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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".

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

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Galanga
Other Names: Gao Liang, Galangal, Alpina officinarum Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Also known in latin as Kaempferia galanga and alternatively as Catarrh root. Root used. Related to the true ginger, this plant was cultivated in China in the Middle ages & was used as an aphrodisiac. It also helps to settle the stomach like ginger does & can be used safely by pregnant females including animals. & rapidly becoming important dietary supplement herb which helps reduce weight by blocking fat formation. Its active compounds include: cineole, alpha-pinene, linalool and sesquiterpene latones. It is a Digestive and Antiseptic. Galangal has been used for centuries because of the warming effect it has on the body. It's been used in China and India since ancient times. In approximately 800 A.D. it became popular in Europe. Galangal was introduced into Europe by Arabian physicians well over a thousand years ago. Galangal has long been recommended as a treatment for seasickness, which is not surprising given the well established ability of its relative (Zingiber officinale) to relieve motion sickness.
Uses: In line with the Chinese and Indian herbal traditions, it is mainly used in the west for gas, indigestion, vomiting, and stomach pain. An infusion can be used to alleviate painful canker sores and sore gums. Galangal can be used to help fight stomachache, diarrhea, vomiting, and hiccups. It has a warming effect that soothes nausea. As an Antifungal: Galangal can be used to treat candidiasis in the intestinal tract. As an Antiseptic: Galangal can be used to help soothe pain from oral ulcers and gums. As a tincture, use 20 drops of Galangal diluted with 100 ml water, 3 times a day for digestion. As a decoction, 1 cup can be used to remedy motion sickness. The powder form of Galangal can be found in capsules. 250 mg can be taken twice daily for nausea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: At very high doses, Galangal can be irritating to the digestive system.
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Garcinia
Other Names: Brindleberry, Uppagi, Garcinia cambogia Region: Asian
Description: Indian Ayurvedic & rapidly becoming important dietary supplement herb which helps reduce weight by blocking fat formation. The fruit pulp contains hydroxycitric acid which has been implicated in blocking fat formation. Hydroxycitrate is derived from the rind of Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit native to India. The rind of this fruit contains 10-30% of the revolutionary ingredient HCA. Our Hydroxycitrate is vegetarian friendly, and guaranteed for full potency and purity
Uses: Fruits can be used as substitute for tamarind in curries. You can find the hydroxycitrate capsules in our catalogue. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gardinia
Other Names: Zhi Zi, Cape Jasmine, Gardinia jasminoides Region: Asian
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Also an Anti-Fungal. Reduces fevers. Treats flu, cold, high blood pressure. Boosts immunity to infection, treats hepatitis, reduces inflammation, bruises. Lowers excessive heat in body.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Garlic
Other Names: ophiascordon, ampeloprasum, Allium sativum sativum Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Another antibiotic Superfood. Originally a perennial plant, a native of Asia. The bulb is used. Dissolves cholesterol & loosens plaque from sides of arteries. Helps rebuild intestinal flora. Kills and/or reduces infections caused by microbes or parasites. Normalizes blood pressure, kills yeast & bacterial infections, etc. High in Phosphorus, potassium, sulpher & zinc. High in Quercitin & other compounds that reduce inflammatory reactions. Anti-allergy. Helps reduce effects of altitude sickness. Studies done show that garlic helps babies to nurse better and can reduce the effects of mastitis in women.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Garlic, Bai Pi Suan
Other Names: Bai Pi Suan , Allium sativum ophioscordon Region: Asian
Description: Another antibiotic Superfood. Originally a perennial plant, a native of Asia; the bulb is used. Said to be from Xinjiang, the restive Muslim region of western China, otherwise known as Chinese Turkestan. It is a marbled purple stripe variety with excellent rich flavour and medium heat. Helps rebuild intestinal flora. Kills and/or reduces infections caused by microbes or parasites. Normalizes blood pressure, kills yeast & bacterial infections, etc. It dissolves cholesterol & loosens plaque from sides of arteries. High in Quercitin & other compounds that reduce inflammatory reactions. High in Phosphorus, potassium, sulpher & zinc. Anti-allergy. Helps reduce effects of altitude sickness. Studies done show that garlic helps babies to nurse better and can reduce the effects of mastitis in women.
Uses: Used in soups, loose savory tea mixes and found in savory cereals as well as in compound cooked dishes for pregnant and nursing mothers. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gayfeather
Other Names: , Liatris spicata Region: European
Description: Roots used for tea/ gargle. Reduces kidney disfunctions & Sore throat, dropsy, gout & rheumatism. Tuberous roots make a soothing tea valuable in kidney diseases. or as a gargle for sore throats. Native in the Eastern US, and in Ontario but endangered there due to habitat loss, gayfeather can make itself at home in any garden..
