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hemostatic, alterative, bitter. Used in HEMORRHAGE

C/I with PPIs/GERD/Ulcer
C/I PREGNANCY*

achillea millefolium

2

pain relief, sp neuralgia. TOXIC herb. Can cause lethal V-fib and chest pain

aconitum napellus

3

PMS, dysmenorrhea, menopause

UTERINE TONIC. Endocrine regulator.

SE: sedative, bradycardia, hypotension

C/I in EARLY PREG. Can stimulate contraction

actaea racemosa

4

used topically for bruises, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, DVT, venous insufficiency

C/I Pregnancy and Lactation*

aesculus hippocastanum

5

used in lipid d/o or atherosclerosis

not to be used with anti-coagulants or hypoglycemic agents *compound hypoglycemia

allium cepa/sativum

6

vulnerary used for BURNS, WOUNDS, or gastritis.

Interacts with diuretics, coritcosteroids and glycyrrhiza

aloe vera

LEAF = EXTREME cathartic

7

this is a demulcent used for gastritis, ulcers or GU (UTI, cystitis)

Althaea officinalis

don't give in wet cough

8

for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea. UTERINE tonic.

C/I with blood thinners, menorrhagia

angelica sinensis

9

used in SKIN conditions - alterative specific to the liver. HEPATOPROTECTIVE. Bitter

C/I - PPI, GERD, Ulcer

arctium lappa

10

UTI w/ ALKALINE urine (pseudomonas)
mild toxicity.

C/I PREGNANCY*

arctostaphylos uva-ursi

11

Bruises, strains, sprains.
topical vulnerary (C/I with BROKEN SKIN) and anodyne

arnica montana

NOT FOR INTERNAL USE

12

used to treat malaria, parasite

bitter, antimicrobial, digestive/sweet bitter

TOXIC HERB - NEUROTOXICITY

artemisia
- annua
- absinth
- vulg

13

used for URI, congestion. pleurisy.

expectorant, antitussive.

C/I PREGNANCY

asclepius tuberosa

14

used for WET COUGH

C/I PREGNANCY, LACTATION and children

aspidosperma quebracho

15

used in INFXN, VIRAL CARDIOMYOPATHY

astragalus membranaceus

16

SPASMOLYTIC. used for smooth muscle spasm, pain.

LOW DOSE HERB - HIGH DOSE = NEUROTOXIC

C/I in BPH, closed angle glaucoma, amytriptoline

atropa belladonna

17

for fatigue, anxiety (nervine) and hyperlipidemia

used topically for inflamed skin

avena sativa

18

good for memory. INDUCE CYP450 - may potentiate sedatives

bacopa monierri
bacopa tinctoria

19

used for infections with catarrh. immune modulating anti-viral

baptisia tinctoria

20

chronic skin conditions, poor digestion.
alterative, bitter

C/ late pregnancy

berberis aquifolium (mahonia)

21

used in GALLSTONES, LV - Hepatitis.
Cholagogue, hepatic

C/I PREGNANCY and hyper bilirubinemia.
Interacts with a lot of drugs

berberis vulgaris

22

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY used in OA, RA (lots of other uses)

boswelia serrata

23

used for pain (anodyne) and rheumatism

bryonia alba

24

Vulnerary - used topically on dermatitis and wounds

calendula officinalis

25

this herb when taken as a stimulant antioxidant can have the adverse effect of:
increasing CNS stimulants and
REDUCING IRON*

camellia sinensis (green tea)

26

used for pain and glaucoma. This plant has also helped with cancer and anxiety.

C/I Schizophrenia

cannabis sativa

27

SYPTIC - used for menorrhagia and metorrhagia

C/I anticoagulants, major bleed

capsella bursa-pastoris

28

Used in OA, RA, diabetic neuropathy, pruritis.
anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet, digestive stimulant

C/I PREGNANCY

capsicum frutescens

29

Cathartic for constipation

Cassia/Senna alexandrina

30

Uterine tonic

C/I early pregnancy, may stimulate labor

caulophyllum thalictroides

31

used in SPLENOMEGALY, hepatitis, fatty liver

C/I anticoagulants, bleeding

ceanothus americanus

32

NERVINE and VENOTONIC. For insomnia, memory, venous insufficiency

centella asiatica

33

chamaelirium luteum is a...

uterine tonic

34

This her is used orally for GALLSTONE PREVENTION.
topically for WARTS

C/I PREGNANCY

chelidonium majus

don't use with a bad liver

35

Chionanthus virginicus is for...

