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The following course does not provide medical advice. This course is for information purposes only. The health related information in this course is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, cures or treatment. Always seek advice from your medical doctor.
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”—John Muir (www.quotegarden.com/nature.html). Let us begin this course by stepping into the world of herbs through our imagination. Allow yourself to pause and take a few deep, full breaths. Now imagine standing at the edge of a beautiful garden full of herbs and flowers. Take off your shoes and stand next to this garden in the sunshine. Breathe in the Earth’s energy beneath your feet, and as you do this, notice the fragrant aroma of the many herbs and flowers in front of you. Let this fresh air fill every part of your body and lift your spirits. With each breath, you become more grounded and present. Now imagine walking toward the garden. There are small paths that go through the beds, which are filled with lovely plants. Notice what the plants around you look like. Maybe there are huge, bright flowers or low, bushy herbs. Feel any sensations that come up as you imagine this. Now bring your attention to the center of the garden, where this course sits waiting for you, inviting you to continue to delve into the world of herbs. Continue to experience feelings of being in nature as we explore herbal knowledge. I invite you to periodically tune back into this image of a sun‐filled garden during the time you spend with this course. It will add to your experiential communion with herbs and nature. What is your relationship with the Earth like at this point in your life? Some of us may walk closely with the Earth’s energy and wisdom. We may love to be in nature and feel a sense of renewal every time we dedicate some of our time to being outdoors. There are also some of us who have never spent very much time connecting with nature. If you have not created a relationship with the Earth so far in your life, you are likely on the path of establishing such a connection. This course on herbs is an act of affirming the importance of the Earth’s wisdom. In this time of technology, fast‐paced cultures, and a quickly growing human population, many people are being called to reconnect with their deeper selves, the Earth, and Spirit. We can see that modern day society does not have all of the answers. It is not on a sustainable path of life that will be able to exist harmoniously with the rest of creation. There are traditional, indigenous cultures still alive throughout the world that live intimately with nature. They are a great source of wisdom, showing how we can live while valuing the Earth and all living beings. Although their exact ways of life may not be appealing for people who are used to modern‐day comforts, their wisdom can still be heard and integrated within the modern world. Perhaps it is in the wisdom of living closely with the Earth that we can find greater happiness, health, and purpose in our lives. There is a beautiful film called “Sacred Planet” in which people from traditional cultures speak about their beliefs of life that they have held for thousands of years before the onset of modern society. A strong, common thread holds the knowledge from these geologically separated cultures together as one. What it says is that everything in life is sacred: the plants, animals, stones, people, birds, and all other living beings. Traditional cultures have taught that if we respect the sacredness of all Earth’s creations, we will be able to live in harmony with the Earth. Although modern‐day living habits often sever our mental connections to the Earth, we are always connected on the energetic level to the Earth we live on. Religious leaders have talked of our oneness, to Earth and beyond, for ages. Quantum physics has more recently shown this to be true according to scientific principles. We are a part of the Earth. The opportunity to remember and reconnect always exists. How does one begin the process of reconnecting? Each person’s relationship with nature is unique. In this way, connecting to the Earth can have many forms, including meditation, nature walks, and using herbs. Intention is the first step. If we desire to connect more deeply with the Earth and herbs, the flow of life will create experiences for us to do so. This course is another step toward establishing an ever‐deepening relationship with the Earth through the bountiful plants that grow from the Earth’s rich soils. When we use herbs as healing remedies, we allow the energy of the herbs to come into our bodies. Through connecting to one herb, we are also relating to the elements of nature. The water (liquid), sunlight (fire), soil (earth), and carbon dioxide (air), which are necessary for herbs to grow, all enter into our bodies as we use an herbal remedy. If we hold true that the body, mind, and spirit are all one, the energy of herbs affects our minds, Herbs, A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 1
emotions, and spirits when we take them into our physical bodies. By using herbs, we reclaim our power over our health and affirm that nature is our best healer. We make a shift away from synthetic, pharmaceutical drugs back to the traditional way of healing through use of certain plants. There is an increasing amount of people who choose to learn about and use herbs. The rich traditions of herbal wisdom are being continually added to by discoveries of more healing qualities of herbs throughout the world. At the same time, however, sacred places where herbs grow, such as rain forests, are being deforested, and valuable sources of healing are leaving the planet at an alarming rate. The path of herbal wisdom is furthermore under questioning by the United States’ government as to whether people should be allowed to buy herbs for themselves without a prescription from a doctor. The world of herbal knowledge is meeting resistance from modern day societies. Thus, the future of herbal remedies being accessible to the public is uncertain. We will discuss what actions you can take to preserve our right to access herbs later in this course. Each time someone connects to a plant and the Earth, the path of herbal wisdom is affirmed as being important. People are continually being led to this path, including you. By reading this course, you are absorbing the knowledge that ancient cultures have kept alive for centuries, entering into the traditional way of healing through herbal knowledge. This will be a journey of questioning our beliefs about healing and medicine, learning how to use herbs, and discovering how specific herbs can be used for healing. This is an introduction into the vast world of herbs. It is not designed to make you a professional herbal healer, (further study at an herbal school is required), but it is intended to be a door into herbal wisdom. If this path deeply resonates within you, there are many further avenues that you can take with herbal healing, some of which will be discussed in this course. We will also explore procedures for herbal medicine. These procedures for herbal remedies are not intended to be a substitute for seeing a physician regarding any health issues that you or your associates may have. The information in this course is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any diseases. A deeper level of herbal knowledge is necessary in order to diagnose and treat health issues. The purpose of this course is to heighten your knowledge of herbs. This course is also intended as an invitation to deepen your relationship with the Earth and plants. Wherever your path leads you, you will walk away from this course with a part of nature’s wisdom, and the energy of nature creates great opportunities for healing. “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” —John Muir (www.quotegarden.com/nature.html) Review Of Literature (Exam questions are not drawn from the Review Of Literature section.) Let us begin by looking at the books that were used in writing this course; some may be appealing to further explore for your relationship with herbs. Phyllis A. Balch wrote a reference guide on herbs called Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, has researched natural healing modalities for over twenty‐five years. She has been a nutritional consultant for more than two decades and has written several other books. This guide is easy to use and is formatted so that one can both look up health conditions and specific herbs. It contains information on the uses of more than 200 herbs, including Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs. Balch also covers herbal formulas, directions on preparing herbal remedies, and a section on anatomy within this book. Phyllis A. Balch says in the preface of this book, “I want to thank you for choosing to read this book. Its purpose is to make the process of treating disease and returning to health a little easier for you. May this book help you to use the best of herbal healing and, when needed, modern medicine to find greater health than you have ever known before.” This is a must‐have on your bookshelf/reference library. A wonderful field guide that has been helpful to me is Herbs (1994). Written by Lesley Bremness, this book covers identification and uses of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals, biennials, vines, and other herbs. Bremness gives a photograph or illustration of each plant, along with a clear description of each herb’s appearance and areas where it grows. This book is put together beautifully and comes in a small size, which is perfect for taking on hikes to identify plants. Another helpful book for identifying herbs is Identifying And Harvesting Edible And Medicinal Plants In Wild (And Not So Wild) Places (1994). This book is written by Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean, who in their introduction state, “There are hundreds of fascinating, delicious wild vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and herbs growing in our neighborhoods, backyards, parks, and forests that we overlook and disregard.” This is a book for people who want to use wild plants for nutrition and health. It covers many plants, which are illustrated and Herbs, A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 2
divided into the seasons in which they can be picked. This is a nice approach for people who are new to the world of herbs. The final part of this book is filled with recipes for cooking with wild plants, which can help people bring the plants they harvest into their lives as herbal remedies and food. Michael Castleman wrote the book The New Healing Herbs (2001). This is a new edition to his first book The Healing Herbs. Michael Castleman has been a health journalist for more than 30 years. He is also the author of ten books. The New Healing Herbs includes discoveries about the healing effects of popular herbs such as St. John’s Wort, ginkgo, and Echinacea. Castleman covers how to use herbs safely and gives clear instructions on dosages. There is information on the history of herbs and a chart to find herbs for 100 common health conditions. James A. Duke, Ph.D. wrote the book The Green Pharmacy (1997). This book gives herbs and foods that can be used to improve one’s health. Many of the conditions and diseases that modern medicine treats can also be healed through the use of herbs. Herbs and foods are given for conditions such as migraines, arthritis, and insect bites, along with many others as well. Herbal remedies can provide safer, less expensive, and possibly even more effective treatments than modern medicine, according to author James A. Duke. Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D. and President of Bastyr University states on the back cover of this book, “The Green Pharmacy is a tour de force by the world’s leading authority on the herbal healing traditions…a treasure house of practical advice for the newcomer and pearls of wisdom for the herbal practitioner.” Another book used for this course is Alternative Medicine: What Works (1996). Written by Adriane Fugh‐ Berman, M.D., this book gives scientific evidence for alternative medicine. There is a large section on herbs that provides scientific studies on herbal remedies. This book can be especially helpful for those people who like to have scientific evidence to deepen their understanding and are interested in alternative ways of healing. The book Mother Wit (1981) is a guide to psychic development written from a feminist’s perspective. The author, Diane Mariechild, has degrees in education and counseling psychology. She is a practicing psychic, feminist psychotherapist, and teacher of psychic and spiritual development. This book contains many exercises, meditations, and affirmations to help readers on the path of personal development. According to Jean and Ruth Mountaingrove of Womanspirit Magazine, this book approaches feminism as “the foundation of her (the author’s) commitment to the ethics of nonviolence, love, concern for others and for self‐responsibility.” This book includes sections on deep relaxation, reincarnation, dreams, witchcraft, and psychic skills for children. It has been used for the exercise section of this course. Eric Meyer wrote the book Mother Nature M.D. (2001). Eric Meyer goes over herbal remedies that include food, spices, herbs, and hands‐on healing for more than 120 health conditions. Meyer draws knowledge from his experience with nature and healing along with numerous other sources. In the words of James A. Duke, who wrote the forward to this book, “Obviously, I think Mother Nature is a well‐qualified doctor‐and quite often, her medicines are better than the best that money can buy in a local pharmacy. I hope this book will help introduce you to her grand, multitudinous, infinitely fascinating, and endlessly resourceful medicine cabinet. My advice: Feel free to take from her ample cornucopia judiciously, and find out what’s best for your own health and well‐being.” Another book used for this course is Herbs: The Magic Healers (1986). Paul Twitchell, who is a modern‐day founder of the ancient teachings of Eckankar, a spiritual practice, wrote this book. Twitchell looks at health as being a state of joy, spiritual adventures, clear thoughts, and freedom from anxiety and fear. This book includes information on the history of herbs, their sense of magic, and many other tools for one’s well being. Twitchell also includes information on health secrets from the ancient culture of Atlantis and how the Masters of Eckankar used herbs as part of their spiritual paths. Carly Wall wrote the book Naturally Healing Herbs (1960). This book includes helpful information on identifying, growing, harvesting, and storing herbs. There are illustrations of each herb to help with these processes. This book also instructs readers on how to make teas and tinctures. Recipes for herbal remedies to cleanse, renew, energize, and ease stress, depression, and tension are given in this book along with many others. In the introduction to this book, Carly Wall states, “Like others before him, Juan Ponce de Leòn set out in 1513 in search for the Fountain of Youth, a legendary spring reported to rejuvenate the body and banish old age. What he found instead was Florida. But de Leòn’s failure has not deterred us from our search…As we age, we try this cream and that exercise program, all to no avail. And we still wonder whether something out there will really work.” This something, according to Carly Wall, is the use of herbs for healing. A final book used for this course is called The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997). Matthew Wood, the author, has been a practicing herbalist and homeopath for fourteen years. The knowledge contained in this book comes Herbs, A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 3
natural scents. Each subject in this colorful tapestry enriches the others. According to Lesley Bremness in Herbs (1994). Herbs. and conifers. This body was termed the Iceman. herbs are technically defined as plants. herbaceous perennials. Bremness divides herbs into the following groups: trees.from Western botanical knowledge. herbs can be found in many forms in the natural world. a fundamental belief amongst these cultures is that nature contains herbs that can be used to treat any illnesses that humans experience. When did this process of discovery with herbs begin? History Of Herbs Herbs have been used as medicine in cultures throughout time. Japanese. Shrubs are characterized as being smaller than trees and having multiple branches coming up from the base. they may also twine or grow tendrils. and other herbs some 60. Their potential for medicinal uses is continually being discovered. and this division may be the most useful for this course. Scientists were uncertain why the Iceman would have carried such a fungus until they performed an autopsy on his digestive tract. shrubs. prehistoric sites in Iraq indicate that Neanderthals used marshmallow. The use of herbs as medicine has been going on since the beginning of civilization. herbalists consider the term “healing herbs” to mean every plant that has medicinal value.000 years ago. As we can see. The World Health Organization estimated healing herbs to be used as primary medicine for two‐thirds of the world’s population. a glacier in the Italian Alps melted. There are about forty plants that are looked at from the perspective of each of these traditions. peaceful gardens. and according to Michael Castleman in The New Healing Herbs (2001). which he must have been aware of and was treating with the fungus. algae. stems. and it suggests that prehistoric humanity was more medically sophisticated than previously believed. Indians. Various cultures have differences in the herbs that they believe to be useful. Herbal knowledge in the East can be found in ancient texts. which are also used as herbs. Annual plants complete the cycle of germination. and mosses. because the basis of all these delights is the plants themselves. and Americans. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 4 . and other herbs. In this way. fungi.” Herbal remedies were discovered and recorded by the Egyptians. which are influenced by what herbs are native to each area and the traditional knowledge gained from each herb. This autopsy showed that the Iceman did indeed have a parasite. homeopathy. Chinese. such as white willow and tea tree. Africans. According to Michael Castleman in The New Healing Herbs (2001). ferns. and future. “This discovery ranks as the world’s oldest documented example of the practice of medicine. or trees that wither each autumn.300 years before. annuals and biennials. Plants are often divided by the way that they reproduce. and sacred activities. However. The ways that each tradition uses a plant is included as well. However. beneficial crafts. present. Australians. Herbs are currently used throughout the world for healing remedies. shrubs. however. Author Matthew Wood wanted this book to be both a guide of the medicinal uses of plants and a testimony to the wisdom and healing of herbs. yarrow.” Traditionally. seeding. The word “herb” comes from the Latin term for “grass. Looking at these groups will give a broader vision of the span that herbs encompass in nature. Lesley Bremness. and amongst the items that he carried was a pouch that contained bracket fungus. and dying back in one year. gentle healing. the category of other herbs contains those plants that do not reproduce using seeds. Herbs are found in the entire plant kingdom and include certain mosses. Definition Of An Herb Humans have divided plants into two categories since the beginning of recorded time. one of the oldest books on herbs is called the Pen‐ Ts’ao Kang Mu and comes from China three thousand years before the beginning of Christianity. revealing a naturally preserved body dating back some 5. This fungus can be used to treat intestinal parasites. there are perennials. Michael Castleman notes. the definition of herbs is in this way cultural instead of botanical. these include ferns. herbs were the only source of medicine for humans. “Herbs are plants that connect us to the past. but through the threads the background remains green.” According to Michael Castleman. Bremness states. We associate them with appetizing food. uses a different division in the book Herbs (1994). intriguing history. Plants are categorized into those that are medicinally useful for humans and those that are not. Trees are defined as woody perennials with one main stem that grows well above the ground. where as biennials complete this cycle in two years. Herbaceous perennials are different from these first two groups in that they die back in the autumn to being only roots and then grow again in the spring above ground. Finally. Castleman also states that in 1991. or roots. Vines often climb by use of leaves. Native American shamanic botany. vines. According to Paul Twitchell in Herbs: The Magic Healers (1971). and traditional Chinese Medicine.
These specific chemicals are synthetically reproduced in order to form prescription drugs. Prescription drugs were then formulated by isolating the chemicals in herbs that scientists view as being the “active ingredients” for healing. Aspirin comes from the herbs willow bark and meadowsweet. an herb that works extremely well for the healing of one person may not work as well for another.health24. We can thus see that pharmaceutical drugs derive their healing qualities from herbs. weeds. “Every animal has an inborn instinct. British rule emphasized Western medicine and held the belief that Ayurvedic medicine was inferior. Herbal medicine was not able to stop the spreading of these plagues until the Portuguese and Spanish explorers brought herbs back to Europe from Central and South America. Instead of co‐existing with herbal wisdom.health24. Plants were viewed as being magical. Eastern Indians and others differed. a sick body needed to be strengthened using natural remedies in order to help it regain its health. Although the herbs used by Europeans.Before 500 B. and.” which means “to dry. Sudafed. and by understanding how the chemicals of medicine affect humans. he/she notes the mental and physical changes of the client and then uses plants to treat the pattern of symptoms that the client displays. This shift took illnesses from being somewhat mysterious and magical to being viewed as normal aspects of the human experience. (This practice will be discussed further in the Plant Spirit Medicine section of this course. The medical beliefs during these times were that nature provided remedies for illnesses. derived from millions of personal healing experiences. Trade occurred between the Muslims. According to Paul Twitchell.ʺ while the [Eastern] Indians referred to it as ʺprana. but in most of the United States and Europe it became illegal to practice herbal medicine without a certificate or degree. Their belief is that we can learn from animals what herbs are beneficial.” When modern medicine took over in the nineteenth century.. used to treat colds. were used to form modern. or plants to eat. This is because holistic medicine holds that a human being is made up of not only the chemicals of the body. Michael Castleman gives examples of many modern day drugs and the herbs that they came from in his book The New Healing Herbs (2001). allopathic medicine in the 19th century (www. The chemical Herbs. a shift occurred in how illnesses were viewed. plagues and viruses spread throughout Europe.” This refers to the step of drying herbs. One of these. For the first time. killing many people. These patterns of symptoms are specific to each individual. The word “drug” comes from the German word “droge. and with this. medicine can then be mass‐produced. the science of chemistry broke down plants and humans into the chemicals that we are made of. The explosion of trade that occurred in the 14th century allowed cultures to share herbs and herbal knowledge.” People have traditionally gone on vision quests to obtain herbal knowledge. Eastern Indians. Modern medicine came about with the beginnings of the science of chemistry. when sick.com). During the 5th century B. Western medicine quickly began to overshadow these ancient forms of healing. The Chinese called it ʺqi. will seek out certain grasses. and highly medicinal. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 5 . is the practice of observing native animals. Each new generation orally learned the knowledge that its ancestors had acquired about herbs and then added to it through personal experiences.com. and spirit as well. when someone comes to see an herbalist. Traditionally. at their centre. During the 12th and 18th centuries. China was influenced less by Western medicine. for example. around the time of the Greek doctor Hippocrates.C. but the mind. used by American Indians. Differences Between Modern Medicine and Herbs One of the differences between allopathic and herbal medicine lies in how each believes healing occurs. Paul Twitchell notes. In India. emotions.) Much herbal wisdom came from trial and error as well. All of these aspects of a human being play out in the healing process according to holistic medicine. which are the new healing agents of modern day medicine. was formed from chemicals in the oldest healing herb.” Western herbalists called it the ʺvital force. “All the old medical systems had. and Europeans. Chinese.C. Chinese. There were several practices used by humans to acquire medicinal knowledge. which is necessary for many herbal remedies. a belief in a primal energy that sustained life and health. these concepts were dismissed as remnants of the superstition and ignorance of earlier healing practices.” Modern Medicine Systems of herbal knowledge. plants were the only source of medicine for humans. Native Americans. especially in countries that were taken over by Western forces. and the goal of using herbs is to restore balance in the body and mind. hay fever. at the core of all systems of herbal healing was the belief that a universal energy existed. Chinese ephedra. According to www.. In the book Herbs: The Magic Healers (1971). Chemistry holds true that all humans are made up of the same chemicals. mysterious. and the flu.
