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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 15 of 28
False Unicorn
Other Names: Starwort, Helonias Root, Chamaelirium luteum Region: European
Description: False Unicorn - Root used. Uterus & kidneys. beneficial in infertility. Eases nausea in pregnancy. Good for depression in menopause. Rich in calcium, potassium & vitamin C. Good for both humans & animals
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Fava Bean
Other Names: , Vica Faba Region: Mediterranean
Description: Rich in lecithin & choline. Nutritious addition to fight against Alzheimer's disease..
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Fennel
Other Names: Finocchio, Foeniculum vulgare Region: European
Description: Seeds used. Stomach, nerves, intestines & eyes. Purifies blood, expels gas, dispels phlem from the throat. Once used as a door charm to ward off evil spirits. High in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus. Moderate in potassium. Promotes lactation. {do not use fennel oil, only the seeds. Fennel was once used as a treatment for snake bites. It was once considered a cure against witchcraft. While fennel is no longer used in those capacities, it's still considered a powerful herb for treating digestive problems. Fennel is sometimes used to enhance weight loss. It is native to the Mediterranean, but is grown all over the world.
Uses: Fennel is primarily used to treat bloating and discomfort in the digestive system. It also has uses for women's health and conjunctivitis. Eye infections: Fennel can be used to make an eyewash that helps to relieve conjunctivitis. Women's Health: Fennel can help to increase the production of breast-milk for nursing mothers. Infants: Babies can be given fennel to relieve congestion as well as colic and teething pain. Digestive System: Fennel helps to reduce bloating and stomach ache. It can also help to increase the appetite. It generally helps to improve digestion. Kidneys: Fennel is though to have diuretic properties. It can be used to treat kidney stones. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Fenugreek
Other Names: Hu Lu Ba, Alhova, Methi, Greek, Tigonella foenum-craecum Region: European
Description: Seeds used. In cultivation since the Bronze Age, fenugreek travelled the world with the cultures that used it and can be found growing wild in many places. Fenugreek was once used by ancient Egyptians to treat burns. It was also used by them to start labor for childbirth. The Greeks used it as well for women's health problems. Today, it's still used all over the world to treat sugar resistance & pre-/diabetes. Now primarily cultivated in southern Europe, northern Africa and India, it is used as a spice, tea, vegetable, forage crop, dye plant, and as a starter material in the production of steroid medications. Research has shown that fenugreek can reduce liver cancer in animals. It can also help to fight diabetes and can cause the uterus to contract. The wide variety of uses for fenugreek make it a fascinating and valued plant. Fenugreek seed can also be used as a remedy for halitosis, or bad breath. Stomach, fortifies nerves, flushes intestines & purifies blood. Excellent in encouraging letdown of mother's milk, may be used to encourage breast enlargement, either by ingesting or rubbing crushed seeds onto the breasts. Also supposed to be good for the reproductive organs. High in Calcium, choline, magnesium, phosphorus. Medium in potassium, sulpher, sodium & iron. alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, mucilage, vitamins A, B, and C. A common ingredient in curry powder, it is used in oriental sauces, soups, stews, the production of imitation flavourings like maple & vanilla, as well as for seasoning and preserving butter. Its importance to us has not lessened over time; in fact, it is growing. Fenugreek has some anti-diabetic and hypocholesterolaemic properties, and is a source of diosgenin, used in the manufacture of synthetic sex hormones. Traditionally considered a valuable addition to livestock feed, Agriculture Canada is currently doing research to determine fenugreek’s potential value as a forage crop in this country.
Uses: Seedlings can be eaten raw as a sprout, or the fresh leaves added to salads to add an interesting somewhat bitter taste. Appetite Stimulant/Muscle Stimulant/Antiseptic Fenugreek is used for a wide variety of ailments. It's particularly important as a muscle stimulant for women's health. Appetite: Fenugreek can be used to help stimulate one's appetite. This is especially important for someone recovering from illness that has suppressed the appetite. Women's Health: Fenugreek is a muscle stimulant that causes the uterus to contract. It induces childbirth and can also stimulate the production of breast milk in nursing mothers. Fenugreek can also be used as a douche to reduce vaginal discharge. In China, fenugreek is used to treat cervical cancer as well. Skin infections: Fenugreek can be applied to the skin to treat infections such as abcesses, ulcers, and boils. It can also be soothing for burns. Digestive System: Fenugreek helps to reduce bloating and stomach ache. It can also help to increase the appetite. It generally helps to improve digestion. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Feverfew
Other Names: featherfoil, featherfew, Tanacetum parthesnium Region: European
Description: Leaves & flowers used. Capsules are best bet as herb is bitter. Good for the circulation, Headaches, allergies, muscular tension, intestinal worms, inflammation in arthritis. Good to take alongside headache OTC products. Mild tranquilizing or sedative effect. High in potassium, niacin & B-complex. Active Compounds: sesquiterpene lactones, camphor, alpha-pinene. As you might guess from the name, feverfew has been used to reduce fever for hundreds of years. It has also been known to help expel the after-birth during childbirth. Now feverfew is mostly used in the treatment of migraine headache. Research has shown that feverfew is an effective treatment for migraine headaches.
