Also known as Blood Purifier. Help the body to assimilate nutrients and eliminate waste products. (Alfalfa, Black Cohosh, Blue Vervain, Boneset, Burdock, Chaparral Leaf, Chickweed, Cleavers, Cornsilk, Dong Quai, Echinacea, Garlic, Gentian Root, Goldenseal, Gotu Kola, Ho-Shou-Wu, Irish Moss, Kelp, Licorice, Mandrake, Nettles, Oregon Grape, Pau d’Arco, Prickly Ash, Red Clover, Red Raspberry, Rhubarb, St. John’s Wort, Sarsaparilla, White Willow, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, Yerba Santa, Yucca).
Taken to relieve pain without causing loss of consciousness. Some analgesics are also antispasmodics, relieving pain by reducing cramping in muscles. (Blue Vervain, Catnip, Chamomile, Dong Quai, Feverfew, Ginger, Jamaican Dogwood, Hops, Kava Kava, Lobelia, Passion Flower, Pau d’arco, Reishi, Safflower, Scullcap, St. John’s Wort, Valerian, White Willow, Yarrow)
Substances that have a constricting or binding effect. They are commonly used to check hemorrhages and secretions, and to treat swollen tonsils and hemorrhoids.
Herbs and spices taken to relieve gas and gripping (severe pain in bowels).
Substances used to promote the flow of bile into the small intestine. These will also be laxatives, as the bile will stimulate elimination.
Herbs that increase the flow of urine. Diuretics don’t necessarily act on the kidneys, but may help to drain moisture from tissue or elsewhere. Used to treat water retention, obesity, lymphatic swelling, nerve inflammations such as lumbago and sciatica, infections of urinary tract, skin eruptions and kidney stones.
Soothing, cooling, and moistening to the mucous membranes and skin. Also may be constitutionally moistening. Usually they will be used along with diuretics to protect the kidney and urinary track.
Increases circulation to the skin, and may moisten the skin or it may promote sweating. Diaphoretics are drying constitutionally. Sudorific promotes sweating. Sweating teas should be given hot. When cold, teas act as diuretic.
Substances that induce vomiting and cause the stomach to empty.
Herbs that promote menstruation, usually causing it to occur earlier, and sometimes with increased flow.
Increases the flow of mucous from the membranes by toning or relaxing. Effect is not necessarily limited to or focused on the lungs and may affect any and all of the mucous membranes.
Substances that increase the secretion of milk.
Substances that arrest hemorrhaging. These include astringents and herbs that affect the coagulation of blood.
Also known as purgatives. Substances that promote bowel movements.
Herbs that help dissolve and eliminate urinary and biliary stones and gravel.
Herbs that calm the nerves and nourish the nervous system. These herbs may be relaxing or stimulating.
Substances that stimulate uterine contractions to assist and induce labor, thus hastening childbirth.
Substances that destroy parasites in the digestive tract and on the skin.
Substances that increase the flow of blood at the surface of the skin and produce redness where they are applied. Their function is to draw inflammation and congestion from deeper areas. They are useful for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.
Herbs that strongly quiet the nervous system. These will include antispasmodics and nervines.
Substances that stimulate the flow of saliva and thus aid in digestion of starches.
Herbs that increase the energy of the body, drive the circulation, break up obstruction and warm the body.
Herbs that promote the functions of the systems of the body. Most tonics have general effects on the whole body, but also have a marked effect on a specific system.
Herbs that encourage the healing of wounds by promoting cell growth and repair.