Herbal products cannot be made exactly the same batch after batch. Treatment through herbs might cost only $100‐$200. Phyllis Balch states. along with the time‐proven healing qualities of herbs. plant remedies seem to be easier for the body to digest and assimilate and often work without producing harmful side effects. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 6 . Herbs undergo the same research as pharmaceutical drugs in order to show that the herbs themselves are healing. a plant contains 30 to 150 chemicals according to Eric Meyer in Mother Nature M.000 people in the United States die from predictable side effects of pharmaceutical drugs (Prescription For Herbal Healing).” In Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). Pharmaceutical drugs are offered only in pharmacies and all medical products have to be strictly labeled.” This means that all of the chemicals in an herb work together to heal the person. (2001). there has been a great effort to scientifically verify the healing qualities of herbs. old wives.” Herbal remedies use all of the chemicals in plants as healing agents. they would be able to harvest it and treat themselves. On average. ‘If a drug is stated to have no side effects. Just as herbs are often looked down upon by modern medicine. This decision by the FDA caused vitamin companies to use synthetic ingredients instead of natural herbs. subtlety or gentleness. For one. Although some herbs can also have side effects. Herbalists believe that synthesizing a few of the many chemicals in an herb. but some forms of herbal healings also take into account the spirit of the plants as well. they also have contributed to ill health…A standard textbook for pharmacies even states. Women healers have been called by the names of wise women. Thousands more die of unpredictable side effects. “When researchers create a new drug. (2001). Phyllis Balch states that although modern drugs have “achieved a great deal in disease treatment. the prices of pharmaceutical drugs are often out of the reach of much of the world’s population.000 every six months. and using these to try to heal a person will not have the same affect as using all of the chemicals together that are found naturally in an herb.D. (2001). In Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). Long before men took over the practice Herbs.D. This means that herbal companies can no longer produce herbal medical products because of the nature of the varying chemicals in herbs. As mentioned before. which are the hallmarks of herbal remedies. Herbs have also been explored through scientific means in order to establish that none of the chemicals that they contain are harmful to humans. green women. Eric Meyer asks the question. Who benefits most from modern medicine: drug companies and doctors. If people were given a prescription for an herb that grows in their back yard. Pharmaceutical drugs also cost a great deal more than herbs. Balch notes that a supply of drugs for cancer treatment can cost $75. midwives. further reasons for the increasing interest in herbs comes from the side effects of modern drugs and their high cost. these are uncommon and are very rarely severe according to Balch. Regardless of modern medicine’s view on women healers.’” The negative effects of drugs can be seen in the statistic that over 400. then it is strongly suspected it has no central benefit. According to Phyllis Balch in Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has participated in this money‐ making enterprise by helping to create a monopoly on medicine. and nurses. they’re not interested in complexity.” Pharmaceutical drugs greatly differ from herbal remedies in that they often come with serious and sometimes deadly side effects. a large part of why drugs have taken the place of herbs in pharmacies is that modern medical industries make a lot of money by patenting prescription medications. “The science of herbal healing uses herbs as sources of chemicals that modify known physiological processes that are altered in disease states. rather than simply being the wishful thoughts of the people taking them. “By creating that special kind of balance and allowing many elements to work together to achieve a given result. the knowledge of herbs that the world has today is because of the work of thousands of years of women using herbs. Women Healers It is important to note that many accounts of the history of herbs discuss the achievements made by men in the field of herbs and leave out the many women who made vast contributions to herbal wisdom.D. or the patients? This thought. witches. so too are wise women as the healers who were using herbs. Eric Meyer states that there are certainly benefits of using all the chemicals in an herb together. has led to a great renewal in herbal remedies in cultures throughout the world. there are several other reasons as to why there is a growing amount of people becoming interested in herbs. Patenting makes sure that one company has the financial rights of a synthetic medicine for a certain amount of time. According to Eric Meyer in Mother Nature M. Eric Meyer states that the healing effects of herbs come about through a process called “synergy.properties of the plants are understood. While some herbs grow as weeds and are thus free. Eric Meyer notes in Mother Nature M. as modern medicine does.
the soul. or dimensions.of medicine. states that women healers have provided the most health care to the world for a great deal of time. The wisdom of herbs partially comes from the fact that they have adapted to the same environmental challenges as humans. we leave both their spirits and our own behind.” If we try to press herbs into the box of rational thinking. When the European and North American view of women healers drastically changed. There are several theories as to why witch‐hunts occurred throughout Europe and North America. the world of herbs is very different from that of mainstream modern medicine. to family and friends. To enter into the world of herbs is to enter into the reality of dreams. Herbs can touch on all of these aspects. the imagination and intuition. Legend says that it is in the Underworld where the true essence of each being resides. and it is in this world that humans live. With this. but instead went underground and were in this way kept alive throughout the ages. An exercise will be given toward the end of this course to show how you can connect with plant spirits as well. This tree is called the Tree of Life by some Native Americans.org) There are many ways that both women and men have connected with herbs in order to gain knowledge from them. During the time from 1300 to 1650. Their stories begin in the place of the Underworld. which is separate from the ordinary consciousness of human beings. Plant Spirit Medicine Humans have held the belief that plants have healing qualities since ancient times. Matthew Wood says that these beings are leafs on the Tree of Life. it is said that this great tree grows between three worlds. many women healers were killed. the strange productions of folk‐culture. this role radically changed and these women were burned as witches. the healing virtues of the medicine plants. and with this. for it is here that the shaman/herbalist/physician must journey. the healing power and wisdom of the herbs ray out like a light. As previously discussed. “From this source of mystery and power. “The World Health Organization says that more than 90% of all primary healthcare available is offered by women. Matthew Wood states that plants hold much wisdom that can be accessed through these special means of understanding. however. The tree serves to bind the three worlds together. and in this way. and these correspond with our own challenges. in their own homes. Herbalists have traditionally been viewed as having special powers of seeing into the mysteries of nature. Plants have stories to tell us. Many women were very prosperous in their field.” This is one reason why herbs hold medicinal properties for humans. Here at the knee of Mother Nature the secrets are imparted. plants have been seen as containers of valuable wisdom. Northern European legend says that the first world is called the middle world. these methods include watching animals. Fir. in order to get to know the regenerative power of nature. Many feminists say the male‐dominated practice of modern medicine arose because men wanted to make the money that women healers were making. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 7 . Susan Weed backs this up with the statement.” There exists the light of consciousness within the Underworld. or Apple. entitled Plant Spirit Medicine. the virtues made known. the tools handed out. These traditions did not disappear. women healers held important roles in their villages and were sought out to heal all ailments.botaniculture. In the stories of many cultures. the Tree of Life grows up from the back of a turtle. trial and error.” states Matthew Wood. and in their traditions. It is to this dimension that our prayers and petitions for divine guidance are directed. Matthew Wood states. In the words of Matthew Wood from The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997). and the vital energy which runs the human organism. Michael Castleman. where there exists a source of light unknown to humans. often an Ash. intuition. “The Underworld is a most important place from the standpoint of ancient and traditional herbalism. will delve deeper into the practice of vision questing. just as each herb is a leaf as well. including the ability to help us understand the world in which we live. Another theory holds that the Catholic Church and European rulers became concerned with the lack of population growth and associated it with the contraceptive herbalism of women healers.” (www. Tales of the Underworld are found in cultures throughout the world. One legend describes a large and powerful tree. and spirit. “the triumphs of their (herbs’) life force over the adversities of Nature are etched into their genetic makeup. but can Herbs. a new way of medicine began that looked down upon the traditions of such women. in his book The New Healing Herbs (2001). The Underworld does not need to be an abstract place of ideas. “The modern approach to science and medicine does not approach the spirit. often called Heaven or the Overworld. imagination. into our world. Legends say that sentient beings live in the Underworld and can communicate with us. The third dimension through which the great tree grows is the Underworld. The next section of this paper. and vision questing. Matthew Wood states. Above us is the upper world.
ensure that the line of herbal knowledge continues to be passed along.thenaturallife. Although the principle of signatures does not align with modern Western medicine. Anne Salazar‐Dunbar states that we can directly perceive the wisdom of plants through opening our hearts. The oldest method of gaining knowledge from herbs is through shamanic journeying. Herbal healing can also use scientific approaches. plants. he/she can then communicate this knowledge to an apprentice. including humans. their location. where a person can learn medicinal wisdom from spirits. This process helps us to enter into dreamtime. The patterns in plants correspond to those in humans. Using Herbs After looking at how we can gain herbal knowledge through vision questing. but as herbal knowledge originated before the onset of rational thinking and science. herbal knowledge can be gained. Principles Of Herbal Healing Traditionally. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 8 . the first part of the body to connect with plants is the heart center. A plant is then thought to be part of that animal’s medicine.” The idea behind this approach to healing is that the energy of the universe forms patterns in all of nature. it is time‐tested as being valid. There are several principles of herbal healing that have come out of the creation of a systemized body of herbal knowledge. or energies (www. Patterns in plants include the way in which the plants grow. we can be called to share a connection with specific plants. and the way they interact with our senses. he experienced symptoms of malaria. Matthew Wood states that the doctrine of correspondence tells us that all life. Then the brain connects as well. The final doctrine is that of correspondence. and then bring a piece of the Underworld’s light to the world in which we live. We can go to the Underworld. These are the principles of signatures. Matthew Wood gives several examples of the doctrine of signatures in The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997). one does not look at the superficial level. the compilation of knowledge through many generations of people entering into dreamtime for visions is an important aspect to their medicine. the vast knowledge that has been compiled about plant medicine has come through directly perceiving the plants’ spirits. American Indian doctors use shamanic journeying today. brown roots. For American Indian doctors. are in correspondence with each other. So in looking for these patterns. In this way. Matthew Wood offers the example of Angelica. This information sets general principles on how to use herbs for healing. and diseases. Traditionally. and out of this connection. they try to formulate the knowledge they gained into an orderly system of healing that can then be used by other people.” Visions of animals or spirits often come to medicine people as teachers of the wisdom of natural medicine. “Scrophurlaria roots look like swollen glands. This can be challenging for people in modern‐day societies who hold the belief that thought and feelings originate in the brain. hence it was used for swollen glands and hemorrhoids. when people have completed their dreamtime or vision quest with an herb. The orange‐yellow sap of Chelidonium indicates that it is for bile. it is important to now explore the ways in which we can use herbs. The doctrine of signatures says that an herb looks similar to the part of the body or disease for which it can best be used as a treatment. which has hairy. listening from our hearts. a person goes into nature alone to fast and pray for a vision. We use our intuition and imagination. So. During a shamanic journey. Matthew Wood quotes Iamblichus in The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997) as saying. Hahnemann noticed that when he ate cinchona bark. dreams.” During the late 1700’s a German doctor by the name of Samuel Hahnemann experimented upon himself with various herbs and came up with this doctrine. Cinchona bark was then believed to treat malaria. When we perceive from our hearts in nature. According to Anne Salazar‐ Dunbar. This states that “like treats like. “medicine is the daughter of dream. This type of journeying to meet with the spirits of plants is found in traditional cultures throughout the world. and patterns. Native Americans have used their imagination to see how plants can look similar to animals. and using the principles of herbal healing. Wood states. and intuition. Once a person acquires a significant amount of knowledge through dreamtime.com). All of these methods of healing are still used by some herbalists and traditional healers throughout the world. the human is thought of as being a small world that mirrors the larger outside world. According to Salazar‐Dunbar. similars. according to Matthew Wood. correspondence was used to mean two things that are at one in their essential energies. it was traditionally gained in ways that use the imagination. converse with the beings there. This plant is part of Bear Medicine. The second type of doctrine is called the law of similars.instead be understood through the process of vision questing. but instead at the level of energy. spirit. we can learn to “hear” from our hearts by tuning into them and quieting our minds. and in this way. and these can be added to through Herbs.
this is better because powders will often be a mixture of some high quality plants and others that are of lesser quality. harvesting. such as nettle and rose. Choosing herbs that are grown under organic standards is important as well. or buy them. or other remedy. or connecting to the plant’s spirit. This can be a wonderful way to connect with the herbs through taking care of them from the time that they are seeds to when they are mature plants. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 9 . Most herbal books will give warnings for herbs that can be confused with poisonous plants. Beware of herbs that are stored in plastic containers because plastic does not insure that the herbs haven’t fermented. If you are able to. In The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997). Preparing Herbs Once you have whole herbs. Another important note with harvesting herbs is to make sure that the ones you are picking have not been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides. There are often a large variety of herbs to choose from at herbal and natural food stores.D. Tuning in to an herb can be a way to give thanks for its life and healing properties. such as dandelion. recommends that people pick their own herbs whenever possible as a way to connect with them at a deeper level.D. The first is to find out where the herbs you may buy are from and how they were grown. There are certainly some herbs. the first decision that we make is whether to harvest wild herbs. Sometimes plants will communicate with people that they would rather not be picked and will then share information as to where more potent plants exist that would agree to being used as medicine. The approach is Herbs. in The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997). it is important to have a field guide to help identify them. tea. One can ask permission by touching the plant or tuning in to it while being close by. (2001). Fresh lavender can be sprinkled around the outside of the containers in order to keep insects away. When storing your own herbs. A few herbs look similar to other plants that are poisonous. “It does not take much to influence the body or the mind if we have the right medicinal substance. In the words of Matthew Wood. another option is to grow herbs in an outdoor or indoor garden. it is beneficial to connect to the plant before picking it. Another factor in the effectiveness of herbs is how they are stored. Another factor to be aware of is quality versus price. have thorns and are more difficult to harvest. Matthew Wood. Make sure to label the container and change the herbs whenever fresh plants are available. This will give us an even deeper understanding of herbs. Chemicals that are sprayed on areas used for cultivating plants can be more toxic than DDT according to Eric Meyer. if you can buy whole plants rather than powders. Matthew Wood states that Native Americans traditionally ask permission from the plant before harvesting it.” This leaves it open for whether one grows herbs or goes into nature and finds them growing wild. Finally. Matthew Wood. An indoor garden can be grown in a windowsill or area of one’s house that receives sunlight. In the book Mother Nature M. It is also important to put only one herb in each container. sniffing the herbs before buying them can help you to establish whether they are fresh or not. Eric Meyer states that there is a great advantage to buying herbs in that you can obtain herbs that are out of season locally. Distributors who store plants in opaque containers and in ways that do not lose their freshness are the best. in The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997). states that the effects of herbs are felt without having to use them in large quantities. thankful energy and picked with love. Herbs that are grown locally will not need to travel as far and will thus likely be fresher. grow herbs. that grow as a weed in most of the United States and are easy to pick. Eric Meyer outlines several tips to buying herbs. Fresh herbs will still have the herbs’ odors and will look fairly bright in color. “There will be no substitute for the knowledge you will gain from the immediate experience of the herbs in the field. Others. Eric Meyer strongly suggests buying quality herbs rather than cheap herbs because the higher quality plants will be more effective. When we decide that we would like to use herbs for healing. Harvesting Wild Herbs If you do decide to harvest wild herbs. (2001). herbs that are grown in the wild are often more effective than those grown commercially. The herbs will then need to be dried and stored or made into a tincture. According to Eric Meyer in Mother Nature M. Wood states. Once you have identified an herb. It is believed by some people that this can make the healing properties of the plant more potent because the plant is filled with healing.experiential knowledge that we gain through vision questing. Growing Herbs If you do not live in or near the country and thus do not have access to wild herbs. listening from our hearts. or buying them. whether from growing. which is why a field guide is extremely important. it is important to use opaque containers that are clean and dry. however. Buying Herbs The third option for obtaining herbs is to buy them. there are many options to the type of herbal remedy you can make with them.
oils. clean air.” This is the same principle as flower essences. Seeds can be picked when they are ripe on warm. the herb will be charged energetically and respond to our petitions. Flowers are best harvested when they first open fully because it is at this time that they contain the most active ingredients. poultices. After digging up the roots. For areas where there are four weather seasons. The exercise section of this course will outline several processes to make herbal remedies. brush it clean. inhalations. Stems: These transport nutrients and contain fibers. gargles. It is best to avoid touching the petals. The information listed below comes from the book Herbs (1994) by Lesley Bremness. developed flower ovaries. Chlorophyll is deodorizing and antiseptic. nuts. Nuts: These are types of dry fruits with hard walls or shells. Leaves and stems can then be dried by hanging them in bunches (not in the sun) in clean air for four to ten days and then stored. In this way. vaginal douches. After gathering bark. soothing skin creams. decoctions. ointments. It can be pried off of a tree during the tree’s dormant season. Leaves: These are the most widely used part of herbs. flowers. lozenges. To allow the roots to regrow. The seeds can then be put on paper and left in a warm place to dry for two weeks. or frozen. Flowers: Flowers are the reproductive part of herbs and can often be used for medicinal purposes. These can be eaten raw. Herbs. are not mysterious. sitz baths. During autumn. There are some cases. When harvesting both leaves and stems. and chive florets. while lavender can be dried by hanging it in loose bundles. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 10 . dried. Many ways to prepare herbs exist. dry days. One can pick flowers at their stems. Then chop and spread the roots in a warm oven or dehydrator at the temperature of about 120 degrees F. and bark. Flowers can have a milder flavor than the plant’s leaves. when looked at from a scientific perspective. infusions. The plants can be shaken over a paper bag to allow the seeds to fall. Herbs contain phytochemicals. syrups. Parts of Herbs This section of the course will explore uses of the various parts of herbs that are used for medicine: leaves. This is best to be done at midday. When preparing to take an herb. and they include tinctures. it is best to dig up roots in the spring before sap rises or in the autumn. seeds. of poisonous flowers. The stalks can then be rubbed to let the seeds come off and can then be stored. Seeds provide many spices. stems. Seeds: These are produced by flowering and non‐flowering plants. They contain the genetic information for future plants. Another way to harvest seeds is to hang the stalks above an open box in a warm place for two weeks. one can experience healing results. These results. however. Roses and other large flowers can be dried upright in mesh. rosemary. and fragrances. The herbal reference guide that is part of this course will outline ways to use each herb. They should be turned once or twice. The process of photosynthesis occurs in the leaves where chlorophyll is present. Fruits: Fruits are ripe. midmorning is best. such as flax and hemp. For further information on preparing each type of remedy.homeopathic. Bark: Bark is used as tannins and spices. it is best to dig roots up during the dry season. They have many medicinal uses including lozenges. such as in mint. and then spread it out to dry. It also has the ability to clear toxins. They can be used when fresh. it can be powerful to give thanks to the herb and ask it to help us in our healing processes. wash it. essences. scrub them clean. and these differ between herbs. Store roots in airtight jars. enemas. The essence of the herbs can greatly affect the body and mind at the energetic level. Most roots will last for years if prepared in this way. extracts. A general understanding of the importance of each part of herbs is helpful in both connecting to herbs and in the process of harvesting and using specific herbs. Flowers can be dried by spreading them onto paper or gauze and leaving them to dry for one to three weeks in warm. refer to the books listed in the Review of Literature section. It is also best to pick leaves at the time just before the plant flowers. For tropical areas. roots. cut the portion you take cleanly with a knife and then leave the remaining portions. In small doses herbs stimulate the self‐healing ability of the body. Roots: Roots are the underground portions of plants. and capsules made from dried herbs. photosynthesis decreases and the healing qualities of the herbs are not as effective as during times of higher levels of photosynthesis. The healing qualities of each herb are most useful when the herb is prepared into certain herbal remedies. How Herbs Heal When the correct herbs are taken for a health condition or disease. fruits.
