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General Health: Herbal Information

The herbs listed below are available in our online catalog. 

The purpose of the information below is to educate you in your choices.  The dosage mentioned is based on 1:1 liquid herb strength for those listed unless otherwise noted.

General Dosage

Take 30-40 drops of extract in a small amount of warm water 3-4 times daily between meals.


Chinese Astragalus Root
Astragalus membranaceus

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Best known for its deep immune activity. Notably Astragalus enhances macrophage and leukocyte activity. Tones the spleen and is useful in spleen deficiency problems such as poor appetite, fatigue, and diarrhea. Also useful for prolapse syndromes such as prolapsed uterus, stomach, or anus, and also for uterine bleeding. Is an effective diuretic and promotes the discharge of pus.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Black Cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Black Cohosh is a powerful relaxant which is very useful in the treatment of rheumatic pains, osteo-arthritis, muscular and neurological pain, and rheumatoid neuralgia. It also exerts a strong influence on the female reproductive system, normalizing menstruation and relieving menstrual cramps.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. German Commission E recommends limiting use to 6 months.

Our note: see the pregnancy and birth section for how to use when labor is approaching along with blue cohosh and red raspberry leaf.

Black Walnut Fresh Green Hulls
Juglans nigra

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A powerful remedy for expelling worms and also an antifungal, useful in treating candida, pin worms, ringworm, and tapeworms. Also a mild laxative, and useful for treatment of skin problems such as eczema and herpes.

Contraindications/Cautions

Do not use for more than 21 days at a time. Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Bladderwrack Fronds
Fucus vesiculosis

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Bladderwrack regulates thyroid function and is effective in treating under-active thyroid glands, goiter, and all associated symptoms. Also helps relieve rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Contraindicated in over active thyroid conditions.


Blue Cohosh Root
Caulophyllum thalictroides

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

An antispasmodic, Blue Cohosh is an excellent, safe herb for toning the uterus and easing dysmenorrhea. Its antispasmodic properties are also useful in treating colic, asthma, or nervous coughs.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Cascara sagrada
Rhamnus purshiana

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Used as a laxative in treating chronic constipation, where it promotes peristalsis and tones relaxed digestive system muscles.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Do not use this product if you have abdominal pain or diarrhea. Discontinue use in the event of diarrhea or watery stools. Do not exceed recommended dose. Not for long-term use.


Cat's Claw or Una de Gato Vine
Uncaria tomentosa

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Rainforest botanical. A highly effective immune system stimulant that fights viral infection and diminishes chemical sensitivity. Una de Gato has been used totreat arthritis, bursitis, intestinal disorders,allergies, and to ease the side effects of chemotherapy.

Contraindications/Cautions

Do not use during pregnancy or lactation.


Cayenne Pepper
Capsicum annum

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A circulatory stimulant which accelerates oxygenation of the cells and brings blood flow to the capillaries. Cayenne also reduces pain topically through its inhibition of Substance P, a neurotransmitter which is thought to be the principle mediator in pain. Cayenne first stimulates then blocks pain fibers, which in turn depletes the Substance P. Indications include poor circulation, painful neuropathies, headache,osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Internally, large doses may cause gastrointestinal irritation. Externally, avoid use near eyes or on injured skin.


Chapparal Leaf
Larrea tridentata

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Chaparral sedates inflammation of the respiratory and intestinal tracts and relieves the pain of neuritis, sciatica, and inflammations, and has antibacterial properties.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Not for use in large amounts by persons with preexisting kidney disease and liver conditions, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. Seek advice from a health care practitioner before use if you have any history of liver disease. Discontinue use if nausea, fever, fatigue, or jaundice occur
(e.g., dark urine or yellow discoloration of the eyes).


Chaste Tree Berry
Vitex agnus-castus


Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Normalizes and stimulates pituitary gland functions, particularly those of the female sex hormones; effective on dysmenorrhea, premenstrual stress, and especially menopausal changes.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. May counteract the effectiveness of birth control pills.


Cleavers Herb
Gallium aparine

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

An excellent lymphatic system tonic with alliterative and diuretic properties, Cleavers works safely on a variety of lymphatic problems such as swollen glands (especially in tonsillitis and adenoid ailments). Useful in treating ulcers and tumors, since it aids lymphatic drainage and therefore detoxifies the tissue. Cleavers also is effective on painful urinary conditions such as cystitis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Coleus Root
Coleus forskholii

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Coleus has the unique ability to activate the enzyme adenylate cyclase which increases cellular levels of CAMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate). This in turn activates numerous enzymes, making Coleus a widely applicable herb. Indications include asthma, congestive heart failure, glaucoma, hypertension, and allergies.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Contraindicated in low blood pressure and gastric ulcers.


