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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 4 of 4
Other Names: Round headed Bush Clover, Lespedeza capitata Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Lowers blood cholesterol. American Indian medicinal. dried stems ashed on skin to aid in reducing bursitis and or muscle pain..
Uses: Teas, Tinctures, Plasters, Cough Drops, Syrups. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Lactuca sativa Region: American
Description: Domestic lettuce mixed with milk was thought to soothe & reduce the pain from skin burns and as a cure for arthritis. Eaten before bedtime it will help reduce insomnia & induce sleepiness. Good for the dieter as it contains much Calcium, Silica & water, but little in the way of calories. Eaten by nursing mothers it will increase lactation.
Uses: A decoction of the leaves makes a drying face wash. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Pau D'Arco
Other Names: Lapacho, Tabebuia impetiginosa Region: South American
Description: South American bark primarily used for Tumor & Leukemia reduction as well as wound healing. Anti Cancer Clinical studies ongoing. Historically used by South American Shamans to help with the healing of wounds, heart and circulation problems, as well as cystitis, viral & bacterial infections of the gut & kidneys.
Uses: Anti-Fungal, Anti-Tumor, Anti-Vital, Anti-biotic, Anti-Inflammatory, Cleanse/Tonic, Immune Stimulant. As an ointment, apply to wounds. As a tea wash for open wounds, brew 1 TBSP in 8oz water to coat wound - will STAIN. As a tincture, take 10 drops- 1/2 dropperful with water 2 times daily. As a decoction, take 1 cup 2 times daily for yeast infection. Herbal Actions
Warnings: No significant warnings for this herb. Can be used concurrently with all oncology drugs and therapi
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Soybean, Soya Bean
Other Names: Diazu/dÓd˛u, hußngd˛u, Soya, L, Glycinie Max Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: Soybeans- {Glycine max, var} [Alt. Names: Soya bean, Diazu/DÓd˛u hußngd˛u, Large bean, Golden Bean] Ancient Asian, now grown worldwide. Soybeans must be cooked in order to rid them of toxins that directly inhibit monogastric mammals such as humans. Soybeans contain an oil called choline that is the precourser to Acetycholine which is a building block of the memory receptors that fight against Alzheimer's. High in Postassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Calcium, as well as Niacin, Folate and Choline. Soybeans contain a peptide called Lunain that has been clinically studied in Europe for over 30 years - in relation to its ability to fight inflammation, cancer, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. A complete protein, soybeans contain a complete set of amino acids for digestion, essential for human consumption due to the body's inability to synthesis those acids. For this reason, soybeans are an excellent source of protein for both Vegans and Vegetarians. The Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score is the gold standard for measuring protein quality. By its criterion soy protein is the nutritional equivalent of meat, eggs, and casein. Soybean pretein isolate has a biological value of 74 whole soybeans 96, soybean milk 91 and eggs 93. Soybeans produce twice as much protein per acre in growth than any other major vegetable or grain crop besides hemp.{Wiki} Soybeans are a mild phytoestrogen.
Uses: Food, Oil, Amino Acids, High in Vitamins, Minerals, Protein. Products include Tempeh, Soy isolate, Tofu, Miso, etc. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Soybeans MUST be cooked or are toxic.
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Other Names: Indian Saffron, curcuma, Curcuma longa Region: Asian
Description: Ayurvedic & cooking herb. Root used. Anti-Inflammatory. Tumeric provides the golden color of both dhal - a lentil preparation & curries. Tumeric is also featured in chutneys, picalilli, & kegegree. Yellow on the body: A Hindu tradition. This spice invokes fertility in Ayurvedic philosophy. The pre-wedding tradition known as the celebration called Gaye Holud: is where family & friends paint elaborate designs on the bodies of both the husband & wife to be by using tumeric paste. It literally means "yellow on the body" & it illuminates the skin of the bride & groom with a golden stain for the 2 to 3 days before the actual wedding ceremony. During the actual wedding ceremony: Brides wear a thread around their necks which are imbued with a paste made from tumeric when the marriage vows are made. Historic Chemistry uses:In the 1870's, chemists discovered tumerics orange-yellow root powder turned to brown when exposed to alkaline chemicals. This led to the production of tumeric paper, which were thin strips of paper brushed with tumeric liquid & dried. Tumeric paper was used in the 19th century in worldwide laboratories to test for alkalinity. It was eventually replaced with the more commonly known Litmus paper that we use today.