which helps with inflamed or damaged tissues. amongst many other healing qualities. and soy lecithin can be used to treat the brain. Cardiacs: Herbs that are cardiacs help to strengthen the heart. nervous system. for women are poisoning themselves in these cases. These are harmonious with the principles of modern pharmacology and apply to all the Herbs. Herbal Treatment Guidelines There are several general guidelines for using herbs to heal that are given by Phyllis Balch in Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). Demulcents are to be taken internally and are soothing. These can cause important minerals to be expelled from the body along with the urine and should not be used excessively. Nervines are another part of this category of herbs that can help to calm the nerves. Herbs can be used to purify the blood. For example. Emmenogogues have been used for abortions. digestive system. The next section of this course will outline these actions that herbs can take in aiding the body to heal itself. some herbs help boost the immune system. Phyllis Balch notes in Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002) that ginger. Expectorants: Expectorants are used to help with respiratory infections. Tonics: These herbs are used to generally strengthen the body. a third ensures that that effect is not too strong. but is harmful to one’s health if used for long periods of time. they are used to help people recover from illnesses. lobelia. the entire composition of phytochemicals is important. There are herbs that can be used to treat each system in the body. and a fourth does something else—creates natural. This group of healing qualities also includes antispasmodics. Astringents have cleansing actions. Carly Wall furthermore notes. and depression. but Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean strongly do not recommend using these herbs in this way.which are known as essential oils. Plants that are astringents help with diarrhea and sore throats. soothing healing. Stimulants: Stimulants serve to increase circulation and metabolism. They serve to expel mucus from the lungs. which only use the dominant chemical in an herb for healing. “Nature in the plant and its essential oil has created something complete that allows you to direct it toward healing for a particular purpose. Diuretics: Diuretics serve to stimulate the kidneys. Each herb contains a unique composition of essential oils. ginkgo.” This is where herbs differ greatly from pharmaceutical drugs. meaning that they help to stop bleeding. including the cardiovascular system. It is important to note not to use cardiacs without medical supervision. build the immune system. which treat muscle cramping and muscle tension. Emmenogogues: These help women to begin their menstrual cycles. For example. Herbal Actions The ways in which herbs affect the body are important to understand. ease stress. Some astringents are also hemostatic. which helps to increase one’s urine flow. gotu kola. which is written by Steve Brill and Evelyn Dean. tension. In the words of Carly Wall from Naturally Healing Herbs (1960). while others serve to cleanse the lymphatic system. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 11 .” The unique compositions of essential oils that each herb contains have varying medicinal uses. Specific organs can be treated as well by certain herbs. These will both help to gain a more complete picture of the healing properties of herbs along with a better understanding of how specific herbs can heal specific ailments. Rubefacients: These herbs can be used to treat arthritis because they increase one’s blood flow near the surface of the skin. Alteratives: These help with detoxification and strengthening. stimulate the body. This knowledge comes from the book Identifying And Harvesting Edible And Medicinal Plants In Wild And Not So Wild Places (1994). Antiseptics: These are for external use only. structural tissues. However. They can help with cramps as well. Anodynes/analgesics: These are substances in plants that help to ease pain. Carminatives: These herbs are used for digestive stimulation and to relieve gas. Caffeine is one stimulant. Emollients: These are substances that are used on the skin for their soothing effects. Demulcents: These often contain mucilage. “The delicate balance of chemicals—one chemical helps a second work. An herb usually has one dominant phytochemical that is related to the therapeutic value of the plant. and both help to stop bacterial action. Astringents: Astringents serve to contract muscles. and respiratory tract. Antibiotics are for internal use. Vulneraries: Vulneraries help with the healing of injured tissues.
In order to figure out whether an herb works. Many of the herbalists Carly Wall talked to described how their clients are often amazed at the simplicity of the herbal formulas. Herbal medicine and other complimentary healing techniques are most beneficial after someone has been treated for any major emergency conditions by modern medicine or before any crisis happens. She had witnessed other family members going through the process of having cancer. She was referred to an herbalist. For example. colds and flu. some days were more painful than others. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 12 . Herbs are meant to be preventative measures or healing measures. such as hair loss and nausea. apple pectin. and predictable fluctuations in chronic conditions is usually valid. The herbalist. An herbalist friend prescribed this cancer tonic to her. it is important to get a correct diagnoses through Western Medicine and objective evaluation can be helpful in this process. #3.” The first study is of a 56‐year‐old woman. he had been cured. Phyllis Balch notes that. “nearly all discovered in the end that healing comes naturally. Get a correct diagnosis for any health conditions that you want to treat with herbs. “Self‐diagnoses of aches and pains. try another. and a 3‐day fast. There are herbs that act more quickly as well. They are stories that were shared by other herbalists with Carly Wall. There are government‐approved books called pharmacopeias that serve as guides to matching health symptoms to specific herbs. This woman was determined to cure herself of ovarian cancer and began to receive conventional therapies along with daily doses of Essiac Tonic. the next step is to figure out what herbs would be best to use for healing. however. The doctor retested him. it is important to touch on them for safe use of herbs. and she believes that this was because of the herbal tonic she took. He wanted to treat his body better and regain health. He had experienced good health up until this point. and after coming up with a negative test.000 medicinal herbs used throughout the world.” The final case study that we will look at shows how herbs can be used along with modern medicine to create health. she found herself pain free. At the age of 48. She had trouble walking and moving her hands. but it is important to note that we may need to take herbs for a period of time in order to be healed by them. #4. She did not experience the normal side effects of her chemotherapy treatments. he found himself experiencing skin rashes and digestive difficulties amongst other problems. A 42‐year‐old woman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Case Studies Several case studies will be shared in this section in order to give examples of how herbs can heal specific conditions for various people.” However.” Another beautiful case study with herbs is of a man who was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 48. He felt much better within weeks and went to see the doctor that had diagnosed him with diabetes. it must produce results that can be felt. minor injuries. one needs to receive measurements. who put her on cleansing tonics. Carly Wall states in Naturally Healing Herbs (1960).herbs listed in the reference guide to herbs for this course. and are not for emergency use. The pharmacopeias for the United States are the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Balch says that even knowledgeable herbalists will likely not know all the 5. The results were seen quickly. knew that there hadn’t been a mistake. and all of these people had died because of their illnesses. #1. who suffered for many years with arthritis. but failed to do even this. the doctor stated that there must have been a mistake with the first diagnoses. “the herbal tonic had been reported to defeat adult‐onset diabetes with a 100 percent cure rate. This man began a five‐herb tonic that contained sodium sulfate. however. Phyllis Balch states that oftentimes. When taking herbs. In the words of Carly Wall. Carly Wall states. Modern medicine should be used for emergency treatments. This woman tried conventional treatments that were geared toward alleviating pains. If one herb doesn’t work. The woman was able to return to work quickly and continues to take the Herbs. someone taking an herb to treat high blood pressure can get her/his blood pressure measured periodically in order to establish the herb’s effectiveness. These case studies come from the book Naturally Healing Herbs (1960). the author of this book. Although these may be self‐evident. so he went to an herbalist. it can be awhile before the desired results are seen. After correctly diagnosing a health condition. Herbs have a long onset of action. this woman “followed her advice and ‘suddenly’ within weeks after years of pain. #2. With tears in her eyes she told the herbalist the tonics had given her back her life. For an herb to be effective. Her days were focused around her illness. They can be slow in action.
In order to achieve the title of CCH. According to Jonathan Treasure. dieticians. offer herbalists the title of Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH). certification for herbalists is important for consumers especially today. There are many titles that herbalists use such as Clinical Herbalist (CH).H. while 55 percent of those taking St. herbalists.herbological. there is a great need for herbalists to have knowledge of mainstream medicine when people who are taking prescription medications come to seek herbal remedies to take in conjunction with their prescriptions.herbalgram. and Eric Yarnell. chiropractors. John’s Wort. Garlic is used to help with high levels of cholesterol. Another credential that is used by people practicing herbalism is Naturopathic Doctor (ND). Twenty three trials were preformed that involved these people. Twenty‐two percent of the people taking the placebo experienced significant mood elevation. and the American Herbalist Guild (AHG) have responded by providing standards of education and ethics to voluntary herbalists in Western herbalism. Another study from Alternative Medicine: What Works? (1996) was on garlic. professional AHG membership. Three other trials found it to be equally effective as antidepressants and furthermore that St. According to Kathy Abascal. a few of which will be discussed in this part of the course. The Botanical Medicine Academy.I.M. MNIMH. Since there are healers who have practiced herbalism as part of their cultures for hundreds of years. have other standards. 1. nurse practitioners. John’s Wort had fewer side effects than the antidepressants. national exams that once passed. According to www. while the control group’s total cholesterol lowered by 3%.com). pharmacists. director of BMA. “Traditional practitioners will be able to continue offering their services as they have done for hundreds of years. After four months. In addition to stories of specific healing experiences with herbs. and the American Herbalist Guild have set such standards for herbalists since 1989.N. “Currently. One of these studies was done on St. These will be shared next. midwives. Herbal Licensing With the present‐day increasing levels of people practicing herbal medicine. and others.” The amount of training in herbal knowledge that each group of practitioners goes through varies greatly. A national standard of certification for Western herbalism allows consumers to know that such practitioners have a high level of education and ethics in Western herbalism. the Botanical Medicine Academy (BMA). Abascal and Yarnell state. The BMA and AHG offer voluntary. Medical Herbalist (MH). founded by naturopathic physicians holding a specialty in botanical medicine. John’s Wort was effective in helping with depression more than the placebo group. Furthermore. Jonathan Treasure recommends looking further into this type of degree because people can earn this title without going through the full program of naturopathic medicine as students of full‐time training programs.” There are many different groups of professionals that will be sought for herbal advice. go through. all three of these titles do not mean that the person has clinical knowledge and do not show a generally recognized status of knowledge (www. M.org).org. the total cholesterol for the group taking garlic lowered by 21%. This was a double blind study done with forty participants who had high cholesterol. including Ayurvedic and Native American practices.tonic periodically. while certified practitioners can advertise their particular western science‐based skills to the segments of the population that prefer that form of treatment. when many people seek herbal medicine for complex health issues (www. such as that of Bastyr University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. licensed naturopathic physicians.. Eight trials showed that St. and Certified Medical Herbalist (CMH). research has been performed in order to test the effectiveness of herbs in comparison to pharmaceutical drugs and placebo medicines. the BMA and AHG feel that it is important to keep the certification exam voluntary.herbalgram. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 13 . John’s Wort. Other types of herbalism. or licensed ND are the only credentials that Herbs.757 adults with mild depression were involved. John’s Wort experienced significant mood elevation. According to Jonathan Treasure. Scientific Studies Many scientific studies have been performed to establish the validity of the healing powers of herbs. “These practitioners may be conventional medical doctors. In a large German led study on St. The NIMH has trained herbalists for the past 100 years to be able to practice legally as healthcare professionals. doctors of osteopathy. president of BMA and professional member of AHG. two exams must be passed. Jonathan Treasure was certified as a medical herbologist by the leading United Kingdom certification organization called the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). This herb is commonly used to aide with depression and often grows as a weed in many parts of the United States. Adriane Fugh‐Berman included these studies in the book Alternative Medicine: What Works? (1996).
and it can be overwhelming for a beginner of herbalism to find a school that will both provide a high level of knowledge and allow the person to start a safe and successful practice. until you feel that your whole body is in a space of deep relaxation. Next. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 14 . which is fine. Are there areas of light? Do you hear any sounds? Notice any sensations that arise while you explore what it is like to have your awareness inside the plant.com. slowly open your eyes and focus once again on the plant. or do anything else to help you relax and feel that this is a sacred journey. either back in your home space or somewhere outside. and healer. it will work to sit around the plant in a circle. stand or sit in front of the plant and let the plant know that you would like to connect with it. Another school is offered by Susan Weed who practices herbal medicine and spirit healing in the wise woman tradition. give the plant something in return for the wisdom it will share with you. As your awareness moves into the plant. slowly open your eyes and allow them to softly focus on the plant in front of you.planetherbs. founder of the AHG. Take notice of any plants that draw your attention to them. Watch as you inhale. take note of what it feels like and what you see. This combines Western. Be with your plant for as long as you desire and then reflect on any wisdom that you gained. Michael Tierrra. Plant Meditation Another practice in connecting on a deeper level to herbs comes from Diane Mariechild’s book Mother Wit (1981). visualize a circle of protection forming around your body and aura. Each part is becoming more and more relaxed. but teaches how to use herbs from wisdom gained through her own relationship to nature. From my research on herbal schools. many of the graduates of this course pass the American Herbalist Guild certification exam. we begin to walk through nature. Once you feel ready to commune with this plant’s spirit in a relaxed and meditative state. This time hold the knowledge that the plant has consciousness and begin to communicate with the plant. and oversees the work of distance‐learning students. Ayurvedic. In this practice. For this meditation. Dr. Now close your eyes again and allow your consciousness to begin lifting up out of your body. I would like to offer one example of each as a way to introduce the variety of herbal schools that exist at this time. Now you can gently begin to bring your consciousness back into your own body. Pause here for about two minutes in order to really fall into this relaxed space in your body. the principles of formulation. She has no formal degrees of education. You can ask the Herbs. wise woman. Perhaps you would like to listen to some soft music. light a candle. along with the study of material medica. Then find some place you can either lie down or sit comfortably. and Traditional Chinese herbology. When you have reached this feeling. we first set the intention that we would like to be led to a plant that will heal us or help us to heal others. and then pause. This may feel like make‐ believing. If you are practicing this exercise with several people. Begin to allow your attention to focus on your breath. Intend to connect with the plant you found at a deeper level. According to Michael Tierra on www. Then allow your mind to be still and see where your consciousness goes. Focus completely on the plant for about two minutes.reliably guarantee professional level clinical training and qualification in western herbal medicine in the USA. Breathe with the plant and allow your intuition to guide you as to how your special relationship will come about. Plant wisdom can come in many forms. Susan Weed has founded the Wise Woman Center. it seems that there are both schools that are geared toward national accreditation through the American Herbalist Guild and those that follow the traditional path of the shaman. There are several programs that Susan Weed also offers. where she trains apprentices. Close your eyes and feel your body relaxing.herbological . and practical clinical experience. Water or compost can be good gifts for plants. Once you feel that you have found a plant that you would like to work with. You are now protected and can perhaps relax even a little further. Once you feel completely in your body again. This exercise is about using our imaginations in order to tune into the spirit of the plant. including apprenticeships in shamanism and green goddess work. Find a natural rhythm with your breath and continue to focus on it for about two minutes. and pathology studies.com) Numerous schools for herbology exist today. you need to sit in front of a healthy plant. Let your consciousness move from your body into the plant. Exercises Connecting To Plant Spirits One practice that can be helpful in deepening our connections with plants and to their spirits involves intuiting which plants can help us. practical clinical diagnostic skills. We then come into a receptive state and open our heart centers. exhale.” (www. physiology. After this. has designed a distance learning herbal course called East West School of Herbology. It includes anatomy.
tinctures contain the active constituents of herbs dissolved in alcohol. To use this method. The Rosemary House. pregnant women. or root divisions. and places the herbal tea bag in it. allow your awareness to return to its normal state. however. one shakes the jar for one to two minutes. One part of herb is soaked in five parts of rum or vodka. Stay in communication with the plant for at least a couple of minutes. in The Book Of Herbal Wisdom (1997). This is especially good for children. people with gastritis or those with peptic ulcers. For those who have an outside space where a garden can be created. puts the water in a cup. This kind of knowing will enrich your experience and lead to greater understanding and compassion. If you choose not to grow herbs. or decoctions. states that different types of alcohol have varying medicinal effects. According to Balch in Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). one brings a cup of water to a boil. Another way to prepare a tea is to use loose herbs in a tea pot. a large amount of herbs and foods can be grown. of communicating with the plant and becoming the plant. A recommended amount of herb is placed into the pot and covered with one cup of boiling water. Balch notes that it is Herbs. The liquid is poured into clean. The herb is no longer needed. Balch recommends using a non metallic brewing pot because metals can leach chemicals out into the tea. The bottles can be filled all the way and should then be closed using tops or corks. Duke covers herbs that he highly recommends to be grown for herbal healing. sage. Both of these terms refer to the process of preparing herbs by putting them in water. lavender. however. peppermint. The herb should be completely covered with alcohol. They are made by soaking herbs in alcohol. and leaves it in a cool and dark place for two weeks. as long as there is an area that gets sufficient natural light. In Mother Wit (1981). The alcohol can be taken out of tinctures by putting a dose of tincture into a small glass of water that has just come to a boil. Close your eyes and listen to the plant. Wood recommends using E & J’s Brandy. In order to make tincture. fennel. The herb does not need to be measured when using a tea bag. Meyer states that the quality of soil is most important in his opinion. and Companion Plants. The main disadvantage. (2001). There are many books on gardening that can be used to help in this process. Matthew Wood. Essential oils come out when an herb is ground or crushed. Diane Mariechild states. This is left for five to ten minutes preferably covered. you can gather cuttings. this is one of the advantages to preparing herbs in this way.D. which will react with the herbs in unknown ways. which do not come out with tea bags. One then lets the mixture sit for five minutes. You have learned to make the information conscious. dark glass jar. Tinctures Phyllis Balch outlines the process of making tinctures in her book Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). dill. strained. methyl alcohol. Growing one’s own herbs is a wonderful way to connect more with them on the spiritual level. Many nurseries sell seeds of herbs or one can purchase seeds from seed companies such as Mountain Rose Herbs. Some people think that wild herbs are the most potent for healing. dark glass bottles using a funnel. An important note that Balch includes is that tinctures such as these that contain alcohol should not be taken by children. Most herbs can be prepared in the form of teas. connecting to plants in nature can be another wonderful option to spiritually connect with them. labels it. Tinctures are stronger than teas or infusions and will last up to two years from the time they are made. which allows the alcohol to evaporate. the simplest way to make a tea is to place the herb in a tea bag. According To Phyllis Balch. is something that you often do on an unconscious level. “The experience you have just had. and is then ready to drink. Teas Another practice of using herbs is to make teas. One can weigh the herb to find out the amount of alcohol that will be needed. After this time. This is left covered for five to ten minutes. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 15 . for example. There is a wide range of herbs that can be grown outdoors. parsley. Balch warns to never use industrial alcohol. is that some herbs contain their healing qualities in their essential oils. Duke recommends growing basil. chives. For indoor gardening. Eric Meyer draws attention to the importance of the soil that is used when growing herbs in his book Mother Nature M. If this is done before placing the herb in a tea bag. Grape alcohol. helps to stimulate circulation. the essential oils go into the air. There are herbs that can grow inside as well. one strains the tincture using muslin or a winepress. To finish the meditation. Another way to make tinctures without alcohol is to use glycerol or natural cider vinegar in the place of alcohol. To start an herbal garden.plant if it has any wisdom it would like to share with you. and according to Balch.” (49) Growing Herbs This is a practice that people can do in many different types of living situations. rosemary. one puts an herb in a large. James A. When this is accomplished. seeds. or rubbing alcohol in tinctures. In the book The Green Pharmacy (1997). and thyme.