Cramp Bark
Viburnum opulus

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

An excellent antispasmodic, Cramp Bark works to relax muscular cramps in general and works on the uterine and ovarian muscles in particular. By relaxing uterine muscles it relieves menstrual cramps. Its astringent properties are effective in treating excessive blood loss during menstruation and menopausal bleeding

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Dandelion Root
Taraxacum officinalis

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Dandelion is an excellent, safe diuretic and liver tonic. Dandelion is a valuable diuretic because it is rich in potassium, a vital mineral often lost when the kidneys are stimulated by drugs. It is useful in treating water retention due to heart problems, inflammation and congestion of the liver and gallbladder, and congestive jaundice.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Contraindicated in blockage of the bile ducts, acute gallbladder inflammation, intestinal blockage, and kidney failure.


Dong Quai Root (Chinese) or Dang Gui
Angelica sinensis

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Tones the blood and invigorates the circulatory system, acting on conditions such as palpitations, carbuncles or pain from congealed blood, abdominal pain, and traumatic injuries. Also helps with irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, and dysmenorrhea.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


False Unicorn Root aka Helonias Root
Chamoelirium luteum

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

An excellent tonic and strengthener of the reproductive systems for both sexes, although used primarily for women. Normalizes functions, tones, and balances. Useful in delayed or absent menstruation and in ovarian pain.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Fennel Seed
Foeniculum vulgare

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Excellent in treating stomach and intestinal problems such as flatulence, colic, and lack of appetite. Calms bronchitis and coughs.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Fo-Ti (Chinese) or He Shou Wu
Polygonum multiflorum

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Fo-Ti is astringent and helps treat conditions such as nocturnal emission, spermatorrhea, or leukorrhea. It also tones the liver and kidneys as well as the blood.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Garlic
Allium sativum

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Garlic is one of the most effective anti-microbial herbs, with both antibacterial and anti-viral properties. It acts on respiratory infections such as chronic bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, recurrent colds and flu, and is a powerful preventative for these conditions and for digestive infections as well. Garlic also lowers blood pressure, blood cholesterol levels, and acts as a tonic on the cardiovascular system.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. This caution applies to therapeutic doses rather than consumption as a spice.


Ginger Root, Fresh OR Dried
Zingiber officinale


Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Ginger acts as a peripheral circulation stimulant and is helpful in treating bad circulation, chilblains, and cramps. It is also used as a remedy for digestive problems, sore throats, and as a promoter of perspiration in treating fever.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Persons with gallstones should consult a practitioner prior to therapeutic use.


Gotu Kola Leaf and Root
Centella asiatica


Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Gotu Kola is a stimulant to the central nervous system and is used to improve memory and treat fatigue.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Helonias Root aka False Unicorn Root
Chamoelirium luteum

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

An excellent tonic and strengthener of the reproductive systems for both sexes, although used primarily for women. Normalizes functions, tones, and balances. Useful in delayed or absent menstruation and in ovarian pain.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Horse Chestnut
Escudos hippocastanum

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

The actions of horse chestnut are astringent and anti-inflammatory, influencing largely the vessels of the circulatory system. It is a useful remedy for vascular fullness associated with hemorrhoids, varicose veins, rectal engorgement, phlebitis, and leg ulcers.


Juniper Berry
Juniperus communis

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

An excellent diuretic with anti-microbial properties, useful in conditions such as cystitis.  Its bitter action helps digestion and eases flatulent colic.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation or kidney disease. Not for use exceeding four to six weeks in succession.


Licorice Root
Glycyrrhiza glabra

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Acts on the endocrine system and the liver as an antihepatotoxic effective in treating hepatitis and cirrhosis. Licorice is also an expectorant and anti-inflammatory, useful in cough and bronchitis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used in pregnancy and lactation. Not for prolonged use or in high doses except under supervision of a qualified health practitioner. Contraindicated for diabetics, in hypertension, liver disorders, severe kidney insufficiency, and hypokalemia. Prolonged therapeutic use may offset electrolyte balance, resulting in hypertension and other aldosterone imbalances.


