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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 - Nervine - page 1 of 2
Black Cohosh
Other Names: Squaw Root, Sheng Ma, , Cimicfuga racemosa Region: Asian
Description: American Indian AND Asian Woman's Herb. Other Alt names: (Black Snake Root. Rattle Root. Bugbane, Bugwort, Rattleroot, Rattleweed, Rattlesnale's Root, Richweed, Cimicifuga, Chinese Black Cohosh) Estrogenic. Woman's herb. Root used. Tonic; Strengthens Uterine Wall for future contractions in child birth. Nervine; acts directly on the spinal cord as a relaxant. Rich in Phosphorus, Calcium & Selenium.
Uses: Helps reactivate menses in women who's periods have stopped prior to menopause. Stimulates natural estrogen production in women, hormone balancer, clears mucus from bronchial tubes. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Blue Cohosh
Other Names: , Caulophyllum thalictroides Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Stimulates uterine contractions, nerves, reduces muscular pain in joints & muscle spasms. Rich in iron. High in maganese, selenium & vitamin E.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Bugloss, Viper's
Other Names: Blueweed, German madwort, Anchus officinalis Region:
Description: Also Latin: {Anchus Echium vulgare} Also: (Alt. European Hawkweed) Infusion of leaves helps reduce fevers, nervous ailments & headaches. For Nervous Complaints such as Headache, Migraine &/or Melancholy.
Uses: Tinctured into a cream or ointment, it can help smooth rough skin. 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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Cajeput, Oil Of
Other Names: Tea Tree, White Tea Tree, Sw, Malaleuca leucadendron var min Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Additional Alternative Name: Swamp Tea Tree. This is the ORIGINAL Australian & Far East origin of the TEA TREE OIL as we have come to know it in the rest of the world. It is one of the most powerful plant based Antiseptics or germ killers in the world. Volatile oil is distilled from the runoff of leaves.
Uses: A few drops on the tongue of a person who has fainted will bring him/her around. Used full strength to rid oneself of insect bites, snake bite, & as an emergency rub for frostbite. Mixed with cream or oil to reduce chance of irritating the skin when applying to scratches, burns, scrapes, itches, open wounds & abrasions. Rubbed on the outer areas of the forehead & temple; it will reduce headache. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: German Camomila, Roman Camomil, Matricaria recutital, M. camom Region:
Description: Other Alternative Name: Roman camomile. Whole herb, especially flowers are used. Tranquilizer, anti-inflammatory. Used in bath herbs & facial creams to firm the tissues of the skin. Keeps skin looking young, firms skin around eyes & relieves weariness. An anti-spasmodic; it can be used to reduce nervous conditions. Roman camomile was cultivated in Saxony. It was good for rubbing on hard lumps & frozen or stiff joints. Egyptians suggested that taking fresh flowers (one ounce) & beat them with pure olive oil. Steep the flowers for 24 hours or more until "their virtues have been extracted." Then strain the liquid & use to rub over the body. It will help reduce ague or rhematism, or for cramped muscles or spasm."
Uses: Modern healthy folk should rub this oil on their bodies before going into a sauna or steam room to produce the same effect. Camomile grown in gardens will keep away harmful insects. It is a calmnative & can help if drunk before bedtime to help you sleep. Tinctures or teas can help to dissolve kidney stones. With sugar added it is good for the spleen. it is said to reduce the effects of delerium tremens for alcoholics. German camomile is tinctured from wild plants & is good to help reduce pain from dental cavities & in the ears for earache. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Cat mint, Catnip Leaf, Nepetar cataria Region: Mediterranean
Description: The whole herb is used. Calmative for stomach, colon, nerves. Expectorant for coughs. Helps curb cigarette cravings. Introduced to the Americas, catnip became an important commercial crop in the United States by 1796. Fresh leaves were chewed to relieve headache. Catnip was combined with damiana leaf and the smoke inhaled to produce euphoria with visual hallucinations (partially due to the nepetalactone content of Nepata cataria.) Active compounds: Volatile oils, sterols, acids, and tannins. Nepetalactone, nepetalic acid, nepetalic anhydride, citral, limonene, dispentine, geraniol, citronella, nerol, -caryophyllene, and valeric acidnepetalactoneRich in iron & selenium. High in potassium, maganese, Vitamins A & C.