It is thought that before the beginning of male dominated history. It has continued to burn on through the ages. I have begun preparing garden beds at my new house to be used for planting. reduce the heat to a simmer and keep the mixture simmering until all the sugar granules have dissolved. Just yesterday. When coming back from a walk with my partner. At this point. if the dosage of the tincture calls for one teaspoon. My wish is that it will continue to be rekindled and burn stronger than ever before. Although we have moved away from this way of believing and living. They told me that they weren’t quite ready because the plants loved their lives in that rich soil. and oceans being her blood. I affirmed to the plants that they would die and then be reborn. blessed it. Discussion I had the experience of growing up on several acres of land that was filled with trees. Amazed and deeply touched. I spent a fair amount of time tuning in to the soil. They had many beautiful meditations to connect to the Earth that are now available for people today to participate in. The ratio is one part tincture to two parts syrup. I began to intuitively “hear” the plants and soil communicating with me. which I had buried. I began to lose my close relationship with nature. The Dead Sea Scrolls have revealed that Jesus was part of a community called the Essenes that worshiped the Earth along with the other elements. stirring constantly. Herbs. I found the most pleasure in playing outdoors and creating fantasy realms with nature. I acknowledged this and placed a special crystal into the soil as an offering for the earth. This was a very powerful image for me. I felt a deep sense of the possibilities for healing the Earth and ourselves. As I grew up. however. I strongly feel that many of my feelings of disconnection with life have come from a lack of connection to Mother Earth. After this.important not to lift the top off of a pot with steeping herbs very many times. During this time. I told the soil and plants that I intended to turn up the plants currently growing there in order for them to be used to aid in the growth of food that could be used to sustain my body. take one tablespoon of the syrup mixture. I found myself continually drawn to being outside more than sitting indoors and meditating. A cough syrup is made by putting any tinctures for herbs that treat coughs into syrup. The activities I enjoyed in the outdoors all had a focus other than connecting with nature. This fire burns in each of our hearts as well. First put one pound of sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan. Phyllis Balch outlines a procedure for making syrups in Prescription For Herbal Healing (2002). but that they would be in a matter of time. Throughout my childhood. Then let the syrup cool and store it in a dark glass bottle in the refrigerator. I have recently begun to reconnect with nature in spiritual ways and have found these to be highly satisfying for my spirit. The syrup can then be added to tinctures. the same number is taken as tablespoons instead of teaspoons. ferns. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 16 . my partner shared with me an image of the Earth as a living being. an increasing amount of people are being drawn to rekindle the fire of earthly connection. which is covered with small plants. I left the garden space for a couple of days. Thus. This experience I had in connecting with the plants and soil has sparked a great interest to continue to communicate with them. with the streams. and in connecting with it. goddess cultures existed that worshipped the Earth as part of divine creation. I started my relationship with this part of the earth by sitting with it and connecting energetically by placing my hands in the soil. I have faith that any of us can establish reconnections with the Earth. and poured it into the garden as another offering. I picked up the crystal and felt the tremendous healing energy that it had received from the Earth. Bring the mixture to a boil. lakes. I knew that it was an offering back to me for entering into communion with the Earth. Once the mixture has come to a boil. I noticed that the crystal. I have discovered that it is connecting with nature through meditating and being with the elements that feels best to me. I have undergone many awakenings and openings. With each path that I tried. Syrups Syrups are sweet liquids that can be used to treat coughs or to make the taste of tinctures sweeter. I spent years trying to find a spiritual path that resonated deeply within me. and many other plants. This is a unique process for me that I would like to share. was sitting perfectly uncovered on top of the soil where I had left it. rivers. keeping a warm place for any who seek it. Another practice that I have found to be highly satisfying is gardening. I can certainly say that through my deepening relationship with the Earth. regardless of age or background. Then. as the aromatic oils can escape into the air. Those of us on this path of reconnection with the Earth are certainly not the first to do so. I then used some of the water I had collected from a nearby river. My time outdoors turned into walks for exercise and time to be in the sun.
but many supplements have been eliminated from the market altogether. This is an attempt on the part of large corporations to thwart and eliminate the public’s ability to heal without assistance from the medical establishment. Laws that are being pushed to be enacted in European countries are going to be pushed in the United States next. grown. and these are not a part of most herbal remedies. these can heal the body. this is something they can use to prevent non public‐friendly laws from passing. that modern medicine does not have a place in healing. Now that you have stepped into the world of herbs. the president. which are threatened by impending efforts to block public access to these items. However. especially in this age of great pollution and over‐population. Not only are the herbal supplements severely decreased in their effectiveness and potency. and your representatives. In this age of scientific progress and accelerated technological development. What you can do for your right to herbal remedies is write to your government leaders so that they have ammunition for which to fight against these bills that will appear in the institutions that decide the laws for the United States. There are many plants in the world that likely have healing properties that humans have not yet discovered. mind. This alternative world means affirming that nature is the wisest source of healing. and spirit in gentle. we can realign ourselves with the natural way of health that is possible for everyone. or bought at cheaper prices than modern medicine. but also because the plant realm can use our help in return. In the words of Eric Meyer from Mother Nature M. If they have 100. For emergency health situations. emotional. Write to your senators in your state. The knowledge of herbs that we have today goes back much further than modern medicine to the millions of men and women who connected with plants by shamanic journeying. More and more people are finding that herbs are valuable healers. and watching how animals used plants to heal themselves. acting as an antidote to the cold urban environment we inhabit. Connecting with nature goes against the capitalistic approach to life in that herbs give themselves freely to healing. “Plants are our friends. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 17 . and recover from illnesses. but the Earth’s body is as well. the world of plants is becoming increasingly vital to our overall well‐being. modern medicine has much to offer. Conclusion Herbs offer us an alternative world of medicine from the modern approach to healing. ailments. build the immune system. and the prices are as much as four times the amount they were originally. We live in a relationship of constant exchange with plants. You hold this knowledge. However. North Americans have the option between modern and herbal medicines. which sometimes seems to be designed more for machines than for people. rejuvenate. there are many side effects that come with pharmaceutical drugs. (2001). you have an understanding of the herbal approach to healing.000 letters from concerned citizens. and physical health. This vast body of knowledge is continually being expanded with each new generation. Herbs can help people cleanse. If we treat our Earth correctly. At this point in time. where much healing takes place. and the results have been devastating for the public. This is valuable information that many people do not know because it is not taught in mainstream schools. mental. however. They are different from modern medicine in that they use all of the phytochemicals in plants. ease tension and pain. Herbs can be collected in nature. They embellish the planet we cohabit wherever they happen to grow. also known as essential oils.D. Our bodies are not the only ones becoming polluted with the modern ways of living. and prevent diseases.” (17) This course has allowed us to enter into this world of herbs and nature. and spiritual. By reconnecting with nature and using herbs. the Earth will keep us healthy. we can heal. Herbs. They are alive like us. Together. which can empower you and those around you to choose lives of connection. This is how you can do your part in preventing loss of your right to herbal supplements and possible vitamins as well. and together. trial and error. Germany was the first to be under these new laws about herbal supplements. The herbs that are now on the market in Germany are as little as 1/1000th the necessary potency to have any effect whatsoever. this freedom is being questioned by the United States’ government and is also being limited by deforestation occurring throughout the world. We do not use herbs only for our own benefit. yet effective ways. Plants are necessary for human life to exist. Herbal wisdom is an ancient healing system and has survived over the years by becoming an underground movement at times. This is not to say.What You Can Do To Preserve Your Right To Have Access To Herbs It is very important that you do everything in your own power to preserve your right to have access to herbs and vitamin supplements. each of us providing what the other needs in order to survive: oxygen (humans) and carbon dioxide (plants).
html) Herbs. They are teachers for us of how to open. But when we consciously choose to live Different from material money and possessions In communion with the rest of creation This wealth is one of heart and soul.com/nature. or sprawl wet‐legged by a mountain stream.” —Stephen Graham. Opening themselves to the great sun of life. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 18 . opens. To this ocean of wealth known as nature. and smile. or lie prone under the trees of the forest. The Gentle Art Of Tramping. the great door.health. I invite you to take this knowledge to a deeper level through personal exploration of herbs and your own connection to the Earth. Connecting deeper We are always a part of it. “As you sit on the hillside. trust.quotegarden. and happiness. We take a new breath of life Plants are continually dancing in the bliss of creation And are reborn. that does not look like a door. (http://www. So let us jump into this world. May this be an ever deepening journey for both you and others.
or any other autoimmune disease. liverwort. Acorus (Acorus gramineus) Common Names: Chang pu. as well as infections. Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria) Common Names: Cocklebur.000 milligrams of vitamin C. Doses: You can obtain this herb by meeting with a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCM). glaucoma. South America and southern Texas. Description: This herb likes lots of sunlight and produces yellow budding flowers in the summer season. Properities: Acerola is one of the highest content vitamin C foods available. Also acorus is used to protect the brain from free radicals. Description: Alfalfa is a flowering herb with spiraling seedpods. Doses: This herb is most commonly taken as a tea or tincture. You would find this as a vitamin C pill. According to Phyllis A. this herb can be used to stop the irritation of the urinary tract.” This herb can also be used in lotion or cream form. It can also be used to help treat jaundice and liver problems. Location: Alfalfa is grown around the world. wrinkles and Parkinson’s disease. induce vomiting and alleviate diarrhea. pantothenic acid and vitamin B2. For the sake of comparison 100 grams of oranges contains only 500 milligrams of vitamin C. aging effects. Uses: Agrimony can be used to cure diarrhea and relaxed bowels. Warnings: Be advised that water should be taken in liberal amounts when taking acerola. infertility. Antilles cherry and Barbados cherry. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 19 . Its berries are a red color at their peak of nutrients and change to a green color when harvested. Also. Doses: Acerola can be found in pill form at drug stores. but it originated in the Middle East. this herb can be found in North America in the form of teas and powders. “On average. Warnings: Agrimony can cause an increase in constipation. Uses: This herb is used primarily for its high vitamin C content. dysentery and abdominal pain. Description: The leaves of the Acorus herb are similar to grass and the entire herb resembles an iris plant. Location: North America and Northern Canada. Warnings: Acorus should never be used without the assistance of medical professionals. Do not take acerola when being treated for cancer via surgical operation or chemotherapy treatment. Properties: Acorus is an antioxidant and can be used to relieve the stomach. Hashimotos’s thyroiditis. Because of the vitamin C content in the herb it can be used to fight off allergies. Sjogrens’s syndrome. Uses: This herb can be used to help patients going through drug withdrawal in that it has a calming effect and works on the body to ensure that the toxic inflammatory chemical histamines released during drug cravings are controlled. church steeples and stickwort. Alfalfa (Medicago sativum) Common Names: Lucerne. rheumatoid arthritis. lupus. The herb is also recognized for containing amounts of vitamin B1. Balch in Prescription for Herbal Healing (2002). bronchitis. People with the following health conditions should not take agrimony: Grave’s disease. which would read on the label. Location: North America. “contains acerola. Herbs. Agrimony is non‐toxic and is used as an astringent. It can also be used as a phlegm eliminator and as a tranquilizer. Location: Acerola is commonly found in the West Indies. Properties: This is one of the most commonly used herbs for healing wounds. cancer. shi chang pu. In conjunction with bed wetting. colds and flu. but be advised that allergic reaction is possible. sweet flag rhizome and gramineus. magnesium.Herbs Reference Guide Acerola (Malpighia) Common Names: Some common names for acerola are cereso. 100 grams of ripe acerola fruits contain 17. Description: The acerola grows as a bushy shrub. niacin.
A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 20 . Herbs. The fruit from the tree can be taken for common coughs. skin disorders. coughs.” Uses: This herb can be used for skin damage. wrinkles and ulcers. Aloe (Aloe vera) Common Names: Aloe Vera. The trees produce fragrant flowers and nuts. constipation. bronchitis. People with autoimmune disease and those taking anticoagulants should avoid taking alfalfa as well. bleeding gums. fractures. Description: Andiroba is a tree that can reach up to 300 feet in height. Some side effects include drowsiness. pregnant women or those who are menstruating should not take aloe internally. Uses: This herb can be used to fight off stress and stimulate the immune system. Uses: This herb is a blood purifier and detoxifies the body. and potassium. magnesium. E and K as well as eight essential amino acids. Also. rheumatism. burns. The oils of the nuts. eczema. gonorrhea. Location: Found from Maine to Georgia and from Oklahoma to Minnesota. Doses: The herb is sold in oil and capsule form. Properties: This herb is an anti‐inflammatory agent. seed oil. It can aid in the process of cancer treatment. Location: The Aloe plant originated in Africa. Doses: Alfalfa may be ingested as a food or in pill form. constipation. Those with blood pressure should consult a doctor before taking ginseng. American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) Common Names: Ginseng. A yellow sap can also be removed to use internally. this herb is a smaller version than its relation. which contain a clear gel inside that can be applied externally. Doses: American Ginseng is available in tincture and tea forms. Andiroba (Carapa guianensis) Location: This herb is found in the tropical rainforests of Brazil. The root is chewed and should have a sweet. Guyana and Columbia. as well as in whole root form. Warnings: Pregnant women and women suffering from premenstrual syndromes should not ingest alfalfa. lung problems. hemorrhoids. According to Phyllis A. “American Ginseng can be safely taken in the amount of 1 to 2 grams per day in capsule or tablet form or 3 to 5 millimeters of tincture three times a day. arthritis. Description: The root of the herb is the widely used medicinal portion of the plant. insect bites and psoriasis. Description: The plant consists of huge leaves. Aloe vera use should be limited (for no more than two weeks straight). tree bark and leaves are all used in medicinal ways. Alfalfa can also be taken to aid in the process of menopause. Uses: Aloe can be used to treat burns and wounds and is commonly applied to sunburns.” Warnings: Women beginning a new form of oral contraceptive should avoid ginseng. This herb can also be used to aid frostbite. You can also find it as a base to popular creams like Oil of Olay. athlete’s foot. D. high blood pressure. then bitter. Balch author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). taste. laxative and immune stimulant. Properties: Ginseng can be used to lower people’s blood pressure. infections. “The bark has been found to be anti‐bacterial. anemia. Properties: It has been discovered that the oil can be used as an anti‐inflammant serum and also to alleviate pain and swelling. and cancer. Warnings: Aloe should not be used internally by women who are breast‐feeding.Properties: This herb is prized for its content of calcium. It can be used to cure liver disorders. headaches cystitis. and symptoms of menopause. hemorrhoids. hangovers. rheumatism. but is grown around the world. Women on birth control should not take aloe vera internally although it may be taken externally. The leaves of the alfalfa plant also contain vitamins A. It is also used to increase stamina and energy. It can be used to fight colds.. the flowers anti‐tumor and the heartwood anti‐ fungal. Doses: Aloe gels can be used for wounds and burns while aloe bitters can be taken internally for constipation. asthma. According to Prescriptions For Herbal Healing (2002). This herb should also be avoided by those suffering from digestive problems.
and the whole seed can be used in cooking. Pakistan and India. Properties: This herb has been used throughout the ages to cure infections. meaning that it aids in clearing out the body by prompting the secretion of fluids in places like the digestive tract. The essential oil from the seeds is used medicinally. Uses: Anise can be used to fight bad breath. Doses: Andographis comes in tablet form. garden angelica. diarrhea. help fight cancer. Women who are nursing or pregnant should avoid the use of this herb. Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) Location: Found through out Asia. heartburn. flu or fever and aid in the process of dealing with HIV/AIDS. increase breast‐milk production. Warnings: This herb can cause weakness and shouldn’t be taken by pregnant women. Description: This is an evergreen herb with yellow flowers and conical leaves. Thailand. cure the common cold. Uses: Arjuna can be used to cure hemorrhages. Angelica can be used to induce a menstruation cycle. fractures. herpes. Wolf’s Bane. Properties: The bark of the arjuna tree holds calcium salts. Also some people can experience an allergic reaction to andographis. Some side effects can be heart palpitations and dizziness. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 21 . Description: This plant produces feathery leaves and small yellow and white flowering buds. king of bitters. and skin problems. It can also be used to get the systems in the body flowing. Spain and Turkey. kiryat. fevers and sore throats. but primarily in India. Doses: The essential oils of anise can be purchased in the form of aromatherapy. it can increase sensitivity to sunlight and is mildly toxic. Warnings: This herb can cause infertility in both men and women and should be used in moderation. fah tolai. Herbs. This herb is a stimulant. sweet cumin. kalmegh. Arnica (Arnica montana) Common Names: Leopard’s Bane. Uses: This herb can be used to prevent heart attack. ease colic. Use anise in moderation. Description: The leaves and stems of the plant are picked and put to medicinal use. or Mountain Arnica. dysentery. as well as cure gonorrhea. edema. It can be helpful in reducing high blood pressure and treating intestinal problems. Also. Uses: This herb can be used to cure sour stomach. Location: Middle East. tannins and glucosides. Warnings: If you are planning to take this herb for congestive heart failure make sure to consult a physician prior to use. and chaun xin liang. Properties: This herb is known as a secretagogue. Properties: Angelica is used to improve circulation and warm the body. Anise (Pimpinella anisum) Common Names: Pimpinel seed. Location: This herb can be found in the forests of China. Description: This herb is an indoor plant that grows to be about two feet tall with green leaves and yellow budding flowers. magnesium salts. Too much of this herb will slow circulation. tonic and astringent. Doses: Arjuna is readily available in capsule form. and aid in respiratory ailments. Anise is commonly found in teas.Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) Common Names: Chiretta. Angelica (Angelica archangelica) Common Names: Wild parsnip. It can also be used to prevent heart attacks and congestive heart failure. while the seeds are sold separately for the flavoring of food and liquors. Warnings: Do not use anise seed if you have highly sensitive and/or allergic skin conditions. gas and colic. Location: This herb can be found on the Mediterranean coasts of west Asia and is grown commonly in Egypt.