Uses: Feverfew has many uses, but it is most commonly used for the treatment of migraine headaches. Migraine: Feverfew can be used to prevent migraine headaches. In order to get the best effect from it, feverfew must be taken regularly to prevent the headaches. It can also be taken at the early onset of a migraine to reduce discomfort. Women's Health: Feverfew can help to expel the afterbirth after a child is born. It can also help to stimulate menstruation. Fever: Feverfew can help to relieve a fever. Joint pain: Feverfew can be used to reduce pain from arthritis. Herbal Actions
Warnings: *Warning: women who are pregnant or nursing should not use this herb as it may cause miscarriage & c
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Fig
Other Names: , Ficus carica, various Region: Mediterranean
Description: Fabled honey fruit of the Bible, figs are full of vitimans, minerals & exemplify good eats. Fruit is used as a fiber filled laxative. Grows in pots as northwards as New York & can grow continuously in earth as far south as Italy & along the equator. The rotund fig and its fabled leaf go back at least 5,000 years as enduring symbols of sinful pleasure and lost innocence. The ancients and latter day fig-cognoscenti have known the hedonistic delight of fresh sun-ripened, honey-dripping figs, and know all too well the impatient wait for fig season to arrive in late summer. Many people assume that fig trees can’t grow in North America, and if this describes you, then you need to rip your figurative fig leaf off and order this plant!
Uses: With protection and the right care fig trees grow successfully in zones as low as 4. And they do well in containers so no one need be without the fresh fig. One of the very best varieties for taste and cold hardiness is Hardy Chicago. Fruits are brown-purple with luscious strawberry-coloured flesh. Years ago this variety was brought to Chicago by Sicilians from Mount Etna and ever since it has been grown the Chicago area by dedicated fig fans. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Figwort
Other Names: , Region:
Description: Figwort - {Scrophularia nodosa}. Cream, Tincture or salve. Used to aid in healing of minor cuts & scratches, rashes & bruises.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Filaree
Other Names: pinkets, storkbill or clocks, Afilerilla spp Region: Asian
Description: Common weed good for pregnant creatures up to humans as it increases the milk supply. Can be used dried or fresh in hot baths to help reduce the aches from arthritis.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Flag, Licorice
Other Names: , Acorus gramineus 'Licorice' Region: Asian
Description: Thai & Chinese medicinal herb. Stimulates appetite, improves depression, reduces gastritis.
Uses: Used as a tea product or ingredient. Can be found in Asian medicinals as a tea pill. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Flax
Other Names: , Lignum perenne} Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Native to Asia, now grown all over the world, Flax is a superfood with thousands of years of medicinal use. The cultivation of flax is written of in the Talmud and Bible. Extremely helpful to the digestive system, Helps to reduce weight with fiber, aides in feeling full. Treats muscle, bone aches, bursitis, & has been used as a chest rub for bronchial complaints. Flax helps your brain, your skin and your hormones in particular. As with other flax seeds; contains linseed oil. The Roman writer Pliny says of it “What department is there to be found of active life in which flax is not employed? And in what production of the Earth are there greater marvels to us than in this?” From the Middle Ages onward almost every home in Europe created their own linen from flax, and early American settlers were required by law to spin a certain amount of flax yarn every year or pay a fine. The plant isalso the source of flax fibre, which is used to make linen, and flax seeds, called linseeds. Canada is a major producer of linseed. Flax seed is full of rich omega-3 fatty acids which are used by almost every part of your body. This is one oil that never turns to fat because almost every CELL in your body can use the oil as to build tissues and use as energy.
