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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 ]

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Hydrangea -
Other Names: Seven Barks, Kidney Stone tea, Hydrangea arborescens Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Root used. Active Compounds include: Cyanogenic glycoside, Volatile oil, Saponins, and Flavonoids. Other Alternative Names in Spanish, Siete reices or Seven Barks. In the Amazon, hydrangea is used as part of a drink called Siete reices or Sevan Barks, which is an male aphrodisiac said to help raise the "flag". A huge amount of antioxidants call Hydrangea has a huge amount of antioxidants in it & should be used to boost the liver's capacity to cleanse & aid blood. Known for its aphrodisiacal characteristics down south of Northern America; Hydrangea is here known mostly for its use as a gall bladder & bladder stone remover, or stone buster without the pain that can be excruciating. Hydrangea is better used that some of the products for GOUT like allopurinol & other chemicals that have some nasty side effects. n the June 5, 2009 issue of Science, a team of researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Immune Disease Institute at Children's Hospital Boston and another from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine announced that hydrangea root may play a role in the treatment of a number of autoimmune disorders, including eczema, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Of particular interest is halofuginone, a molecule isolated from hydrangea root. In this particular study, the researchers found that halofuginone blocked the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals collectively referred to as cytokines. This substance also inhibited the production of Th17, a specialized immune system helper cell thought to be involved in triggering an inflammatory response that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissue.
Uses: Tea made from bark & flowers aids in reducing size of & expelling kidney & bladder stones. Drunk as a tea or taken as a tincture on a semi-daily basis; it seems to prevent this condition from continuing. Dependant on the amount of aluminum in the soil is the color blue & dependant on the amount of lime in the soil the flowers will be pink. Frontiersmen learned of its uses from the Cherokee Indians as a cure-all. Diurectic, good for dispelling water retention. TCM practictioners use it to also counter Malaria. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hyssop
Other Names: , Hysoppis officinalis Region: European
Description: Mainly used as a digestif. Used for thousands of years. Digestive. Blood Cleanser, most quoted herb in Bible for cleansing lepers by the ancient Hebrews & for purification rites mentioned in the scriptures(which most likely was actually a caper bush {Caparis spirosa} instead), colds, fevers, sore throats & bronchitis. Decoction of the leaves used for skin irritations, burns & bruises.
Uses: Bitter leaves are chopped & used in salads or brewed into tinctures for digestion. An oil of the leaves is said to be a vermifuge, it will kill worms in both adults & children, applied to the head, it will kill lice as well as helping to reduce head itch. Hyssop leaves have been laid on wounds to promote healing & reduce infection. Penicillin mold thrives on hyssop leaves. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Iboza-
Other Names: Iboga bark, Nutmeg bush, Iboza riparia Region: West African
Description: Leaves used. South African bush used in aromatherapy. Nigerian tree source. Tested by the Rockefeller Institute as a muscle relaxant. High in ibogaine which is a central nervous system depressant. Used by the people of the Congo as a ceremonial drug.
Uses: Used mainly as a tincture or scent, but also can be found in teas & essential oils. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Iceland moss -
Other Names: , Cetraria islandica Region: IceLandic
Description: Used for bronchial complaints as an expectorant. Lichen used in Scandinavian medicine. Source of glycerol, fumaric acid & lichen startch (70%, isomeric with common starch) Indian Immune system booster.
Uses: Used in syrups, tinctures, decoctions, & sometimes brewed with other herbs into tea or soup. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Indigo, False -
Other Names: , Baptisia australis Region: Amer_Indian
Description: American Indian Immune system booster.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Indigo, Wild-
Other Names: , Baptisia tinctoria Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Roots used. Used to combat bacterial infections of the ear, nose, throat, mouth, skin & chest complaints.
Uses: Teas, tinctures, decoctions & plasters. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Indrajao-
Other Names: Mitha indarjou, Dudhi, Wrightia tinctoria Region:
Description: Leaves used. Indian medicinal. Toothache reducer.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Irish Moss-
Other Names: , Chondrus crispus Region: European
Description: Whole herb used. Active compounds include: Polysaccharides, Iodine, Amino Acids, Bromine. A seaweed that contains carageenan, which is used to smooth out ice creams & yogurts as well as make creamy products, well, creamier. It is an emulsifier & a suspending agent in pharmaceuticals. Wound healer, scab former, Skin lotion component for wrinkles & irritated skin. Also used to reduce kidney & urine afflictions.
Uses: Ground & used in cosmetics, tinctured for same & for use on skin & in body for kidney & urine issues. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ivy-
Other Names: , Hedera helix Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Commission E states that Ivy is good for treating bronchitis & other respiratory infections. Leaves used.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Jaborandi -
Other Names: Jamborandi , Pilocarpus microphyllus Region: South American
Description: or P. jaborandi. Alternative Names also include: iamborandi. Brazilian plant used as a stimulant which increases all the secretions of the body, including Bronchial, Nasal, Mammary, Salivary & Sweat. The name is given to several simliar plants that give the same effect. Can be used as an antidote to atropine & other poisons.
Uses: Externally a great ingredient in hair growth potions & lotions, hair tonics & vinegar hair rinses. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Too much internally can cause profuse sweating & salivating or frothing at the mouth until death occ
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Jacob's Ladder -
Other Names: , Polemonium caeruleum Region: European
Description: Leaves & flowers used. Headaches, heart palpitations.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Jambolan-
Other Names: Java Plum, Eugenia jambolan Region: Asian
Description: Ayurvedic Medicinal Herb. Other Latin names: Syzgium cumini. Fruit, seeds, leaves & bark.. Asian / Indian sacred tree. Indian medicinal. Lowers blood sugar for people suffering from certain forms of diabetes. {Should be used only in conjunction with the administrations of your personal physician.}
Uses: Extracts used Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Jasmine-
Other Names: , Jasminum officinalis affine Region: Mediterranean
Description: My favorite flowers perfume the air during the day in my garden. Almost the most expensive scent in the world, Moroccan jasmine extracted by the enfleruage method into an oil can cost as much as $3,000 per pound. Inhaling the scent of the jasmine is said to be an aphrodisiac for both sexes. It is thought to help relax one to sleep & to facilitate childbirth. See Dream scents.
Uses: A drop or two in almond oil can be massaged onto the body during or after a bath can overcome frigidity. In format, Jasmine can be used as a poultice; soothing to the eyes & nose; as a tea; soothing to the nerves. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Java Tea -
Other Names: , Orthosiphon aristatus Region: Asian
Description: German Commission E approves use of this tea for treating kidney stones. While it is not clear exactly how it helps; it is believed that it helps to expand the ureters; thereby allowing small stones to pass more easily.
Uses: Extracts & leaves/stems used. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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