anxiety. Description: This herb is found in the family of tomatoes and grows as a small shrub. Northern China and Taiwan. Warnings: Pregnant women should not use arnica because it can be used to induce labor. It produces yellow flowers and red fruit. the uncooked herb will cause nausea and vomiting. devil’s dung. fractures and major injuries or traumas. Doses: This herb can be found in creams.” This herb works on the entire nervous system and relieves stress. Properties: Asafoetida is useful in curing nervous disorders. Doses: Asafoetida comes in the form of powder or tinctures. Uses: This herb can be used to treat bladder and parasitic infections. Warnings: Do not eat the berries of this plant. aid in carpal tunnel syndrome. Herbs. diagonal sections of the root of the herb in medicine. locoweed. Doses: This herb is available in capsule form. and cancer. bowl problems and lung disorders like bronchitis. antibiotic and pain reliever. it can have a negative effect on the menstrual cycle and cause miscarriage. Try not to take this herb with tranquilizers because it will cause drowsiness and loss of coordination. Do not take this herb while pregnant.Location: This herb can be found in the mountains of Siberia. Properties: Artemisia stimulates the production of bile and has antimicrobial functions. exhaustion. This herb should have a sweet taste. prevent high cholesterol. Location: This herb can be found in Afghanistan. Description: Herbalists use the long. Description: This herb grows as a tiny shrub with yellow‐green flowers in the autumn season.500 years as a ‘vitalizer. Pakistan and India. autoimmune disorders. Europe. carpal tunnel syndrome. or seizures. arthritis. do not take this herb if you are taking prescription drugs for insomnia. Description: The gum that collects after the plant has been allowed to grow for at least four years is the portion used medicinally. The top portions of the leaves are used medicinally. Location: This herb grows in parts of Sri Lanka. This herb should never be taken internally because it is poisonous. Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera) Common Names: Indian Ginseng and withania. Artemisia (Artemisia capillaris) Common Names: Capillaris. Location: This herb can be found in Japan. Uses: Ashwaganda can be used for athletes to give them instant energy without the use of harmful stimulants. Asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida) Common Names: Food of the gods. Description: This is a perennial with oval‐shaped leaves and daisy‐like flowers. The entire herb is used medicinally. Properties: According to the Prescription For Herbal Healing Handbook (2002). Doses: Artemisia is used in teas or tinctures. “Ashwaganda has been used for more than 2. narthex and hing. It also aids in the treating of hepatitis and jaundice. Properties: This herb is an anti‐inflammatory. fatigue and memory loss. repel insects and relive irritable bowel syndrome. Also. yen chen hao. Chinese wormwood. Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) Common Names: Milk vetch root. reduce bruising and swelling. Uses: This herb can be used to cure colic. Warnings: If ingested. Arnica should not be used for more than two weeks at a time. Also it can be used to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Pakistan and Iran. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 22 . Uses: Arnica can be used to help heal tissue. Canada and the Northern United States. constipation and diarrhea.
and stimulate the immune system. and cure bronchitis. which produces small yellow flowers. high blood pressure. Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Common Names: Huckleberry. Germany. and peptic ulcers. and fight inflammations. All parts of the bark. Herbs. atheroclerosis. oat extract. Peruvian balsam. and ointments. HIV/AIDS. It is rich in calcium. Description: This is a thorny bush. Balsam of Tolu (Myroxylon balsamum) Common Names: Myroxylon.” It is known that this herb is useful in treating those who experience repeated infections. diarrhea. myasthenia gravis and immune suppression. angina. liver problems. Peru and Venezuela. tablets. cuts. Description: The leaf of the bilberry bush is the portion used medicinally. eye disorders. Warnings: Do not take astragalus while directly experiencing an infection because it is believed that it will make the virus stronger. Properties: This herb is primarily recognized for fighting bacterial infections. tinctures and fluidextracts. as well as allergic reactions. inflammatory joint disease. blueberry. rheumatoid arthritis. Uses: Barberry can be used to treat burns. cancer. Description: This herb is used medicinally in the form of a resin taken from the tree. France. Also. peptic ulcers. heal wounds. Location: The origin of Avena is in England. Lupus. Properties: Balsam of Tolu is an antiseptic and has the ability to kill parasites. Doses: You can find Barberry in capsule form. Pregnant women or those who are nursing should also avoid the use of Barberry. Location: North America and Europe. Location: This herb is found in Columbia. burns. and diarrhea. Tolu balsam and balsam of Peru.Properties: This herb is known as a “body tonic. It can be applied externally as a cream. laryngitis. as well as to stimulate sex drive. congestive heart failure. Poland and Russia. Uses: This herb can be used for an upset stomach. Warnings: Barberry should be avoided in cases of food poisoning. colds. lotions and perfumes. diabetes. teas. Doses: It can be taken internally or externally. Barberry (Berbersis vulgaris) Location: Europe and North America. gastritis and kidney stones. gout. Always test small portions of the skin with Balsam of Tolu before applying liberally. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 23 . This herb is used as a fragrance for soaps. abrasions. all types of infections. Doses: Look for Avena in a bath mix form and in tinctures. prostatitis. infertility. This herb is good for fighting bladder infections. menopause and nervousness. Doses: Bilberry is available in tablets and in dried form for use in teas. tinctures. atherosclerosis. heart attacks. Uses: Avena can be used to help treat attention deficit disorder (ADD). thorns and flowers are used medicinally. gallstones. Uses: You can use this herb to help release phlegm. People with diabetes should avoid the use of Barberry without supervision. It can also be used to stimulate the immune system. Description: The green tops of the cereal plant oats are used medicinally. Warnings: High amounts of this herb can damage the kidneys. and rheumatoid arthritis. it can be used to treat injuries and ringworm. Men who are planning to have children shouldn’t take Barberry. increase metabolic activity. eczema. skin irritations will occur. Avena is an anti‐inflammant and a sedative. Properties: This herb is said to be a sexual stimulant for males. phosphorus and B‐complex vitamins. Doses: Look for this herb in capsules. yeast infections. diarrhea. Uses: Astragalus can be used to treat diabetes.” and according to the Prescription for Herbal Healing Handbook (2002) it can be used to “strengthen digestion. Frequently. Avena (Avena sativa) Common Names: Wild oats.
and then turned into resin for medicinal use. Cimicifuga dahurica. liver cancer and obesity. Do not take bilberry while pregnant. dhup. squawroot. Doses: Birch is available in tea form. Doses: Bitter Melon can be eaten. tinctures. high blood pressure. Location: This herb can be found in Asia. Doses: Look for black cohosh in capsule form. and fluidextracts. exercise extreme caution while taking bitter orange because it can cause contractions. seeds and vines are all used medicinally. Uses: This herb can be used to help treat anemia. Description: To put the bitter orange to medicinal use you use the whole. The peel can also be used. Cimicifuga heracleifolia) Common Names: Bugbane. Black Cohosh can be used to help aid the process of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Herbs. Warnings: High amounts of bitter melon consumption can result in stomach pain and diarrhea. help with infertility and regulate hormones. Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Common Names: Bitter gourd. but the fruit is the prized portion of the herb. which acts as a decongestant. prevent a heart attack. premenstrual syndrome. leaves. Uses: Use black cohosh to sooth a soar throat. mastic. olibanum. Location: This herb can be found in areas of Europe and North America. Birch (Betula) Common Names: Silver birch. Properties: This herb is used to balance hormone levels in both males and females. cimicifuga. black birch. purified. diuretic and antispasmodic. monitor your sugars while taking bilberry. karela. Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium) Common Name: Chih‐shih. Warnings: If you are pregnant. Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga foetida. as well as taken in tinctures. cancer and warts. cellulite. sweet birch and white birch. Location: This herb’s origin is in the Middle East. improve vision. herpes and chronic fatigue syndrome. Description: The flowers. Warnings: Girls who have not reached their first menstruation should not take this herb. If used. bladder infection. extracts or juices. It is also used to help in circulation. muscular pain. cerasee. Also bitter orange can cause sensitivity to light. Properties: This herb is widely known for its uses in treating diabetes and improving blood sugar and glucose tolerance. If you are diabetic. you may experience some side effects. Description: The leaves. or if you have heart disease.Warnings: Do not use high doses of bilberry. unripe fruit of a mandarin orange. Description: The gummy extract from the tree is taken out. Doses: Look for bitter orange in tea form. on birth control. indigestion. Bitter Melon should not be taken by those who are pregnant or those who experience hypoglycemia. Properties: Birch is an anti‐inflammant. Uses: Bitter Melon can be used to help treat diabetes. Do not use this herb in conjunction with painkillers. Uses: This herb can be used to treat arthritis. Location: This herb can be found on the Atlantic seaboard and in eastern Canada. Boswellia (Boswellia carterii) Common Names: Frankincense. or Indian olibanum. heat stress. aid in menopause. kidney stones. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 24 . salai gugal. Description: The rhizome and the roots of this herb are used medicinally. Properties: Bitter Orange has synephrine in it. sap and bark of the birch tree are used medicinally. and black snakeroot. Warnings: Women who have heart or kidney problems should avoid using birch leave douches. Do not take this herb if you are pregnant or nursing. taking replacement hormones. momordicaand balsam pear.
HIV/AIDS. edible burdock. Description: The root of this carrot‐like plant is used medicinally. and decreasing aging effects. Warnings: Do not take bupleurum in conjunction with antibiotics. or a young child. nausea and skin rash. Bupleurum (Bupleurum Chinese) Common Names: Chai hu. measles. bruises. Uses: Burdock can be used for soar throats. Properties: Brahmi is known as a brain tonic and nerve tonic. diarrhea. boils. Properties: This herb is put to use on the circulatory system and the liver. anxiety disorder and stress. circulatory. Brahmi (Bacopa monniera) Common Names: Water hyssop. The tops of the plant are used in medicine. or have a history of liver or kidney disease. Use burdock to cleanse your body of bile and toxins. Doses: You can find bromelain in tablets. Description: Burdock looks similar to a sunflower plant. do not take this herb if you are suffering from kidney or liver disease. Uses: This herb can be used to fight attention deficit disorder (ADD). Doses: You can find bupleurum at Chinese pharmacies in combination with other herbs or in tea form. improving memory. It is recommended that this extract be mixed with honey or some sweet substance to improve its taste for consumption. gastric ulcers. Herbs. taken from the pineapple plant’s stem and fruit. It can also be removed from pineapple juice. and warts. liver disease and cancer. pain reliever. Warnings: Some side effects include diarrhea. Warnings: Women experiencing too much estrogen production should avoid taking Brahmi because it can cause temporary hearing loss. Location: This herb can be found in Europe. It is also known for increasing intelligence. The root of this herb is used medicinally. but has purple and red flower petals and thorns. nursing. memory problems. and antiarthritic. and excessive menstrual bleeding. sciatica. sinusitis. Uses: Bromelain can be used to treat bronchitis. experience hypertension. Burdock (Arctium lappa) Common Names: Greater burdock. Indian pennywort. cuts and scrapes. Parkinson’s disease. Location: This herb grows in the region of Florida. rheumatoid arthritis. bone cancer. Description: This plant can be found floating in the waters of the above listed regions. eczema. Bromelain (Ananas comosus) Description: This herb is a digestive enzyme. dandruff. allergies. Uses: Bupleurum can be used to cure herpes. gout. lappa. and is known to get rid of inflammation. diabetes. Also. Bromelain can be used to stop blood clotting and clear veins. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 25 . diabetes. crohn’s disease. bursitis. carpal tunnel syndrome. Warnings: Don’t take this herb for more than ten days at a time. Consult a doctor before using bromelain if you are pregnant. Doses: You can find this herb in extract form. Alzheimer’s disease. kidney disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Do not take this herb if you are pregnant. lymphatic and urinary tract systems in the body. or Chinese thorowax root. arthritis. taking steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs or taking interferon therapy for hepatitis. Properties: This herb is used to help in the process of digestion. Properties: This herb can be used as a cleanser for the respiratory. It can also be used to cure irritable bowel syndrome. Doses: Look for this herb in extracts or tablets.Properties: This herb is an anti‐inflammant. This herb may cause side effects like nausea. gout. Uses: Boswellia can be used to treat arthritis. dry skin and ulcerative colitis. premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Do not take this herb if you are pregnant. Central America and India. vomiting. parasitic infections. Asia and North America.
as well as help with carpel tunnel syndrome. powder form. The primary chemical in this herb is called californidine. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Common Names: Pot marigold and pot calendula. According to Phyllis Balch in Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). Properties: Calendula can be used to fight bacteria and ease pain. pink. but can be found throughout the world. Description: The yellow. Do not use calendula teas for more than two weeks at a time. leaves and root are all used medicinally. bark. California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Location: This herb is native to the state of California. Cardamom (Amomum villosum) Common Names: Grains‐of‐Paradise. Doses: This herb can be found in tablet form. Properties: This herb contains analogs of the drug used to cure diabetes. Doses: You can find calendula in eye drops. Uses: Use calendula to fight allergies. Uses: Use the California poppy to treat anxiety and restless leg syndrome. Warnings: This herb can potentially cause anxiety and insomnia when ingested. lymphedema. low blood pressure and decreased nerve strength. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 26 . gastritis.” Warnings: Use burdock cautiously while pregnant. Description: The nuts. “Traditional herbalists recommend 2 to 4 milliliters of burdock root tincture per day or 1 to 2 grams three times a day in capsule form. Properties: This herb is known for being a cleansing herb. Do not take other drowsy medications at the same time as calendula. creams. tinctures and teas. Location: This herb can be found in Vietnam and portions of China. they must be cooked first.Doses: You can find this herb in cereal mixes. “goboshi” or “gobo” products in asian grocery stores and as oils. purging. Description: This herb grows yellow and orange flower petals that are used medicinally. Cajueiro (Anacardium occidentale) Common Names: Jambu and cashew nut shells. Location: This herb can be found in Brazil and other tropical locations around the world. Warnings: Do not eat Cajueiro nuts raw. Uses: Cajueiro can be used to treat diabetes and fight off parasitic infections. skin disorders. Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus aculeatis) Description: This herb’s berries. root and resin of the tree are all used medicinally. creams. and increase circulation. which can be used like a sedative. bowel disease. syphilis. It is also an anti‐inflammatory. and tinctures. teas. Herbs. vomiting. It can be used to help expel urine. lower cholesterol level. which is called pioglitazone and roislitazone. Properties: The California poppy is an anti‐inflammant herb and is calming. Warnings: Do not use this herb if you are pregnant. and extract form. Use this herb only with medical supervision. Location: This herb is native to Mediterranean parts of the world. Properties: Cardamom can be used to ease indigestion and the bodily functions of excretion. orange or red flowers and stems of this herb are used medicinally. Description: The seedpods of this herb are used medicinally. Warnings: Taking too much butcher’s broom can cause side effects like a weakened heart. If this herb is taken in essential oil form it can be used for an antifungal and antibacterial purposes. cardamom. conjunctivitis. and varicose veins. Uses: Use butcher’s broom to decrease swelling in the ankles. Doses: This herb can be found in tincture form. Doses: This herb can be used in teas and can be found in pharmacies. and to break through mucus membranes.
