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Alteratives
Blood purifiers. Agents that gradually and favorably alter the condition of the body. Help assimilate nutrients and eliminate products of metabolism.
Analgesics
Herbs that are taken to relieve pain without causing loss of consciousness.
Antacids
Able to neutralize excess acids in the stomach
Antiasthmatics
Relieve symptoms of asthma. Some dilute the bronchioles while others help break up mucous.
Antibiotics
Substances that inhibit the growth of, or destroy bacteria, viruses or amoebas.
Anticatarrhals
Substances that eliminate or counteract the formation of mucuous.q
Antipyretics
Cooling herbs used to reduce or prevent fevers.
Antispasmodics
Herbs that preven or relax muscle spasms.
Aphrodisiacs
Substances used to improve sexual potency and power.
Astringents
Substances that have a constricting or binding effect.
Carminatives
Herbs and spices taken to relieve gas and griping (severe pain in the bowels)
Blood purification
Removing toxins and acids from the blood by neutralizing with alkalines, stimulating vital organs, removing fat where toxins are contained and eliminating excess "heat"
Bolus
Suppository made by adding powdered herbs to cocoa butter, refrigerating then inserting into rectum to treat hemorrhoids or cysts or into the vagina to treat infections, tumors and irritations.
Cholagogues
Substances used to promote the flow and discharge of bile into the small intestine.
Demulcents
Soothing substances, usually mucilage, taken internally to protect damaged or inflamed tissues.
Diaphoretics
Herbs used to induce sweating. Include relaxing and stimulating diaphorectics
Diuresis
Control of fluid balance p 14
Diuretics
Herbs that increase the flow of urine.
Douche
Remedy inserted into vagina to treat infections.
Electuary
Herb mixed into an acceptable medium (honey, maple syrup, peanut butter, etc) to be palatable. It is mixed into a soft pasty mass and ingested.
Emesis
Vomiting p. 16
Emollients
Substances that are softening, soothing and protective to the skin.
Enema
Herbal fluid inserted into rectum to treat nervous conditions and pain assoc. with excess blood toxins. p 22
Fomentation
Compress applied externally to treat swellings, pains, colds and flu.
Gelatin capsule
Filled with herbs that should be taken in small quantities, are bitter or mucilaginous or need to be taken regularly over a long period of time. Most common size is "00"
Liniment
Herbal extracts rubbed into skin for treating strained muscles and ligaments. Also used for relief of arthritis and inflammation.
Materia medica
Reference the total sum of homeopathic preparations and prescribing options.
Oil
Process of extracting the properties of herbs by boiling with sesame or olive oil and allowing to stand for two to three days.
Parasiticides
Substances that destroy parasites in the digestive tract or on the skin.
Pill
Mixture of herbs and mucilaginous herb powder made into a doughy consistency and rolled into pea sized balls. Useful for strict vegetarians who do not prefer gelatin capsules made from animal gelatin.
Poultice and plaster
Warm, moist mass of powdered or macerated herbs applied directly to the skin to relieve inflammation, blood poisoning, venomous bites and eruptions. Plaster is similar but the herbs are layered between thin pieces of linen or combined in a thick bas material and applied to skin.
Pungent
Strongly aromatic smell
Purgatives
Laxatives. Substances that promote bowel movement.
Purging
Eliminating excess secretions and toxins.
Rubefacients
Substances that increase the flow of blood at the surface of the skin and produce redness where they are applied. They draw inflammation and congestions from deeper areas.
Salve
Preparation that is applied to the skin and remains in place due to its thick consistency.
Sedatives
Herbs that strongly quiet the nervous system.
Sialogogues
Substances that stimulate the flow of saliva and aid in the digestion of starches.
Smoking
Non-nicotine herbs that are smoked in a pipe or water pipe for treatment of coughs and bronchial congestion
Stimulants
Herbs that increase the energy of the body, drive circulation, break up obstruction and warm the body.
Stomachics
Tonics. Herbs that promote the functions of the systems of the body.
Syrup
Herbs mixed with honey or glycerin used in treating coughs and sore throats because it coats the area and keeps the herbs in direct contact.
Tinctures
Highly concentrated herbal extracts in an alcohol medium.
Tonics
Herbs that promote the functions of the systems of the body.
Tonification
Herbs that can build up the energy of the organ systems.
Tranquilization
Three types: demulcents, nervines and antispasmodics. Herbs and soothing foods that lubricate joints, bones, GI tract and smooth emotions.
Sweating
Used to treat externally caused diseases such as cold, flu and fever. Two treatment methods - one with relaxing diaphoretic herbs and one with stimulating teas.
Vulneraries
Herbs that encourage healing of wounds by promoting cell growth and repair.
Wines
Similar to tinctures except the herbs themselves are fermented to provide the alcoholic medium that preserves their therapeutic essence.
Yang
Having physiological roots in the adrenal glands, yang in Chinese medicine represents hot-excess-acute disease.
Yin
The opposite of yang, also having it's physiological roots in the adrenals, yin represents cold-deficient-chronic diseases.
Emetics
Substances that induce vomiting and cause the stomach to empty.