking infusions made from seeds may sooth stomach disorders and aid digestion. This application is also credited with freshening breath. Cilantro promotes gastric secretions and stimulates appetite. It can be added to perfumes as a fragrance, and medicines to improve flavor. Other uses for Cilantro are as: a genital deoderant, for bladder disorders, coughs, headaches, diuretic, tonic, relief of rash and rheumatism. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cinnamon Ceylon
Other Names: Tvak, Dalchini, Vazhana,, Cinnamomum zeylonica Region: Asian
Description: True Cinnamon, from Ceylon in the East Indies. the bark produces a lighter tasting & more mild form of cinnamon. The original spice of the spice world. Relieves Diarrhea & nausea. Other Alternative names: Daruchini, Laurus Cinnamomum, tamalapatra, karuva. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years, and was highly sought and expensive in ancient times. The earliest recorded use was in ancient Egypt as part of the mixture for embalming. It is native to Sri Lanka and southwest India, explaining the historically high cost to ancient civilizations. The Dutch monopolized the Cinnamon trade, and claimed that cultivated spice was ineffectual. Other island cultivation did not challenge this theory until 1776.
Uses: Flavors of meat, vegetables and sweets have been enhanced with Cinnamon in countries throughout the eastern continents. Ground, bark in 1,2, and 6 inch peelings, tinctures, essential oils, and other formations have been used, including teas. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cinnamon, Commercial
Other Names: Tamalpatra, Karuva, , Cinnamomum cassia Region:
Description: Ancient Spice Caravaner's stock. Bark of evergreen sold as cinnamon with a more spicy strong taste. This is the essential spice found in the 5-spice powder used by Asians in cooking & medicines. Relieves Diarrhea & nausea. It is native to Sri Lanka and southwest India, explaining the historically high cost to ancient civilizations.
Uses: Carminative: Cinnamon aids digestion, flatulence and eases vomiting. Stimulant: Cinnamon temporarily accelerates physiological activity. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cinquefoil
Other Names: , Potentialla recta Region:
Description: Rhyzomes/Roots used. Reduces diarrhea. External application to relieve pain of burns. Reduces nausea
Uses: Teas, decoctions, Poultices. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Clary Sage
Other Names: Clary Sage, Salvia sclarea Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Leaves used - heal wounds, sores, insect bites. Contains: tannins, flavonoids, volatile oil, diterpene bitters, phenolic acids. Clary sage is antiseptic as well as estrogenic, which is why it's so well known in women's health.
Uses: Tonic for colic or intestinal, mouthwash for cankers & for sore throats, Tea from seeds- eyewash removes particles from eye (hence: clear eye or Clary Sage). Menstruation: Sage helps to treat irregular menses and well as light menses. It reduces sweating making it useful for treating menopause complaints. Clary Sage can be used to promote good health. It helps to calm anxiety and stress. Clary Sage can also be used to treat sore throat and mouth pain when used as a mouthwash or gargle. Clary Sage can be used to treat mild cases of diarrhea. It can be used to relieve the symptoms of asthma. Clary Sage can be used to treat insect stings. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Clavohuasca
Other Names: , Tynnanthus parnurensis Region: South American
Description: Amazonian/ South American aromatic vine. Tincture of Clavohuasca is used as stimulant or used in liquor to bring about pleasant relations. Warming. Increases libido in both Male & Female partners. Erectile tissue enhancer. Treats erectile disfunction.
Uses: Can bring on hallucenogenic behaviors. There are about 20 varieties of Clavohuasca known to the Amazonians & according to the Shamans there, each one, taken on a certain night of the full moon will bring you to the threashold of a different reality/ or window on the world. Should be taken with caution. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Due to hallucenogenic issues, must be taken with caution.
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Cleavers
Other Names: Goose Grass, Coachweed, , Galium aparine Region: Mediterranean
Description: Other alternative names: Bedstraw, Catchweed, Clabber Grass, Clivers, Cleavers, Cleaverwort, Gravel Grass, Grip Grass,Goose Hair, Gosling Weed, Hedge Burrs, Milk Sweet, Poor Robin, Loveman, Stick-a-Back, Sweethearts, Savoyan, Scratchweed Active compounds: Iridoids, alkanes, flavonoids, tannins, polyphenolic acids, and anthraquinones. Greek physicians used it to treat weariness and the stems were used by shephards to strain milk.
Uses: Juice or infusion used. Applied to skin eruptions & diseases; it reduces inflammation. Cleavers is used primarily for external application on skin irritations, such as burns and to stop bleeding. This is achieved by making a salve out of the herb or using the juice of the plant topically.The juice is also turned into a tea, which can be dried and applied topically or consumed to help with stomach ailments and intestinal problems or to alleviate mucous membranes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Clove
Other Names: , Syzgium aromaticum Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Latin name variation: Eugenia aromatica. Stimulant, Antiseptic & antiparasitic. Rich in eugenol which is a blood thinner. Great help for Altitude Sickness. Active compounds include: The essential oil in cloves containes eugenol, acetyl eugenol, methyul salicylate, pinene, and vanillin. Originally from the Southern Phillipines and the Molluca Islands of Indonesia. While they are mainly known in the West as a spice, cloves have been used throughout Southeast Asia for thousands of years as an all-purpose herbal remedy. Clove has been used to make bitter herb preparations more palatable for centuries. It has also been a powerful aphrodisiac used in India. During the reign of the Han dynasty, anyone who planned to address the Chinese Emperor was expected to put cloves in his or her mouth in order to improve bad breath. The oil in cloves has been found to be antibacterial and was once used to treat tuberculosis, scabies, malaria, and cholera. Cloves have been known to ease digestive problems such as colic, bloating, and gas. The same antispasmodic properties that make it suited for the digestive system also aid in the easing of coughs and muscle cramps. While it has roots in Asia, the growth of cloves has extended to Brazil, the West Indies, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
Uses: Essential oil, tinctures, syrups, decoctions, infusions, wines and liquors may also be made from cloves. Can be brewed with other herbs into a tea to be taken before any high altitude visit or strenuous exercise. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Clover, Red
Other Names: , Trifolum pratense Region:
Description: Infusion may help to cure prevent or reduce cancer lesions/polyps. Reduces bronchial edema, side effects from ulcers, gastric disturbance and may reduce length of attack from whooping cough. Useful for skin, helps reduce cystic acne. Good sweetener. Active Compounds:phenolic acids, sitosterol, starch, volatile oil, flavonoids, fatty acids. Red clover is best used when it is taken for skin problems. It can also help to treat upper respiratory conditions as an expectorant. Some people also use red clover to aid in the transition into menopause. In older times a plant was thought to look like the areas of the body that it could treat the best. In the case of clover, the markings on the plant made the colonials use it to treat eye cateracts and for issues of the breast, including breast cancers. It was thought that placing a decoction of red clover on the breast would cause the tumor to grow toward the skin where it could be removed.
Uses: Red clover is mostly taken as an infusion - for over 20 minutes at a simmer or a tea, or in capsule format of either wholeherb or standardized extract. Tincture formulations have also been used for skin problems. It can be used as an external wash as well. In combination with other herbs, red clover can help to improve problems with the skin. As an expectorant; Red clover helps to loosen phlegm and make coughs more productive. It may help women while transitioning into menopause. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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