Uses: Tastes peppery, spicy & a bit like aged wood. Herbalists & holistic doctors still use tumeric but not for testing purposes; but to aide in warming muscles prior to exercise, to heat muscles after exercise to rid the body of toxins caused by traumatic injury & to rid the body of toxins produced while exercising. Tumeric is also used to give the beautiful color to Buddhist monk robes. It is also known as Natural Yellow No. 3 in the commercial production of mustard, orange juice & processed cheese {when not using annatto, a like colored herb}. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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White Willow
Other Names: Willow Tree, Salix alba Region: European
Description: Willow, White - {Salix alba, various} Leaves, bark used. Original source of Aspirin. Relieves headache, toothache, arthritis. helps prevent heart attack, stroke and colorectal cancers. An original source for aspirin base (salysillic acid). Digestive. Stimulant. Tonic. Possible stomach irritant. Reduces kidney pain, headaches, arthritis. High in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus & zinc.Other constituents: flavonoids, tannins, phenolic glycosides. The white willow is a very famous tree. It is the source of the most famous commercial drug ever made - aspirin. As you can imagine, it has been used for the very same purposes that aspirin is used for today. A TCM herb, The Chinese physicians have used white willow bark to relieve pain since 500 B.C. First century Greek physician Dioscorides was the first Westerner to recommend willow bark for pain and inflammation, but his prescription did not catch on. A century later, the Roman doctor Galen recommended it only for the vague purpose of "drying up humors." Seventeenth-century English herbalist Nicholas Culpeper noted: "The leaves, bark, and seed are used to stanch bleeding...stay vomiting...provoke urine...take away warts...and clear the face and skin from spots and discolorings. White williow works to great efficacy...in intermittent fever [malaria]." Culpeper concluded white willow bark "is likely to become an object worthy of ...attention." By the 18th century, white willow bark was widely used to treat all sorts of fevers, and its pain-relieving action also returned to vogue. Early colonists introduced the tree into North America and found many Indian tribes using the bark of native willows to treat pain, chills, and fever. Around 1828, French and German chemists extracted white willow bark's active chemical, salicin. Ten years later, an Italian chemist purified the aspirin precursor, salicylic acid. Although this potent pain reliever was first discovered in white willow, chemists made the first aspirin from another her that contains the same chemical - meadowsweet. Salicin was discovered in meadowsweet in 1839. During the mid-19th century, researchers showed both salicin and salicylic acid reduce fever and relieve pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, they alos have unpleasant and potentially hazardous side effects: nausea, diarrhea, bleeding, stomach ulceration and ringing in the ears. Chemists created acetylsalicylic acid - aspirin-from salicylic acid obtained from meadowsweet. The idea was to preserve the benefits of salicylic acid while minimizing side effects. Aspirin eventually became the household drug of choice for a broad range of everyday ailments.
Uses: However, it doesn't carry with it the same side effects. For example, white willow DOESN'T cause stomach irritation. In addition, white willow is NOTa blood thinner. White willow bark is primarily used to treat aches and pain. Joints: White willow bark can be used to treat arthritis pain as well as rheumatic pain. It relieves inflammation as well. Menopause: White willow bark can actually help to treat hot flashes and night sweats because it has the effect of reducing sweating. Fever: White willow bark can be used to reduce fevers. Headache: White willow bark can be used to treat headaches. White willow is a tree that grows natively in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. The bark is removed from the tree during the spring in trees that are 2-5 years of age. As a decoction, take 1/2 cup 3 times daily. As a tincture, take 1/2 tsp with water 3 times daily. May be taken in tablet form. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Do not take white willow bark if you are allergic to aspirin.
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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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