Uses: Found in teas, tinctures & in our richter's catalog links if you're interested in growing some in your own home herbal garden, its purple spikes are beautiful as well as useful. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gentian
Other Names: Bitter Root, Bitterwort, Gentiana lutea Region: European
Description: Other Alternative names: Yellow Gentian, Great Yellow Gentian, Wild Gentian. The root is used. Originally names after an ancient king of Illyria, King Gentius. Heartburn preventative. Stomach, liver, blood, spleen & circulation. Bitters tonic. Balances stomach acids. Relieves indigestion. Famous European alpine herb unrivalled as a bitter tonic. High in Iron & B-complex. The bitter properties of gentian root are due to the presence of certain glycosides, such as amarogentin, isogentisin, mangiferin and gentiopicrin. The former, a natural bitter terpenoid, is said to be the most bitter-tasting compound in the world. According to a paper published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry" in 2009, amarogentin triggers the activation of a dormant bitter taste receptor gene in humans known as hTAS2R50 (1). Pharmacological Actions: The bitter compounds in gentian root lend the herb properties that stimulate digestion. A team of scientists from the Institute for Medicinal Plants Research has determined that mangiferin, isogentisin and gentiopicrin isolated from gentian demonstrate antimicrobial activity against the yeast Candida albicans and various strains of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria (2). According to a study published in “Phytotherapy Research” in 2010, oral administration of gentian root extracts protect healthy cells in people exposed to x-ray irradiation without compromising efforts to destroy targeted malignant cells.
Uses: Root tincture made with brandy strengthens the human system, particularly in cases of weak digestion and lack of appetite. Can be chewed or made into a tincture to reduce reliance on nicotine habit and/or to relieve a fever. Due to the remarkable bitter characteristics of gentian, the plant has a long history of use as a digestive, a practice that began in the Greco-Roman period and continues today. Aside from being included in alcoholic bitters, the herb is a featured ingredient in vermouth. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Gentian root is not intended for long-term use. Side effects reported include mild stomach upset. Do
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Gentian, Tibetan
Other Names: , Gentiana tibetica Region: Asian
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Expels wind dampness, damp heat. Treats jaundice, liver complaints & used to change dry constipation. Treats flu, cold, boosts immunity to infection. The gentians are named after King Gentius of Illyria (c. 500 BC), who is credited with discovering their medicinal value. Gentians produce some of the bitterest compounds known to man, discernible to our taste buds in concentrations as low as one part in 50,000. They have been used to set the scientific standard by which bitterness is measured. Gentians are an essential ingredient in medicinal "bitters," which are taken to regulate digestion. There are also popularly consumed in a variety of alcoholic drinks including cocktails. Although gentian blue is the colour most associated with these gentians, the flowers of Tibetan gentian are greenish white and tubular, appearing in late summer or early fall.
Uses: A tincture of genitian can be made with cardamom, water, orange peel, powdered gentian root & pure alcohol. Used as a tonic. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Geranium, Wild
Other Names: , Geranium maculatum Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: High in tannins. American Indians, specifically the Cherokee; made a poultice of this plant as an astringent to stop bleeding of wounds and used it as a wash to reduce the pain of canker sores. Geranium is valued for a host of female-related issues, including to nurture and support the hormone cycles. In one book that I have it is said that the prophet Mahomet, the founder & prophet of Islam; took a walk & stopped to wash his shirt from the sweat. While it dried hanging on a bush, he said his prayers. When it finished drying, he removed it & "poof" the bush changed into a flowering geranium.
Uses: The cleansing oil has traditionally been used to encourage proper circulation to the skin and as an antiseptic. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Germander
Other Names: , Teucrium chamaeedrys Region: European
Description: Reduces stomach irritation/ upset, sore throat, dropsy, gout & rheumatism. Nothing draws bees better than germander in bloom. It has been used as a medicinal herb since Roman times, the infusion used to quiet upset stomach and promote appetite. Germander once enjoyed a considerable reputation in the treatment of gout.
Uses: Fresh leaves release a strong garlic odour when rubbed, and are used as a flavouring in liqueurs, vermouths, and tonic wines. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Germander is not well metabolized by the liver and should be used sparingly.
