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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-biotic - page 1 of 3
Agrimony, Chinese
Other Names: Xian He, Agrimonia pilosa Region: Asian
Description: Leaves used. Chinese parasitical used externally in tincture or taken internally. Kills Tinea (versicolor or otherwise) Malaria plasmodia, & vaginal infections. Assists liver function. Used to stop bleeding & prevent infection. Reduces pain from kidney stones, Arthritis and other Rheumatism like conditions.
Uses: Astringent, it helps form clots. Antibiotic- helps wounds to heal without infection as a poultice and tea wash. Feberfuge- For centuries, American and Canadian Indians used agrimony as a tea taken internally to reduce fevers. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Agrimony, Hemp
Other Names: , Eupatorium cannabinum Region: European
Description: Agrimony, Hemp - {Eupatorium cannabinum} Leaves used. Found in marshy areas in lower Meditteranean. Alternative to Agrimony eupatoria. Smaller yellow flowers.
Uses: Tea is used as a blood cleanser & purifyer. Treats diarrhea, sore throat & restores menstrual cycles. Good for liver & to reduce jaundice Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Self Heal, Woundwort, Prunella vulgaris Region: European
Description: Excellent Astringent External & Internal Wound healer. Good for convalescence after surgery.
Uses: Infusion of whole plant used. As a tea, use for gargling for inflammed gums, or gingivitis. Can pull infection/inflammation out of wounds. For wounds, use steeped plant as a wet poultice to help heal wounds. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Alum Root
Other Names: Storksbill, Wild geranium, Geranium maculatum Region: Amer_Indian
Description: The Blackfeet Indians boiled alum root in water for use as an eyewash. They pounded up the root & applied it wet to sores & swellings.
Uses: A powerful Astringent when mixed with yarrow & plantain, it can be used as a douch or mixed with sage to heal canker sores. It has been used in medicines & deoderants. Mixed with sugar, it can be given to children as an internal astringent to reduce timpanny tummy or other gall bladder afflictions. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Kalmegh, Andrographis paniculata Region: European
Description: Scandinavian herb used to fight the Common Cold. Works against upper respiratory infections. Clinical trials have shown the herb to work better than Echinacea against flu. Besides working to boost the immune system & to ward off future infections it has adaptogen properties allowing it to be used to battle both infections & cancer like growths.
Uses: As a bitter, as a potent source of anti-oxidants that protect the liver, this herb has potentials of doing more good. Asian clinical studies show the herb to help reduce the effects of gastrointestinal infections as well as hepatitis, herpes & throat infections. It is a bitter tonic. As an antioxidant it helps to protect the liver from outside toxins introduced as pharmaceuticals. Used with Milk Thistle; can be a great boost to liver function & health. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Leopard's Bane, Wolf's Bane,, Arnica chamissonis, Arnica Mon Region: European
Description: Long used in Russia and Europe, leaves smoked as a substitute for tobacco, hence its common name: mountain tobacco. Arnica has a six century history of use in folk remedies for external treatment of wounds, black eyes, sprains and bruises. Alternatively known as European Arnica, Montana Arnica, Mountain Tobacco. Flowering tops & Leaves used. Leaves Used. Wound healer, anti-biotic.
Uses: Arnica flowers contain sesquiterpene lactones of the helenanolid type, predominantly ester derivatives of helenalin and 11,13-dihydrohelenalin. Additionally, the herb contains flavonoids (e.g., isoquercitrin, luteolin-7-glucoside, and astragalin), volatile oil (with thymol and its derivatives), phenol carbonic acid (chlorogenic acid, cynarin, caffeic acid), and coumarins (umbelliferone, scopoletin). Should be used Externally only. Especially effective in salve or linament form for burns, bruises & inflammation. Although Folkloric Russian medicine has used it to help therapeutically with uterine hemorrhage, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris and cardiac insufficiency; it should be used EXTERNALLY only, unless by a doctor of Osteopathy. Stimulates the healing process. Not to be used on open wounds, but can help reduce bruising, and bumps caused by accidents. Herbal Actions
Warnings: External use ONLY,Not for open wounds, can cause blisters. Not to be used during Pregnancy.
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Arrow Root
Other Names: , Maranta arundinacea Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Root primarily used. Orignally used by the American Indians to heal wounds caused by poisoned arrows. In its dried form, it is a good deterrant for Athlete's foot. Simply sprinkle it in all of your closed toe shoes. Reduces varicose veins, arthritis & other skin inflictions.
Uses: Good for the circulatory system. As a nutritive food for children & the elderly or people recuperating from stomach issues; or invalids; the product is easily digested, pleasant tasting & contains about 82% starch. 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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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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Other Names: Oregon Grape, Mountain Grape, Berberis aquifolium Region: Asian
Description: Contains the alkaline beriberine which is an antibiotic compound. Excellent wine & jelly may be made from the fruit. The wood is used frequently to make cruicifixes. Bark & roots may be used to create a yellow dye. Bushlike plant tops 10ft. in height. Holly like leaves, fragrant yellow flowers then drooping clusters of red berries. Good for liver, spleen, reduces blood pressure; helps clear acne, boils, ulcers. High in calcium, iron, chlorine, sulpher, B1, B2, niacin & folic acid.
Uses: In Chinese clinical studies; beriberine has reduced cardiac arrhythmias by more than 50% of those people taking it & not a placebo. Beriberine also has the ability to kill parasites: expel worms & treat ringworm. Also contains saponin which is a cleanser. American Indians made a decoction of the bark of the roots used for general debility or to create an appetite. It made a bitter tonic which was introduced into American medicines around the late 1800's & was in the general pharmacopaea until the 1950's. Leaves were chewed for reducing acne, A root decoction was used for cough, kidney & liver ailments. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Basil, Camphor
Other Names: , Ocimum minimum Region: Mediterranean
Description: East African native. Commercial source for Camphor. Leaves used.
Uses: Infusion in tea relieves stomach & cold symptoms. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Basil, Wild
Other Names: , Clinopodium vulgare Region: Mediterranean
Description: Helps overcome stomach issues as a tea, good to help with wound healing & to use as a skin aid. Sweet spice, nervous disorders, digestive, anti-bacterial, reduces swelling from bee stings.
Uses: A decoction with honey & nutmeg along with basil will ease diarrhea. Leaf wine is an aphrodisiac, also are mosquito-repellant expel worms & treat ringworm, snake bite, insect bites & acne. As such it is a drawing agent. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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