LIVER and GB dysfunction

36

this is used TOPICALLY for cataracts. LOW DOSE HERB

cineraria maritima

internal use leads to liver failure and death**

37

astringent, carminative
used in hemorrhage and dyspepsia, DM and metS

C/I GERD, severe gastritis

cinnamomum zeylanicum

38

this plant activates cAMP, acts as a cardiotonic

used in asthma, dilated cardiomyopathy

coleus forskohlii

39

commiphora mukal is used for...

hyperlipidemia

40

comminphora myrrha is an...

antimicrobial used for
XS MUCUS

41

this can cause yellow/green halos around objects and is used to treat
CHF and arrythmias

convallaria majalis

42

this immunostimulant is a good anticancer, anemia and bone marrow protectant

C/I Epinephrine (potentiates it), caution in autoimmune d/o

cordyceps sinensis

43

this plant can be toxic, but it's used for pain, arrhythmias and as a sedative. Also used in GI conditions

cordyalis amibua and spp.

44

this cardio tonic is good for all things HEART.

C/I Beta Blockers

crataegus laevigata/oxycantha

45

this anit-inflammatory, anti-cancer, hepatoprotective herb is used for
CA, RA, OA and
NSAID induced ULCERS

curcuma longa

46

cyanara scolymus is great for...

hyperlipidemia
LV/GB (bitter)

47

used for acute asthma and sm. muscle spasm

C/I anticholinergics, TCA - amytriptoline

datura stramonium

48

this LOW DOSE herb is used to treat CHF and arrhythmias

NARROW therapeutic window. OD is LETHAL

digitalis purpurea

49

dioscorea villosa works as a...

spasmolytic

50

this herb is an amazing immune modulator with SHORT-TERM use. best for URI

echinacea angusifolia/purp/pall

51

this immune modulator treats infection, cancer and works well as adrenal support

eleuthrococcus senticosus

52

this alpha-adrenergic agonist is a BRONCHODILATOR that was banned by the FDA in 2004

C/I HTN, DM, Hyperthyroid

ephedra sinica

53

this urinary tonic is used for KIDNEY STONES, EDEMA and chr. skin conditions

C/I diuretics

equisetum arvense

54

This anxiolytic sedative is used as a hypnotic. For neuralgia and insomnia

eschscholzia californica

55

this herb is NOT FOR INTERNAL USE.
used topically for arthritis, URI

eucalyptus globulus

56

eupatorium perfoliatum is great for...

pain from cough

Hepatotoxic

57

eupatorium purpureum has an affinity for which organ?

kidney - great for urolithiasis, ki stones

Hepatotoxic

58

eupatorium varieties have what SE?

Hepatotoxicity

59

euphrasia officinalis is used for...

conjunctivitis

60

this galactagogue is also indicated for infant colic

foeniculum vulgare

61

this herb is a great source of IODINE

fucus vesiculousus

62

galium aparine is indicated for...

lymphadenitis

63

ganoderma lucidum is an immune modulator used for

insomnia

64

This TOXIC HERB is an antispasmodic used for INSOMNIA and RESTLESSNESS

gelsemium sempervirens

65

genitana lutea is best for...

sluggish digestion (bitter)

C/I GERD, PPI, Ulcer

66

geranium maculatum is used for...

hemorrhage
menorrhagia
diarrhea

67

this plant is great for intermittent claudication and cerebrovascular insufficiency

gingko biloba

68

This adaptogen is amazing adrenal support!
But it's C/I with drugs that cause hypokalemia (digoxin, quinidine, gentamicin) and HTN

glycerrhiza glabra

69

grindelia robusta is used for

asthma

70

gymnema sylvestre is indicated for

DM and hypercholesterol

71

this astringent, styptic herb is used topically for varicose veins.

hamamelis virginana

72

harpagophytum procumbens treats _____ both topically and orally

OA, RA

73

this sedative nervine is also a female endocrine modulator. IND for INSOMNIA

humulus lupulus

74

hydrangea arborescens is used for...

kidney and bladder stones

75

hydrastis canadensis has an affinity for...

mucus membranes

DO NOT USE for more than 3 weeks = dysbiosis

76

this LOW DOSE antispasmodic treats DELIRIUM, SCHIZOPHRENIA and urinary spasm.

