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Over 100 single herbs and dozens of herbal formulas

Definitions of the actions of herbs

Adaptogen: Substances which put the body into a state of non-specific heightened resistance in order to better resist stress and adapt to extraordinary challenges. Aswagandha, Siberian Ginseng, Gotu Kola, Reishi, Schizandra, Shiitake, Suma.

Alterative: An herb that will gradually restore the proper function of the body and increase health and vitality. Sometimes referred to as blood purifiers. Black Cohosh, Bloodroot, Blue Flag, Blue Violet, Boneset, Buckthorn, Burdock, Cleavers, Echinacea, Fringetree, Golden Seal, Gotu Kola, Kelp, Licorice, Oregon Grape, Pau d'Arco, Pipsissewa, Poke Root, Prickly Ash, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Sheep Sorrel, Stillingia, Wahoo, Wild Indigo, Yarrow, Yellow Dock.

Analgesic/Anodyne: Analgesics or Anodynes are herbs that reduce pain. Celandine, Chamomile, Hops, Passion Flower, Reishi, Valerian, Venus' Flytrap.

Anthelmintic: Herbs that work against parasitic worms which may be present in the digestive system. Black Walnut, Helonias, Quassia, Sheep Sorrel, Wormwood.

Antibacterial: Herbs with properties that can inhibit bacterial growth. Blessed Thistle, Cloves, Echinacea, Kelp, Licorice, Lomatium, Osha, Pau d'Arco, Reishi, St. John's Wort, Usnea.

Antibilious: Herbs that help the body to remove excess bile. Barberry, Dandelion, Fringetree, Golden Seal, Wild Yam, Wormwood.

Anticatarrhal: Herbs that help the body reduce excess mucous and phlegm. Echinacea, Elder, Golden Seal, Marshmallow, Oregon Grape, Poke root, Uva Ursi, Wild Indigo, Yarrow.

Antiemetic: Herbs that reduce the feeling of nausea and can help to relieve or prevent vomiting. Barberry, Cloves, Fennel, Oregon Grape.

Anti-inflammatory: These herbs help the body to combat inflammations. Aswagandha, Blue Violet, Calendula, Cat's Claw, Chamomile, Cleavers, Devil's Claw, Licorice, Lomatium, Reishi, St. Johns Wort, Wild Yam, Wormwood.

Antilithic: Herbs that prevent the formation or help remove stones or gravel in the urinary system Sheep Sorrel, Uva Ursi.

Antimicrobial: Herbs that can help the body destroy or resist pathogenic micro-organisms. Calendula, Cat's Claw, Cloves, Echinacea, Licorice, Chinese Lovage, St. John's Wort, Usnea, Uva Ursi, Wild Indigo, Wormwood.

Antineoplastic: Having the specific action of inhibiting and combating tumor development. Blue Violet, Cleavers, Red Clover, Reishi, Sheep Sorrel, Shiitake, Venus' Flytrap.

Antioxidant: An antioxidant is a substance capable of eliminating hydroxyl free radicals. Cat's Claw, Ginger, Ginkgo, Kelp, Schizandra.

Antirheumatic: Herbs used to relieve or protect against rheumatism. Blue Cohosh, Cat's Claw, Celery, Dandelion, Kelp, Poke root, Sarsaparilla, Wild Yam.

Antiseptic: Herbs that can prevent, resist and counteract putrification. Black Walnut, Bloodroot, Chamomile, Cloves, Echinacea, Hops, Red Clover, Sheep Sorrel, Uva Ursi, Wild Indigo, Yarrow.

Antispasmodic: Antispasmodics can prevent or ease spasms and cramps in the body. Black Cohosh, Bloodroot, Blue Cohosh, Boneset, Celandine, Chamomile, Cramp bark, Culver's root, Fennel, Helonias, Licorice, Motherwort, Passion Flower, Red Clover, Skullcap, Stillingia, Valerian, Wild Yam.

Aphrodisiac: Herb used to stimulate sexual passion. Damiana, Muira Puama, Schizandra, Suma, Yohimbe.

