Flashcards in Skin Herbs Deck (13)
Horse chestnut. Astringent, vasoconstrictor and venous tonic.
Used for hemorrhoids, pruritus ani, varicose veins, DVT, edema, etc. Topically OR internally.
Unprocessed, it's highly toxic- must process to use. Don't inject via IM (hepatitis, renal failure). Don't use in high dosage.
ASTER. Promotes formulation of granulation tissue to speed healing.
Internally for PUD, or externally for wounds, acne, burns, lacerations during delivery.
Don't use on extremely deep wounds. Too much use may cause skin irritation.
Which of the skin herbs are asters?
ASTER. Has PAs!! (pyrrolizidine alkaloids). Topical application for cataracts.
Do NOT take internally, use in combination with hepatotoxic herbs. Can cause hepatic-veno-occlusive disease, hepatic failure, and death.
Astringent, vasoconstrictor, AI, and anti-catarrhal.
Used topically for allergies, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, blehpharitis, hordeolum, eye trauma.
Witch hazel. Topical use as an astringent in hemorrhoids, bruises, and varicose veins.
Tannins mean don't eat it. Eating a lot -> increased risk of esophageal cancer. May reduce drug absorption when taken with drugs.
Sage. Astringent, antimicrobial, carminative, and AI.
Can gargle with EO for gingivitis, pharyngitis. Compress for wounds. Internally for dyspepsia.
Avoid in pregnancy and lactation- abortifaciant, stops the production of breast milk. Avoid large doses- will cause seizures.
Flower: colds, flu, sinusitis, URI
*Leaf: topically for bruises, sprains*
Comfrey. Astringent, demulcent, expectorant.
Use topically for wounds, dermatitis, bruises, gingivitis.
Use internally for cough, PUD, UTI, URI
**Contains PAs!!** Side effects include HVOD, hepatotoxicity, and death. Illegal in Canada.
Use for eczema, psoriasis, URIS, CA.
Phytoestrogen, so avoid in estrogen+ BRCA and bleeding disorders. May potentiate anti-coagulants.
Blueberry. AO, astringent, venous tonic, anti-diarrhea, hypoglycemic.
Leaf: diarrhea, UTI, DM, externally for burns and ulcers
Fruit: diarrhea, retinopathies (decreases vascular permeability in the retina!), varicose veins, mouth stuff (you can put blueberries in your eyes!)
Avoid long-term usage; can damage the kidneys and liver
Potentiates insulin. Tannins, which can prevent absorption of other drugs when used simultaneously.
Contraindications and major side effects of the skin herbs?
Asters: Cinernaria and Calendula
PAs: Cineraria and Symphytum
Unprocessed fruit of Aesculus is toxic (chestnut)
Vaccinium will damage liver, kidneys with long-term use
Trifolium is phytoestrogenic, so avoid in bleeding disorders and E+ BRCA
Sage is an abortifacient