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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 - Tonic - page 4 of 5
Other Names: HorseMint, Monarda, various species} Region: European
Description: Mint. Contains thymol, menthol or menthone & Carvacrol. Carvacrol helps prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine which is a deficiency found in people with Alzheimer's disease. Some horsebalm compounds can cross the blood/brain barrier. Anti-blood clotting, blood thinners.
Uses: You can add tincture of horsebalm to your shampoo to gain benefits of this herb. Another herb for a tea brewed with cloves for pre-trip preventatives for altitude sickness. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hyacinth Bean
Other Names: Lablab, Lablab pupureaus Region: Asian
Description: Eaten mainly in India, the leaves, pods, flowers, dried seeds, sprouted seeds & roots are all edible. In TCM practioners use it as a tonic, but also to combat the symptoms of bloody disentery & stools, as well as summer heat disorder.
Uses: Brewed into tinctures, strong teas & stewed as well as stir fried and/or fried & served with a variety of crispy things for a street snack. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Hydrangea -
Other Names: Seven Barks, Kidney Stone tea, Hydrangea arborescens Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Root used. Active Compounds include: Cyanogenic glycoside, Volatile oil, Saponins, and Flavonoids. Other Alternative Names in Spanish, Siete reices or Seven Barks. In the Amazon, hydrangea is used as part of a drink called Siete reices or Sevan Barks, which is an male aphrodisiac said to help raise the "flag". A huge amount of antioxidants call Hydrangea has a huge amount of antioxidants in it & should be used to boost the liver's capacity to cleanse & aid blood. Known for its aphrodisiacal characteristics down south of Northern America; Hydrangea is here known mostly for its use as a gall bladder & bladder stone remover, or stone buster without the pain that can be excruciating. Hydrangea is better used that some of the products for GOUT like allopurinol & other chemicals that have some nasty side effects. n the June 5, 2009 issue of Science, a team of researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Immune Disease Institute at Children's Hospital Boston and another from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine announced that hydrangea root may play a role in the treatment of a number of autoimmune disorders, including eczema, psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Of particular interest is halofuginone, a molecule isolated from hydrangea root. In this particular study, the researchers found that halofuginone blocked the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals collectively referred to as cytokines. This substance also inhibited the production of Th17, a specialized immune system helper cell thought to be involved in triggering an inflammatory response that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack healthy tissue.
Uses: Tea made from bark & flowers aids in reducing size of & expelling kidney & bladder stones. Drunk as a tea or taken as a tincture on a semi-daily basis; it seems to prevent this condition from continuing. Dependant on the amount of aluminum in the soil is the color blue & dependant on the amount of lime in the soil the flowers will be pink. Frontiersmen learned of its uses from the Cherokee Indians as a cure-all. Diurectic, good for dispelling water retention. TCM practictioners use it to also counter Malaria. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: , Hysoppis officinalis Region: European
Description: Mainly used as a digestif. Used for thousands of years. Digestive. Blood Cleanser, most quoted herb in Bible for cleansing lepers by the ancient Hebrews & for purification rites mentioned in the scriptures(which most likely was actually a caper bush {Caparis spirosa} instead), colds, fevers, sore throats & bronchitis. Decoction of the leaves used for skin irritations, burns & bruises.
Uses: Bitter leaves are chopped & used in salads or brewed into tinctures for digestion. An oil of the leaves is said to be a vermifuge, it will kill worms in both adults & children, applied to the head, it will kill lice as well as helping to reduce head itch. Hyssop leaves have been laid on wounds to promote healing & reduce infection. Penicillin mold thrives on hyssop leaves. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Kava Kava-
Other Names: , Piper methysticum Region: PanAsian_Islands
Description: Helps induce relaxation, sleep. Helps promote mental awareness. Used throughout the Pacific islands as a helpful Aphrodisiac. It helps to relieve pain & sooth arthritis. A Nervine, its used to help people who are having trouble sleeping, get back to that state without too much of a struggle or adding of calories. Because of its Anti-Septic nature, it was used in the Pacific Islands to treat a number of sexually tranmitted disease before the advent of antibiotics. Can be used to treat urinary infections & reduce sore muscles.
Uses: Roots used, can be ground & tinctured, used as an additive to hot coconut milk or dairy product & drunk before bedtime, can be used as a poultice or infused as a tea. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Kola nuts-
Other Names: Coca Cola, Cola nitida and other spp Region: South American
Description: Ground nut drink favored by African nations for its chocolate like taste, & consistency of fine milk liquid chocolate when wetted & sweetened. It is a Stimulant, & a cardiac tonic, to aid in the reduction of headaches.
