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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: Love medicine, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Native American peoples have used the roots of this plant to break fevers, reduce coughing and chest tightness as well as pain. The iroquios people used it as an aphrodisiac as well as a smudging herb to sanctify the home & to revive the unconcious.
Uses: Chopped root used. Cut/sifted, brewed as tea. Can be dried & burned as smudging agent or as incense. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Milk Vetch, Huang Qi, Astragalus membraceous Region: Asian
Description: Immune enhancing. Fortifies spleen & "Qi" {chi}Tonic, Lowers blood sugars & blood pressure. Good for kidneys & liver function. Chinese Medicinal for over 2,000 years. Classified by Shen Nong, who founded Chinese herbal medicine, as a superior herb. Its Chinese name, Huang Qi, means "yellow leader" because of the yellow hue of the root. Relieves night sweats, fluid retention and hot flashes brought on by menopause. Its warming qualities help the circulation of the body, which means it works to ease cold symptoms or other viruses that enter the body. It works to restore the immune system of the body - especially in the lungs. Immune disorders that lead to sweating are eased with the use of Astragalus.
Uses: Numerous Saponins, including Astragaloside, flavonoids, polysaccharides, minerals, amino acids, coumarins, triterpee glycosides, asparagine, calcyosin, formononetin, kumatakenin, sterols. Serious immune system compromise preventive (cold/flu). Boosts white blood cell production helps produce interferon in body to fight cancers and other illnesses. Helps kill viruses by killing virus cells. Also builds up body from fatigue, lack of appetite and problems with excessive persperation. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Avens Tea, Geum ubanum Region: European
Description: Tea /decoction used to treat symptoms of diarrhea or indigestion. May be used externally as a wash for wounds.
Uses: Decoction of bark & twigs mainly used. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Alligator Apple, Leatherfruit,, Persea americana Region: American
Description: Avocado - {Persea americana} One of the highest fat fruits. Being a mono-unsaturated fat; however it can REDUCE cholesterol. May also relieve symptoms of gout.
Uses: Excellent for use as a skin softener and smoother. Can be used both externally & internally to help aid in digestion and reduce constipation. Excellent in reducing Cholesterol levels within the body, high in vitamins, minerals & other constiuents. Avocado contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene. It is classified as a monosaturated oil. It is best suited for dry skin conditions in topical applications. Avocado oil will go cloudy in low temperatures but will return to clear when warmed. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Aztec Sweet Herb
Other Names: , Phila Lippia dulcis Region: South American
Description: Ancient Sweet herb containing camphor compounds. Mexican herb used to reduce coughs, colds, bronchitis & other respiratory ailments in South America.
Uses: Leaves contain intensely sweet compound: hernandulcin. High camphor content makes them unuseable as a sweet substitute. Used as a tea or wash, a decoction or a salve. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Baby's Breath, Manchurian
Other Names: Yin Chai Hu, Gypsophila oldhamiana Region: Asian
Description: Chinese TCM herb. Reduces Jaundice, rheumatism, used to combat side effects of tuberculosis, typhoid fever & lung disease. Used for Yin deficiency and/or to combat low grade fever.
Uses: Used as a teapill or tablet. Once used to combat Typhoid Fever by the Asians. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Brahmi, Thyume-leaved gratiola, Bacopa monniera Region: Asian
Description: Ayurvedic Indian herb to strengthen memory & regain mental clarity. Not to be confused with the ornamental {Sutera}. True medicinal bacopa. Whole plant used. Can be made into a nerve & cardiac tonic with a tranquilizing action. Dependable remedy for treatment of nervous breakdown, epiliepsy, hysteria, insanity and debility.
Uses: Juice of fresh leaves given to children for cough, bronchitis and diarrhea. A poultice is made of boilded herb and applied to the chest for acute pneumonia and bronchitis. Can be used as a diaretic & as such, to treat rheumatism. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bai Zhi
Other Names: Bai Zhi, Angelica dahurica Region: Asian
Description: Bai Zhi -{Angelica dahurica.} Chinese medicinal herb. Root used. Antibacterial, Antipyretic & analgesic properties. Strengthens spleen. Builds "Qi" (Chi) Energy.
Uses: Drops fevers, Therapeutic use by Chinese for toothache and headache. Reduces pain, combats infections in wounds. Helps relieve symptoms of mastitis in nursing mothers. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bai Zhu
Other Names: Bai Zhu, Atractylodes macrocephala Region:
Description: TCM .Chinese medicinal herb. Strengthens spleen. Builds "Qi" (Chi) Energy. Roots are used to treat diarrhea, fatigue, lack of appetite.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Balloon Flower
Other Names: , Platycodon graniflorus Region: Asian
Description: Balloon Flower -{Platycodon graniflorus} Important Asian medicinal herb.
Uses: Leave decoction made into a cough syrup, helps reduce spasms & cough reflexes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Balm of Gilead, American
Other Names: Tacomahaca, Mecca balsam, Bals, Populus balsamifera, Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Also known as Latin: Populus candicans or Alt. Balsam. Not the herb of the bible. American Indian herb. Tincture used for chest congestion, stomach & kidney complaints as well as rheumatism. Stimulant, Expectorant, Tonic & Diuretic.
Uses: Steeped in rum, the buds will help to heal cuts & bruises. Ointment made with oil or creme base is useful for bruises & swellings, sunburn, skin infections & nasal salve for dry passages. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Balm, Melissa
Other Names: Lemon Balm, Citronella Balm, Melissa officinalis Region: European
Description: Also known as Lime Balm. Stimulant for the Heart, Calmnative for the Nerves. Should be included in every gardener's medical cabinet as a principle tea/ tonic herb. Tea can be drunk to start perspiration to drop a fever. Wound healer, fights herpes. Repairs a "tired" brain.
Uses: Balm can be mixed with honey & vinegar, warmed & used to gargle for sore throats & teeth. Calmnative. Steeping leaves in wine & using them as a poultice will draw the sting from scorpions & other spiderbites. Steeping fresh leaves in wine will draw boils to open. Nervine. Good bee plant for honey production. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Balsam, Lemon
Other Names: Tou gu, Impatiens balsamina Region: Asian
Description: TCM medicinal in China. Used to clear obstructions in throat.
Uses: Aerial parts above the ground used. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ban Xia
Other Names: , Piniella ternata Region: Asian
Description: Chinese TCM herb. Tubers used. Contains ephedrine. Stimulant. Used to combat conditions of dampness & phlegm.
Uses: Used to control vomiting. Strengthens spleen. Builds "Qi" Chi energy & directs flow upward. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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