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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 ]

Herbs Listing for - Anti-Inflammatory - page 1 of 4
Aloe Vera
Other Names: Aloe, Indian Alces, Kumari. Gh, Aloe Vera, var. A. perryi Region: Mediterranean
Description: Egyptian medicinal used by the Mahometans as a preventative to evil coming into the house. Ancient Jews adopted the practice in Cairo. Leaves are used by splitting & using the gel within or juicing the leaves to obtain the thick juice. Contains saliscylic acid which soothes & aids in the healing process for abrasions, burns, skin disorders & wrinkles, can be used externally. As a Tonic, it reduces inflammation of stomach lining from allergic reactions to food. Juice also used as a gel to sooth sunburns, burns of the skin, fine cosmetics & to help reduce the itch of insect bites.
Uses: Contains; Vitamins C, A, Niacin & Selenium. Reduces inflammation of stomach lining from allergic reactions to food. Used in place of soap in Jamaica, threads from the inside of the plant when dried can be used as a cleansing agent for bodies and pots/pans! Also has Laxative action but its extreme bitterness as well as strength means that it needs an additional carminative to bring down the reaction to aloe juice alone. Good for coating the lining of the stomach to ameliorate ulcers. May also be used as a vermifuge ie it may help to kill any worms or parasies growing in the body. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Too bitter & strong to be taken on its one. please DILUTE before using internally.
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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: , Polygonum bistorta Region: European
Description: Rhizomes are Astringent. Soothing & cooling. Used to reduce inflammation.
Uses: Helps control woes from dysentery. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Salai gugol, Olibanum,, Boswellia serrata Region: Asian
Description: Boswellia is a shrubby tree native to the Middle East that yields a resin commonly known as Indian frankincense. The dried resin "tears" are burned over charcoal like incense. In the high mountainous areas in India, Boswellia grows into tall trees. These trees are tapped in the early spring when the sap runs, much like our sugar maples; & the oily resin is collected, heated to bring up any excess residues & then purified & allowed to harden into "tears" which are then ground & used in Ayurvedic medicines. Compounds/ Constituents: Gums, Terpinoids, & Essential Oils from the gum oleoresin. Terpenoids contain boswellic acids which are the active constituents.
Uses: Used in medicines which tackle Inflammation of muscles, tendons & joints. Used in conjunction with Ginger & Tumeric to reduce symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis & bursitis. Used as a flavoring for soups after cooking to utilize constituents, used in creams, tinctures & oils for massage. Can be burned like incense to bring toxins out of a body during a steam bath. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Brazil Nut
Other Names: , Bertholettia excelsa Region: South American
Description: Richest source of Lecithin which contains Choline, an important pre-courser to a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine; which helps fight Alzheimer's disease. Also rich in SAM or S-adenosyl-methoinine which is a chemical that aids in pain relief for arthritis.
Uses: Also great for use to reduce redness & "happy skin" associated with psoriasis & excema. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Brassica oleracea Region: Mediterranean
Description: Contains highest levels of Anti-oxidant; Glutathione. Clinical studies indicate that people who are low in glutathione are more likely to have Arthritis.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Broom , Dyer's
Other Names: , Genista tinctoria Region: American
Description: Used to reduce Gout & Rheumatism
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Agathoma cranulata Region: African
Description: Extremely expensive South African herb. Leaves used. One of the BEST herbs used to combat Urinary Tract, Bladder & Kidney Infections. Soothes Enlargement of the Prostate gland, & Irritation of the Urethral Membrane. Decreases inflammation of the colon. High in Calcium, Potassium, Sodium along with Trace Minerals of Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc & Selenium.
