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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 18 of 28
Guaic
Other Names: Arbor lignum vitae, tree or wo, Guajacum officinale, G. sanctu Region: European
Description: Wood & resin used since 16th century. Pot herb, shoots & leaves used. Sold dried for tea. Treats bronchial complaints, cough & catarrh. Resin used with sarsaparilla to purify the blood & is an ingredient as an antioxidant in canned foods. Reduces aches & pains from arthritis. Expectorant, Anti-septic, Anti-inflammatory.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Guarana
Other Names: E&E, Paulina cupana Region: South American
Description: Grown in Brazil & the Amazonian basin. Another tree of the Amazonian Rain Forest that needs to be saved. Seeds are crushed by the Venezuelans to make a paste that is then mixed with water & carbonation & turned into a soda that energizes the body. A stimulant that can also slow the pulse, it is a Caffeine product with 3 to five times the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
Uses: Pot herb, shoots & leaves used. Sold dried for tea, sodas & tinctures. Can be used to reduce effects from hangover & headaches due to lack of caffeine. Treats obesity by cutting the appetite, can be used to stay awake for periods of time with little or no jitters, if used wisely & is not addictive like other "speed" like products. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Guava
Other Names: guayabo, goejaba, kuawa, abas, Psidium guajava Region: Asian
Description: Its latin name; psidium means pomegranate in Latin, Guava comes from the myrtle family of plants. It has been a well travelled plant, moved by people, by animals & birds for so long that its origins are a bit murky but it is believed to have originated in the area between the Americas from Costa Rica through Brazil. After being "discovered" by the Portuguese & Spanish, it was introduced to the Pacific Islands by the late 1800's & grown through out that region ever since. Guava is a rich source of Vitamins A, B & C. In Spanish, the tree is guayabo, or guayavo, the fruit guayaba or guyava. The French call it goyave or goyavier; the Dutch, guyaba, goeajaaba; the Surinamese, guave or goejaba; and the Portuguese, goiaba or goaibeira. Hawaiians call it guava or kuawa. In Guam it is abas. In Malaya, it is generally known either as guava or jambu batu, but has also numerous dialectal names where the corruption, bayabas, is used. Various tribal names–pichi, posh, enandi, etc.–are employed among the Indians of Mexico and Central and South America. In Florida, the first commercial guava planting was established around 1912 in Palma Sola. Generally, it is a home fruit tree or planted in small groves, except in India where it is a major commercial resource. In 1968, it was estimated that there were about 10 million wild trees (around Santander, Boyacá, Antioquia, Palmira, Buga, Cali and Cartago).
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gum Arabic
Other Names: chaar gund, char goond, meska, Acacia senegal Region: Arabic
Description: Resin used. It is colorless, tasteless & oderless. It is used in paints as well as food products to smooth out textures. Used for both medicinal purposes and soft drinks. Gum arabic soothes inflamed tissue. Used for sore thoats, diarrhea, dysentry. Also known as acacia gum.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gum Plant
Other Names: , Grindelia robusta Region: Asian
Description: Leaves & stems used. As a tea for reducing effects of colds, congestion & URI complaints. Also used as a wash for rashes, poison oak/ivy and/or burns. Sooths inflamed tissue.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gurmar
Other Names: , Gymnema sylvestre Region: Asian
Description: At least 4 Indian studies on herb for treating diabetes. Tea made from this plant seems to boost Insulin production. It may even increase the number of islets of Langerhans, the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
Uses: AS an Insulin booster, you find this product in Ayurvedic capsules, combinations & spice mixtures. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gynura
Other Names: Mullucan Spinach, Sambung nys, Gynura procumbens Region: Asian
Description: (alt. Leaves of the gods, Daun dewa, Longevity Spinach) Traditional Asian herb used to combat diabetes. Efficient regulator of blood sugar. Only seems to lower blood sugar in those that need it. Clinical studies being run in India to prove in animals. Protects the kidneys and retinas from damage from high blood sugar. Has anti-inflammatory & anti viral strengths. Leaves are eaten fresh in salads or briefly cooked in stir fries. Rich source of Vitamins A & C. High in Silica, Selenium.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Halijorma
Other Names: Jamaican Spikenard, Hyptis sauveolens Region: West African
Description: Wound Healer, Anti Diabetic, Anti microbial. Found around Central America & the Carribean as well as in Western Africa. Aromatic Annual. Essential oils are used for bringing down fevers, repelling mosquitos, reducing dysentery & diarrhea.