Uses: Use cardamom to help treat tuberculosis and urinary incontinence. diabetes. commonly known as chili peppers. the bark of this herb is used. for internal applications. lung cancer. pregnant or nursing. peptic ulcer and to help fight HIV/AIDS. Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita) Location: This herb originates in Europe. Uses: Cayenne can be used to treat heat stress. sore muscles. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) Common Name: Catmint. herpes‐ related nerve damage. chili. Properties: This herb can be used to expel gases from the body and to reduce fevers. Doses: Use this herb in tea form. Description: The bark of this herb is used for medicinal purposes. red pepper. Properties: Cat’s Claw can be used as a stimulant for the immune system. food poisoning. mixed with starchy food. Uses: This herb can be used to treat arthritis. Location: This herb can be found in North America and Europe. they lose their effect. Uses: Use this herb to fight influenza and insomnia as well as fever sicknesses. bowel disorders. you should always take cat’s claw tincture with at lease ¾ cup of water to avoid absorption through the tongue. use cayenne in the form of capsaicin cream. “The healing alkaloids in cat’s claw tinctures are released from tannins by the action of acid in the stomach. You can add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the water to increase the acidity of the solution. and HIV/AIDS. are used medicinally.” Warnings: Do not place cayenne on the eye area. Lyme disease. Location: This herb is located in the Peruvian Amazon. psoriasis. Doses: According to Phyllis Balch in Prescription for Herbal Healing (2002). Description: For medicinal purposes. obesity and migraine headaches. a contraceptive and an anti‐ inflammant. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 27 . use cayenne powder. Doses: This herb is available in tincture form and should be mixed with lemon juice to increase it’s acidity and thus make it more productive. prostatitis. Properties: This herb can be used as an anti‐inflammant and to help digestion. Cayenne (Capsicum) Common Names: Chili pepper. “For external application. Doses: You can find this herb in capsule forms and tincture form. Cat’s Claw (Uncaria guianensis) Common Name: Una de gato. mouth area or on pieces of broken skin. arthritis. This releases even more alkaloids from tannin…If you do not use one of these types of tincture. For this reason. be sure to add lemon juice or vinegar to the water you drink while taking the herb to assure its bioavailability. Cayenne also gets rid of gas and increases metabolism and the production of gastric juices. gastritis. Description: The fruits.” Warnings: Do not take cat’s claw if you are diabetic. Catuaba (Erythroxylum catuaba) Location: This herb is located in Brazil in the rain forest areas. colds. tincture or fresh spice. Uses: Use catuaba to treat impotence. Properties: Catuaba is known for its aphrodisiac qualities. or if you use pills or tablets. Location: This herb can be found naturally in Central America. According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). If they are absorbed through the tongue. cancer. Description: The tops of the flowers are used medicinally. Herbs. the top portions of this herb are clipped in the fall months. Description: For medicinal purposes. Doses: This herb can be ingested as a tea.
and creosote bush. diarrhea. liver problems or lymphatic system problems do not take this herb. morning sickness. Uses: You can use chanca piedra to treat diabetes. high blood pressure and kidney stones. atherosclerosis. Warnings: Do not ingest chen‐pi if you are experiencing fever. Description: This herb consists of the fresh peel of a mandarin orange. Doses: You can take chamomile as a cream or compress externally and in tea or tincture from internally. improve blood sugar levels and treat leishmaniasis. Uses: Use this herb to cure seizure disorders and to treat hangovers. eczema. Properties: This herb is used to release kidney stones. The whole fruit and the skin are used medicinally. colic. Doses: This herb can be found as a tincture or tea. Properties: This herb is an antioxidant and anti‐inflammant. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). and swertia. This herb can also be used as a contraceptive. Uses: Use chen‐pi to fight allergies. herdiondilla. Herbs. Indian gentian. lupus and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Description: This herb’s white root is used medicinally. nausea. leishmaniasis and nausea. asthma. attention deficit disorder (ADD). Description: Chaparral leaves are used medicinally. if taken internally. psoriasis. gobernadora. release bronchial secretions and kill certain types of bacteria. Doses: You can use this herb as a bath mix. Location: This herb is native to South America. indigestion and peptic ulcers. cancer and HIV/AIDS. Chen‐Pi (Citrus reticulata) Common Name: Bitter orange peel. and antispasmodic herb. Location: This herb can be found in India and Nepal. cuts. Properties: This herb can be used to cure a hangover. If you have sensitive skin. conjunctivitis. Chaparral (Larrea divaricata) Common Names: Larrea. Uses: Use chaparral to fight arthritis. hives. stress. be aware that you should stay out of the sun. chirayata. anxiety. antioxidant. toxic side effects in the body. Description: The tops of the plants are all used medicinally. Warning: If you are taking warfarin (coumadin) do not take chamomile as well. polygala tenuifolia root. redness on the tongue. antihistamine.Properties: Chamomile is known for being a calming herb. Doses: Chanca piedra can be found in tincture and tablet form. insomnia. antianxiety. If you do chose to take chaparral. Properties: Chiretta can be used to ease digestion. and serious. Uses: Use this herb to treat diabetes. Doses: You can find this herb as a tincture of tea. It can be used as an anti‐inflammant. kidney problems. Uses: You can use chamomile to fight allergies. Warnings: This herb. Chinese Senega Root (Polygala tenuifolia) Common Names: Polygala. have gastiris or ulcers. increased aggressiveness and irritability. scrapes. endometrial cancer. can cause reduced testicle size. phyllanthus. abrasions. peptic ulcers. or if you are coughing up blood. Chanca Piedra (Phyllanthus niruri) Common Names: Quebra pedra. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 28 . Location: This herb originates in the southern United States and northern Mexico. carpal tunnel syndrome. Properties: Chen‐pi can be used to ease upset stomach and allergic reactions. Chiretta (Swertia chirayita) Common Names: Indian balmony. Warnings: Do not use this herb if you are pregnant.
Warnings: Do not ingest cinnamon if you are allergic to basalm of tolu or have prostate problems. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) Common Names: Cinnamon bark. Doses: It is recommended that you dilute clove oil in water or some type of oil before ingesting it. herpes. Herbs. Nepal. Job’s tears. which is used medicinally. Bell’s palsy. peptic ulcers and yeast infections. Warnings: When using this herb to treat ulcers consult a physician first. Tanzania and Sri Lanka. Myanmar. Properties: Codonopsis can be used to treat cancer. cassia. Warnings: This herb should not be taken by young children or infants. Codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula) Common Name: Poor man’s ginseng Location: This herb can be found in Asia. headaches. Properties: Coleus is known for being an antihistamine. Warnings: Do not take this herb while experiencing urinary incontinence or while pregnant. Properties: This herb is known world‐wide to help ease an upset stomach. and asthma. periodontal disease. West Indies and the Philippines. lupus. chronic fatigue syndrome. Uses: Use this herb to treat Mastitis and infection of the nails. Properties: This herb is antifungal. Description: The coleus’ root and leaves are used medicinally. Description: The taproot of this herb is used medicinally. Coleus (Coleus forskohlii) Location: This herb can be found in Kenya. Warnings: Do not take chiretta if you suffer from gastric or duodenal ulcers. “Coleus should be used in the form of forskolin extract. Doses: You can grate cinnamon pieces into food for consumption or mix cinnamon oil into water or tea. high blood pressure and eczema. indigestion.” Warnings: Do not take coleus while taking other blood thinning medicines. Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfarae) Common Names: British tobacco. Uses: Use this herb to treat asthma. This herb can also be used to increase stamina level. Location: This herb can be found in India. peptic ulcers and vomiting. antimicrobrial and analgesic. Madagascar and Tanzania. Sri Lanka. hatomugi. headaches. liver cancer. Doses: This herb can be found in food products like cereal. Uses: Use cinnamon to stop uterine bleeding. treat fibroids. Properties: Coix can be used as an antiviral agent and to relieve inflammation. and the flowers and leaves of the cloves produce oil. Coix (Coix lachryma‐jobi) Common Name: Coicis. tussilago and coughwort. menstrual problems. tea and tablet form. Uses: Use this herb to treat cancer.Doses: This herb is available as a tea or tincture. Description: The flower buds are dried. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 29 . Doses: You can find this herb in tincture. Doses: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). Description: The red soft bark and young twigs of the herb are used medicinally. Uses: Clove can be used to treat food poisoning. Location: This herb can be found in China. upset stomachs. assfoot. or cinnamon twig. toothache and peptic ulcers. Clove (Syzgium aromaticum) Location: This herb is grown in the Molucca Islands and cultivated in Indonesia. anti‐inflammatory.
Warnings: Avoid the use of this herb if you have prostate cancer or breast cancer or if you are below adult age. Uses: Coltsfoot can be used to treat bronchitis. Description: The flower buds of this herb are used medicinally. Doses: This herb can be found as a tea. and pneumonia. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 30 . coptis rhizome and Chinese goldthread. full. Corn Silk (Zea mays) Herbs. high cholesterol. Properties: Copaiba is known for being a relief aid for skin irritations. and balsam copaiba. Warnings: Do not ingest large quantities of copaiba. syphilis or psoriasis. China and on the Atlantic coast of North America. tincture and powder form. Doses: You can find this herb in over the counter formulas and tea form.” Properties: Cordyceps has been used over the centuries to treat sexual diseases like impotence. parasitic infections and atherosclerosis. Description: The resin from this herb is used medicinally. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) Common Names: Knitbone and bruisewort. The short. Loccation: This herb is located in China. Minute doses of coptis will increase blood pressure while larger doses will result in decreased blood pressure. Use only pure forms of copaiba oil if you have allergic reactions to balsam of tolu. arthritis. Uses: Use this herb to help treat cancer. Also copaiba is known for aiding in the breaking down of mucus membranes. osteomyelitis. Uses: Use coptis to treat cancer. Location: This herb can be located in Japan. Description: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). Warnings: Be careful with dosage amounts. Doses: You can find this herb in capsule. Jesuit’s balsam. tincture form and in shampoos. Location: This herb is native to Europe. Large amounts of coptis will cause drowsiness. Properties: Coptis is known for containing the chemical berbine. Brazil and Venezuela. cream or poultice. Uses: Use comfrey to ease pain and skin problems. It is gathered in early summer. Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) Common Name: Dong chong xia cao. This herb improves the immune system function and helps to provide people with an overall energy boost. Description: All portions of the comfrey herb are used medicinally. copaiba. tuberculosis. Doses: Copaiba can be found in oil form. Doses: This herb is available in tincture and tablet form. Talk with your doctor if you are currently taking anticoagulant drugs. usually before the insect’s cocoon is formed. Uses: Use copaiba to help treat eczema. yellow‐white cross section. mal‐dos‐sete‐dias. Properties: This herb can be used to reduce pain and inflammation after injuries occur. Also don’t take comfrey while pregnant and do not give it to infants. eye disorders. herpes. ointments. Description: The root of the Coptis herb is used medicinally. Coptis (Coptis chinensis) Common Names: Coptidis. Warnings: Do not ingest comfrey if you are on other medications or antibiotics. round. Copaiba (Capifera) Common Names: Copal. Properties: This herb can be used to relive congestion. “It is an antlered fungus that grows in insect larvae. laryngitis. Locatoin: This herb can be found in Columbia.Location: This herb can be found in Europe and Asia. sticklike fungus has a fat. and tinnitus. gonorrhea. Warnings: This herb can cause high blood pressure if too much is ingested.
and metabolism. When you ingest damiana. atherosclerosis. Warnings: Do not take corn silk while taking the blood pressure medication known as quinapril (Accupril). taking warfarin. Location: This herb is grown primarily in Bulgaria. North and South America. tan shen and cinnabar root. restless leg syndrome. chronic fatigue syndrome. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Location: This herb can be found growing wild around the world. blood circulation. Description: The root of the dan shen herb is used medicinally. Uses: Use couch grass to help treat bronchitis and laryngitis. impotence. Damiana (Turnera diffusa) Location: This herb can be found in Mexico. followed by a four‐week break. Doses: This herb can be found in tea form. Location: Corydalis can be found in Siberia. Uses: Use damiana to improve reproductive health. Description: The root of the corydalis herb is used medicinally. high blood pressure and carpal tunnel syndrome. Albania and the former Yugoslavia. Uses: Use this herb to help treat anxiety disorders. take a teaspoon of lemon juice as well. Properties: This herb has a hypnotic effect and can be used as a sedative or tranquilizer. maize silk. menstrual problems. Use medical supervision when using this herb to treat cataracts. Dan Shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) Common Names: Red root sage. regulate sexual hormones in women. reduced sex drive. Warnings: Do not take this herb for more than twenty‐eight days at a time. zea and Indian corn. Description: The portion of the herb that is used medicinally is the corn silk stigmas of the female flowers. and stimulate nerves. and urinary tract infections. Uses: Dan shen can be used to help treat angina. Texas. Couch Grass (Elymus repens or Agropyron repens) Common Names: Quickgrass and dog grass. which is blended with California poppy seeds. Warnings: Do not take corydalis while pregnant. Description: The seeds and rhizomes of this herb are used medicinally. Description: The flower petals. Corydalis (Corydalis yanhusuo) Common Name: Corydalis rhizome. Tell your doctor or dentist prior to surgery if you are currently taking this herb. Properties: Damiana has been used throughout the centuries to treat impotence. avoid the use of this herb without proper consultations and supervision. Doses: You can find this herb in a product called Corydalis Formula from Spanda. Namibia and Central America. Japan and China. and to treat depression. Location: This herb can be found in Mongolia and Manchuria. Description: The leaves of the damiana herb are used for medicinal purposes. Properties: Corn silk is known for containing mass amounts of potassium and is a diuretic. Europe and northern Asia. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 31 . Warnings: If you have diabetes. genitals. tinctures and dried herb form. If you are experiencing an estrogen‐sensitive disorder. leaves and roots are all used medicinally. fibroids. Locations: This herb can be found in Australia. Properties: This herb can be used to improve the condition of the heart by making it stronger and regular. aspirin or non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory dug you should not take this herb. premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Doses: This herb is available as a tincture or a tea. Doses: You can find this herb in capsules. insomnia and cataracts. Uses: Use corn silk to help treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Herbs. stroke. Doses: This herb is best in a tea form. Properties: This herb is known for being able to heal kidney stones and urinary stones. liver damage and hepatitis.Common Names: Maidis stigma.
Chinese angelica root. Herbs. “Dandelion leaves are a powerful diuretic. Uses: Use devil’s claw to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. premenstrual syndrome (PMS). strep throat. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea purpurea) Common Names: Purple coneflower. tokoro or wild yam. ulcers. osteoporosis and obesity. Uses: Use dong quai to help treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS). or if you are pregnant. high blood pressure. liver problems. heart attack. analgesic. constipation. Description: The rhizome of the herb is used medicinally. Doses: This herb is available in almost every form imaginable. taking antibiotics or taking pharmacy prescribed diuretics. Properties: This herb is commonly used to fight colds and flu and to help boost the immune system. Description: The root of this herb when dried is used medicinally. Some sensitivity to the sun may result from the use of this herb. Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) Location: This herb is native to Europe. hemorrhoids. arthritis and tendonitis. cream. Doses: Echinacea can be found in many forms. menopause related problems. Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) Location: This herb can be found in South Africa. atherosclerosis. Warnings: Do not use this herb while pregnant or taking prescription blood‐thinners.” This herb can also be used for digestive purposes. Warnings: Do not take this herb if you have congestive heart disease. Location: This herb is located in tropical regions around the world. The roots act as a blood purifier that helps both the kidneys and the liver to remove toxins and poisons from the blood. parasitic infection or ear infections. vertigo and psoriasis. antiasthmatic. infected nails. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 32 . This herb may cause ulcer pain. Warnings: Do not use this herb while pregnant or nursing. influenza. Uses: This herb can be used to treat anemia. eye disorders.Properties: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). Warnings: Do not take this herb while trying to get pregnant. Location: This herb can be found naturally growing in China and Japan. migraine. The roots have been used for centuries to treat jaundice. indigestion. Doses: Dioscorea can be found in tea. tinctures or tablets. Uses: This herb can be used to treat diabetes. Uses: Echinacea can be used to treat acne. Properties: Dioscorea is known for having antiarthritic. cough. gout. Warnings: Avoid this herb while suffering from gallstones. capsule and tincture form. infertility. Description: The berries and the flower tops of this herb are used for medicinal purposes. bladder infections. high cholesterol and female reproductive tract disorders. Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) Common Names: Tang‐kuei. Properties: This herb is known for being a painkiller and anti‐inflammant. Doses: Dandelion can be found in teas. chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). colds. Dioscorea (Dioscorea opposita) Common Names: Medicinal yam. Chinese yam. Doses: This herb can be taken in an enteric‐coated capsule to treat pain. Description: The root of this herb is used medicinally. Mexican yam. leukemia. irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). consult your doctor about taking this herb in conjunction with other medications or if you have just had organ transplantation. antidiabetic effects. Properties: This herb can be used for improving the respiratory system. Lyme disease. Location: This herb grows in the United States and Europe. cancer. ovarian cysts. antitussive. gallstones.
A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 33 . tea and capsule form. Doses: This herb can be found in tincture. sinusitis and bronchitis. cancerosa and maytenus. HIV/AIDS and high blood pressure. Description: The bark and the leaf of the plant are used medicinally. Espinheira Santa (Maytenus chuchuhuasa) Common Names: Limaosinho. horny goatweed. Ephedra equisetina. Properties: This herb is well known for its positive effects on the respiratory system. Doses: Epimedium comes in tablet form. elecampane can be used to aid in processes of digestion. Doses: This herb is found in many forms. Do not take epimedium if you suffer from prostate disease or have high blood pressure. Description: The yellow green leaves of this herb are used medicinally. Warnings: This herb may cause sensitivity to allergies. Warnings: Do not ingest the stem of this plant. Elecampane (Inula helenium) Common Names: Inula or scabwort. urinary incontinence. which can be used as a decongestant and antiseptic aid. Description: The dried root of this herb is used medicinally. hay fever. anxiety. vomiting or diarrhea. vomiting. Location: This herb can be found in Mongolia and China. You should not take this herb if you have high blood pressure. Doses: This herb can be found in tincture form and raw leaf form for use in teas. Uses: You can use this herb to help treat asthma. Uses: Epimedium can be used to treat gonorrhea. Location: This herb originates in Australia. Doses: Elderberry can be found in the form of Sambucol. diabetes. stimulate blood circulation and decrease blood pressure. influenza. Uses: Elecampane can be used to treat bronchitis. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Common Names: Red gum. Ephedra intermedia) Common Names: Mormon tea. nervous disorders or heart disease. dry mouth. Description: The entire herb is used for medicinal purposes. influenza. Warnings: This drug is under heavy limitations imposed by the food and drug administration. Properties: This herb is known as a pain reliever and a muscle relaxant. Properties: Ephedra has been used over the centuries to increase sweating. or eat the berries raw. Do not take elecampane if you are diabetic or pregnant. glaucoma. Uses: Espinheira santa can be used to help treat cancer and gastritis. Location: This herb can be found in Asia and Europe. Description: The leaves of this herb are used medicinally. Epimedium (Epimedium graniflorum) Common Names: Goat wort. diarrhea. Warnings: Some side effects of taking this herb include dizziness. hyperthyroidism. blue gum.Uses: Elderberry can be used to treat asthma. energy levels and the immune system. ma huang. impotence. lupus. Herbs. which is a processed form from Israel. emphysema. Limit use of this herb. take large doses of the berry juice. Properties: This herb contains the chemical eucalyptol. and dehydration. Ephedra (Ephedra sinica. You will know that you have ingested too much elecampane when you experience cramps. There is evidence that this herb can improve digestion. calm breathing and treat colds. Properties: This herb is commonly used to treat reproductive or sexual malfunctions. nosebleed. pneumonia and congestive heart failure. colds and obesity. yin yang huo. Also. infertility.