Uses: Improves appetite, relieves nausea and gas, is a diuretic and diaphoretic. It is principally used in chronic diseases of the urino-genital organs, as in cases of chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bladder, irritable conditions of the urethra, in urinary discharges with increased deposit of uric acid, and in incontinence connected with prostate abnormalities. Specific Indications: Abnormally acid urine, with constant desire to urinate. Buchu has been used to treat gout and rheumatism.Also used as a tea to combat Cystitis, Urethritis & Painful Urination. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bur Marigold
Other Names: Water Agrimony, Pot Marigold, Bidens pilosa Region: Asian
Description: Chinese TCM ingredient for flu, colds fever, sore throat, gastroenteritis & malarial infections. Whole plant utilized for tea or syrup or tablet. arigolds/pot marigolds have many uses: Soothes Inflammation of the digestive system, reduces irritation and infections of Skin, Helps to slow heavy bleeding, Reduces menstrual discomfort and treats yeast infections.
Uses: sterols, mucilage, carotenes, glycosides, resins, triterpenes, flavonoids. Because of the liver and gallbladder cleansing and detoxifying effects; it helps to clear acne and exzema. Marigold is also used to treat fungal, bacterial and viral infections of the body. It can be used to heal wounds in both internal & external applications. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Lesser Burnet, Pimpinella saxifraga Region: European
Description: Burnet-Saxifrage -{Pimpinella saxifraga} (alt. Lessor Burnet) Used for sore throat, intestinal inflammation, lower bowel complaints, cough, bronchial infections & to aid in reduction of side effects of asthma.
Uses: German Commission E recommends three to six teaspoons of Root preparation used & made into tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Calendula or Marigold
Other Names: Calendula, Marigold, Calandula officinalis Region: European
Description: Flowers are used. Blood & Skin. First aid remedy. Good to reduce swelling/ infection from bee stings, skin diseases, wounds & varicose veins. Heals with speed & relieves inflammation. High in phosphorus. Contains Vitamins A & C.
Uses: Oil used for earaches. Tincture applied to sprains. Salve for cuts & bruises, great treatment for open ulcers/wounds. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: German Camomila, Roman Camomil, Matricaria recutital, M. camom Region:
Description: Other Alternative Name: Roman camomile. Whole herb, especially flowers are used. Tranquilizer, anti-inflammatory. Used in bath herbs & facial creams to firm the tissues of the skin. Keeps skin looking young, firms skin around eyes & relieves weariness. An anti-spasmodic; it can be used to reduce nervous conditions. Roman camomile was cultivated in Saxony. It was good for rubbing on hard lumps & frozen or stiff joints. Egyptians suggested that taking fresh flowers (one ounce) & beat them with pure olive oil. Steep the flowers for 24 hours or more until "their virtues have been extracted." Then strain the liquid & use to rub over the body. It will help reduce ague or rhematism, or for cramped muscles or spasm."
Uses: Modern healthy folk should rub this oil on their bodies before going into a sauna or steam room to produce the same effect. Camomile grown in gardens will keep away harmful insects. It is a calmnative & can help if drunk before bedtime to help you sleep. Tinctures or teas can help to dissolve kidney stones. With sugar added it is good for the spleen. it is said to reduce the effects of delerium tremens for alcoholics. German camomile is tinctured from wild plants & is good to help reduce pain from dental cavities & in the ears for earache. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Camphor Tree
Other Names: Gum camphor or Larrel camphor, Cinnamomum camphora Region: PanAsian_Islands
Description: Source of topical camphor. Indigenous to Formosa or Taiwan. Passing steam through the bark of the tree causes a crystalline mass that smells of mothballs to form. Tree resembles Sassafras & linden tree. The wood & the camphor are insect repellants. You can keep them in closets, closed truncks & under houses to keep moths & other insects away.
Uses: Only External use! Made into a linament; it is good to reduce bruises & sprains. Used to reduce rheumatic pain, sprains & inflammations. One of the ingredients in Tiger Balm. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Candy Tuft
Other Names: , Iberis amara Region: European
Description: Homeopathic ingredient. Bitters. Used to reduce inflammation from gout, rheumatism. Helps reduce water retention such as edema/dropsy. Aids in reduction of phlem from bronchitis.
Uses: Tea, Decoction, and Tinctures used as well as Standardized Extracts in soft gel and/or capsule. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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