Aromatic: Herbs that have a strong and often pleasant odor and can stimulate the digestive juices. Angelica, Celery, Chamomile, Cloves, Fennel, Ginger, Valerian.

Astringent: Astringents contract tissue and can reduce secretions and discharges. Blessed Thistle, Calendula, Cleavers, Cramp bark, Golden Seal, Hops, Muira Puama, Pipsissewa, Red root, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm, Squawvine, Stillingia, St. John's Wort, Suma, Turkish Rhubarb, Uva Ursi, Yarrow, Yellow Dock.

Bitter: Herbs that taste bitter act as stimulating tonics for the digestive system. Barberry, Blessed Thistle, Buckthorn, Burdock, Cascara Sagrada, Chamomile, Golden Seal, Osha, Quassia, Wormwood.

Cardiac Tonic: Cardiac tonics are herbs that act beneficially on the heart. Cat's Claw, Hawthorn, Kelp, Motherwort, Reishi.

Carminative: Carminatives are rich in volatile oils and expel gas from the stomach and bowels. Angelica, Celery, Chamomile, Cloves, Fennel, Ginger, Hops, Prickly Ash, Sheep Sorrel, Valerian, Wormwood.

Cathartic: In large doses cathartics purge the bowels and stimulate glandular secretions. Barberry, Bloodroot, Blue Flag, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Celandine, Culver's root, Turkish Rhubarb.

Cholagogue: Herbs that stimulate the release and secretion of bile from the gall bladder. They also have a laxative effect on the digestive system. Barberry, Blue Flag, Calendula, Celandine, Culver's root, Dandelion, Fringetree, Golden Seal, Milk Thistle, Oregon Grape, Wahoo, Wild Yam, Yellow Dock.

Deep Immune Activator: Immuno-modulators that have a beneficial effect on the cellular foundations of the human immune response. Astragalus, Cat's Claw, Ligustrum, Chinese Lovage, Reishi, Schizandra, Shiitake, St. John's Wort, Venus' Flytrap.

Demulcent: Herbs that are usually rich in mucilage and can soothe and protect damaged or inflamed tissue. Fenugreek, Licorice, Marshmallow, Slippery Elm.

Depurative: Depuratives are herbs that remove impurities and cleanse the blood. Black Walnut, Blessed Thistle, Blue Flag, Blue Violet, Buckthorn, Burdock, Culver's root, Dandelion, Elder, Gotu Kola, Oregon Grape, Pau d'Arco, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Stillingia, Watercress, Yarrow, Yellow Dock.

Diaphoretic: These herbs will aid the skin in the elimination of toxins through perspiration. Angelica, Blessed Thistle, Black Cohosh, Boneset, Calendula, Celandine, Chamomile, Culver's root, Elder, Fennel, Ginger, Osha, Prickly Ash, Sarsaparilla, Stillingia, Yarrow.

Diuretic: Herbs that increase the flow of urine and help in the removal of toxins from the system. Angelica, Astragalus, Blue Flag, Blue Violet, Buckthorn, Burdock, Celendine, Celery, Cleavers, Dandelion, Fringetree, Gotu Kola, Hawthorn, Helonias, Marshmallow, Pipsissewa, Sarsaparilla, Saw Palmetto, Sheep Sorrel, Squawvine, Uva Ursi, Wahoo, Yarrow.

Emetic: Emetics are herbs that cause vomiting when taken in specific doses (generally high doses). Bloodroot, Helonias, Poke root.

Emmenagogue: Herbs that stimulate and normalize the menstrual flow. Black Cohosh, Blessed Thistle, Blue Cohosh, Calendula, Chamomile, Cramp bark, Fenugreek, Ginger, Golden Seal, Helonias, Motherwort, Squawvine, St. John's Wort, Valerian, Vitex, Wormwood, Yarrow.

Expectorant: Herbs that assist the body in expelling excess mucous from the respiratory system. Angelica, Bloodroot, Blue Violet, Fennel, Fenugreek, Golden Seal, Licorice, Marshmallow, Osha, Red Clover, Red root, Reishi, Stillingia, Usnea.