C/I long term use, HIGH DOSES

hyoscyamus niger

77

this herb treats depression but has lots of interactions, esp with SSRI (serotonin syndrome)

SE - photosensitivity

hypericum perforatum

78

inula helenium is an herb that is great for...

anything lung.
asthma, COPD, cough, URI... it's a stimulating expectorant with antimicrobial effects

79

this herb is a cholagogue and lymphatic used to treat chronic skin conditions and HEPATITIS

iris versicolor

80

jugulans nigra is used for

intestinal parasites

SE GI irritation.
C/I PREG

81

this antimicrobial diuretic is used to treat UTI, stones and renal atonia.

Can worsen pre-existing kidney disease leading to RENAL FAILURE.
C/I PREG

juniperus communis

82

this anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-cancer herb is used to treat cancers an infection.

Sadly, it's HEPATOTOXIC and inhibits CYP450 enzymes (think, lots of drug interactions)

larrea tridentata

83

this herb is great for treating HYPERthyroidism and palpitations..

leonurus cardiaca

84

this herb is a great hepatotonic, it helps with poor digestion, liver congestion, and hepatitis. It's a lovely little bitter

leptandra virginica

85

this antiviral is great for RESPIRATORY TRACT INFXNS - it's also great for anything liver related - esp chronic liver infections such as CMV and EBV

lugisticum poteri

can cause rashes

86

ligustrum lucidum is a great...

adjunct to chemo and can help with dyslipidemia

87

this laxative herb is used for constipation, hyperlipidemia, hormone balance and UTI... it can cause some GI SE (N, gas, bloating) but should NOT be used in severe acute IBS or IBD...

linum usitassismum

88

this TOXIC herb, is used in low dose as a stimulating expectorant used to treat wet cough, asthma and smokers cough.

Doses greater than 1 tbs = vomiting

lobelia inflata

89

this strong anti-viral is great for any viral infections, but it has gnarly side effects of full body rash and photosensitivity

lomatium dissect

90

lycopus virginicus is great for

HYPERthyroidism

C/I PREG, lactation, HYPOthyroid

91

This is a popular nervine carminative in children. it's great for skin, GI and anxiety issues.

martricaria chamomilla

92

medicago sativa is a great...

phytoestrogen

ind: endometriosis, infertility, menopause

93

This TOPICAL herb is used as an anti-fungal for dermatophytosis

melaleuca alternifolia

94

melissa officinalis is best know for treatment of...

HYPERthyroidism

95

this carminative is used to treat dyspepsia, gas and IBS.

It's C/I with PPIs, GERD and ulcer

mentha piperita

96

this uterine tonic is great for dysmenorrhea and LABOR STIMULATION

Therefore it's C/I in early PREG

mitchella repens

97

momordica charantia is a bitter that treats...

DM

C/I PPI, GERD, ulcer (it's a bitter)

98

when you think oleo europea... what system is this herb most indicated for?

Cardiac! It's cardioprotective. TX HTN

It's also a bitter, tx hyperlipidemia

99

this is our most stimulating adaptogen. it's great for autoimmunity, fatigue and CA.

C/I in pregnacy and lactation

Panax ginseng
panax quinquefolium

100

this herb is a great anxiolytic with tons of interactions...
SSRIs, MAOIs, sedatives, barbituates, benzos, opiates..

passiflora incarnata

101

pausinystalia yohimbe is used for...

ED, impotence

102

this TOXIC herb is a great lymphatic. It can treat LAD like a dream. Breast issues? Mastitis? She's your girl.

phytolacca americana

103

this anxiolytic, nervine is great for anxiety and neuralgia.
Long term use can increase risk of HEPATOTOXITY and CAUTION needs to be taken in long term users of anti-psychotics

piper methysticum

104

piscidia erythrina is C/I in pregnancy, but otherwise is great for...

pain

105

this vulnerary, demulcent is great for treatment of DERMATITIS and lower UTI.

plantago major

C/I wet cough

106

this TOXIC herb is a great anti-neoplastic, anti-HPV herb, but it's EXTREMELY TOXIC

podophyllum peltatum

107

prunus serotina is a great...

anti-tussive for spasmodic cough.
Large doses can be sedating

108

prunus africanum is great for...

BPH, CHRONIC prostatitis

109

this anodyne, sedative is great for pain and menstrual disorders. it can have the side effect of abdominal pain

pulsatilla vulgaris

110

when you have DIARRHEA, HEMORRHOIDS or WEEPING ECZEMA, you want this herb. But only for short term use, otherwise you'll lose nutrients

quercus rubra

111

this LOW DOSE herb is great for arrhythmias, but is C/I with many drugs (including BP meds and MAOIs)

rauwolfia serpentina

112

This one is a real mover for this with constipation. long term use can lead to dependence however.
C/I PREG

rhamnus frangula
rhamnus purshiana

113

this adaptogen is great for cancer, depression and immunosuppression.

