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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 - Astringent - page 1 of 2
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: Anchusa, Dyer's Bugloss, Anchusa officianalis Region: European
Description: Wound healer, skin smoother, helps to sooth inflammation in skin. Also known as Bugloss, Common Alkanet, Orchanet, & Spanish Bugloss, Root decoction- simmered in water over an hour. Never boil!
Uses: Traditionally used to help heal skin inflammations such as small pox or measles. Blood Cleanser, Diuretic, Stimulates Perspiration, Kidney & Bladder Functions. Helps induce perspiration to drop fevers and strong inflammation. Once used to treat rabies in Europe. Induces perspiration, helps to expel kidney stones, reduces Jaundice in Liver, helps liver functions when taken as a tea, internally. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Possiblly linked to cancer if used over long periods of time.
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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: 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: Wax Myrtle, Candleberry, Myrica cerifera, pensylvanica Region: Mediterranean
Description: Native to the Maritimes. Reduces diarrhea & hemorrhages, used as a gargle, helps soothe sore throat. Root Bark and/or berries used. Boiling berries in water will cause a waxy substance to float, gathering it when it hardens; you may make candles from it. Good for Skin, Circulation, Stomach, Cleanses Intestines, Aids in Digestion, Clears Toxic Mucus in Female Tracts.
Uses: Excellent as a gargle made from tea from the leaves for colds, coughs & jaundice. Leaves are aromatic & a stimulant. Bark is used for diarrhea & dysentery. A wash or poultice of the leaves/ bark can be used for sores, boils & carbuncles, powdered bark may be applied directly to wounds to aid in healing. High in Vitamin C & calcium. Trace elements: phosphorus, potassium & zinc. B1, B2, niacin & vitamin A. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Birch, White
Other Names: , Betula alba, Betula spp. Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Analgesic. Antiseptic. Bruised twigs smell like wintergreen. Commercial birch oil is marketed as wintergreen oil. As an antiseptic it is good for skin afflictions & can be added to ointments & creams & rubbed into the skin, joints, muscles & bones. Good to reduce effects of Gout, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Dropsy & Edema. In combination with citronella; the twain make a good insect repellant that isn't irritating to the skin if oil of almond or olive is added as well. Some North American Indians used the peeling bark from this tree to create canoes.
Uses: A tea of the leaves will help break up kidney stones & will reduce the soreness of the mouth as well as dry canker sores. Birch leaf can also be used as a sedative. Brew in tea form. Birch essense is used to create the soda called Birch beer; which is an alternative to Root beer and/or Cream soda. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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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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Blueberry leaf
Other Names: American blueberry, bush blueb, Vaccinium various Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Antiseptic. Astringent. Anti-oxidant. American Indians used blueberries for medicinal uses & also created a jerky called Sautauthig (saw'-taw-teeg), which was made with dried blueberries/meat. Contains Arbutin which is both an antibiotic & a diuretic. Recent studies cite blueberries improving memory & reversing age-related loss of physical coordination. Protects blood vessels, contracts varicose veins. Nourishing to pancreas,kidney & gallbladder. Reduces inflammation of kidney, bladder and prostate. Reduces vaginal discharge. Also used in longterm treatment for high blood sugar levels & other diabetic conditions including eye retinopathy. Contains compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Lowers incidence of e. coli in bladder & tubes. Treats inflammation of the kidney, bladder and prostate. Remedial in cases of diarrhea & dysentery, soothing for sore throats & ulcerations of the mouth & throat. Parts used: root, leaf and fruit. Biochemical ingredients: Anthocyanosides, tannins, Quercetin, catechins, tannins, iridoids, & acids.
Uses: For urinary tract infections, infections of the bladder, urethra, kidneys and tubal structures within the urinary system. Combats edema in lower exremities by acting as a diuretic. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bugle, Bronze
Other Names: , Ajuga reptans "atropupurea' Region: American
Description: Used to Treat Wounds & help Disinfect them. Aids in healing of wounds by cleansing the liver & boosting the Immune system.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Capsicum or Cayenne
Other Names: Hot!Peppers! Cayenne Pepper, Capsicum annum Region:
Description: Fruit/ seeds are used. Good for heart, circulation, kidneys. blood pressure regulator, digestive. Insect & animal repellant. Stops bleeding, powerful Stimulant. Rich in zinc. High in vitamin A, C, iron, calcium, potassium & rutin.
Uses: *WARNING: I have a severe reaction to all types of cayenne pepper tinctures, fruit & any oils. Oils from this fruit are sticky, they will attach themselves to your skin & only vigorous washing will remove them. DO NOT touch these fruits & then touch your skin, or mucus membranes without first washing your hands VERY WELL & often before touching your skin or burns & blisters can occur.!!! Herbal Actions
Warnings: Oils from fruit are sticky, they will BURN the skin & raise bilsters
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Cat's Claw
Other Names: Una de Gato, Uncaria tomentosa Region: South American
Description: Peruvian/ South American. Used for bone pain, urinary inflammations, colic, irritable bowel syndrom, to help heal deep wounds. Being researched as an immuno-stimulant.
Uses: Tea made of the inner bark & root. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cherry, Wild
Other Names: Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Wild cherry bark was once used by women of the Cherokee tribe during childbirth. It reduced the pain from contractions. It was also used to treat upper respiratory problems, diarrhea, and even hemorrhoids. It became more widely used when Europeans caught on to its properties in the 1800s. It was once an important part of most cough syrups. Now it is used to treat upper respiratory problems and some digestive problems.Bark Infusion used. American Indian medicinal herb. Controls diarrhea. Sedative.
Uses: Wild cherry bark is primarily used to treat cough and cold symptoms. Cough and Cold: Wild cherry is often used to thin mucous and relax the muscles of the chest. Diarrhea: Wild cherry bark can be used to treat diarrhea. Intestines: Wild cherry can be used to treat irritable bowel syndrome. As an infusion, drink 1 cup 3 times daily. As a tincture, take 1-2 ml 3 times daily. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Large doses can become toxic.
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