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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 - Tonic - page 2 of 5
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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Calamus
Other Names: Sweet Flag, Acorus calamus americanus Region: American
Description: Cigarrette and Tobbaco Habit Breaker. Other Latin Name: Calamus aromaticus. The unpeeled dry rhizome is used as a tonic, a stimulant & to appease the over-used stomach. Can be taken for coughs or chewed for upset stomach or gas. While it has a delicious smell, the taste is rather bitter. Used to reduce flatulence, colic, & stomach upset. Dried root powder works as a vermifuge & for getting rid of household insects such as fleas.
Uses: Chewing calamus will kill the taste for tobacco. Although confused with citronella in the Old Testiment, Calamus was used to chase bitey bugs by the Greeks & the Ottoman Empire. American variety does not bear carcinogens like the European strain does. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Capers
Other Names: , Capparis spinosa Region:
Description: Buds of flowers yet to open on small spiny plant grown all over the Mediterranean. Normally found pickled in a brine of salt and vinegar. Rich source of cataract-preventing compounds kown as aldose-reductose inhibitors.
Uses: Cooked and eaten with various pasta dishes, thrown into salads, popped into mouth when no one is looking, interestings crunchy salty green things.{Your herbalist} Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cardamom
Other Names: , Elettaria cardamomum Region: Ancient_EurAsian
Description: One of the more expensive Spice Caravanser spices out there. Used on the Ancient spice trade road & beyond as a Carminative & Stomach soother, breath freshener after meals & to flavor dairy products to use as a stomach soother after large meals. Breath sweetener, reduces indigestion & flatulence. Seeds of a perennial herb. It is an inhabitant of Ceylon but also grows wild all over Southeast Asia.
Uses: Used in medicines & products for reducing stomach pain & uncomfortableness. Used in tonics & purgatives as well. Some people particulary like to drop several seeds into a pot of brewing coffee for a new taste sensation. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Centaury
Other Names: , Centaurium erythaea Region: European
Description: European herb. Appetite, Digestive & lower bowel Stimulant.
Uses: Tea 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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Chia Seed
Other Names: Pinole, Salvia Hispanic Region: South American
Description: Despite being known as the hairy stuff on Chia pet famous statues; Chia is a nutrient dense, protein packed product that should be known as a superfood just as triticale is. Tiny grains holding so much goodness. Can be sprouted or cracked for best uses. From the mint family, this seed mainly grows in the Northern south Americas & Mexico. Chemical Constituents include: linolenic acid, linoleic acid; antioxidants: chlorogenic & caffeic acids, myricetin, quercitin, & kaempferol flavonol. chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid & flavonol glycosides; mucin, fiber: A total of 8 essential amino acids. Low in sodium, non glutemic. Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B15, B17, C, D, E, K, Choline, Folic acid, Inositol, PABA. Minerals: boron, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, strontium, sulphur, zinc, amylose & electrolytes. Chia has a ratio of omega-3 oil to omega-6 oil; with 20-30% protein, 35% oil, 25% fiber. High in Boron: which is a ctalyst for the absorption of calcium. Helps with Hair, Skin, Nails, low sugar, Teeth, Bones, Immunity & Nutrition.
Uses: A huge help for Vegetarians & Vegans, Chia seed can be added to salads, salad dressings, condiments, cookies, baked goods like meatloaves, & grains as well as more exotically in sherberts & ice creams. Chia was initially domesticated in the valleys of Mexico; as early as 2700 B.C.. They were a primary staple food source. Chia seeds served as a primary staple food of the Nahuatl (Aztec), Mayan, Incan and other indigenous peoples. Because of its contituents: 1 TBSP of seed in water could supply sustenance for a day's worth of hard labor. The seeds were so highly regarded; that they were considered to be currency. Anthropologists have found that the word chia is related to the Nahuatl words Chiapan (river of chia) and chia (energy/strength.) Chia is referenced in the Florentine Codex. Traditionally & presently used by the indigenous peoples of Tarahumara & the Chumash of Chihuahua, the seed is roasted, crushed, & mixed with water to create a nutritionally dense gel; which is used as a performance fuel as well. The Hispanic populations in CA, AZ, Mexico, Guatamala & Nicaragua; chia seed is mixed with Lemonade & drunk, much like the boba is in Asian communities. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Chicory
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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Cicely, Sweet
Other Names: , Myrrhis ordorata Region: European
Description: Diabetic Aid. Sugar saver. Reduces need for sugar in baked & cooked products. Can be used fresh or dried. Anise scented leaves & stalks.
