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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 3 of 5
Dandelion
Other Names: Lion's teeth, priest's crown, , Taraxacum officinale Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Found all over the world in lawns, & despised but actually a medicinal plant for many with good reason. Leaves & Roots used. Liver, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas. Absorbs toxins from blood; relieves anemia, cleanses the blood, Current research in Germany has found that it promotes bile secretion from the gall bladder. Diuretic- Salads made with cleansed leaves help promote removal of extra fluid from the system, great for people suffering from dropsy. Used to be used as a spring tonic by grandmothers everywhere for putting back minerals lost of low winter sunshine. As a diuretic is also helps to reduce age spots. Rich in minerals to balance body & aid in healing. Also good for relieving high blood pressure. High in potassium, calcium, Iron as well as lecithin and choline - precoursers to acetlycholine which is a neurotransmitter. Deficiencies in acetylycholine can lead to Alzheimer's disease; other active compounds include: Vitamins A, B. C & D, Triterpenes, Sesquiterpene lactones, coumarins, carotenoids, taraxacoside and phenolic acids.
Uses: Diuretic: The dandelion leaf can treat water retention. This property also makes it useful for lowering blood pressure. It can also reduce swelling and bloating caused by edema. As an infusion of leaves, take 500 ml daily for water retention. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dandelion Root
Other Names: Lion's Teeth, Puffball, Blowba, Taraxacum officinale sativum Region:
Description: Leaves & Roots used. Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine your body makes. The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion. Dandelion flower has Antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and dandelion leaves to help kidney function. Liver, kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas. Absorbs toxins from blood; relieves anemia, cleanses the blood, Diuretic, Helps to reduce age spots. Rich in minerals to balance body & aid in healing. High in potassium, calcium, Vitamins A, C & E, Iron as well as lecithin & choline - precoursers to acetlycholine which is a neurotransmitter. Deficiencies in acetylycholine can lead to Alzheimer's; Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, & breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, & diarrhea.Today, the roots are mainly used to stimulate the appetite, & for liver & gallbladder problems. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to help the body get rid of too much fluid
Uses: Detoxification: When the root of dandelion is taken, it can aid the liver and kidneys in the removal of toxic substances from the body. This action makes it useful for treating conditions that are caused by toxins such as acne, gout, and psoriasis. Minced dandelion root is boiled in 3 cups of water until liquid is reduced by half. Remaining liquid/root mixture is used by TCM practioners as a compress to reduce mastitis in nursing mothers. Root in particular roasted & ground to be used as a coffee substitute. High in Iron. Blood cleanser & fortifier. Source ingredient in Bitters. Gallbladder: Dandelion root can help to prevent gallstones. In someone who already has gallstones, dandelion root may help to dissolve them. Most easily taken as a tincture once a day or in the late evening. As a decoction of root, take 1/2 cup of Dandelion 3 times a day for acne. As a juice, drink 20 ml 3 times of Dandelion daily for water retention. Tablets can be taken as well for diuretic purposes. Follow the dosage on the manufacturer's label. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Devil's Claw
Other Names: Devil’s Walking Stick, , Harpagophytum procumbens Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Root used. Liver, stomach, joints, Used as a blood cleanser it reduces effects of Lupus, rhematoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis. Cleanses vascular walls. Rich in iron & magnesium. Related to American Ginseng, the plant has been used as a traditional medicine by Native Americans for a wide variety of ailments and ritual ceremonies because it was thought to have “magical” powers and “protective charm.” The roots and bark have been used for indigestion, stomach pains, bowel cramps, rheumatism, sores, swellings, and as a tonic and blood purifier. In Germany, devil’s claw is prescribed as an appetite stimulant and aid for stomachache pain. It’s also used to treat disorders that cause the musculoskeletal system to degenerate. You may also find that it works for you to help treat tendonitis and lower back pain. Many people also use devil’s claw to treat allergies, headache, and even blood disorders. Externally, you can use devil’s claw to treat problems such as skin irritations, boils, and ulcers.
Uses: Devil’s claw grows in a small area of southern Africa. There it’s been used for years to treat pain, digestive problems, headaches, and fever. At one time, devil’s claw was used to make skin ointments that were used to treat sores, ulcers, and other skin irritations. In modern days, devil’s claw is used throughout the world. It’s grown popular as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism. You may also want to take it as a tonic to improve your overall health. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions to take the correct dosage. You should also make sure that devil’s claw doesn’t interact with any medications you are taking – especially if you’re diabetic. In addition, pregnant women shouldn’t take devil’s claw. While it has a scary name and it’s not the most beautiful plant to look at, devil’s claw is actually a very kind herb indeed. It has many uses that may make it one of the most important herbs you encounter. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Dulse
Other Names: dillisk, dilsk, creathnach. , Rhodymenia palmetta, Region:
Description: Dulse- Native to the North Atlantic coasts of North America and Europe, dulse has a long history in Northern European cultures. Seaweed, helps with cravings. Dulse contains calcium, assimilable potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, manganese, copper, chromium, zinc, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and E. Dulse is useful for Thyroid Dysfunction. One of the Kelp members, Dulse is high in iodine and trace minerals. Useful in treating thyroid dysfunction, this herb is extremely high in nutrients. Dulse also contains ten amino acids. Dulse is deep red purple in color and is high in iodine.
