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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 12 of 28
Cnidium
Other Names: She Chuang, Cnidium monnieri Region: Asian
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Used to treat impotence.
Uses: Vaginal wash against fungal & other infections. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cockebur, Siberian
Other Names: Cang Er, Xanthium sibiricum Region:
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Treats headache & dispels wind & dampness. External use recommended. Reduces pain in legs/arms, reduces pain from sciatica, ezcema & most itching.
Uses: tea pills, in a tea form or in a soup form. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cockscomb
Other Names: , Calosia cristata Region: Asian
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Stops hemorraghe & reduces diarrhea. Clears vision.
Uses: Usually made into soup or decoction {excuse my pun} Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Codonopsis
Other Names: , Ccodonopsis pilsula Region:
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Adaptogenic. Diabetic aid. Similar to ginseng, but not as strong, so a good alternative for those people sensitive to regular ginseng products. Root is used. Good to encourage poor appetite. Reduces stomach upset. Aids in Sugar metabolism. Asian clinical studies have found that codonopsis increases hemoglobin in the blood and increases the red cell blood count. It also has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase endurance to stress. Tonic. Active compounds; Triterpenoid sponins, polysaccharides, tangshenoside I, sterins, alkaloid, akenyl and alkenyl glycosides. Codonopsis is used frequently in Chinese medicine to improve the function of the lungs and the spleen. It is thought to revive the entire body as a whole. The most common use of codonopsis is to increase energy and assist with digestive problems. Codonopsis grows in China, particularly in the provinces of Szechuan and Shanxi.
Uses: Infusion of roots used. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Coltsfoot
Other Names: , Tussilago farfara Region:
Description: Leaves/Stems/Seeds used. Cough & lung tonic, bronchitis. Coltsfoot has been taken for thousands of years as a cough suppressant. At one time it was smoked to ease breathing. Active compounds:flavonoids, mucilage, tannins, pyrrolizidine, zinc, vitamin C, alkaloids. As early as the 1st century, coltsfoot was recommended for dry coughs and for breathing problems by the Greek doctor Dioscorides. Coltsfoot is a popular remedy for respiratory problems throughout Europe. It is also very popular in China. In Europe the leaves are used primarily and in China the flowers are used.
Uses: It is still used as a medicinal cigarette or it can be made into a syrup. Research indicates that coltsfoot extracts can improve the function of the immune system.German commission E recommends using up to three teaspoons of Coltsfoot a day for relief from coughs & respiratory infections. Herbal Actions
Warnings: should not be taken for more than 3 weeks at any given time.
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Comfrey
Other Names: Knitbone, Wallwort, Bruisewort, Symphytum officinale Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Leaves & Roots used. Other alternative names: Knitback, slippery root. Speeds healing of wounds, Sprains, pain in humans & animals, skin aid. CActive compounds:Allantoin, phenolic acids, asparagine, tannins, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, triterpenoids. ontains allontoin- an herbal hormone that stimulates skin growth. Rich in Vitamins A & C, trace minerals. High in protein, calcium, phosphorus & iron. Comfrey has been used to treat respiratory problems of pleurisy and bronchial inflammation. It was also once used to treat digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers. For thousands of years it has also been used to promote healing of injuries. Current clinical studies have shown that both the comfrey leaf and root componenets show anti-inflammatory uses and cell repair. Comfrey was first studied in both Asia and Europe. North America, Australia, and Asia are all places where comfrey is found. It thrives in moist places.
Uses: Comfrey root is used to promote healing of injuries such as broken bones, sprains, bruises, and strains. Comfrey, in oil or ointment form, is useful in treating skin conditions including: Acne, psoriasis, and boils. It also reduces scar tissue during healing. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Coriander
Other Names: , Coriandrum sativum Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Seeds used. Coriander is used to refer to the seeds. Ground seeds in an ointment will reduce painful joints. Reduces stomach spasm. Reduces Bad Breath by fighting germs in & around the gums. Active compounds include: Delta-linalool, terpinine, coumarins, flavonoids, pthalides, phenolic acids, and alpha-pinene. For thousands of years it has been used by people in Asia, Africa, and Europe by physicians. It was used during the Han Dynasty of China, by the ancient Greeks, and the ancient Egyptians for curing disease. Coriander seeds have even been discovered in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. Coriander can be used to ease digestive problems. It is also chewed as a way to eliminate bad breath. Some cultures consider it an aphrodisiac. In China it is also used to alleviate unpleasant odors in the genital areas of both men and women. In China during the 6th century, coriander was actually used as a treatment for measles.
Uses: Coriander is used as a remedy for bloating, cramps, and flatulence. It can also sooth a nervous gut by reducing muscle spasms. Analgesic: Coriander can also be used in lotion for to treat rheumatic pain. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Corn, Sweet or Dent
Other Names: Maize, Indian corn, Zea Mays Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Corn. Starch. Great for chafing & use as an anti-itch product as well as drying for fight against Athlete's Foot on both feet & layered in shoes. Active compounds include: allantoin, sterols, saponins, hordenine, plant acids, Vitamins C and K, High in iron, silicon, & vitamin K which is used to clot blood. The entire corn plant has long been used in American Indian cultures for medicinal and nutritional purposes.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cornflower
Other Names: Bachelor's button, basket flow, Centaurea cyanus Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Leaves/flowers used. Other alternative names: Bachelor's button, bouttonniere flower. Active compounds: anthocyanins (anthocyanidin glycosides), sesquiterpene lactone: cnicin, as well as polyacetylenes and flavonoids. Its Latin name, Cyanus, comes from mythology for a youthful devotee of the goddess Flora (Cyanus), whose favorite flower it was. Tte name of the genus is derived from the Centaur, Chiron, who taught humankind the healing virtue of herbs. Magical properties:"A decoction of the petals, filtered through three layers of linen and ritually consecrated beneath a full moon with a moonstone, were used as an eye bath for increasing clairvoyance : enabling one to see aspects of the universal creative forces." Listed in the French Pharmacopoeia since 1884.
