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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".


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

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Alum Root
Other Names: Storksbill, Wild geranium, Geranium maculatum Region: Amer_Indian
Description: The Blackfeet Indians boiled alum root in water for use as an eyewash. They pounded up the root & applied it wet to sores & swellings.
Uses: A powerful Astringent when mixed with yarrow & plantain, it can be used as a douch or mixed with sage to heal canker sores. It has been used in medicines & deoderants. Mixed with sugar, it can be given to children as an internal astringent to reduce timpanny tummy or other gall bladder afflictions. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Amaranthus hypochondiratus Region: Mediterranean
Description: Flowering herb much recommended for help in reducing symptoms of diarrhea & hemorrhages of the bowels. It has been used for hundreds of years as a reducer of flow from extreme menstruation.
Uses: Used as a tea, internally to reduce blood flow from menses. The Ancient Greeks felt that it had restorative properties hence its name coming from the Greek word for unwithering. As a symbol of immortality it was used to adorn graves & tombs. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Kalmegh, Andrographis paniculata Region: European
Description: Scandinavian herb used to fight the Common Cold. Works against upper respiratory infections. Clinical trials have shown the herb to work better than Echinacea against flu. Besides working to boost the immune system & to ward off future infections it has adaptogen properties allowing it to be used to battle both infections & cancer like growths.
Uses: As a bitter, as a potent source of anti-oxidants that protect the liver, this herb has potentials of doing more good. Asian clinical studies show the herb to help reduce the effects of gastrointestinal infections as well as hepatitis, herpes & throat infections. It is a bitter tonic. As an antioxidant it helps to protect the liver from outside toxins introduced as pharmaceuticals. Used with Milk Thistle; can be a great boost to liver function & health. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Archangel, Angelica anrhangelica Region: European
Description: Roots & fruit are used in perfumes & to flavor liquors. Practically the whole plant is useful at all times of its growing cycle. Good for the circulation of blood & bodily fluids. Relieves symptoms of cystitis, reduces inflammation from Arthritis & Bursitis. Expectorant & Anti-spasmodic.Aids in reducing bronchial problems {however, it can make you sun sensitive}. Angelica contains 15 compounds which act as Calcium channel blockers. These blockers can aid in treating mild Angina.
Uses: Tender shoots are used for sweetmeats & are also eaten as a vegetable. Taking a powder of the seeds mixed with hot water, while fasting will guard the person from infection. Stems are usually candied. Eases upset stomaches, gastric ulcers & reduces stress. Drunk as a tea it supposedly brings on menstruation in women suffering from lack of their periods & also after childbirth to help expel the afterbirth. A compress of the hot herb can be used to sooth gout. It can be used externally in sweat baths & lodges & also as a poultice for the eyes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: If taking MAOI's please check with your doctor before using as a medicinal
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Other Names: , Pimpinella anisum Region: European
Description: Also known as pimpinellum diotica. Aids in soothing indigestion & calms coughing. The oil from the seeds can help to expel flatulence. Flavoring herb in both eastern & western cooking/ pharmaceuticals.
Uses: Tincture - As a calmnative for overindulgence in eating Adding fresh or dried leaves into hot tea, soups or salad dressing can help reduce Flatulence after eating gas inducing produce. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Aniseed, Sweet Cumin, Pimpinella anisum, Illicium ve Region: European
Description: Also called Chinese Anice & Illicium. Stimulant,Tonic, Coughs, Gastric problems, bronchitis, asthma, increase mother's milk production. Ancient Greeks used tea made from Anise & Fennel to combat asthma and other respiratory ailments. A few seeds dropped into warm milk can be used as a sleep aid. Seeds are also used as flavorings in breads & pastries.
Uses: Contains chemicals: creosol and alpha pinene which help loosen bronchial phlem. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Apple, Domestic
Other Names: Sweet Apple, Delicious, Var., Malus domestica Region: American
Description: Apple pulp is rich in pectin. It is anti-diarrhea because the pectin acts like a stool softener. It is also anti-constipating.
Uses: Apples, like psyllium are Amphoteric; they unplug you when you're constipated & plug you when you're loose as a goose. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: "True" apple of Eden, Prunus armeniaca Region: Asian
Description: The Apricot was most likely the true fruit of knowledge in the garden of Eden, instead of the apple, due to its range of growth habit. Their intial home may have been China. A single apricot tree may live up to 100 years.
Uses: The apricot kernal is most used ground as a facial scrub for its cleansing & scrubbing properties. Apricot oil from the kernals is also an emollient & is found in products for both the skin & body. Dried powdered fruit is supposed to be an excellent scrub for oily skin. The fruit itself contains much fiber & excellent iron & Vitamin C. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Leopard's Bane, Wolf's Bane,, Arnica chamissonis, Arnica Mon Region: European
Description: Long used in Russia and Europe, leaves smoked as a substitute for tobacco, hence its common name: mountain tobacco. Arnica has a six century history of use in folk remedies for external treatment of wounds, black eyes, sprains and bruises. Alternatively known as European Arnica, Montana Arnica, Mountain Tobacco. Flowering tops & Leaves used. Leaves Used. Wound healer, anti-biotic.
