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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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Jessamine, Night-
Other Names: , Cestrum nocturnum Region: Mediterranean
Description: My favorite night perfume to scent the air in my garden. I add the flowers to my own potpourrie as well as steep the flowers in a small amount of water or into honey.
Uses: A drop or two in almond oil can be massaged onto the body during or after a bath can overcome frigidity. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Jewelweed-
Other Names: touch-me-not, Impatiens capensis Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Other Latin Names for this are: Impatiens biflora. North American Indian & East Indies special herb that combats the results of touching poison ivy, nettle stings or poison oak. Rubbing the crushed leaves, stalks of this plant against skin that has come into contact with poison ivy/oak will not blister or the blisters will last only a day or so, without itching.
Uses: An extract of the flower can be used to calm nervous people of their fears. Possible as a cure for ringworm. Juice of plant can be added to saps to make an anti posion ivy soap. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Job's Tears, Chinese -
Other Names: jobi ma-yuen, Hato-mugi, Coix lacroyma Region: Asian
Description: Other Alternative Names for this herb: Yi yi, Japanese barley. Staple cereal crop in China/ Japan. Important medicinal herb. Seeds/Nuts used. Oil from nuts. Brewed into beer, roasted to make coffee-like beverage. Seeds strengthen the spleen. In Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, Jobi Ma yuen is used to Counteract "damp heat", used for edema, diarrhea, rheumatoid arthritis and difficult urination.
Uses: Oil from Nuts, Seeds used to make teas, tinctures & beverages. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Joe Pye Weed -
Other Names: Gravelroot, Eupatorium purpureum Region: American
Description: Whole herb used. Breaks sweats, used to induce urination. Helps reduce kidney problems; aides in cystitis & bladder infections. Reduces edema.
Uses: Part of Kidney Stone Tea formula for breaking of Kidney & bladder stones, such as gall bladder stones without the pain or side effects from pharmaceuticals. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Jojoba -
Other Names: liquid gold, Simmondsia chinesis Region: Asian
Description: Seeds/Nuts used. Oil from nuts. Arrests hair loss; may induce new growth. Used as a lubricant commercially & in shampoos & conditioners for hair & skin products.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Jujube, Chinese -
Other Names: Suan zao ren; Sour date kernel, Zizyphus spinosa Region: Asian
Description: Anti-stress herb, fruit. TCM medicinal product calms mind & preserve the Chi/Qi energy. Clinical studies show that fruits/seeds have a tranquilizing effect. Fruits nourish & enrich bone marrow & muscle. Treat irritability, insomnia and anxiety.
Uses: Found dried, canned, in teas, in cereals & in supplements as well as wines, preserves & candy. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Juniper -
Other Names: Ginepro, Enebro,, Juniperus communis Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Berries used. Active compounds include: Various flavonoids, catechin tannins, diterpenes, monosaccharides, pinene and limonene. Helps reduce kidney & bladder troubles. American Indians drank tea of the berries ro reduce fever & the effects of arthritis. Excellent flavoring for wild game meats such as venison, rabbit, mutton, pheasant & beef. Diuretic. An alcohol extract has been clinically studied as a use for inhibiting tumor growth in mice & in human nose & throat cultures. Restores pancreas, adrenals, diuretic, dropsy, uric acid, may help with gout. The ancient Egyptians used juniper berries imported from Greece as food and also to remedy intestinal parasites. In addition to the mention of juniper in various ancient Egyptian writings, remnants of juniper berries have been found at the tomb of Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut, which indicates the people may have also used the herb as an offering to the departed. Early Canaanites considered juniper berries a symbol of fertility & healing. They dedicated them as offerings to Ashera, the Mother Goddess and consort of El sometimes referred to as the lost goddess of Egypt and She Who Walks On (or in) the Sea.