Uses: Used fresh or dried, dulse has a soft, chewy texture. Its rich, salty, spicy flavor that makes it a good sea vegetable to mix into a variety of recipes- especially soups, stir frys and stews, it can also be enjoyed 'au naturelle.' Soaked and rinsed it is eaten re-hydrated in salads It can be crisp-fried and served as a snack. It is considered to be one of the lightest and most palatable of the wide array of edible sea vegetables. Used as dried fronds, processed into flake and powder forms for use in food preparations, encapsulation, and for sprinkling on food as a condiment. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Eclipta
Other Names: Mo han lian, e.prostrata, Eclipta alba Region: Asian
Description: TCM Chinese medicinal herb. Liver and kidney tonic. Helps dizzines, blurry vision, headache. Reduces premature greying of hair, may aid in replenishing hair growth. Taken internally, will blacken the hair, beard & eyebrows. Will stop bleeding if powdered dried plant used as styptic.
Uses: Found as a tincture, powdered and in capsule format. Possibly also in teapill format. Check with your TCM practioner for availability. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ephedra
Other Names: Mormon Tea, Ephedra nevadensis Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Only contains traces of ephedrine. Used as a tonic, improves kidney action, relieves asthma. * Most banned ephedra products are chemically derived & thereofor much stronger than the actual herb. Relieves respiratory spasms
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Eyebright
Other Names: , Euphrasia officinalis Region: European
Description: Other Latin name: {Euphrasia spp. Scrophulariaceae} The whole herb is used. Eyes, liver, blood. Strengthens eyes, nose, throat. Strengthens memory & brain. Helps to dissolve sties. Warm oil of eyebright will help diminish ear infections. Rich in Vitamins A & C, silicon. High in calcium, mangesium, maganese, zinc & niacin. The history of eyebright's use comes from the way the plant looks. In the 1500's, the Doctrine of Signatures was a theory that caused people to use eyebright for eye problems. Eyebright can be found in European meadows and grasslands. Eyebright can also be used to treat other conditions where large amounts of mucus are produced by the body.
Uses: Found most normally as an ingredient in teas, tinctures and essential oils for use in the ears. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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False Unicorn
Other Names: Starwort, Helonias Root, Chamaelirium luteum Region: European
Description: False Unicorn - Root used. Uterus & kidneys. beneficial in infertility. Eases nausea in pregnancy. Good for depression in menopause. Rich in calcium, potassium & vitamin C. Good for both humans & animals
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Warnings: None.
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Ginseng, American
Other Names: , Panax quinqeufolius Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Tonic. Adaptogen. Tones skin and muscles, helps improve appetite and digestion. Improves bodily response to stress, boosts immune system; especially for those debilitated by old age or chronic illness, regulates blood pressure & helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. Almost the entire American crop is exported. The Russians & the Chinese are doing multiple clinical studies on this Super root. May help to restore sexual energy. In China, ginseng has been a vital herb for over 7 millenia. Wars have been won and lost in order to have control over the production of this beneficial plant. It's been used in Europe since the 800s. It became popular in the Western Hemisphere in the 1700s as an herb to improve good health. Ginseng has been used to help the body fend off stress - something that's even more beneficial today. Ginseng can also help to keep your immune system strong. Other active compounds include: panaxans, triterpenoid saponins, sesquiterpenes, acetylenic compounds, gensenosides.
Uses: Ginseng is primarily used to improve stamina and help the body to fight off stress. As an Adaptogen for Stamina: Ginseng has long been used by athletes to help improve athletic performance and longevity. Ginseng also helps boost the immune system & helps to fight off infections and other conditions. As a tonic ginseng helps us to combat stress & toxins. As a soup, 1g of dried Ginseng root can be added to a serving of vegetable soup once a day. In capsule form, take 500 mg of Ginseng daily for exhaustion. Ginseng tablets may be taken for short-term use around a stressful event. Herbal Actions
Warnings: Ginseng should not be taken long term as dependency may occur
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Ginseng, South American Maca
Other Names: MACA, , Region: South American
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Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Good King Henry
Other Names: Lincolnshire Asparagus, Mercur, Chenopodium bonus-henricus Region: European
Description: Pot herb, shoots & leaves used. Stomach, intestine, spleen, parasites, tinea, bruises & wounds. Fights infection, is a natural insulin, cleanses urinary system. High in Iron, maganese & silicon.
Uses: Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Green Tea
Other Names: , Camilla sinensis Region: Asian
Description: Green Tea - Combats mental fatigue, may combat cancers
Uses: Brewed into teas, poultices & tinctures Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Ho Shou Wu - Fo Ti
Other Names: Fo-Ti-Tieng, herb of long life, Hydrocotyle asiatica minor Region: Asian
Description: See Fo Ti Tieng or Chinese Knotweed. Linament for muscles, bruises, backache. Should be used in the processed or cooked root format for best results. a TCM herbal supplement for long life. "...This name is in reference to the Chinese herbalist, Li Ching Yuen, who allegedly consumed fo-ti daily and lived until the age of 132 years—or 197, or 256, depending on which version of the story you care to subscribe to. Although it is clearly established that Li left this world on May 6, 1933, exactly how long he inhabited remains a mystery. Some Imperial Chinese government records show his birth occurring in 1677, although Li maintained that he wasn’t born until 1736. Yet, the man was photographed while visiting the home of Chinese General Yang Sen in 1927, which prompted the general to record the event in a document titled, “A Factual Account of the 250 Year-Old Good-Luck Man.”..."
Uses: Normally found brewed as a tincture or used in strong decoctions & tea mixtures. Taken on a daily basis as a tincture is the best way to use this product. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hops, Japanese -
Other Names: Lucao, Humulus japonicus Region: Asian
Description: Used as a Tonic for urinary & genetalia. TCM herb for TB, Typhoid, mastitis, tonsillitis. Anti-bacterial, Diuretic. Also helps reduce effects from dysentry, premature ejaculation, malaria & cystitus..
Uses: Distilled into a tincture, used as a tonic, brewed as a tea & used in ground formats in TCM pills. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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