Uses: Linseeds are edible, and can also be used in a poultice for rheumatism and infection. When pressed, linseeds release thirty-five per cent of their weight in oil; the leftover “cake” is a useful animal feed. If you buy whole flax seeds; you should always grind them before use, because your body cannot get INTO the whole seeds by the time they pass through your digestive tract. Once they are ground or if you buy them ground or in a flour, store in a refrigerator or freezer for best results prior to using. Ground flax seeds can be added to smoothies or shakes along with an additional glass of water to make sure that the fiber is utilized by your body. You can add them to soups & gravies to get the benefit of the nutrients & fiber. Add them to the already cooked products so you don't lose the nutrients to high heat. Linsseed oil may be used; at which point you'll lose the fiber value but still have the Omega 3's. Linseed oil soft gels can be found in the catalogue. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Flax, Omega
Other Names: , Lignum usitatissimum "Omega" Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Native to Asia, now grown all over the world, Flax is a superfood with thousands of years of medicinal use. The cultivation of flax is written of in the Talmud and Bible. Extremely helpful to the digestive system, Helps to reduce weight with fiber, aides in feeling full. Treats muscle, bone aches, bursitis, & has been used as a chest rub for bronchial complaints. Flax helps your brain, your skin and your hormones in particular. As with other flax seeds; contains linseed oil. The Roman writer Pliny says of it “What department is there to be found of active life in which flax is not employed? And in what production of the Earth are there greater marvels to us than in this?” From the Middle Ages onward almost every home in Europe created their own linen from flax, and early American settlers were required by law to spin a certain amount of flax yarn every year or pay a fine. The plant isalso the source of flax fibre, which is used to make linen, and flax seeds, called linseeds. Canada is a major producer of linseed. Flax seed is full of rich omega-3 fatty acids which are used by almost every part of your body. This is one oil that never turns to fat because almost every CELL in your body can use the oil as to build tissues and use as energy.
Uses: Ground flax seeds can be added to smoothies or shakes along with an additional glass of water to make sure that the fiber is utilized by your body. You can add them to soups & gravies to get the benefit of the nutrients & fiber. Add them to the already cooked products so you don't lose the nutrients to high heat. Linsseed oil may be used; at which point you'll lose the fiber value but still have the Omega 3's. Linseed oil soft gels can be found in the catalogue. Linseeds are edible, and can also be used in a poultice for rheumatism and infection. When pressed, linseeds release thirty-five per cent of their weight in oil; the leftover “cake” is a useful animal feed. If you buy whole flax seeds; you should always grind them before use, because your body cannot get INTO the whole seeds by the time they pass through your digestive tract. Once they are ground or if you buy them ground or in a flour, store in a refrigerator or freezer for best results prior to using. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Flossflower
Other Names: , Ageratum conyzoides Region: Asian
Description: Indian Ayurvedic & Napalese medicinal herb. Antibacterial. Antifungal. Treats skin diseases & stops bleeding of wounds..
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Fo-ti
Other Names: He-shou-wu, Polygonaceae, Polygonum multiflorum Region: Asian
Description: Roots are used. Tonic. Restores Blood, liver & kidney function. Reduces high blood pressure & hardening of the arteries. Famous Asian anti-aging herb. Fo-ti was once thought to cure infertility during the Tang dynasty. It continues to be used in China to treat many ailments from impotence to angina. It is thought to be a good treatment for heart disease. It can also be used to aid the immune system. Fo-ti is also used widely in Japan and Taiwan where it is grown. Chinese Clinical studies being done to see if herb helps reduce Alzheimer like effects in older patients. A Chinese herbalist by the name of Li Chung Yun, lived to two hundred and fifty six years of age by drinking a tea made of Fo-ti & ginseng on a daily basis. He also restricted his diet to only those vegetables that grew above the ground & limited his liquids to mineral water & the tea. He is said to have outlived 23 wives, and left behind 11 generations of descendents when he died in 1933. Your herbalist takes this in a tincture, not every day since I'm only 53 at the moment, but at least once a week. I'm willing to believe in the history & can hope for the future. In France clinical studies show that Fo-Ti has compounds that have energizing & rejuvinating effects on the nervous & endocrine systems. In Europe it has been called Vitamin X & has been used in larger doses as an aphrodisiac. Asian "elixar of long life". Fo-Ti may be prescribed for conditions such as vertigo, insomnia, lumbago & constipation.
Uses: A story told about the difference between Fo-Ti-Tieng & Ho-shou-wu as recited by my mentor Merlin: Many thousands of years ago a raiding band swept through the provinces responsible for growing the age enhancer Fo-Ti & brought out many seedlings of the plant while destroying whole plnatations of the herb at the same time. However, due to the soil where these seedlings were then planted; purists could, after ingesting, tell you which herb you actually had & from where. To differentiate betweenn the original Fo-Ti & the new order the newer seedlings were given the name of the nearby village Ho-Shou & became Ho-shou-wu. One of the other side effects of the differeent soil is that those that took the newer seedling's products were able to show off darker hair longer. To this day in Asia there are people who like fine wine can tell the difference from the original Fo-Ti & that of the upstart Ho-Shou-wu. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Forsythia
Other Names: Lian Qiao, Forsythia suspensa Region: Asian
Description: Chinese medicinal herb. Antibacterial. Antifungal. Treats flu, cold. Boosts immunity to infection, reduces inflammation. Reduces fever. Lowers excessive heat in body.
Uses: Found in tea pills & other Asian medicinals as well as an ingredient in loose & bagged Asian herbal teas. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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