Various interactions: SSRIs, MAOIs, sedatives, barbs, benzos, opiates

rhodiola rosea

114

this TOPICAL herb is great for dysmenorrhea, colic and atonic constipation.
Internal use can lead to diarrhea (orrrr labor)

ricinis communis

115

this stimulating nervine is great for memory, cerebrovascular insufficiency and hypotension

rosmarinus officinalis

116

this uterine tonic helps prepare for labor

rubus idaeus

117

rumex crispus is great for...

chronic skin conditions

118

this herb is used for pain, fever and arthritis because it's a great analgesic and antirheumatic, however - it is absolutely C/I in CHILDREN and G6PD deficiency

salix alba

119

this herb has an affinity for the URT and GU - great for menopausal hot flashes, but will dry the milk in lactating women

salvia officinalis

120

this diaphoretic immune stimulator is great for pharyngitis

sambucus nigra

121

this herb is TOXIC INTERNALLY, but with topical application it's an excellent escharotic. used in cervical dysplasia, BCC or SCC

sanguinaria canadensis

122

schizandra chinensis is great for

liver damage and depression

123

scutellaria lateriflora
scutellaria baicalensis are great for

insomnia and anxiety

124

this cardio herb is great for arrhythmias and acts well as a diuretic.
C/I MAOIs

seleniccereus grandiflorus

125

serena repens is used for

BPH
5-alpha reductatse inhibitor

126

this hepatoprotective herb is great for hepatitis, cirrhosis and NASH

silybum marianum

127

smilax spp is an...

alterative, male tonic
great for andropause

128

this diuretic treats renal complaints like a gem. used for tx of urinary issues and infection with catarrah

solidago spp

129

TOPICAL ONLY
this herb is used for wounds, inflammation of the respiratory and GI systems.

C/I PREG, lactation, HEPATOTOXIC

symphytum officinale

130

tanacetum parthenium is great for...

migraines

131

tanacetum vulgare is used for...

intestinal parasites

C/I PREG (abortifacient)

132

the leaf of this plant works on UTIs and kidney stones as a diuretic. the root works on the liver as a potent cleanser

taraxacum officinale

133

theobroma cocoa is a...

stimulator

134

this herb is NEUROTOXIC and C/I in PREG, but it's great for incontinence and enuresis

thuja occidentalis

135

this herb is NEUROTOXIC and C/I in PREG, but it's great for gastroenteritis internally, topically it's used for myalgias

thymus vulgaris

136

tilea europa is great for...

HTN

137

if you need a testosterone boost to stimulate some libido or fertility - you've found your herb.
C/I PREG

tribulus terrestris

138

this phytoestrogen is great for MENOPAUSE, and hot flashes

trifolium pratense

139

this relaxing expectorant is used in DRY COUGH.
Be wary, it's HEPATOTOXIC

tussilago farfara

140

this demulcent, mucilage is great for gastritis, lower UTI and sore throat.
C/I wet cough

ulmus rubra

141

Leaf: diuretic nutritive - used in lower UTI
Root: male endocrine modulator - used in BPH, libido

urtica dioica

142

this antimicrobial is used for fungal infections, but it's hepatotoxic

usnea barbata

143

this venotonic astringent is great for DM - esp DM retinopathy

vaccinium myrtillus

144

great insomnia herb, but interacts with GABA drugs by prolonging their action

valeriana officinalis

145

this TOXIC, TERATOGENIC herb is great for HTN

veratrum alba

146

this demulcent anti-tussive is great for cough, AOM and OE

verbascum thapsus

147

this is a female specific alterative used for HEPATITIS (and menopause).

verbena officinalis

C/I PPI, GERD, ulcer

148

this spasmolytic for smooth musles is great in dysmenorrhea and PMS

viburnum opulus (antiinflammatory, emmenagogue) and
viburnum prunifolium (nervice)

149

this circulatory stimulant is great for HTN, brain health and menorrhagia and metorrhagia

C/I PREG

vinca major
vinca minor

150

this TOXIC herb is used to tx CA via SubQ injections

viscum album
viscum flavescens

151

this hormone normalizing herb is great for PMS, acne and hyperprolactinemia
C/I PREG

vitex agnus-castus

152

this grounding adaptogen is great for stress and nervous exhaustion (we should all take post-boards)
C/I autoimmunity and PREG

withania somnifera

153

this carminative is great for motion sickness. but it's HOT - use in less than 5% of tincture formulas

zingiber officinale