Location: This herb can be found in the Mediterranean. Warnings: If you are pregnant. Doses: Fenugreek can be found in seed form. Uses: The parts of the herb that are above ground are used medicinally. Fennel Seed (Foeniculum vulgare) Common Name: Fennel fruit. hepatitis. digestive tract disorders and mastitis. Uses: This herb can be used to enlarge breasts. Crohn’s disease. rheumatoid arthritis. Other forms can cause allergies or digestive upset. Properties: Fennel Seed is known to be a diuretic. and people taking warfarin (coumadin) or any other blood‐thinning drugs should not take feverfew.Uses: Eucalyptus can be used to treat allergies. Herbs. eyestrain. If you wish to take this herb in combination with other medications or for the purpose of treating diabetes consult your doctor first. Properties: This herb is useful in treating conditions of the eye. Morocco and Turkey. Feverfew can be used to treat lupus. bronchitis. It has white flowers with yellow centers that bloom all summer. liver disease. minor cuts. eye inflammations. Fritillaria (Fritillaria thunbergii) Common Name: Thunberg fritillaria bulb. milk production. have a history of alcoholism. insect bites and muscle soreness. Location: This herb’s origins are believed to be in the Mediterranean. Warnings: Do not take this herb if you are pregnant. capsule and tea forms. cough. compresses and tablets. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum‐graecum) Common Names: Greek hayseed. Pregnant women. Uses: This herb can be used to stimulate menstruation. nursing mothers. this herb can be found in aromatherapy. If you have liver disease or digestive disorders you should not take this herb. Description: Feverfew is a daisy‐like perennial that grows to two feet tall. conjunctivitis and bloodshot eyes. food poisoning. Properties: Feverfew is used to treat inflammation. Doses: Commonly. Descriptions: The above ground portions of this herb are used medicinally. dermatitis and conjunctivitis. common cold. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 34 . Doses: This herb can be found in eye drop form. pain reducer. teas and capsules. indigestion. Doses: Phyllis Balch recommends only taking feverfew when it is freeze‐dried and put into capsule form (Prescription For Herbal Healing 2002). Doses: This herb can be found in tea and essential oil form. and migraines. tuberculosis. or have diabetes you shouldn’t take this herb in large doses. India. Properties: Fenugreek can be used to help the liver and pancreas. sinusitis. Description: The seeds of this herb are used medicinally. menstrual discomforts. to treat asthma. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) Location: This herb is native to southeastern Europe and is common throughout Europe. Uses: Use this herb to treat weeping eyes. Description: The rhizome of fritillaria is used medicinally. Description: The seeds of this herb are used medicinally. China. fever. over sensitivity to light. arthritis. antispasmodic and fever reducer. Australia and North America. bird’s foot. and other aches and pains. Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) Common Names: Euphrasia. colic. It has traditionally been used to treat headaches as well. Warnings: People who are allergic to ragweed may be allergic to feverfew. It can also be used to treat congestive illnesses. coughs. Warnings: Do not take the oil of this herb internally. treat diabetes.
strep throat. cataracts. Doses: This herb can be found in stores labeled as “bitters” or in capsule form. motion sickness. parasitic and miscellaneous infection.) Common Names: Gentiana longdancao. influenza. atherosclerosis. colds. attention deficit disorder (ADD). depression. Garlic may be able to reduce the risk of blood clots and inhibit tumors. Uses: Gentian can be used to treat cataracts. cancer. bursitis. vaginosis. Chinese ginseng. tinnitus and intermittent cluadication. Properties: This herb is well known to be a treatment for memory loss disorders. gallstones and indigestion.” Uses: Use ginkgo to treat impotence. cancer. garlic clove. wild gentian. Parkinson’s disease. vomiting. stroke. Ginseng (Panax ginseng) Common Names: Ginseng root. high cholesterol. Location: This herb is located in China and Korea. Consult your doctor about any current medications you are taking before using this herb. “Ginkgo increases the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Chinese gentian root. Herbs. pain. “qing chi hua tan tang”. Garlic (Allium sativa) Common Names: Garlic bulb. “Over 1800 scientific studies support the use of garlic in lowering cholesterol levels and blood sugar. pickles. Doses: This herb can be taken in clove form. Gentiana scabra.” Uses: Use garlic to treat high cholesterol. which include capsules. eliminate nausea and cleanse the body. tablets and hexanol extracts. cancer. Description: The rhizome of the ginger herb is used medicinally. laryngitis. preventing heart attack and stroke. oil form. gentiana. Gentian (Gentiana lutea. strep throat and parasitic infections. diabetes. alzhiemers disease. hiccups. consult a doctor about the use of this herb. a compound that is the mainsource of energy on a cellular level. bladder infection. or as enteric‐coated tablets. Properties: Ginger has been used over the centuries to stimulate appetite. According to Prescription for Herbal Healing (2002). glaucoma. Jamaica ginger. heart attack. teas. peptic ulcer. Location: This herb’s origin is in Asia. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 35 . anxiety. red ginseng and Korean ginseng. Also avoid this herb if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure. macular degeneration. Doses: You can find ginger in many forms. If you suffer from high blood pressure or if you are pregnant. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Common Names: African ginger. diabetes. morning sickness. floaters. Warnings: Use of this herb can result in a mild headache or upset stomach. Doses: This herb can be commonly found in capsule form and also as teas. nausea. ear infection. and yellow gentian. diabetic retinopathy. Warnings: Be cautious when taking this herb while nursing because it can result in colic baby syndrome. stimulate the appetite and to aid in digestive processes. Warnings: Do not take ginger if you are taking prescription medications to prevent blood clots. Description: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). Uses: Use fritillaria to help treat coughs. atherosclerosis. fibrocystic breasts. memory loss. Warnings: Do not ingest this herb unprocessed. lymphedema. yeast infection. diabetic retinopathy. indigestion. treating infections and cancer.Properties: This herb can be used to aid coughs and also to help treat inflammation. Warnings: Do not take this herb if you are under two years old or if you have a history of poor digestion. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Description: The leaves of this herb are used medicinally. Doses: Look for this herb in the form of a medicine called. lupus and influenza. arthritis. Uses: Use ginger to treat asthma. Description: The root of this herb is used medicinally. diminished sexual desire. Properties: This herb is known for being able to aid in the process of treating infections of the gall bladder. allergies.
Location: This herb can be found in Siberia. designated epigallocatechin gallate(EGCG). Researchers have found that one of the polyphenols. Georgia. herpes virus infection. diminished sex drive. stop agitation. enlighten the mind and increase wisdom. Properties: This herb is commonly used to boost the immune system in times of common cold and illness. cirrhosis of the liver. varicose veins. Doses: This herb can be found as a tea.” Uses: This herb can be used to increase energy. cognitive ability. wrinkles and influenza. cancer. Warnings: Do not take green tea if you are currently taking ginseng. periodontal disease. Description: The leaf buds and young leaves are used medicinally as a tea. atherosclerosis. impotence. Alzheimer’s disease. breast cancer. diabetes. Some side effects of a ginseng overdose include dizziness. diabetes. Description: The root of the ginseng herb is used medicinally. an agent that fights off forms of bacteria and fungus. Properties: This herb is said to increase blood circulation and repair skin cells with the asiaticoside it contains. Sri Lanka. Some researchers believe that ten cups is necessary to fight such illnesses. Description: The roots of the goldenseal are used medicinally. chronic fatigue syndrome. tincture or capsule. North Korea and China. endometriosis. scarring and psoriasis. heartburn and sore throat. liver cancer. heart attack. Properties: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing.000 years. Uses: Use this herb to treat memory loss. Avoid ginseng two weeks prior to undergoing surgery. Turkey. Warnings: Do not take this herb if you are pregnant. infertility. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 36 . stress and menopause related ailments. Properties: Ginseng is one of the most well known herbs used for healing. high blood pressure. If you are taking blood thinners like warfarin do not drink green tea. wounds. Herbs. If you have diabetes.” Uses: This herb can be used to treat cancer. People have reported experiencing insomnia or over stimulation after taking ginseng. Lyme disease. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not take ginseng. ointment or tablet. China. brighten eyes. fever and hemorrhage. Warnings: Do not take this herb if you are pregnant. anxiety. According to Phyllis Balch in Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). Limit the amount of green tea you drink while pregnant or nursing. The polyphenols in green tea are potent antioxidants. Uses: Use goldenseal to treat periodontal disease. Pakistan. Doses: Goldenseal can be found as a capsule. Argentina and Africa. hangover. Japan. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) Common Names: Indian pennywort and centella. or in liposome tinctures or tablets. fibrocystic breasts. “Ginseng has been a part of Chinese medicine for over 2. India. headache. “Green tea is both a stimulant and an antioxidant with a diversity of healing applications. or if you take anticoagulants like heparin or warafin. eczema. ovarian cancer. cellulite. This herb can also be made into a cream or compress for use. swollen ankles. powder. is over 200 times more powerful than the renowned antioxidant vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals. high cholesterol. Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Location: This herb can be found in Asia. colorectal cancer. Malawi. food poisoning. consult with your doctor before taking this herb. nursing or trying to become pregnant. nursing. Goldenseal contains berberine. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadenis) Location: This herb is native to North America. Doses: This herb can be found as a topical cream. tincture. Location: This herb can be located in India and North America. It was traditionally used to curb emotions. Doses: According to studies three cups a day is enough to help fight cancer. Description: Gotu kola has fan‐shaped leaves that have a bitter taste. Meriere’s disease. Warnings: Ginseng can occasionally cause breast tenderness and menstrual abnormalities for women. treat asthma. ear infections. It is also grown around the world in places like Burma.
Japan. Consult with your doctor before taking hawthorn if you are pregnant. Hops (Humulus lupulus) Location: This herb is located in Europe and Asia. arthritis. Warnings: Use this herb with caution if you are pregnant. atherosclerosis. congestive heart failure. indigestion and insomnia. can occur when taking this herb. capsule and tablet form. taking beta‐blockers. increase energy and lower cholesterol. ho shou wu. Properties: This herb has been used to increase circulation and to limit cholesterol levels. gum guggulu. tincture. Medicinally the female hops are used. Properties: Hops have been commonly used to cure sleeping illnesses. leaves and flowers. Ho She Wu (Polygonum multiflorum) Common Names: fo‐ti. memory loss. tea and tablet form. high cholesterol and fight congestive heart failure. Warnings: Do not ingest the root of this herb un‐cooked. have irritable bowel syndrome. Properties: Ho she wu is used to calm the nerves. glaucoma. Properties: This herb is often ingested as a food and yields potassium. Description: Fresh berries. cardiac arrhythmia. swollen ankles. Herbs. Location: This herb is located in Taiwan. Uses: Hawthorn can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease. tincture. Location: This herb is found in India. Uses: This herb can be used to lower cholesterol and treat insomnia. Uses: Use guggul to help treat acne. tuckahoe and poria. Hoelen is also known for being a diuretic and having antibacterial properties. This herbs’ side effect is drowsiness. Location: This herb is found growing wild around the world. powder. bloodshot eyes. angina. It is boiled with black beans and made into a paste that can be consumed. Properties: This herb is known for its aiding in the treatment of circulatory disorders and heart ailments. heart attack. Uses: Hoelen can be used to treat kidney disease and lupus. Doses: This herb can be found in teas. Doses: This herb can be ingested in extract form called guggulsterones. varicose veins. nursing. fu‐ling. under the age of puberty or nursing. as well as these portions of the herb dried are used medicinally. high blood pressure. Doses: Ho she wu can be found in capsule and tablet form. Hawthorn (Crataegus) Common Name: cragaegus. Description: This herb produces male and female parts. Doses: The mushroom can be consumed fresh or dried and can be made into a tea for medicinal purposes. Warning: Women who are pregnant or who experience hormonal imbalances shouldn’t take hops. Children under the age of puberty also shouldn’t take hops. Warnings: This herb can cause faintness due to its affect on blood pressure levels. Chron’s disease or liver disease. osteoperosis. or in tincture form. Description: The resin of this tree is used medicinally. stroke. high cholesterol.Guggul (Commiphora mukkul) Common Names: Indian bedelium. Doses: This herb can be found in capsule. fractures. attention deficit disorder(ADD). lupus and diabetic retinopathy. Uses: Hops can be used to treat hormonal imbalances. Hoelen (Poria cocos) Common Names: China‐root. halitosis. Description: This herb grows in the form of a mushroom and can reach a size of up to twenty pounds. Description: The root of this herb is used medicinally. leukemia. Warnings: Some side effects. such as upset stomach. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 37 . North Korea and China.
Properties: This herb has been used over the centuries to cure a multitude of ailments. bursitis. If you are pregnant or have menstrual problems do not take this herb. Doses: This herb should be taken in tablet form that provides no less than 10 milligrams of the extract aescin. The above ground portions of horsetail are used medicinally. pregnant. Properties: This herb is well known for its pain relieving qualities. java plum. are nursing. and treat bedwetting. Warnings: Do not use large doses of horehound.Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) Common Name: white horehound. pregnant or trying to conceive. queue de cheval. Do not take this herb if you are nursing. eat a diet with high amounts of cholesterol. Properties: This herb helps to improve overall toning in the tissue and is used to regulate the digestive system. Doses: Horehound can be found as a cough syrup. Limit the period of time you take horsetail because lengthened use may cause adverse effects. Description: The leaves. It is known for containing silica. Warnings: Limit the amount of this herb you take because overdoses can occur. Uses: Use horsetail to strengthen nails. Warning: Do not take horsetail if you have prostate cancer. bruises. tea or lozenge. “Horsetail is a descendant of giant fernlike plants that covered the earth some 200 million years ago. Jambul (Eugenia jambolana) Caommon Names: Jambolan flowers. jambul. seeds. Uses: Use this herb to treat gout. varicose veins. Do not take this herb if you have liver damage. niando or iporoni. urinary incontinence. which makes connective tissue stronger. high blood sugar. rose apple. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 38 . bronchitis and indigestion. Doses: Iporuru can be found as a tincture. but can be found in Europe and North America. hemmoroids. bark and seed of this herb are used for medicinal purposes. Properties: Iporuru can be used to alleviate pain and inflammation and help strengthen muscles and joints. infertility and impotence. lyphedema. Uses: Use horse chestnut to help treat cellulite. Uses: This herb can be used to treat diabetes. or over the age of 65. Description: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). and digestive ailments. marrubio. Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Common Names: scouring rush. Location: This herb can be found in Australia and Asia. It has also been used throughout the centuries to treat colds. leaves and aescin extract from this herb are used medicinally. cancer. sinusitis. teeth and hair. kidney damage or if you take blood‐thinning medication. syzygium cumini. Location: This herb is located in Africa and the Amazon. black plum. Warning: Do not eat the seeds of this herb. Iporuru (Alchornea) Common Names: Macochihua. hemorrhoids and emphysema. Properties: This herb is used to unclog veins and prevent hemorrhoids. under the age of 13. Uses: Use horehound to treat colds.” There are two different types of horsetail. wrinkles and swollen ankles. Location: This herb has its origins in Morocco. Description: All of the portions of the plant that grow above ground are used medicinally. Description: The bark of the iporuru is used medicinally. Doses: This herb can be found as a tincture. Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) Description: The bark. tea or fluidextract. Herbs.
restless leg syndrome.” Kava (Piper methysticum) Common Names: kava pepper. fatty acids. Uses: This herb can be used to treat fibrocystic breasts. and to prevent the body from absorbing strontium‐90. kawa‐kawa. influenza. Bell’s palsy. headaches. Limit the amount of kava you consume because side effects such as labored breathing and dried skin can occur. when okra and jambul are eaten together. to treat heavy‐metal toxins such as barium and cadmium. Lyme disease. Doses: Kudzu can be found as a tea or tablet. fiber and other beneficial ingredients in it. nursing or have heart problems. you should “Add jambul seeds to cooking daily. or if you have Parkinson’s disease. and toothache. Ayurvedic medicine teaches that jambul is synergistic with okra. Description: The fruit of this herb is used medicinally. Location: This herb originated in Africa. fibrocystic breasts. tincture and tea form. Uses: Use this herb to treat alcoholism. Location: This herb is located in the southern regions of the United States and Japan. sodium. The entire herb is used medicinally. Properties: This herb has been used to treat headache over the centuries. Herbs. anxiety. Doses: This herb can be found in tablet form and should contain a dosage of 70 percent kavalactones. cancer. “Herbalists rely on kelp’s active ingredient. Warnings: Do not eat kelp if you currently have the condition known as hyperthyroidism or if you are pregnant. Nerocystis) Common Name: Bladderwrack. insomnia. cellulite and constipation. diminished sex drive. jambul’s blood‐sugar lowering action is intensified. sodium alginate. Warnings: Do not take this herb in conjuction with antibiotics because they will render it ineffective. Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) Common Names: Pueraria root. Doses: This herb can be found in tablet. According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). ammi visnaga. Macrocytis. depression or anxiety disorders. atherosclerosis. cancer and congestive heart failure. Properties: This herb is known for its use as a sedative. Limit your use of this herb because side effects can occur. Properties: Kelp contains the vitamin B12. potassium salts. Descriptions: The root of this herb can be used medicinally. Properites: Khella can be used to treat spasms of the muscle.” Kelp also has protein. kidney stones and vitiligo. Warnings: Do not take this herb if you are nursing or pregnant. nursing or on prescription blood thinners talk to your doctor before using this herb. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 39 .Doses: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). If you are pregnant. asthma. Kelp should only be consumed once a week. Khella (Ammi visnaga) Common Names: Bishop’s weed fruit. colds. Warnings: This herb’s use will result in sensitivity to sunlight. Kelp (Laminaria. It can be used to treat urinary infections and prostate inflammations. Uses: Use kava to treat depression. Location: This herb is native to the region of Polynesia. kava‐kava. Description: The root of the kava is used medicinally. a radioactive substance created in nuclear power plants. The tablets should contain a dosage of 10 milligrams of the herbal extract. pueraria. Description: Kelp is the name given to multiple pieces of seaweed. Doses: Kelp can be eaten by itself and can be found in foods originating in the region of Asia. Uses: Use khella to treat angina.
cancer sores. hepatitis. The roots of licorice are used medicinally. such as ulcers. Warnings: Do not take lavender if you have gallstones. lupus. mastitis. Doses: Lavender can be found in oil. HIV/AIDS and cancer. Each type is best used for certain conditions. Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis) Common Name: Althea root. bronchitis. cancer. Uses: Use licorice to treat asthma. and to treat a multitude of ailments. Lyme disease. Uses: This herb can be used to treat anxiety. Uses: Maitake can be used to cure Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). or if you have glaucoma. It can be applied externally as a cream. Warning: If you have multiple sclerosis do not take maitake. burns. Herbs. psoriasis and eczema. Bell’s Palsy. Uses: Use marshmallow root to treat laryngitis. chronic fatigue syndrome. Doses: According to the author of Prescriptions for Herbal Healing (2002). herpes. gastritis. Crohn’s disease. Uses: Use lemon balm to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD). Location: This herb can be found in the Mediterranean and Germany.” Warnings: Do not consume licorice in mass amounts. The correct daily dosage is 3 to 7 grams per day. influenza. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 40 . irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and insomnia. Warnings: Do not take lemon balm if you take barbiturates for insomnia or anxiety. melissa. balm. Properties: This herb is known for its ability to ease pain and inflammation for illnesses related to mucus membranes. chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Celiac disease. standard licorice containing glycyrrizin should be used… DGL is used for potential safety problems and is used for conditions of the digestive tract. Properties: Lavender has been used throughout the centuries to ease digestion. sweet balm. diabetes. Doses: This herb is most commonly used in capsules or tablets. Properties: Licorice is used to manage stress levels. Description: The dried leaves of this herb are used medicinally. gas and yeast infections. Location: This herb is located in the Mediterranean. diaper rash. Meniere’s disease. Some side effects of licorice overdose are vision problems and high blood pressure. Maitake (Grifola frondosa) Location: This herb is located in northeastern Japan. Do not take licorice if you have fibrocystic breasts. Doses: This herb can be taken internally by use of tablets and tea. Crohn’s disease. bee‐balm.Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis) Common Name: English lavender. uterine cancer. Lyme disease. eczema. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Description: Licorice is one of the most commonly used forms of herbal medicine. calm the nerves. measles and HIV/AIDS. breast cancer or erectile dysfunction disorder. or topical use for herpes virus infections. Description: The root of this herb is used medicinally. For respitory infections. digestive discomfort. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) Common Names: cure‐all. herpes virus infection. cure insomnia and stop spasms. Description: The flowers of this herb are used medicinally. peptic ulcer. coughs. compress or aromatherapy form. peptic ulcer. psoriasis. insomnia. Properties: Lemon balm can be used as a light sedative and has many medicinal uses. or are pregnant or nursing. Description: The herb is a mushroom that can be consumed. “There are two types of licorice commonly available: standardized licorice and deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL). tea. Properties: This herb is used to aid the body in resisting infection and adapting to stressful situations. Grave’s disease. vitiligo.