Uses: At one time, juniper oil, or spirits of juniper, was used in veterinary medicine to treat minor skin irritations from flies and to prevent or treat dropsy in sheep. (Dropsy is an old term for edema, a condition characterized by swelling due to the accumulation of lymphatic fluid under the skin.) Excellent flavoring for wild game meats such as venison, rabbit, mutton, pheasant & beef. Also used as flavoring for gin. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Kamala
Other Names: . , Mallotus philippinensis Region: PanAsian_Islands
Description: Grown in the Asian islands, the fruit is used internally as a purgative to expel tapeworms. Externally the mashed liquid from the fruit is used to reduce scabies & other skin afflictions.
Uses: Liquid, extract, dried & fresh fruit products. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Kantikari-
Other Names: Yellow-berried *nightshade, Solanum xanthocarpum Region: Asian
Description: Important Ayurvedic medicine in India. Coughs, asthma, chestpain, precourser to sex hormones, cortisone. Also used for flatulence, Toothache & sore throat.
Uses: Fruits used in Indian curries. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Kava Kava-
Other Names: , Piper methysticum Region: PanAsian_Islands
Description: Helps induce relaxation, sleep. Helps promote mental awareness. Used throughout the Pacific islands as a helpful Aphrodisiac. It helps to relieve pain & sooth arthritis. A Nervine, its used to help people who are having trouble sleeping, get back to that state without too much of a struggle or adding of calories. Because of its Anti-Septic nature, it was used in the Pacific Islands to treat a number of sexually tranmitted disease before the advent of antibiotics. Can be used to treat urinary infections & reduce sore muscles.
Uses: Roots used, can be ground & tinctured, used as an additive to hot coconut milk or dairy product & drunk before bedtime, can be used as a poultice or infused as a tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Kelp-
Other Names: , Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: The overall name of any number of large brown seaweeds. Source of alkali, Calicium, sulphur, iodine & silicon. Used internally, it cleanses arteries & the body via the sweat glands. It seems to have beneficial effects upon the reproductive system. Kelp helps varicose veins by strengthening & giving tone to the walls of capillaries & veins. Historically used to combat goiter, it is an aid to the thyroid. Kelp aids in smoothing skin, nails, hair & the bony structure of humans & pets alike. Kelp can be used as a diuretic for combating obesity & it is also used to take fat off of the hip areas.
Uses: Powdered by the Asian community, it is used to flavor soups & in drinks, as well as in salads & main entrees. Used in larger doses, can cause excessive kelp smelling flatulence. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Khella -
Other Names: , Ammi majus Region: Mediterranean
Description: Middle Eastern remedy for kidney problems. Also contains Khellin a compound that increases blood flow into the heart. Used as a treatment for mild angina. 250 to 300mg of Khella extracts that are standardized for Khellin content of 12% is suggested daily intake. Also contains amiodarone (Cordarone) one of many key anti arrhythmia medicines. Nervine. Tonic. Helps induce relaxation, sleep. Helps promote mental awareness.
Uses: Tonic. Helps induce relaxation, sleep. Helps promote mental awareness. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Knot Grass-
Other Names: Bian Xu), Polygonum aviculare Region: Asian
Description: Whole herb & seeds used. Astringent. bronchial cough, mouth soreness & oral post operative cleanser/wash & strengthener. German Commission E also recommends Knot Grass for the treatment of respiratory ailments.
Uses: Tea reduces diarrhea, bladder infections. Anti-wormer or vermifuge. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Kola nuts-
Other Names: Coca Cola, Cola nitida and other spp Region: South American
Description: Ground nut drink favored by African nations for its chocolate like taste, & consistency of fine milk liquid chocolate when wetted & sweetened. It is a Stimulant, & a cardiac tonic, to aid in the reduction of headaches.
Uses: Powdered by the Asian community, it is used to flavor soups & in drinks, as well as in salads & main entrees. Used in larger doses, can cause excessive kelp smelling flatulence. Cola is said to reduce the appetite to help with dieting. It has been used as a sparkling beverage ingredient to help reduce cravings in alcoholics. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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