Uses: Standardized extract to granulated or powder form. Liquid Extract or Tincture in either glycerin or alcohol. Tea made of leaves and/or decoction simmered for over 20 minutes to bring out stronger use of herb. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Cinnamon Ceylon
Other Names: Tvak, Dalchini, Vazhana,, Cinnamomum zeylonica Region: Asian
Description: True Cinnamon, from Ceylon in the East Indies. the bark produces a lighter tasting & more mild form of cinnamon. The original spice of the spice world. Relieves Diarrhea & nausea. Other Alternative names: Daruchini, Laurus Cinnamomum, tamalapatra, karuva. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years, and was highly sought and expensive in ancient times. The earliest recorded use was in ancient Egypt as part of the mixture for embalming. It is native to Sri Lanka and southwest India, explaining the historically high cost to ancient civilizations. The Dutch monopolized the Cinnamon trade, and claimed that cultivated spice was ineffectual. Other island cultivation did not challenge this theory until 1776.
Uses: Flavors of meat, vegetables and sweets have been enhanced with Cinnamon in countries throughout the eastern continents. Ground, bark in 1,2, and 6 inch peelings, tinctures, essential oils, and other formations have been used, including teas. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Clavohuasca
Other Names: , Tynnanthus parnurensis Region: South American
Description: Amazonian/ South American aromatic vine. Tincture of Clavohuasca is used as stimulant or used in liquor to bring about pleasant relations. Warming. Increases libido in both Male & Female partners. Erectile tissue enhancer. Treats erectile disfunction.
Uses: Can bring on hallucenogenic behaviors. There are about 20 varieties of Clavohuasca known to the Amazonians & according to the Shamans there, each one, taken on a certain night of the full moon will bring you to the threashold of a different reality/ or window on the world. Should be taken with caution. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Due to hallucenogenic issues, must be taken with caution.
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Codonopsis
Other Names: , Ccodonopsis pilsula Region:
Description: TCM medicinal herb. Adaptogenic. Diabetic aid. Similar to ginseng, but not as strong, so a good alternative for those people sensitive to regular ginseng products. Root is used. Good to encourage poor appetite. Reduces stomach upset. Aids in Sugar metabolism. Asian clinical studies have found that codonopsis increases hemoglobin in the blood and increases the red cell blood count. It also has been shown to lower blood pressure and increase endurance to stress. Tonic. Active compounds; Triterpenoid sponins, polysaccharides, tangshenoside I, sterins, alkaloid, akenyl and alkenyl glycosides. Codonopsis is used frequently in Chinese medicine to improve the function of the lungs and the spleen. It is thought to revive the entire body as a whole. The most common use of codonopsis is to increase energy and assist with digestive problems. Codonopsis grows in China, particularly in the provinces of Szechuan and Shanxi.
Uses: Infusion of roots used. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Comfrey
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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Cornsilk
Other Names: Yu mi shu, Zea Mays Region: Asian
Description: Silky tassels of corn on the cob. Tonic, Kidney, Prostate. Diuretic. High in iron, silicon, & vitamin K which is used to clot blood. The entire corn plant has long been used in American Indian cultures for medicinal and nutritional purposes. In particular the cornsilk can be used to treat urinary disorders. Because cornsilk has such a high concentration of potassium (Vitamin K), it is a powerful diuretic. It can be used to treat many problems with the urinary tract. It is helpful for kidney stones, cystitis, and problems with urine flow. In China, cornsilk is often used to treat fluid retention and even jaundice. Research has shown that cornsilk may cause the production of bile and improve liver function. Chinese research has shown that cornsilk can also lower blood pressure and improve blood-clotting.
Uses: Cornsilk is believed to reduce the formation of kidney stones. It can also help relieve symptoms for person who already have stones. When used with other medical treatments for cystitis, cornsilk can help releive the problem. In this case, it makes a better complimentary supplement rather than a primary treatment. Corn Silk can be used to sooth the lining of the urinary tract. It can help relieve pain and difficulty with urination. Cornsilk also helps to prevent frequent urination. It also relieves fluid retention throughout the body - one contributing factor to a decrease in blood pressure. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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