Lily of the Valley
Convallaria majalis

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Lily of the Valley is a cardiac tonic which increases coronary circulation and myocardial action, useful in treating conditions such as congestive heart failure, cardiac asthma, and mitral insufficiency. Appropriate for all cardiac disturbances, especially conditions of incipient decompensation. CAUTION: For professional use only.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Use only with professional guidance.


Lobelia Herb
Lobelia inflata

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Lobelia is a valuable systemic relaxant, with a depressant action on the central and autonomic nervous systems. It is primarily used in bronchitic asthma and bronchitis.   Where it acts as a respiratory relaxant while at the same time stimulates catarrhal secretion and expectoration. CAUTION: For professional use only.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not for use during pregnancy and lactation. Do not use for a prolonged period of time.   Larger doses may cause nausea and vomiting. Do not exceed recommended dose. Use only with professional guidance


Milk Thistle Seed
Silybum marianum

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Excellent as a liver tonic and in treating numerous liver and gallbladder conditions such as hepatitis and cirrhosis. May also reverse toxic liver damage and protect against hepatotoxic agents.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Oregano Leaf
Origanum vulgare

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A common spice with a long folk history of use for colds and flu. It is carminitive, diaphoretic, expectorant, and anti-spasmodic. The essential oil, which makes up to 1% of the plant, is a potent inhibitor of fungus and yeast.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Pau d'Arco Bark or La Pacho
Tabebuia impetignosa

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A South American tree bark which has strong anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties, used as a blood alliterative, prophylactically, and in chronic health imbalances.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Propolis
Bee Harvested Resin

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A strong anti-microbial, antibacterial, and anti-viral agent used topically and in the treatment of wounds, injuries, and infections. Very useful as a first-aid remedy.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Red Clover Blossoms
Trifolium pratense

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A safe and effective treatment for childhood eczema. Also useful for chronic skin problems in children and adults such as psoriasis. An expectorant and antispasmodic,   Red Clover works especially well on whooping cough and also on coughs and bronchitis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Red Raspberry Leaf
Rubus ideaus

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Valuable as a strengthener and toner of the womb during pregnancy, and helpful in restraining hemorrhage during labor and assisting contractions. Its astringent action is also helpful in reducing fluids for a variety of other conditions including diarrhea, leukorrhea, and mouth problems such as bleeding gums and inflammations.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Sarsaparilla Root
Smilax ornate

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Gradually restores the proper functioning of the body, correcting a wide range of systemic problems. These include scaling skin conditions such as psoriasis, and rheumatic conditions. Especially useful for rheumatoid arthritis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Saw Palmetto Berry
Serenoa repens

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Acts as a tonic and strengthener of the male reproductive system, and is helpful in treating enlarged prostate glands. Also useful in genitourinary tract infections.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Schizandra Berry (Chinese)
Schizandra chinensis

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Strengthens and quickens reflexes, stimulates respiration, and is useful in promoting labor. Also reduces perspiration, stops coughing and diarrhea.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Slippery Elm Bark
Ulmus rubra

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Slippery Elm is useful in treating digestive conditions with inflamed mucous membrane linings such as gastritis, gastric or duodenal ulcer, enteritis, and colitis, where it has a soothing, demulcent action.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Uva Ursi Leaf
Arctostaphylos uva ursi

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

Soothes, tones, and strengthens the membranes of the urinary system and is helpful in gravel or ulceration of the kidney or bladder, pyelitis, and cystitis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Contraindicated in kidney disorders, irritated digestive conditions, and with acidic urine or in conjunction with remedies which produce acidic urine (such as cranberry), as the arbutin in uva ursi is counteracted by acidic environments. Not for prolonged use without consulting a practitioner.


Valerian Root
Valeriana officinalis

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

An excellent nervine for treating anxiety and tension, and a gentle, safe sleep aid.  Valerian’s antispasmodic action makes it a strong muscle relaxing used in muscle cramping, uterine cramps, and intestinal colic.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.


Wild Yam Root
Dioscorea villosa

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A valuable antispasmodic used to relieve intestinal colic, diverticulitis, dysmenorrhea, and ovarian and uterine pains. Excellent as an anti-inflammatory in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Contraindications/Cautions

Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation. Large doses may produce vomiting. Do not exceed dosage limitations.