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Ginger
Other Names: ginger root, Zingibar officinale Region: Asian
Description: One of the oldest known and most widely consumed spices: in the East the fresh roots are prominent in numerous savoury dishes of meat, poultry and fish, while in the West ground dried ginger is a traditional baking and pudding spice. The Chinese have long recognized its potent stimulating and digestive properties; even today it is still the best home remedy for flatulence, nausea nervous diarrhea, indigestion and dysentery. It's also a strong stimulant that can improve circulation. Reduces stomach cramps, flu symptoms, vertigo & motion sickness. Reduces morning sickness. Helps expel gas. Aids in the use of Stomach, intestines, joints, muscles. Heart & blood tonic. High in potassium, maganese & silicon. Other compounds include: gingerol, zingiberene, shogaols. Helps reduce effects of rheumatoid arthritis & ankolysing spondylitis. Root is used; fresh is best. Contains zingibain a kind of proteolytic enzyme that chemically breaks down protein. Clinical studies have shown that proteolytic enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties. Proteolytic enzymes also control auto-immune diseases by reducing blood levels of compounds known as immune complexes, high levels of which activate the immune system to attack the body itself.
Uses: Ginger helps to fight off infections in the digestive tract. As a respiratory helper, ginger helps to warm the chest and can be soothing for someone suffering from cough. It also helps to soothe other symptoms of the cold and flu. It helps to improve circulation in the hands and feet by increasing blood pressure. As a Feberfuge ginger helps to reduce fevers and stimulates sweating. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ginger, Wild
Other Names: , Asarum canadenses Region: Amer_Indian
Description: American Indian treatment for indigestion, colds, sore throat, nervouse conditions, fevers & gas. Root is used. Heart, Beneficial effect on whole body. Combats stress & depression. High in B-complex vitamins as well as Vitamins A,C,E, & G. Proteolytic enzymes also control auto-immune diseases by reducing blood levels of compounds known as immune complexes, high levels of which activate the immune system to attack the body itself. Helps reduce effects of rheumatoid arthritis & ankolysing spondylitis. Root is used; fresh is best. Contains zingibain a kind of proteolytic enzyme that chemically breaks down protein. Clinical studies have shown that proteolytic enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties.
Uses: As a tincture, tea or ingredient in a tea pill or losenge. As an infusion, take 1 cup three times a day for nausea. As a tincture, take 30 drops of Ginger two times daily for digestion. As an essential oil, dilute 5 to 20 drops carrier oil and apply to joints to soothe arthritic pain. In capsule form, take 75 mg of Ginger an hour for morning sickness. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Ginger should not be used in those who have peptic ulcers.
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Ginko biloba
Other Names: Maidenhair Tree, , Ginko biloba Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Ginkgo Biloba helps improve memory, especially occasional mild memory problems associated with aging. Ginkgo Bilboa also promotes healthy circulation to the arms and, legs. Although leaves are used, best form is in a standardized extract due to amounts needed for therapeutic use. Contains ginkgolides which interfere with the action of platelet activating factors or PAF. PAF triggers allergies, asthma and inflammation. May, along with the use of Gotu kola & Sarsaparilla; help the aged to think more clearly, be able to socialize and remember more. It elevates the mood and relieves tintinitis or ringing in the ears. Circulation, anti-aging, gout, increases blood flow to the brain. May be of use to people with Alzheimer's disease.
Uses: Memory enhancer. 60 to 240 mg suggested daily dose. Many adults age 65 and older have memory concerns. Ginkgo Biloba promotes healthy brain function and mental focus. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Memory enhancer. 60 to 240 mg sHigher doses may cause dizziness, irritability and restlessness.
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Ginseng, American
Other Names: , Panax quinqeufolius Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Tonic. Adaptogen. Tones skin and muscles, helps improve appetite and digestion. Improves bodily response to stress, boosts immune system; especially for those debilitated by old age or chronic illness, regulates blood pressure & helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. Almost the entire American crop is exported. The Russians & the Chinese are doing multiple clinical studies on this Super root. May help to restore sexual energy. In China, ginseng has been a vital herb for over 7 millenia. Wars have been won and lost in order to have control over the production of this beneficial plant. It's been used in Europe since the 800s. It became popular in the Western Hemisphere in the 1700s as an herb to improve good health. Ginseng has been used to help the body fend off stress - something that's even more beneficial today. Ginseng can also help to keep your immune system strong. Other active compounds include: panaxans, triterpenoid saponins, sesquiterpenes, acetylenic compounds, gensenosides.
Uses: Ginseng is primarily used to improve stamina and help the body to fight off stress. As an Adaptogen for Stamina: Ginseng has long been used by athletes to help improve athletic performance and longevity. Ginseng also helps boost the immune system & helps to fight off infections and other conditions. As a tonic ginseng helps us to combat stress & toxins. As a soup, 1g of dried Ginseng root can be added to a serving of vegetable soup once a day. In capsule form, take 500 mg of Ginseng daily for exhaustion. Ginseng tablets may be taken for short-term use around a stressful event. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Ginseng should not be taken long term as dependency may occur
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