Uses: Arnica flowers contain sesquiterpene lactones of the helenanolid type, predominantly ester derivatives of helenalin and 11,13-dihydrohelenalin. Additionally, the herb contains flavonoids (e.g., isoquercitrin, luteolin-7-glucoside, and astragalin), volatile oil (with thymol and its derivatives), phenol carbonic acid (chlorogenic acid, cynarin, caffeic acid), and coumarins (umbelliferone, scopoletin). Should be used Externally only. Especially effective in salve or linament form for burns, bruises & inflammation. Although Folkloric Russian medicine has used it to help therapeutically with uterine hemorrhage, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris and cardiac insufficiency; it should be used EXTERNALLY only, unless by a doctor of Osteopathy. Stimulates the healing process. Not to be used on open wounds, but can help reduce bruising, and bumps caused by accidents. Herbal Actions
Warnings: External use ONLY,Not for open wounds, can cause blisters. Not to be used during Pregnancy.
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Arnica, Montana
Other Names: Leopard's bane, Wolf's Bane, , Arnica chamissonis, Arnica mon Region: American
Description: Also known as Mountain arnica, Mountain tobacco. Flowering tops & Leaves Used. Should be used Externally only. Especially effective in salve or linament form for burns, bruises & inflammation. Stimulates the healing process.
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Warnings: Avoid during pregnancy.
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Arrow Root
Other Names: , Maranta arundinacea Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Root primarily used. Orignally used by the American Indians to heal wounds caused by poisoned arrows. In its dried form, it is a good deterrant for Athlete's foot. Simply sprinkle it in all of your closed toe shoes. Reduces varicose veins, arthritis & other skin inflictions.
Uses: Good for the circulatory system. As a nutritive food for children & the elderly or people recuperating from stomach issues; or invalids; the product is easily digested, pleasant tasting & contains about 82% starch. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Devil's Dung, Food of the Gods, Ferula asa-foetida or F. rubic Region: Asian
Description: Excellent to reduce Cholesterol to healthy levels. Main ingredient in Worchestershire Sauce. Anti-Tussive: helps calm the spasms that produce painful coughing during upper respiratory conditions such as bronchitis. Reduces Irritable Bowels Syndrome by reducing the gas caused by ingesting plant materials into your system. When the gas is absorbed back into your system, you don't have as much pain & discomfort. Originally Persian & Indian. Gummy dried juice of 4 year old non flowering plant roots makes up the spice. Used to combat nervous disorders & hysteria.
Uses: Expectorant & a Stimulant. Stimulates the mucus membranes to treat digestive/ respiratory complaints. Native to Afghanistan, Iran & Turkestan. Can expel parasites in body caused by ingestion of raw or undercooked products. Topically used in a null cream to help chase bitey bugs. Also good to calm skin after being bitten by bitey bugs. Originally used in up to the 1950's as a Calmnative for nerves & to reduce cholesterol in the blood serum. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Should not be taken by pregnant women, May cause miscarraige.
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Ash, Prickly
Other Names: Toothache tree, Zanthozylum clava-herculis Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Bark and berries used. American Indians used bark and twigs to treat toothaches. Tea & wash also useful to reduce pain from arthritis & Rheumatism. Stimulates the circulatory system. Helps circulation for patients with intermittant claudication. Helps reduce varicose veins along with Horse Chestnut by strengthening cellular walls of smaller feeder veins. Reduces skin diseases and Rheumatism like symtoms in body.
Uses: Powerful remover of toxins from the blood and reduces pain from gout, and other auto-immune body hurters. Also reduces gas in the intestines and combats diahrrea. Improves circulation & stimulates blood flow for people with intermittant claudication. Reduces tingling sensation in limbs. May help to reduce skin ulcers when used as an external wash. As a lotion, apply to legs to improve circulation. As a decoction, combine 3 tsp ginger decoction with 3 tsp prickly ash berry decoction and add to 750 ml water. Drink 1 cup twice daily for circulation. As a tincture, add 20 drops to water and take 3 times daily for arthritis. Tablets may be taken for arthritis and rheumatism. Follow the instructions on the manufacturer's label. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Do not take when pregnant or if you have a stomach inflmaation or ulcer.
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Other Names: Winter Cherry, , Withania somnifera Region: Asian
Description: Ayurvedic (Indian) & African herb. Called the Indian ginseng, it is an Immune Booster & a Strengthening Tonic. Combats infertility, impotence, general weakness, Stress & Insomnia. If you have numbness or tingling in your extremities, Ashwagandha can help by restoring and boosting circulation & reducing high blood pressure. Stimulates the nervous system so that you can concentrate better. Perhaps one of the best-known properties of ashwagandha is enhancing sexual desires. It can improve endurance of lovers in the bedroom and can actually increase attraction and desire.
Uses: Helps the brain to function more efficiently, & helps to provide mental focus. Being studied clinically in Asia to help combat the symptoms of Alzheimer's. Increased blood flow to the brain can help you to heal wounds, sprains & broken bones faster. Some studies have also shown that it improves sperm count in men and that sperm will actually be higher quality. This is good news for a couple looking to start a family. Aswhagandha can be taken in many forms such as teas, powders, pills, and even syrups. The plant can also be applied directly to the skin to treat problems such as bed sores and skin inflammation. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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