Uses: Tincture, softgel of powder, essential oil. Before tea was brought over from China with the sea trades, Catnip was the preferred choice for Britain's tea cravings. In Peter Rabbit: Peter’s mother gives him a tea of fennel, catnip and chamomile, to soothe his stomachache. Catnip is combined with rose petals in love sachets. Catnip, in combination with Eugenia caryophyllata, and Sassafras albidum, was used as poultice for aching teeth by those in America's Ozark Mountain region. Catnip alone was sometimes smoked to relieve respiratory ailments. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Dog-Fenneal, Chammoniles, Matricaria, chameaemelium Region:
Description: Other Alternative names: Camomile, Common Chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile, Wild Chamomile, Dog-Fennel, Maruta Cotula, Manzanilla (Spanish), Maythen (Saxon), Mayweed, Dog Chamomile, Maruta Foetida, German Chamomile, Chammoniles, Stinking Chamomile. Roman naturalist Pliny (23 AD) both advocated Chamomile baths and warm poultices for relief of liver, bladder and kidney disorders as well as headaches. Chamomiles were also used to refresh the air in a time when bathing was infrequent at best. Stems were strewn on the floor where they would release a pleasant fragrance when stepped on. The yellow Chamomile flower has been used to flavor Manzanilla sherry in Spain, highlight blonde hair color, and repel insects. Many different types of Chamomile grow throughout Europe, Southern Asia and North Africa, but two varieties are most sought after for their gentle healing and calming properties: German Chamomile, and Roman or Common Chamomile.wer used. Nerves, stomach, uterus & circulation. Contains trytophan; works like a natural sedative on the body. Helps with drug withdrawal. Rich in calcium and magnesium, medium amounts of potassium, phosphorus, and maganese. Volatile oil, anthemic acid (bitter), tannic acid, and a glucoside.
Uses: One of the most loved and most used herbs throughout history is the Chamomile flower. Greek physician Dioscorides (first century A.D.)gave it its name comes from the Greek “kamai melon” meaning “ground apple” due to its apple-like fragrance. Early Egyptians revered the herb for its effectiveness in curing the chills caused by malaria, or agues. Used to treat many minor illnesses and reduce fevers. Tincture is used to treat diarrhea in children. Chamomile’s effectiveness against infection is reported to be 120 times more powerful than salt water. Anti-inflammatory: Eternally used to reduce swelling and inflammatory discomfort, congested neuralgia, or facial swelling caused by abscesses. Antispasmodic: Reduces indigestion and menstrual cramps. Also used to induce menstruation. Other uses: Sedative, calms nerves, prevents nightmares, stimulates appetite and digestion, eases gout and headache, diuretic, eases delirium tremens Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Chaste Tree
Other Names: Chasteberry, Vitex, Vitex agnus-castus Region: Mediterranean
Description: Seed extract used. Regulates menstrual cycles & ovulation. Promotes milk flow. Reduces breast tenderness and infertility. Aids in encouraging menstrual flow in women who's menses have stopped before menopause. Vitex made its debut in literature during the Iliad by Homer. It was used there to ward off evil and to symbolize chastity. Use of vitex was once thought to decrease libido, hence the nickname chaste berry. Monks often used vitex in order to fight their sexual desires. In modern times, research has shown that vitex does have an affect on the body's hormones.
Uses: Can be taken in capsule format, also found in many tea products for menopausal women. Normal doseage would be 20mg per day in tincture format. Hormone regulator/Stimulates breast milk production/Progesterogenic. Vitex is primarily used to treat hormonal imbalances. Breast milk: Vitex can be used to improve the production of breast milk. Menstrual: Vitex can be used to treat PMS, irregular periods, and the symptoms of menses such as bloating, irritability, and depression. Balance: Vitex can be used to balance hormones in the female body. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Hendibeh, Barbe de Capucin, Cichorium intybus Region: Mediterranean
Description: Other alternative names: Succory, Wild succory, Endive, Garden endive, Wild Chicory. Egyption, Greek & Roman herb. Potherb. Roots & young shoots used. Used an an alternative to coffee in the southern states during the civil war & beyond. Added to regular coffee in those states for a "bitter" taste that makes some feel better. Sugar, 58% inulin and an unnamed bitter element, vitamins, minerals. Tonic, Nervine, Diuretic. Flower tea makes sedative. Chicory was cultivated in ancient Egypt for its culinary and medicinal qualities, and is mentioned in ancient Greek literature. The leaves are similar to dandelion greens, and the root is dried, roasted and added to beverages. The French added it to coffee to subdue the stimulating effects of caffeine. Thomas Jefferson used the plant for ground cover, livestock fodder and salad greens. Chicory grows wild throughout North America, but was introduced in colonial times.
Uses: Tea and juice from the plant flowers and leaves are recommended for disorders of the digestive tract. Also induces bile production and frees gallstones. Diuretic: Chicory increases the production of urine. Laxative: Chicory aids in relieving constipation. Chicory is know to treat Jaundice, disorders of the spleen, inflammations of the skin. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Knitbone, Wallwort, Bruisewort, Symphytum officinale Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: Leaves & Roots used. Other alternative names: Knitback, slippery root. Speeds healing of wounds, Sprains, pain in humans & animals, skin aid. CActive compounds:Allantoin, phenolic acids, asparagine, tannins, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, triterpenoids. ontains allontoin- an herbal hormone that stimulates skin growth. Rich in Vitamins A & C, trace minerals. High in protein, calcium, phosphorus & iron. Comfrey has been used to treat respiratory problems of pleurisy and bronchial inflammation. It was also once used to treat digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers. For thousands of years it has also been used to promote healing of injuries. Current clinical studies have shown that both the comfrey leaf and root componenets show anti-inflammatory uses and cell repair. Comfrey was first studied in both Asia and Europe. North America, Australia, and Asia are all places where comfrey is found. It thrives in moist places.
