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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 ]

Herbs Listing for - Anti-Inflammatory - page 3 of 4
Goutweed
Other Names: , Aegopodium podograria Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Pot herb, shoots & leaves used. Diuretic, Sedative. Anti-Inflammatory. Fights gout, sciatica, rheumatism, arthritis & other auto immune diseases, cleanses urinary system. High in Iron, maganese & silicon.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Greek Mountain Tea
Other Names: Ironwort, Sideritis syriaca Region:
Description: Pot herb, shoots & leaves used. Sold dried for tea. Treats common cold & indigestion. Anti-inflammatory.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Griffonia
Other Names: , Griffonia simplicifolia Region: African
Description: African herb. Remedy for diarrhea, vomiting, stomachache. (Precourser herb for 5-HTP) Anti-Depressive. Works to boost seratonin levels. Used to treat depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior. Treats common cold & indigestion. Anti-inflammatory.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Grindelia
Other Names: Gum plant, G. squarrosa, Grindelia camporum, G. humilis Region: South American
Description: Grown in the U.S & South America. Entire plant used. A decoction is used as a wash or poultice for wounds or running sores. Speeds healing of wounds. Buds & flowers made into a tea to cleanse the kidneys. Plant crushed & applied as poutice for arthritis. Fluid extract or tincture can be used to reduce effects of poison ivy & poison oak by the Cahuilla & other American Indian tribes. High in Iron, maganese & silicon.
Uses: The tea can also be drunk to slow the heartbeat, used to combat the wheezes of asthma & to use as an expectorant for bronchial complaints. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Only small doses should be used, high doses can be poisonous.
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Guaic
Other Names: Arbor lignum vitae, tree or wo, Guajacum officinale, G. sanctu Region: European
Description: Wood & resin used since 16th century. Pot herb, shoots & leaves used. Sold dried for tea. Treats bronchial complaints, cough & catarrh. Resin used with sarsaparilla to purify the blood & is an ingredient as an antioxidant in canned foods. Reduces aches & pains from arthritis. Expectorant, Anti-septic, Anti-inflammatory.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gynura
Other Names: Mullucan Spinach, Sambung nys, Gynura procumbens Region: Asian
Description: (alt. Leaves of the gods, Daun dewa, Longevity Spinach) Traditional Asian herb used to combat diabetes. Efficient regulator of blood sugar. Only seems to lower blood sugar in those that need it. Clinical studies being run in India to prove in animals. Protects the kidneys and retinas from damage from high blood sugar. Has anti-inflammatory & anti viral strengths. Leaves are eaten fresh in salads or briefly cooked in stir fries. Rich source of Vitamins A & C. High in Silica, Selenium.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Horse Chestnut
Other Names: Buckeye, Aesculus Hippocastanum Region: European
Description: Horse chestnut is a tree in the soapberry family that is native to the Balkans. Later introduced to Europe in the mid-16th century. Because English children utilized horse chestnuts in a game called conkers, the tree is sometimes called the conker tree. Like its close relative, the Ohio buckeye, horse chestnut produces nuts that are toxic to some animals, especially horses. The Horse chestnut shell is green & spiky which contains usually one if not two nut like seeds. These are the seeds called conkers. Active compounds include: Flavonoids, Coumarins, Triterpenoid saponins, Aescin. I
Uses: Similarly, even though the bark and fruit are traditionally used to make infusions and tonics, modern use of this herb is generally limited to external uses. In tincture format Horse Chestnut has been found to reduce plaque in Veins as well as cleanse the capillaries that tend to swell & become Varicose veins. Herbal Actions
Warnings: If you have liver or kidney disease, you should not use. Do not put lotion or gel on broken skin.
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Horsebalm
Other Names: HorseMint, Monarda, various species} Region: European
Description: Mint. Contains thymol, menthol or menthone & Carvacrol. Carvacrol helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine which is a deficiency found in people with Alzheimer's disease. Some horsebalm compounds can cross the blood/brain barrier. Anti-blood clotting, blood thinners.
Uses: You can add tincture of horsebalm to your shampoo to gain benefits of this herb. Another herb for a tea brewed with cloves for pre-trip preventatives for altitude sickness. 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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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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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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La Lot-
Other Names: Lalot Pepper, Piper Lolot Region: Asian
Description: Vietnamese herb like black pepper. Reduces inflammation by reducing certain platelets in blood.
Uses: Brewed into Tea, Tonic & Tincture. Used as a medicinal spice after cooking with herbal salads & herbs used to flavor Pho. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ladies Mantle-
Other Names: , Alchemilla vulgaris Region: European
Description: Reduces menstrual cramps, muscular difficulties, rheumatism and gastric disturbances.
Uses: Brewed into Tea, Tonic & Tincture. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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