Febrifuge: The febrifuges help the body to bring down fevers. Angelica, Blessed Thistle, Calendula, Prickly Ash, Wild Indigo.

Galactogogue: Herbs that help breast feeding mothers increase the flow of mothers milk. Blessed Thistle, Fennel, Fenugreek, Milk Thistle.

Hepatic: Hepatics strengthen and tone the liver as well as stimulate the flow of bile. Barberry, Blue Flag, Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada, Celery, Cleavers, Culver's root, Dandelion, Fennel, Fringetree, Golden Seal, Milk Thistle, Motherwort, Oregon Grape, Poke root, Prickly Ash, Wahoo, Wild Indigo, Wild Yam, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yellow Dock.

Hypnotic: Hypnotic herbs will help induce sleep (not a hypnotic trance). Hops, Passion Flower, Skullcap, Valerian.

Hypotensive: Remedies that reduce elevated blood pressure. Astragalus, Cat's Claw, Hawthorn, Chinese Lovage, Reishi, Valerian, Yarrow.

Laxative: Herbs that promote the evacuation of the bowels. Barberry, Boneset, Buckthorn, Burdock, Cascara Sagrada, Cleavers, Culver's root, Dandelion, Fringetree, Golden Seal, Licorice, Oregon Grape, Turkish Rhubarb, Wahoo, Yellow Dock.

Lymphagogue: Herbs or other agents that promote or increases lymph production or lymph flow.

Mucilage: Mucilaginous herbs contain gelatinous constituents and will often be demulcent. Fenugreek, Marshmallow, Slippery Elm.

Nervine: Herbs that strengthen and tone the nervous system, easing anxiety and stress. Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, Chamomile, Cramp bark, Damiana, Hops, Chinese Lovage, Motherwort, Passion Flower, Red Clover, Skullcap, Valerian, Wormwood.

Parasiticide: Herbs that can kill parasites in the digestive tract and on the skin. Black Walnut, Cloves, Quassia, Sheep Sorrel, Wormwood.

Pectoral: Herbs that have a general strengthening and healing effect on the respiratory system. Angelica, Bloodroot, Golden Seal, Licorice, Marshmallow.

Purgative: Can produce very strong laxative effects and watery evacuations. Buckthorn, Celandine, Poke root, Turkish Rhubarb, Wild Indigo, Yellow Dock.

Rubefacient: Herbs that simulate circulation locally when applied to the skin. Cloves, Fennel, Ginger.

Sedative: Herbs that can strongly quiet the nervous system. Black Cohosh, Celery, Chamomile, Cramp bark, Hops, Motherwort, Passion Flower, Red Clover, Saw Palmetto, Skullcap, St. John's Wort, Valerian, Wild Yam.

Sialagogue: Herbs that stimulate the secretion of saliva from the salivary glands. Blood root, Blue Flag, Ginger, Prickly Ash, Quassia, Stillingia.

Stimulant: Herbs that quicken and enliven the physiological function of the body. Angelica, Calendula, Celandine, Cloves, Dandelion, Fennel, Ginger, Muira Puama, Poke root, Prickly Ash, Red root, Sarsaparilla, Schizandra, Stillingia, Valerian, Watercress, Wild Yam, Wormwood, Yarrow.

Stomachic: Herbs that promote digestion and strengthen the stomach. Chamomile, Cloves, Fennel, Ginger, Sheep Sorrel, Turkish Rhubarb.

Tonic: The tonic herbs strengthen and tone either specific organs or the whole body through nutritional stimulation. Angelica, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Black Cohosh, Black Walnut, Boneset, Buckthorn, Burdock, Calendula, Cat's Claw, Chamomile, Cleavers, Culver's root, Damiana, Dandelion, Echinacea, Fenugreek, Fringetree, Siberian Ginseng, Golden Seal, Gotu Kola, Hawthorn, Helonias, Licorice, Chinese Lovage, Milk Thistle, Motherwort, Muira Puama, Oregon Grape, Pipsissewa, Poke root, Prickly Ash, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Saw Palmetto, Schizandra, Sheep Sorrel, Skullcap, Squawvine, Suma, Uva Ursi, Watercress, Wild Yam, Wormwood, Yarrow, Yellow Dock, Yohimbe.