Uses: Comfrey root is used to promote healing of injuries such as broken bones, sprains, bruises, and strains. Comfrey, in oil or ointment form, is useful in treating skin conditions including: Acne, psoriasis, and boils. It also reduces scar tissue during healing. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ginger, Wild
Other Names: , Asarum canadenses Region: Amer_Indian
Description: American Indian treatment for indigestion, colds, sore throat, nervouse conditions, fevers & gas. Root is used. Heart, Beneficial effect on whole body. Combats stress & depression. High in B-complex vitamins as well as Vitamins A,C,E, & G. Proteolytic enzymes also control auto-immune diseases by reducing blood levels of compounds known as immune complexes, high levels of which activate the immune system to attack the body itself. Helps reduce effects of rheumatoid arthritis & ankolysing spondylitis. Root is used; fresh is best. Contains zingibain a kind of proteolytic enzyme that chemically breaks down protein. Clinical studies have shown that proteolytic enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties.
Uses: As a tincture, tea or ingredient in a tea pill or losenge. As an infusion, take 1 cup three times a day for nausea. As a tincture, take 30 drops of Ginger two times daily for digestion. As an essential oil, dilute 5 to 20 drops carrier oil and apply to joints to soothe arthritic pain. In capsule form, take 75 mg of Ginger an hour for morning sickness. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Ginger should not be used in those who have peptic ulcers.
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GInseng, Korean
Other Names: Ren Shen, P. pseudoginseng, Panax ginseng Region: Asian
Description: True Asian ginseng. As per TCM guidelines it warms & strengthens the Qi/ Chi. Root is used. Red Panax Ginseng, the root of Araliaceae, is a precious natural product grown in Mount Chang Pai, China. Panax derives its names from the Greek word ""panacea"" meaning all healing. Ginseng is perhaps the most widely recognized plant used in traditional health care. Man's Ginseng to build & strengthen the prostrate, aphrodisiac. Vitalizes organs, calmnative. brightens vision, prolongs life. High in Vitamins A,C,E & G. Increases synthesis of nuclear RNA. Other active compounds: panaxans, triterpenoid saponins, sesquiterpenes, acetylenic compounds, gensenosides
Uses: Comes in teas, tinctures, essential oils, liquid elixars, capsules, & other formats. We carry many of them. If you do not see them, just ask via email, & we'll include them here & at the other emporiums online as well. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Gotu Kola
Other Names: Pennywort, Hydrocotyle asiatica, Centella Region: Asian
Description: Gotu Kola- {Hydrocotyle asiatica} (Alt. Names: Penny wort, Centella asiactica) Asian. Fresh leaves used in salads, dried in capsule formulation. Gotu Kola can inhibit skin cell reproduction as a treatment for psoriasis. Strengthens Heart, Brain & Memory. The Gotu Kola leaf increased the cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB). Considered a brain food, boosts vitality, reduces depression & senility. CREB is increased by antidepressants and is involved in forming long-term memories. Further, Gotu Kola has been used for stretch marks, raised scars, inflammation (phlebitis & cellulite), The plant itself can soak up heavy metals from the soil. As such, ensuring the source you are consuming is organic, or at least doesn’t contain dangerous heavy metals, is important. Copper accumulates in its roots; manganese & lead accumulate in the leaves. Stimulates healing properties of body including growth of connective tissues. Gotu Kola increased cell healing & reduced the size of ulcers in rats (by reducing myeloperoxidase & increasing bFGF). Gotu Kola increased hair growth in six rats, increasing the number of hairs per area & the length of each hair. Although, Gotu Kola is even better when combined with Aloe Vera, {Eclipta alba} (false daisy), {Ocimum sanctum} (holy basil), and {Emblica officinalis} (Amla).
Uses: As a capsule, tincture, Blend, poultice or powder. The terpenes in Gotu Kola increase collagen production, leading to lower blood pressure & help with swelling (edema). Useful in epilepsy- balances body acids. Combats stress. Good for burns, wounds, scars & varicose veins. Trauma, venous insuficiency. Gotu Kola also lowered free radicals & stress in mice, both known to cause hair loss.Gotu Kola is strong in Asiatic Acid, Madecassic acid, {brahmic acid,}, Asiaticoside A, B, C, D, E, & F, Sceffoleoside A, Centellasaponins A, B, C & D, Madecassoside {brahminoside}, Herbal Actions
Warnings: Gotu Kola extract dosed at 300 mg per day for 21 days in humans found no side effects
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