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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 - Diuretic - page 1 of 3
Alkanet
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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Benzoic Acid
Other Names: , Region:
Description: Occurs naturally in prunes & cranberries. Organic chemical used as a preservative, prevents the growth of yeasts, molds & retards racidness in oils. Cosmetic uses include keeping products from darkening.
Uses: Tincture is used for poultices, medicines, dyes, plastics & insect repellants. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Black Current
Other Names: , Ribus nigrum Region: European
Description: Currants are very high in Vitamin C as well in bioflavinoids (Aka Vitamin P). It helps to strengthen the walls of blood capillaries which helps to fight the instances of Varicose veins. Brewing the leaves in tea will ease the pain of a sore throat.
Uses: The fruit can be used to make a jelly & has been used as a primary flavoring ingredient in cough medicines & cough drops. Its properties help to bring forth urine from the body. Another fruit of the Ribus family is the gooseberry. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Blueberry
Other Names: , Vaccinium, var Region:
Description: Contains Arbutin which is both an Antibiotic and a Diuretic. Also contains compounds that prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the Bladder.
Uses: Lowers incidence of e. coli in bladder & tubes. 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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Boldo
Other Names: Anti-Gout herb, Peumus boldus Region: South American
Description: Chilean evergreen shrub. Leaves used as Diuretic, Stomach Calmnative & Sedative. Chemical extract; Boldine stimulates the flow of Bile/ Gastric juice. As a GOUT Preventative: it helps in the excretion of Rric Acid from the system.
Uses: Used in South America as an STD fighter especially for gonorrhea. May be a good gout defense in the form of tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Broom, Scotch
Other Names: , Cystisu scoparius Region: European
Description: Diuretic. Tea is suggested to reduce Drospy or Edema, otherwise known as Swelling of the Lower Extremities. Aids in reduction of Bladder & Kidney Disorders. Can reduce symptoms of Gout.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Broom, Spanish
Other Names: , Spartium junceum Region: American
Description: Said to be more than 5 times more potent medicinally than the Scotch Broom American variety. Can help stimulate a sluggish heartbeat. See NOTE. Reduces Edema & Dropsy from Lower Extremities.
Uses: Drunk as a tea, can help reduce oxalic acid buildup in blood which can cause GOUT like reactions to flare. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Should not be taken by Cardiac patients without a doctor's assistance.
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Burdock
Other Names: Bardana, Happy major. Cockle b, Arctium lappa Region: European
Description: Other Alternative Names: Hardock, Hurrburr, Hareburr, Philanthropium, Turkey burrseed, Fox’s clote. One of the best tonic correctives of skin disorders. Root, herb & seeds are used. Blood purifier. Works through the liver & kidneys and eliminates uric acid & excess waste material in blood. Reduces pain from gout, eczema. Contains mucilage; soothes hypothalamus; aids the pituitary gland to adjust hormone balance, relieves congestion of lyphatic system; helps to break down calcification in joints. Rich in Vitamins C & B1. High in phosphorus, potassium, sodium & silicon.
Uses: Applications: Diuretic/Antibacterial/Antifungal. Tea made from the leaves will help dry up sores. One of four herbs in the Rene Caisse anti cancer formula. Diuretic: The Burdock root is a primary source to treat rheumatism, gout and& dropsy. Also useful to treat diabetes & as a blood purifier for Kidneys. Antibacterial: Poultices made from Burdock are used in the treatment of bruises & burns. Lactone is the active ingredient in Burdock when used as an antibacterial ointment. Acne is also said to improve with use of Burdock. Antifungal: Burdock is used to treat skin diseases & fungal infections. It can be effective when applied to skin tumors. Psoriasis & eczema symptoms are lessened by the use of a Burdock preparation. Burdock is also used as an antibiotic & antiseptic - It is very helpful when disorders of this nature are due to toxicity. New research shows promise as an anti-tumor medication. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Not to be taken for more than 4 days when accompanied by diahrrea. An endangered wildcrafted herb du
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Burdock, Japanese
Other Names: Gobo, Niu bang zi, grass burdo, Arctium lappa "Takinogawa Long Region: Asian
Description: cocklebur, personata, clotbur, burr seed, lappa, thorny burr, love leaves Blood Purifier. Tea made of roots useful for skin disorders - such as exzema, psoriasis, etc. Fresh bruised leaves are used to remedy poison oak, & ivy. Mixed with the white of an egg; one can use it to reduce burns caused by fires. Mixed with honey it will induce the flow of urine & ease bladder pains. Anti-Tumor properties being evaluated.
Uses: Applications: Diuretic/Antibacterial/Antifungal Diuretic: The Burdock root is a primary source to treat rheumatism, gout and& dropsy. Also useful to treat diabetes & as a blood purifier for Kidneys. Antibacterial: Poultices made from Burdock are used in the treatment of bruises & burns. Lactone is the active ingredient in Burdock when used as an antibacterial ointment. Acne is also said to improve with use of Burdock. Antifungal: Burdock is used to treat skin diseases & fungal infections. It can be effective when applied to skin tumors. Psoriasis & eczema symptoms are lessened by the use of a Burdock preparation. Burdock is also used as an antibiotic & antiseptic - It is very helpful when disorders of this nature are due to toxicity. New research shows promise as an anti-tumor medication. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Can be used as fresh green herb but not after 4 days of diarrhea.
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Butterfly Pea
Other Names: , Clittoria tenatea Region:
Description: Indian Ayurvedic treatment as a Purgative, Cathartic & Diuretic. Seeds & roots are used.
Uses: Seeds crushed & soaked, used as a muciliginous "tea" Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cactus Flowers
Other Names: Sweet Scented Cactus, Cactus grandiflorus, var. Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Alternate Latin Name: Selenicereus grandiflorus. Fresh Cactus flowers are heavily scented but do not retain it when they dry. The fresh plant was used by the Nevada Indians in a tea for heart ailments. Stem & root are used as a cardiac stimulant close to digitalis but it isn't cumulative in effect. It also helps in Prostatic disease & pain as well as problems with the bladder & kidney.
Uses: Tincture of Cactus flowers can be used for sexual exhaustion. A Strong tea can be made and used as a Diuretic and/or a Tonic. 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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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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