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Arnica montana

ASTER. Anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant (increases phagocytosis)

Use topically for bruises, strains and sprains, sore muscles and joints. Don't take internally.


Boswellia serrata

Frankincense. Anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic., circulatory stimulant. LOX inhibition!

Use for asthma, IBD, RA, OA, inflammation of any kind. Take with food. May potentiate NSAIDs.


Bryonia alba

Cytotoxic, anti-cancer and strong purgative.

DO NOT use as a purgative because of TOXICITY.

Can use topically for joint problems, PUD, asthma.

Avoid in pregnancy, don't eat it


Harpagophytum procumbens

AI, anodyne, bitter and GI stimulant.

Use for joints and tendon complaints. Dyspepsia, lack of appetite, liver and GB stuff. Back pain (decreases need for Advil)

Avoid in PUD or use w PPIs because it increases gastric acid.


Piper methysticum

Inhibits COX2. Calming to mild anxiety. Inhibits Na+ ions, acts like a muscle relaxer. Facial neuralgias.

Can be hepatotoxic, cause ulcers.

Don't use in patient with other psych complaints (depression, psychosis, or people on benzos).


Salix alba

White willow. Analgesic, AI, anti-rheumatic. Use for gout, fevers, aches and pains. Tannins can irritate the GI.

Don't use in kids with the flu-> Reye's syndrome. Or in G6PD.

Don't use w ASA or other NSAIDS