ADAPTOGEN Affects immune, endocrine, and nervous systems due to its ability to increase the body's capability to adapt to external and internal stress by strengthening those systems.

      ALTERATIVE Affects all systems due to its ability to gradually alter or change a condition and restore normal function, tone and capacity. An alterative may be for a specific system such as "digestive alterative" or a specific tissue such as "cardiac alterative."

      ANTHELMINTIC Affects digestive system and nutrition due to its ability to destroy or expel parasitic intestinal worms

      ANTICATARRHAL Affects immune system and reactivity due to its ability to relive catarrh, which is a condition of the mucous membranes, particularly those of the upper respiratory tract, including the sinuses and throat, and includes inflammation and mucous discharge

      AROMATIC. Affects digestive system and nutrition due to its ability to stimulate the appetite and gastric secretion based on the action of the volatile oil or other aromatic principle. Aromatics are also used to relieve flatulence, open nasal passages, improve palatability of medicines or give a psychological boost.

      ASTRINGENT Affects endocrine system and hormone function due to its ability to cause contraction of tissues

      CALMATIVE Affects nervous system and nerve function due to its ability to cause a mild sedative or tranquilizing effect; weaker than a sedative

      CARMINATIVE Affects digestive system and nutrition due to its ability to relieve gases from the gastrointestinal tract and relieves colic.

      CHOLAGOGUE. Affects liver and detoxification systems due to its ability to stimulate the emptying of the gallbladder and the flow of bile into the duodenum.

      CHOLERETIC. Affects liver and detoxification systems due to its ability to increase the production of bile by the liver.

      DEMULCENT Affects immune system and reactivity due to its ability to soothe and protect, or soften the tissue it is applied to

      DIAPHORETIC Affects liver and detoxification systems due to its ability to increase perspiration, and promote toxin release through the skin. Also used to assist immune system and reactivity due to its ability to break a fever.

      EMMENAGOGUE Affects endocrine system and hormone function due to its ability to promote or affects the flow of menstrual fluid. Emmenagogue’s are not to be used during pregnancy in order to avoid a harmful miscarriage.

      REFRIGERANT Affects immune system and reactivity due to its ability to produce coolness or reduce fever. May also decrease thirst and give a sensation of coolness to the system.

      RUBEFACIENT Affects immune system and reactivity due to its ability to produces a mild irritation, reddening of the skin and local vasodilatation thereby increasing the blood supply to the area of application.

      SIALAGOGUE. Affects digestive system and nutrition due to its ability to stimulate and increase the secretion of saliva.

      Soporific: Herbs that help to produce sleep

      Tonic: Herbs that restore and strengthen the entire system. Produces and restores normal tone. A general tonic would be one that braces up the whole system.

 

      Tonic (nutritive): Permanently increases the tone of a part of the body, or the entire system by nourishing and increasing weight.

 

      Tonics (Reiuvenative): Regenerates cells and tissues; promotes longevity.

      TROPHORESTORATIVE Affects endocrine system and hormone function due to its ability to enhance growth and restore function of a tissue, organ or gland.

      VERMIFUGE Affects immune system and reactivity due to its ability to cause the expulsion of intestinal worms

      Vulnerary- An herb used in treating fresh cuts and wounds, usually used as a poultice. A healing substance. Example: Aloe, comfrey, honey, licorice, marshmallow, turmeric, and slippery elm.

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