HERBS


David McCluggage, D.V.M., C.V.A.

Adoptogen: are herbs that increase resistance to stress.

Astragalus

Royal Jelly (Bees)

Chlorella

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginseng

Ho Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)

Alteratives:  are herbs which purify the blood.  These herbs are used for a long period of time, for gentle, and gradual detoxification of the blood stream.  Once the blood is improved then digestion, assimilation and glandular secretion are improved.

Alfalfa

Black Cohosh

Blessed Thistle

Burdock Root

Cayenne

Chickweed

Cleaver

Comfrey

Dandelion

Don Quai

Echinacea

Elder Berry

Garlic

Goldenseal

Irish Moss

Kelp

Nettles

Poke Root

Uva Ursi

Wood Betony

Yellow Dock

Anodynes:  are herbs that relieve pain by lessening the excitability of the nerves and nerve centers.  Herbs is this category are usually used externally.

Chamomile

Cloves

Ginger

Kava 

Lobelia

Mullein

Valerian

Vervain

Wild Lettuce

Anti-bacterial: are herbs that destroys or stops the growth of bacterial infections.

Cinnamon

Garlic

Pau D Arco

Antacids:  are agents which correct acid conditions in the stomach, blood and bowels.

Flax seed

Ginger 

Hops

Red Raspberry

Wood Betony

 

Antibiotics:  are agents that inhibit the growth of and destroy viruses and bacteria.   These herbs are used to promote the body's own immune system.

Chamomile

Couch Grass

Echinacea

Garlic

Goldenseal

Hops

Myrrh

Pau D Arco

Peach Bark

Anti-catarrhal:  are herbs that eliminate mucus conditions.

Angelica

Anise

Cayenne

Coltsfoot

Cranesbill

Elecampane

Flax Seed

Ginger

Horseradish

Lobelia

Wild Cherry

Yerba Santa

Anti-Inflammatory:  

Aloe Vera

Butchers Broom

Devil's Claw

Eyebright

Eucalyptus

Fennel

Feverfew

Gentian

 

Antiseptics:   these herbs have the ability to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Anise

Bilberry

Barberry

Black Walnut

Damiana

Echinacea

Garlic

Goldenseal

Myrrh

Rosemary

Thyme

White Oak Bark

Anti-spasmodic:  are herbs that are used for muscular spasms, convulsions and cramps.

Black Cohosh

Blue Cohosh

Cayenne

Crampbark

Fennel

Garlic

Kava

Lemon Balm

Lobelia

Motherwort

Mullein

Oats

Passion Flower

Pleurisy Root

Sage

Skullcap

Valerian

Wild Yam

Aperients:   are herbs that work as a mild laxative; softens the stools without purging.

Flax Seed

Licorice Root

Rosehips

Astringents:  are herbs which increase the tone and firmness of the tissues.  

Bayberry

Black Walnut

Calendula

Cayenne

Cleaver

Cloves

Crampbark

Cranesbill

Dandelion

Eucalyptus

Eyebright

Hawthorn Berry

Prickly Ash

Rosemary

Sage

Shepherd's Purse

Slippery Elm

Uva Ursi

Witch Hazel

White Oak 

Yarrow

Cardiacs:  are herbs that increase the power of the heart.

Bugelweed

Hawthorn Berry

Motherwort

Carminatives:  are herbs containing volatile oils which stimulate the expulsion of gas from the gastrointestinal tract.  It also increases peristalsis action.

Angelica 

Anise

Blessed Thistle

Burdock Root

Cardamon

Celery Seed

Catnip

Chamomile

Dill

Fennel

Ginger

Myrrh

Parsley

Peppermint

Spearmint

Sassafras

Thyme

Valerian

Cholagogues:  are herbs that increase the flow of bile.

Barberry

Boneset

Cayenne

Damiana

Dandelion

Gentian

Hops

Hyssop

Vervain

Wild Yam

Wormwood

Yellow Dock

Diaphoretics:  are herbs that increase perspiration.

Angelica

Garlic

Sarsaparilla

Thyme

White Willow

Wild Yam

Discutients:  are herbs that dissolve and remove tumors and abnormal growths.  These herbs are used externally and internally.

Burdock

Chaparral

Garlic

Red Clover

 

 

Diuretics:  are herbs that increase urine flow.

Bilberry

Birch

Buchu

Celery Seed

Corn Silk

Couch Grass

Dandelion

Fennel

Gotu Kola

Horsetail

Juniper Berry

Kelp

Parsley

Plantain

Rosemary

Saw Palmetto

Squaw Vine

White Willow

Expectorants:  are herbs which excrete mucus from the lungs and throat.

Angelica

Coltsfoot

Comfrey

Elecampane

Fennel

Garlic

Horseradish

Iceland Moss

Licorice Root

Lungwort

Myrrh

Plantain

Pleurisy Root

Thyme

Wild Cherry

Yerba Santa

 

 

Galactagogues:  are herbs that help the secretion of milk from the nursing mother.

Anise seeds

Dandelion

Fennel

Fenugreek

Red Raspberry

Vervain

Hepatics: are herbs which strengthen and tone the liver

Aloe Vera

Dandelion

Milk Thistle

Barberry

 

 

Laxatives:  are herbs that promote bowel movement.

Buckthorn Bark

Cascara Sagrada

Elder Berries

Flax Seed

Psyllium Seed

Rhubarb

Safflower 

Senna

Yellow Dock

Nervines: are herbs which act as a tonic to the nerves and are used to relived pain .

Catnip

Celery Seed

Chamomile

Hops

Lobelia

Motherwort

Oats

Passion Flower

St. Johns Wort

Vervain

 

 

Nutritives:  are herbs that supply a substantial amount of nutrients and help to build the body.

Alfalfa

Amaranth

Barley Grass

Bee Pollen

Comfrey Leaves

Comfrey Leaves

Horsetail

Kelp

Nettles

Red Clover

Rosehips 

Slippery Elm

Spirulina 

Watercress

Yellow Dock

Sedatives:  are herbs that influence the circulation, reducing nervousness.

Catnip

Chamomile

Hops

Kava

Lady's Slipper

Lemon Balm

Passion Flower

Red Clover

Sheep Sorrel

St. Johns Wort

Valerian

Wood Betony

Stimulants:  are herbs that assist the functional active of the body, increasing energy.

Black Pepper

Cayenne

Cloves

Ephedra 

Fo Ti

Ginger

Ginseng

Horseradish

Mandrake

Onion

Peppermint

Rosemary

Shepherd's Purse

Spearmint

Tansy

Wild Cherry Bark

Yarrow

Yerba Santa