Yellow Dock Root
Rumex crispus

Therapeutic Actions and Indications

A valuable herb for treating chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis. Promotes the flow of bile and is used for jaundice when caused by congestion, is a blood cleanser, and a remedy for constipation.

Contraindications/Cautions

Caution should be used if history of kidney stones exists (due to oxalates).


Alfalfa
Good for the whole body, helps appetite
 


Barley Green
Needed to promote & sustain life
 


Bee Pollen
Good for the aging project & energy
 


Black Cohosh...
Insect bites stings, estrogen, sinus
 


Black Walnut
Expelling parasites, natural fluoride
 


Blessed Thistle
Female problems, brain & memory
 


Burdock
Called KING of all herbs, blood purifier
 


Butcher's Broom
Helps to clean out blood vessels
 


Capsicium
Blood pressure, circulation, strokes, chills
 


Cascara
Laxative, insomnia, gallbladder
 


Catnip
Fever, stomach, cramps, gas digestion
 


Chamomile
Drug withdrawal, Improves appetite, stomach
 


Chaparral
Decreasing tumors & leukemia, takes out LSD
 


Charcoal Activated
Takes out chemicals & drugs
 


Chickweed
Weight loss, fatty tumors, water retention
 


Comfrey Leaf
Kills bacteria, strengthens the body
 


Cornsilk
Rich in Vitamin K, bedwetting, kidney, bladder
 


Damiana
Infertility, depression, reproductive organs
 


Dandelion
Will restore & balance the blood & anemia
 


Dong Quai
King & Queen of male & female hormones
 


Echinacea
Natural antibiotic, blood, spider bites
 


Eyebright
Good for weak eyes, allergies, diabetes
 


False Unicorn
High in calcium, depression, heart
 


Feverfew
Helps in eyes, ears, nose, throat, fever, cold
 


Garlic
Contains allicin, natural antibiotic, cancer
 


Ginger
Menstrual cramps, cold, fever, congestion
 


Ginseng
Slows the aging process, cure all
 


Ginseng, Wild America
Protection from radiation
 


Golden Seal
Natural Insulin
 


Gotu Kola
Increase learning ability, depression
 


Hawthorn Berries
Heart, relaxes blood vessels
 


Horsetail
Helps dissolve tumors, kidney stones, eyes
 


Hydrangea
Great kidney & bladder & liver, digestion
 


Juniper Berries
Heals urinary passage, diabetes, fungi
 


Kelp
Hair loss, thyroid, energy, birth defects, tumors
 


Licorice Root
Hypoglycemia, estrogen, Addison's disease
 


Lobelia
Sleep aid, oxygenates blood, bronchitis, asthma
 


Marshmallow
Nerves, bladder, kidney, mucus, lungs, bowels
 


Mullein
Loosens mucus, respiratory, sinus, pain, asthma
 


Parsley
Cancer preventative, adrenal glands, kidney
 


Parthenium
Old Indian herb, good on all body parts
 


Passion Flower
Water retention, mild sedative, nerves
 


Pau D'Arco
Blood purifier, cancer, virus all kinds
 


Psyllium (seeds)
Will scrub the colon, colitis
 


Psyllium Hulls
Creates bulk, colon cleanser, digestion
 


Red Clover
Blood purifier, cancer, leprosy, tumors
 


Red Raspberry
Female organs, decreases menstrual flow
 


Rose Hips
Colds, vitamin C complex, infection, stress
 


Safflowers
Digestion aid, gas, cholesterol, gout, kidney
 


Sage
High in minerals, circulation, heart, fever, nerves
 


Sarsaparilla
Balancing hormones, hair growth, gout
 


Saw Palmetto
Weight gain, reproductive organs, throat
 


Skullcap
Sleep aid, calming nerves, pain, circulation
 


Slippery Elm
Ulcers take with lots of water, colon
 


Spirulina
Weight loss, natural amino acids, B-complex
 


Uva Ursi
Kidney stones, spleen, digestive stimulant
 


Valerian Root
Nerves, sleep, use like valium, stress
 


White Oak Root
Liver normalizes, lungs, fever, tumors
 


Yarrow
Stimulates appetite, circulation, fever
 


Yellow Dock
Cancer, blood builder, Lymphatic system
 


Yucca
Reduces cholesterol, cortisone natural, pain

The information is taken from The Naturopathic Handbook of Herbal Medicine