Uses: Seeds are mixed with water to make a nutritious drink like chai without having to add additional spices. Dried leaves burned indoors to repel mosquitos. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hawkweed
Other Names: Mouse-ear, Hieracium pilosella Asteraceae Region: European
Description: Whole plant used. Diuretic, Expectorant, Astringent. URI & kidney complaints. A rather invasive species actually banned in several states due to its outgrowing the native weed species!
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hawthorn
Other Names: Mayblossom, Mayflower, Hawthor, Crataegus oxyacantha Rosaceae Region: Mediterranean
Description: Since the Middle Ages, hawthorn has been taken as a powerful medicinal herb; used as a tonic to promote overall health; treat kidney stones as well as bladder stones and also used as a diuretic. Modern research has proven hawthorn to be more valuable as an herb to treat cardiovascular problems, regulate blood pressure, improve the smooth muscle walls of the circulatory system and promote a healthy heart. Hawthorn boosts circulation especially within the muscles of the heart.Hawthorn balances blood pressure, so whether you suffer from either high or low blood pressure, hawthorn is going to be able to regulate it. It can also help to reduce the incidence of angina, which is a spasm of the blood vessels surrounding the heart.
Uses: Blood Pressure: Angina: Heart Rate: Heart rate: Hawthorn can be used to help restore a regular heartbeat. For this purpose, it takes time to see results. Hawthorn can be used as a tincture, decoction, infusion, or can be taken in pill form. Follow your health care provider's advice for dosage amounts. Herbal Actions
Warnings: You should not take hawthorn unless you are being supervised by a health care provider. Consult your
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Hawthorne
Other Names: , Crataegus monogyna Region: European
Description: Contains special compounds, oligomeric procyanidins (OPC). Also high in flavanoids which dilate the smooth vessels of the arteries. Commission E, the German expert scientific panel; approves hawthorn for treatment of several heart problems. Prevents hardening of the arteries. In Europe, hawthorne is widely used to reduce mild angina. European studies have found that Hawthorne extracts improve heart functions by opening up the coronary arteries & veins which improves oxygen & blood flow to the heart muscle & regulates blood pressure. Hawthorne also decreases blood cholesterol levels. European clinical studies report it safe to use over an extended period of time. High in Vitamin C & selenium.
Uses: 240mg to 480mg of standardized extract is the approved amount for hardening of the arteries. Tinctures can be used to combat mild angina. *Warning: If you have a heart condition Please make sure to discuss the use of this herb with your doctor or specialist before using. Herbal Actions
Warnings: If you have a heart condition Please make sure to discuss the use of this herb with your doctor or s
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Hawthorne Leaf/Berries
Other Names: , Crataegus monogyna leaf Region: European
Description: Used as a tea for Energy, & to reduce Stress
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Heartsease
Other Names: Johnny Jump Up, Viola tricolor Region: European
Description: Purple flowered British herb. Reduces Edema, cough, effects of URI & skin problems.
Uses: Flowers are edible. Used to flavor tonics & make essential oils for Spring tonics & as poultices for skin afflictions. Flowers/seeds can be ground & used in null skin creams for skin eruptions. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Heartseed
Other Names: Kanphuti, Balloon vine, Cardiospermum halicacabum Region: Asian
Description: Leaves used with oil as Linament for muscles, bruises, bachache & an unguent to sooth arthritis, rheumatism. Root is Diuretic & Laxative. Leaf juice is used for earache.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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