Uses: Infusion or decoction or tea. Used as a Calmnative for stress/nervous disorders. Eyewash for weak eyes. Ophthalmic, mildly purgative, tonic, and stimulant. Internal uses: Improves digestion, regulates gall bladder, liver and kidneys. Beneficial in treating menstrual problems. Increases resistance to infections. External use: Used for washing out wounds. It is used with great success in ulcerations of the mouth and skin.mouth ulcers. Used for corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis and minor eye wounds. It has antibacterial, antioxidant properties and appears, as does eyebright, in products for eye health. Soothes inflamed, irritated skin. It is added to shampoos and hair products. Used in ophthalmology and to treat the area around the eyes. It has astringent properties and also has an antioxidant effect on the skin. It has been used to give eyes a bright sparkling look. A steam-facial of the petals improves look and health of skin. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cornsilk
Other Names: Yu mi shu, Zea Mays Region: Asian
Description: Silky tassels of corn on the cob. Tonic, Kidney, Prostate. Diuretic. High in iron, silicon, & vitamin K which is used to clot blood. The entire corn plant has long been used in American Indian cultures for medicinal and nutritional purposes. In particular the cornsilk can be used to treat urinary disorders. Because cornsilk has such a high concentration of potassium (Vitamin K), it is a powerful diuretic. It can be used to treat many problems with the urinary tract. It is helpful for kidney stones, cystitis, and problems with urine flow. In China, cornsilk is often used to treat fluid retention and even jaundice. Research has shown that cornsilk may cause the production of bile and improve liver function. Chinese research has shown that cornsilk can also lower blood pressure and improve blood-clotting.
Uses: Cornsilk is believed to reduce the formation of kidney stones. It can also help relieve symptoms for person who already have stones. When used with other medical treatments for cystitis, cornsilk can help releive the problem. In this case, it makes a better complimentary supplement rather than a primary treatment. Corn Silk can be used to sooth the lining of the urinary tract. It can help relieve pain and difficulty with urination. Cornsilk also helps to prevent frequent urination. It also relieves fluid retention throughout the body - one contributing factor to a decrease in blood pressure. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cowslip
Other Names: , Primula veris Region: European
Description: All parts of the plant used. Good for the face & skin; used to reduce insomnia.
Uses: Tea/Poultice, wash. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cranberry
Other Names: bouncing berry, bouncers, , Vaccinium Macrocarpon Region: Amer_Indian
Description: The cranberry is an important medicinal herb. It helps fight urinary tract infections. THis has been studied extensively & have been proven scientifically both here & in Europe, especially to the German Commission E reports. A 2010 clinical study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that cranberry is a safe & effective treatment for urinary tract infections, preventing the bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall, allowing the body to flush out infections easily. Cranberry can be taken as a daily preventative, or in conjunction with antibiotics to speed healing. Other studies have found it combats gingivitis and stomach ulcers by much the same mechanism, making it prophylactic for those conditions as well.
Uses: Cranberyy extract in concentration is the best way to get enough cranberries to support a therapeutic level that will support your immune system & aid in the fight against cystitis. At least 1,000mg of cranberries a day is a good dose & 150mg in a 40:1 or a 50:1 steam extraction process will give you up to 6,000mg per capsule. Beware of other extraction methods claiming to use solvents other than water. YOU don't want anything but water or steam used as a solvent or residue from that solvent may make it into YOU & there are enough toxins out there already vying for a piece of you! Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cucumber
Other Names: , Cucumis sativus Region: Asian
Description: Fruiting Seeds used. Tea/Poultice, wash. Good for the face & skin; used to reduce freckles & whiten skin. Reduces hardened skin, helps take the sting out of sunburn.
Uses: Cucumber made into ointment can help smooth wrinkles. A mask made with cucumber is good for oily skin. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cumin, Seed
Other Names: Black Cumin, , Cuminum cyminum Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Ancient healing spice since before Spice Caravans started plying their trades. The plant is native to Egypt and is grown mostly in Egypt and Asia. Cumin is an herb that is mentioned in the Old and New Testament of the Bible and was popular for use during that time period. In Egypt, it was used to treat tooth decay and digestive problems. It was also used for respiratory illnesses and as a pain reliever. Active compounds: aldehydes, pinene, alpha-terpineol, flavanoids.
Uses: Cumin relieves gas and bloating in the digestive tract. Cumin is used to stimulate digestion and improve overall digestive health. Cumin can be mixed with onion juice into a paste. The paste can be placed on scorpion stings to relieve pain and swelling. Cumin can be a powerful stimulant for the production of breast milk. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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