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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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Other Names: , Epilobium parviflorum Region: European
Description: Reduces inflammation in the prostate glands as well as disturbances in the bladder & kidneys. Component of Swedish Bitters.
Uses: Bitters ingredient, Tincture, oil & cream, Decoction, Tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Gaultheria procumbens Region: European
Description: Aromatic whole herb used to reduce headaches, bone, ligament & muscle pain.
Uses: Tincture, Oil, tea used as an external wash, flavoring for gums, toothpaste & mouthwashes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Woad, Chinese
Other Names: Da qing, Qiug dai, Isatis indigotica Region: Asian
Description: Anti bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti Viral TCM herb. Both leaves & roots used to combat effects of the mumps, encephalitis, measles & hepatitis.
Uses: Teas, tinctures, oils, creams, decoctions & used as a natural dye. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Woodruff, Sweet
Other Names: , Gallium oderatum Region: European
Description: Vanilla scented leaves used in the German Maybowl. Reduces migraine, nervous conditions & stomach pain.
Uses: Teas, Tinctures, creams, into wine & liquors. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Wormwood, Black
Other Names: , Artemisia genipi Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Apperatif & Digestif herbal liquor ingredient which helps to stimulate digestion & appetitie.
Uses: Flowering tops used to make a tincture. An ingredient in the liquor known as Chartreuse(R) Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Wormwood, Prairie
Other Names: Prairie sage, Western Mugwort, Artemisia ludoviciana Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Close relative Fringed Wormwood. One of the bitters that is used as a sage for smudging for Native Americans & First Nations people. Can help relieve colic caused by gallstones.
Uses: Used dried as a burning sage for purification of houses & people. Stimulates bile secretion & gastric juices into stomaches helping digestion & improves appetite. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Wormwood, Silver King
Other Names: "Silver King", Artemisia ludoviciana Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Amer Indian use as a smudging herb. Silver foliage with white flowers. Reduces pain of headaches, can be used to help reduce migraine, stomahe ache, menstrual problems.
Uses: Smudge herb, Tea, decoction, poultice, steam. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Wormwood, Sweet Annie
Other Names: Sweet Annie, Artemisia annua Region: Asian
Description: TCM herb used as an Anti malarial due to the compound artemisinin.
Uses: Tea, Tincture, decoction. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Wormwood, Tree
Other Names: , Artemisia arburescens Region: Mediterranean
Description: Ingredient in Swedish bitters, as a digestif & stomach aid.
Uses: as a bitters ingredient, tea or tincture. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Dioscorea villosa Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Yam* - {Dioscorea villosa} Important Native American medicinal. Treated by the body as though it is estrogen. May reduce labor pains. Used in treatment of bronchial complains as well as asthma. Also important as a contraceptive ingredient. Sweet potato is USUALLY NOT same product! Watch for or inquire after the latin names.
Uses: Whole Tuber used. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Yam Cinnamon
Other Names: Chinese yam, Shan yao, Dioscorea oppositifolia Region: Asian
Description: Edible tubers which can weigh up to 4 to 5 pounds. Used as a tonic after winter & as a female contraceptive via tea. Stimulation for both stomach & spleen where it helps to create & continue moving digestion. TCM herb helps to reduce diabetes, asthma, diarrhea & possibly emotional instability.
Uses: Decoction of tubers into a tea, tincture, oil and/or poultice. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Yarrow, Mongolian
Other Names: , Achillea asiatica Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Ancient Siberian, Mongolian & Chinese TCM whole herb used to reduce fever, calm & defeat enteritis. Reduces pain from broken bones & Arthritis.
Uses: Tincture, decoction of whole herb, herbal extract. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Yarrow, Sneezewort
Other Names: , Achillea ptarmica Region: European
Description: In an older medicinal written by Gerard: the snuff made from the whole herb dried, is used to cleanse the head of slimy humours.
Uses: snuff, potpourrie, stuffed into sleep & relaxation pillows Herbal Actions
Warnings: Hayfever sufferers, please test before buying!
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Yarrow, White
Other Names: , Achillia millefolium Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Most medicinally active herb for reducing the pain of Arthritis & bone fracture as well as reducing fevers & the effects of enteritis.
Uses: Tea, Tincture, decoction of whole herb, poultice, oil & cream Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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