R. Caisse's essiac herbs
Famous Canadian Ojibwa Tea
Hoxsey Formula
Blood / Lymph / Gland Alterative
Astragalus / Ligustrum
Health Promoting Tonic
Bilberry / Schizandra
Visual Aid
Black Walnut / Wormwood
CatsClaw / Astragalus/Reishi
Health Promoting Tonic
Cat's Claw / Pau d' Arco
Immune Support
Catuaba / Fo-Ti
Female Sexual Tonic
Catuaba / Guarana
Male Sexual Stimulant
Cramp Bark / Chamomile
PMS and Menstrual Cramps
Damiama™ Plus
Nervous System and Sexual Tonic
Dandelion / Milk Thistle
Liver Detoxification
Devil's Claw / Cat's Claw
Dong Quai / Fo-Ti
Female Tonic
Echinacean™ Plus
Colds and Flu
Echinacea / GoldenSeal
Anti-Viral / Antibiotic Colds and Flu
Ginkgo / Gotu Kola 50/50
Brain and Memory
Ginkola™ Plus
Brain and Memory
A. Ginseng / Kava Kava
Anti-Stress / Anti-Anxiety
Panax Power Plus™
Ginseng Revitalizing Tonic
Gravel Root / Uva Ursi
Urinary Diuretic / Anti-Lithic
Heart / Cardiovascular Tonic
Immun-Essence™ Plus
Deep Immune Activator
Laxa-Tonic™ Plus
Mild Laxative / Intestinal Cleanser
Mai-T Mushroom Plus™
Immune and Whole Body Tonic
MilkThistle / Schizandra
Liver Detox and Protection
Mullein / Angelica
Prostate Tonic Plus
Prostate / Genito-Urinary
Red Root / Cleavers
Lymphatic Cleanser
Sambucel™ Plus
Cold, Flu and Fever Diaphoretic
Slim-Tonic™ Plus
Diet and Weight Loss
SuMaca™ Plus
Energy / Athletic Tonic
SumaCeps™ Plus
Rejuvinater with Cordyceps
SumaFlex™ Plus
Athletic/Adrenal Revitalizer
Valerian / Skullcap
Venus Flytrap / Cat's Claw
Immune Support
Vitex/Black Cohosh
Women's Menopausal Tonic
Yohimbé Plus™

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Single Extracts

American Ginseng
Bee Pollen
Bilberry fruit
Black Cohosh
Black Walnut
Blessed Thistle
Blue Cohosh
Blue Flag
Blue Violet
Cascara Sagrada
Cat's Claw
Celery seed
Cramp bark
Culver's root
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Devil's Claw
Dong Quai
Espinheira Santa
False Unicorn
Fennel seed
Ginkgo biloba
Ginseng, American
Ginseng, Korean
Ginseng, Panax
Siberian Ginseng
Golden Seal
Gotu Kola
Gravel root
Green Oat Seed
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Hawthorn berry
Horsetail grass
Kava Kava
Kola nut
Korean Ginseng
Licorice root
Maca root
Maitake mushroom
Marshmallow root
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Milk Thistle seed
Muira Puama
Oat Seed
Oregon Grape
Panax Ginseng
Passion flower
Pau d' Arco
Pedra Hume Caa
Poke root
Prickly Ash bark
Privet fruit
Pygeum bark
Quebra Pedra
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Red Clover
Red root
Reishi mushroom
Rhubarb root
Royal Jelly
Sarsaparilla root
Saw Palmetto berry
Schizandra berry
Sheep Sorrel
Shiitake mushroom
Siberian Ginseng
Sida Cordifolia
Slippery Elm
St. John's wort
Suma root
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Uva Ursi
Venus Flytrap
Violet leaf
Vitex berry
Wahoo root bark
Wild Indigo
Wild Yam
Yellow Dock
Yerba Maté
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