Uses: Powdered by the Asian community, it is used to flavor soups & in drinks, as well as in salads & main entrees. Used in larger doses, can cause excessive kelp smelling flatulence. Cola is said to reduce the appetite to help with dieting. It has been used as a sparkling beverage ingredient to help reduce cravings in alcoholics. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Labrador Tea-
Other Names: , Ledum groenlandicum Region: American
Description: Aromatic shrub found in North America. Was used to substitue during Boston Tea party for tea drinking. Tea is also useful for reducing headaches, asthma, colds & stomach issues.
Uses: Brewed into Tea, Tonic & Tincture. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Lamb's Quarters-
Other Names: , Chenopodium album Region: European
Description: Pot-herb. Rich in Vitamins A and C.
Uses: Tea, Poultice, Tincture, Plaster, Spice, Pot herb. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Round headed Bush Clover, Lespedeza capitata Region: Amer_Indian
Description: Lowers blood cholesterol. American Indian medicinal. dried stems ashed on skin to aid in reducing bursitis and or muscle pain..
Uses: Teas, Tinctures, Plasters, Cough Drops, Syrups. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Licorice -
Other Names: Sweet root, liquorice, Glycyrrhiza glabr Region: Mediterranean
Description: Found in great quantities in King Tut's tomb; the herb licorice has been around for eons. Dug in its fourth year the rhysome is at its best. Most sugars increase thirst. This sugar relieves it. Contains estrogenic properties & is used to combat the effects of menopause. Also used in the treatment of peptic ulcers, it sooths coughs & throat, reduces hoarseness & adjusts blood sugar. Provides quick energy by boosting adrenals.
Uses: ground into paste, added to flour & sugar to make candy licorice, added to medicines to sweeten them in both TCM & European preparations, used as a flavoring for hot & cold beverages including liquors Herbal Actions
Warnings: Too much can cause irritability, Insomnia
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Linden -
Other Names: Lime, Tilia x eropeaea Region:
Description: Linden flowers are fragrant & smell like honey. Frequently considered a fine Bee Plant. Inner tissues of the tree were used by ancient peoples as a wound binder which helped to heal wounds. Flowers are used as a nervine in bath herbs to promote sweating & to cool the head.
Uses: A Body Tonic; it is used to calm restlessness & hysteria. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Pau D'Arco
Other Names: Lapacho, Tabebuia impetiginosa Region: South American
Description: South American bark primarily used for Tumor & Leukemia reduction as well as wound healing. Anti Cancer Clinical studies ongoing. Historically used by South American Shamans to help with the healing of wounds, heart and circulation problems, as well as cystitis, viral & bacterial infections of the gut & kidneys.
Uses: Anti-Fungal, Anti-Tumor, Anti-Vital, Anti-biotic, Anti-Inflammatory, Cleanse/Tonic, Immune Stimulant. As an ointment, apply to wounds. As a tea wash for open wounds, brew 1 TBSP in 8oz water to coat wound - will STAIN. As a tincture, take 10 drops- 1/2 dropperful with water 2 times daily. As a decoction, take 1 cup 2 times daily for yeast infection. Herbal Actions
Warnings: No significant warnings for this herb. Can be used concurrently with all oncology drugs and therapi
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Siberian Ginseng
Other Names: Ci Wu Jia, Acanthopanax sentic, Eleutherococcus senticosus Region: WorldWideHerb
Description: .Siberian Ginseng/ Eleuthero. Other Names: Eleuthero Ginseng, Eleutherococcus senticosus Region: Ancient_EurAsian. Root is used. Once exclusively known as Siberian Ginseng because Russian cosmonauts used this ginseng to help with their memory & stress levels during early space flights. Tonic & Restorative.
Uses: Improves concentration span; increases speed & accuracy. Good for circulation. High in Vitamins A,C,E & G. Increases synthesis of nuclear RNA. Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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Other Names: Cha, Chai, Camilla sinensis Region: Asian
Description: Most important worldwide caffeinated beverage. Stimulates the central nervous system. Diuretic & astringent. Relaxes the smooth muscles which helps to increase the coronary flow. High in Flouride.
Uses: Anti-cancer, Antioxidant. Tea, decoction, wash Herbal Actions
Warnings: None.
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