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    HERBS USED TO ALLEVIATE CONDITIONS AND SYMPTOMS

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    DS products may not include statements that they diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

    Condition/Symptom Herbs Used
    Angina Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata, C. monogyna)
    Anxiety and Sleep Disorders Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
    Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)
    Hops (Humulus lupulus)
    Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
    L-Tryptophan (natural amino acid, occurs in concentrations of 1%-2% in plant and animal proteins)
    Appetite Loss
    Significant bitter herbs Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
    Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)
    Minor bitter herbs Bitterstick (Swertia chirata)
    Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus)
    Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata)
    Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
    Arteriosclerosis Garlic (Allium sativum)
    Arthritis Willow bark (Salix alba, S. purpurea, S. fragilis)
    Bronchial Asthma Ephedra or ma huang (Ephedra species, particularly E. sinica, E. equisetina, E. gerardiana)
    Burns, Wounds, and Infections Calendula (Calendula officinalis): tea for putative and antispasmodic effects
    Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
    Cancer Apricot pits (Prunus armeniaca) Pau d'arco (Tabebuia) also called lapacho, or taheebo Mistletoe (Viscum album)
    Colds and Flu
    Demulcent antitussives Cough suppressants
    Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara),however, it contains toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    Iceland moss (Cetraria islandica)
    Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis, Malva sylvestris)
    Mullein flowers (Verbascum thapsus, V. densiflorum, V. phlomoides)
    Plantain leaves (Plantago lanceolata)
    Slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)
    Expectorants Treat irritative, nonproductive coughs associated with a small amount of secretion
    Nauseant-expectorants (caution given about safe consumption) Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)
    Ipecac (Cephaelis ipecacuanha, C. acuminata)
    Local irritants Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
    Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
    Thyme (Thymus vulgaris, T. zygis)
    Eucalyptus leaves (Eucalyptus globulus)
    Surface tension modifiers Increase gland secretion of mucous
    Licorice, also known as glycyrrhiza (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
    Seneca snakeroot (Polygala senega)
    Communicable Diseases and Infections Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia, E. pallida, E. purpurea)
    Congestive Heart Failure Adonis (Adonis vernalis)
    Oleander (Nerium oleander)
    Apocynum or black Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum, A. androsaemifolium)
    Black hellebore (Helleborus niger)
    Cactus grandiflorus (Selenicereus grandiflorus)
    Convallaria or lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)
    Squill (Urginea maritima)
    Strophanthus (Strophanthus kombe, S. hispidus)
    Control Hypertension Garlic
    Depression St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum)
    Diarrhea Blackberry leaves (Rubus fruticosus)
    Blueberry leaves (Vaccinium corymbosum or V. Myrtillus)
    Raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus)
    Digestion Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
    Gastric and Duodenal (Peptic) Ulcers Licorice, also known as glycyrrhiza (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
    Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
    Gynecological Disorders
    Menopausal symptoms, PMS, dysmenorrhea, female sex hormone imbalances or deficiencies Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)
    Chaste tree berry (Vitex agnus-castus)
    Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
    Black currant oil (Ribes nigrum)
    Raspberry leaves (Rubus idaeus, R. strigosus)
    Borage seed oil (Borago officinalis)
    PMS Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis)
    Hyperthyroidism Bugle weed (Lycopus virginicus, L. europaeus)
    Indigestion Dyspepsia
    Carminatives Carminative effects (to eruct air from stomach, increase stomach secretions, relax intestine to enable gas passage, limit development of undesirable microorganisms, promote bile flow to facilitate nutrient absorption)
    Significant carminative herbs Peppermint (Menthax piperita)
    Chamomile (Matricaria recutita, M. chamomilla, Chamomilla recutita, Chamaemelum nobile)
    Minor carminative herbs Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
    Caraway (Carum carvi)
    Coriander (Coriandrum sativum, C. vulgare, C. microcarpum)
    Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
    Calamus (Acorus calamus)
    Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
    Cholagogues Act to empty the gall bladder or to stimulate the production of bile or both
    Turmeric (Curcuma domestica, C. longa, C. zanthorrhiza, C. zedoaria)
    Boldo (Peumus boldus)
    Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
    Infections and Kidney Stones
    Significant aquaretic-antiseptic herbs Enhance fluid and electrolyte excretion, increase blood flow in the kidneys. Useful for: local infection of renal tissue (pyelonephritis); inflammation of urethra (urethritis); inflammation of urinary bladder (cystitis); preventing kidney stones
    Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea, S. serotina, S. canadensis)
    Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
    Juniper (Juniperus communis)
    Minor aquaretic herbs Used in diuretic teas
    Birch leaves (Betula verrucosa, B. pubescens)
    Lovage root (Levisticum officinale)
    Antiseptic herbs Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, two varieties:
    coactylis, adenotricha),antibacterial herb for urinary tract infections
    Anti-infective herbs Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon), most useful for preventing and treating urinary tract infections
    Prostate enlargement Saw palmetto (sabal) (Serenoa repens)
    Nettle root (Urtica dioica, U. urens)
    Laxative
    Bulk-producing laxative Plantago, also known as psyllium seed (Plantago psyllium, Plantago indica, Plantago ovata)
    Significant stimulant laxatives Cascara sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana)
    Buckthorn (frangula) bark (Rhamnus frangula),br> Senna (Cassia acutifolia,known in commerce as Alexandria senna, or Cassia angustifolia known in commerce as Tinnevelly senna, or these two grouped into Senna alexandrina)
    Other stimulant laxatives Aloe (Aloe barbadensis, A. vera, A. ferox, A. africana, A. spicata)
    Rhubarb (Rheum officinale, R. palmatum, R. emodi, R. webbianum)
    Minor laxatives
    Drastic purgatives Jalap
    Podophyllum
    Colocynth
    Mild and uncertain inaction Dandelion root
    Manna
    Liver Damage Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
    Schizandra (Schisandra chinensis)
    Lower Cholesterol Garlic
    Plantago, also known as psyllium seed (Plantago psyllium, or Plantago indica, Plantago ovata)
    Migraine or Vascular Headache Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
    Nausea and Vomiting Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
    Pain (General) Willow bark (Salix alba)
    Performance and Endurance Enhancers The ginsengs (Panax ginseng, P. quinquefolius, P. pseudo-ginseng)
    Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
    Sarsaparilla (Smilax aristolochiaefolia, S. febrifuga)
    Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
    Sassafras (Sassafras officinalis)
    Peripheral Vascular Disease
    Cerebrovascular disease Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
    Other peripheral arterial circulatory disorders Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): questionable effectiveness
    Varicose vein syndrome Horse chestnut seed (Aesculus hippocastanum, A. glabra)
    Butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus)
    Sexual Impotence Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe): not recommended for self-treatment, not for OTC sale in US
    Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)



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