Location: This herb is located in Brazil. Properties: Maté has the ability to provide reserves of energy without producing insomnia or drowsiness. Motherwort is a beneficial treatment for heart disorders caused by anxiety and stress and is useful for the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Leonurus heterophyllus) Common Name: Leonurus. Uses: Use mistletoe to help treat cancer. high cholesterol. If you are taking contraceptives while using milk thistle. fluidextracts and creams. loranthus.S. Polynesia and Malaysia. ba ji tian. Description: The plant bears toothed. Warnings: If you have diabetes avoid the use of this herb. Doses: The U. Crohn’s disease. palm‐shaped leaves and pink flowers. Warnings: Avoid injections of mistletoe if you suffer from Parkinson’s disease. seeds. Motherwort is also cultivated as a garden plant.Doses: This herb can be found as a powder. This herb has also been used to help stimulate the uterus. Morinda officinalis) Common Names: Noni. Argentina. Jesuit tea. The aboveground parts are used in herbal medicine. seizure disorders. and Parkinson’s disease. Milk Thistle (Carduus marianus) Common Name: Mary thistle. ovarian cysts. tinctures. Properties: This herb has many uses in the reproductive field like treating impotence and menstrual problems and increasing fertility. Uruguay. Properties: Motherwort balances hormones. Paraguay and Texas. Uses: The L. Description: The roots of morinda are used medicinally. diabetes. Location: This herb can be found in Australia. the contraceptives may become less effective at preventing pregnancy. tinctures and teas. Uses: Use morinda to treat depression. cirrhosis. Maté (Ilex paraguariensis) Common Name: Yerba maté. too much iron collection. Mistletoe (Viscum coloratum) Common Names: European mistletoe. Food and Drug Administration states that mistletoe is an “unsafe” herb and should be taken only under professional supervision. cancer. Description: The leaves of this herb are used medicinally. Doses: This herb comes in tea form and should be ingested only once a day. Herbs. Warnings: Some side effects of milk thistle include diarrhea. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 41 . irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Doses: This herb can be found as silmarin‐gel capsules. mulberry mistletoe. Location: This herb is native to Central Asia. constipation. Properties: If mistletoe is injected. gallstones. it has immune‐stimulating qualities. It affects the menstrual cycle in women and the heart in people of both sexes. hepatitis. Uses: Use milk thistle to treat acne. Description: The seeds of milk thistle are used medicinally. It has traditionally been used to treat heart palpitations as well as depression. alcoholism. Description: The stem of mistletoe is used medicinally. cardiaca species of motherwort is used primarily to treat heart conditions. and is now naturalized in North Africa and Europe. atherosclerosis. Doses: This herb is available in tea and capsule form. Uses: Use this herb to treat constipation and obesity. Morinda (Morinda citrifolia. Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca. Properties: Milk thistle is well known for its use in treating a multitude of ailments. psoriasis. Location: This herb originates in Europe. menstrual problems and rheumatoid arthritis.
Properties: Mullein has many uses for ailments such as congestion. sore throat and bronchitis. Herbs. stomach irritation. The Romans used it to treat infections of the eye and mouth. It is a gentle anti‐inflammatory for the mouth and throat. Location: Myrrh is a resin harvested from the myrrh tree. the Arabian Peninsula. Warnings: If you have cancer or are pregnant or nursing do not ingest mullein. pain. Warnings: Myrrh is used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and in Tibetan medicine to relieve scanty menstruation. and myrrh is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures of both Judaism and Islam. Description: Myrrh is aromatic and has a reddish‐brown color. Myrrh contains many volatile oils that make it suitable for promoting free breathing during congestive colds and clearing mucus‐clogged passages. Muira Puama (Ptuchopetalum ovata) Common Name: Potency wood. Uses: Mullein can be used to treat bloodshot eyes. Properties: Muira Puama is known for being able to cure erectile dysfunctions and sexual impotence. large‐flowered mullein. Uses: Myrrh can be used as an antiseptic for canker sores. a dose of 3000 milligrams of solid extracts taken per day in capsule or tablet form is likely to cause diarrhea. Myrrh stimulates the production of infection‐fighting white blood cells and also has a direct and high microbial effect on its own. consult with your health care provider before taking this herb. Properties: Myrrh was widely used as an analgesic in the ancient Middle East. It increases circulation and restores tone and normal secretion. strep throat and gingivitis and as an expectorant for congestion. Because of the herbʹs traditional use for uterine stimulation. Mullein (Verbascum densiflorum) Common Names: Orange mullein. influenza. Doses: This herb can be found in pre‐made formulas and as a tincture.E. consult a dentist. marapuama. swelling. Description: The flowers and leaves of this herb are used medicinally. wood and bark of this tree are used medicinally. Description: The root. For this reason. motherwort should not be used by pregnant women. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 42 . hemorrhoids and wounds. if at all. Uses: Use muira puama to treat diminished sex drive and impotence. Large amounts may have a violent laxative action and can cause vomiting and an accelerated heartbeat. diarrhea. hemorrhoids. It can also be used to calm the nerves and alleviate stress. cuts and scrapes. Location: This herb is located in the Amazon forest. but more than 30 drops is likely to leave a stronger aftertaste. Location: This herb is found in Ethiopia and along the Mediterranean Sea. potenzholz. or uterine bleeding. In the Vulgate translation of the gospel of Mark. ear infection. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) Common Name: Mukkul. respiratory problems and healing wounds. Doses: As little as five drops of essential oil is useful in making a gargle or mouthwash. they are poisonous.C.Doses: Motherwort is available in fluid extracts and teas. Doses: This herb can be found as an oil or tea. Myrrh can also be used for treating bleeding. The tincture should always be diluted before use. Myrrh should not be used during pregnancy. as undiluted forms may irritate the mouth or cause a burning sensation. The renowned Greek physician Hippocrates (460‐377 B.) praised myrrh as a balm for common sores. If you suffer from a heart disorder or take any medicine for a heart condition. and the Hebrews used it as a painkiller. grown in East Africa. Never consume the seeds of this herb. women who tend to have heavy periods should avoid it. If bleeding gums or pain persists for longer than two weeks. the writer records that Jesus was offered a mixture of wind and myrrh just before the crucifixion. Warnings: Solid capsule or tablet form of the herb should be used with caution. and the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
and beans. could lower blood pressure and increased blood flow. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 43 . and vitamin C neutralizes water‐soluble ones. millennium. Warnings: Grapeseed extracts are high in tannin and may interfere with iron absorption. blood vessels. a pine bark extract can be taken in a dosage of 1 mg per day for each pound of body weight. OPCs stop histamine from causing swelling. headaches. and seeds. usually with high concentrations in skins. skin. Grapeseed OPCʹs increase cracked capillary resistance in people with diabetes and/or high blood pressure. Hippocrates. you should increase the dosage more slowly. such as congestion. yeast strains. researchers found that oleuropein. are classified with flavinoids and are usually derived from grapeseeds or pine bark. cuts and scrapes. The also help stabilize the walls of blood vessels. which allows them to be readily absorbed into the bloodstream. This allows OPCs to act as antidepressants for people with ADD and also those with chronic fatigue syndrome without affecting their function in the rest of the body. Flavinoids and oligomeric proanthocyanidins are now known to be essential to health. It has the ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses. revitalizing aging skin. reduce inflammation.” prescribed olive oil some 2500 years ago. An olive oil extract can relieve symptoms of herpes. and various flowers. such as zinc. OPCs also relieve neurological symptoms by acting as antihistamines. promotion. Doses: Pycnogenol. Location: Native to the Mediterranean regions. or protozoa. If youʹre taking blood‐thinning medication high doses of OPCʹs may pose a risk of excessive bleeding. fever. Olive Leaf (Olea europa) Common Name: Olive. OPCs are also known to be potent antioxidants. fruits. Uses: Olive leaf extract is beneficial in treating conditions caused by virus. retrovirus. Attention deficit disorder and chronic fatigue syndrome studies suggest that OPCs help the brain to regulate its use of its excitatory neurotransmitters. The way in which these versatile healing compounds are distinct from flavinoids is their simple chemical structure. Olive leaf extract is also effective against antibiotic‐resistant bacteria. Yeast infection and Herbs. manganese.Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPCs) Common Name: Grapeseed extract. In the early 1900’s. inflammation. and progression of cancer. Many allergy sufferers find that OPCs eliminate all noticeable symptoms of allergies. hops. nuts. but OPCs are active against those types. The powerful antioxidant properties of the olive leaf help protect the heart and circulatory system from heart disease and high blood pressure. Properties: Throughout history. and reducing a tendency to bruise easily. OPCs are the most useful in supporting vascular health. It is also effective against parasites. Vitamin E defends against fat‐soluble oxidants. or fatigue. In 1962. OPCs help deliver to the brain nutrients that are helpful for people with ADD. lymphedema. OPC may be the ideal medicine for macular degeneration and or diabetic retinopathy. both protozoa and worms. even in the middle of the allergy season. This also helps with swollen ankles. Description: Olive is a small evergreen tree. and pain in the soft tissues. thereby reducing the burden on the brain. and copper. and muscle. and proteins found in cartilage. Location: Oligomeric proanthocyanidins are usually derived from grapeseed or pine bark. Properties: OPCs are very powerful antioxidants. leaves. and generally support tissues containing collagen and elastin. OPCs are popular for preventing heart disease. bacteria. the Greek physician known as the “the father of medicine. Description: Oligomeric proanthocyanidins better known by the abbreviation (OPCs). tendonitis. Uses: Of all the herbs and herbal supplements. tendons. The beneficial effects of OPCs on capillary health results in relief of many neurological diseases and can prevent swelling and inflammation caused by allergic reactions. rash. They interrupt the formation of oxygen free radicals and prevent damage to cell membranes. irritability. OPCs help to prevent blood vessel changes in the brain that can complicate Parkinsonʹs disease and Alzheimerʹs disease. The leaf appears to be a true antiviral compound. and fungi that produce toxins that contribute to chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndromes. If you experienced any signs of detoxification. and varicose veins. People with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are often helped by olive leaf extract. berries. barks. The antioxidant effects of OPCʹs have the ability to inhibit the initiation. nosebleed. a bitter compound from the leaf was isolated and determined to be part of the olive tree’s powerful disease fighting properties. You should not take these if you have anemia. diarrhea. They are also present in red wine. the use of its fruits and oil is well documented. pine‐bark extract.
and tinctures. Osha (Ligustcum poreri) Common Name: Chuchupate. found in lower elevations in coastal forests and interior cedar‐hemlock ecosystems. Used both internally and externally. Properties: Green papaya is used in Southeast Asia as a salad vegetable. Description: Osha is an antibacterial herb of the American Rocky Mountains. life root. eyes.Candida albicans symptoms are reduced by the leaf extract. take a weeklong break every couple of months. throat. For treating symptoms: take three or more 500‐milligram tablets every six hours. and stimulates the functioning of the gallbladder and liver. Properties: The best known of the herb’s active constituents is berberine. Properties: Osha is an antibacterial and anti‐inflammatory. Colorado cough root. and sinusitis. colds. Benefits of Oregon grape root for specific health conditions include treatment of acne. You should use it with caution if you are taking an anti‐anxiety drug. It induces sweating and helps eliminate toxins from the pores of the skin. influenza. and goldenseal. green papaya is Herbs. coptis. Doses: Oregon grape root is available in capsules. helps to purify the blood and deliver oxygen. M. Uses: Oregon grape root is a bacterial infection fighter. yeast infection. with no apparent side effects. Warnings: if you take this herb for an extended period of time. Doses: Dosage recommended is one or two capsules totaling 250 to 500 milligrams taken daily for preventative purposes. As the body begins to purge. Its popularity as a food and medicine nearly led to its extinction in the late 19th century. eczema. herpes virus. Description: Papain is the protein‐dissolving enzyme extracted from the milky white latex of unripe papaya fruit. mountain holly. It stimulates and improves digestive function. Nervosa is 1 to 2 feet tall with holly. and upper and lower respiratory systems. pepperidge. sowberry. Location: The American Rocky Mountains. Oregon Grape Root (Mahonia aquifolium. It may also lower blood sugar. tablets. aquifolium. all the symptoms are actually a good sign that the extract is working. allergic rashes. Doses: Osha is available as a tincture. Both the leaves and root bark are used medicinally. as Echinacea is the antibacterial herb from the American Great Plains. The name Oregon grape comes from its use as a medicine and food along the Oregon Trail. Location: South Asia and Southeast Asia. making it beneficial for coughs and asthmatic breathing difficulties. However. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 44 . and the mucous membranes. Oregon grape should be avoided during pregnancy. it is healing to the skin. It helps bring about respiratory secretions and relaxes and soothes muscles. japonica. Papain (Carica papaya) Common Name: Papaya. Warnings: In some chronic cases. a chemical that Oregon grape root shares with barberry. as large amounts can cause uterine contractions. Description: All have very beautiful flowers and green berries that ripen to a blue‐purple color. Osha should not be used during pregnancy. It is excellent for skin problems. it may become overburdened. sourberry. ointments. yellow root. there may be a quick and somewhat adverse reaction called the detox reaction. diarrhea and gastritis. bronchitis. M. Worldwide. It is an excellent source of papain. and psoriasis. mahonia. Benefits of osha for specific health conditions include treatment of arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. infection. California barberry. Uses: Osha is ideal for viral infections of the sinuses. is three to five feet tall. repens is found in dry places such as Ponderosa pine ecosystems. most papaya are eaten green. Location: M. It is also found in papaya fruit and papaya leaf. In many countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Warnings: Oregon grape root is mildly sedating. Benefits of olive leaf extract for specific health conditions include treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Mahonia repens) Common Name: Alegria. mountain grape. known as Oregon grape. so you should use it with caution if you have diabetes and have not used the herb before.
and white and purple‐blue colors believed to symbolize heaven and purity. Green papaya is a richer source of the therapeutically active papain than is the ripe fruit. Benefits of papaya for specific health conditions include treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). parasitic. The term chrysin appears in the names of products used for diminished sex drive. sprains. Doses: passionflower is available as a tea or tincture. and there is some fear that this may accidentally be substituted if you purchased the unprocessed herb. Adults over the age of 65 and children between the ages of 2 and 12 should take only low‐strength preparations. Uses: It has a depressant effect on the central nervous system and lowers blood pressure. Many herbalists recommend using only professionally prepared remedies. This herb relieves muscle tension and helps calm extreme anxiety. Doses: Papain is available in the form of a single‐herb capsule and a combined bromelain/papain tablet for internal use. crimson‐. and both increase the effects of both alcohol and psychoactive drugs such as sedatives and tranquilizers. It is also a source of an antioxidant chemical known as Chrysin. and helps to prevent ulcers. Passionflowerʹs name comes from an analogy drawing between the appearance of the plant’s ornate flowers to elements of the crucifixion of Jesus: the three styles for the three nails used to affix him to the cross. fungal. Passiflora incarnata) Common Name: Apricot vine. attention deficit disorder. viral. you should use papain in moderation only. If you take anticoagulant medication. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 45 . It is also useful for pain relief. Women seeking to become pregnant should not take chrysin. maypop. sustainably harvested from trees in the wild. Description: Pau d’arco is a tropical tree that grows to a height of 100 feet. by conserving the testosterone already in the body. Properties: The use of passionflower to tranquilize and settle edgy nerves has been documented for over 200 years. It is also available in the form of a cream for external use. stops the growth of certain kinds of thyroid cancer. Passionflower is especially good for nervous insomnia. but the roxa (red‐. Medicinal preparations are made from the tree’s dried inner bark. The plants in the Tabebuia genus that include the various species of pau d’arco can flower in a number of colors. or opiate painkillers. Although it is an evergreen in the Amazon rain forest.used to make a tart and tasty salad to accompany yams or rice. and yeast infections. it can have the effect of increasing testosterone levels. Location: Amazon rain forest. Benefits of passionflower for specific health conditions include treatment of anxiety. magenta‐. It is also considered to be an anti‐inflammatory agent. stimulates appetite. but should not use unripened papain. You should not use passionflower during pregnancy. because it may stimulate the uterine muscles. sore muscles. Central. Passiflora caerulea contains cyanide. five stamens for the five wounds he suffered. Passionflower bears three‐lobed leaves. Description: Passionflower grows to a length of about 30 feet. Location: Native to North. which helps the body conserve testosterone. Warnings: pregnant women can eat ripe papaya fruit in moderation. and South America. heroine. papaya latex. Pau D’Arco (Tabebuia species) Common Name: Lapacho. Properties: Pau d’arco extract is an immune stimulant and is effective against bacterial. and recovery from surgery. insomnia. herpesvirus infection and shingles. blue passionflower (Passiflora caerulea). Passionflower (Passiflora caerulea. A wide range of potential therapeutic applications of chrysin are currently being investigated. but. stops chemical reactions that cause nausea and vomiting as a result of withdrawal from cocaine. Herbs. Papain also helps bruises and other injuries to heal faster. bruises. and an egg‐shape fruit. and violet‐flowering) varieties are used the most in herbal medicine. This compound relaxes the lining of artery walls. It does not cause the body to produce more testosterone. Warnings: Both passionflower and chrysin products can cause drowsiness. or the herb’s leaves. celiac disease. and you should not give this herb in any form to a child under two years of age. reduces blood pressure. and restless legs syndrome. purple flowers. and in laboratory tests. Uses: Papain is a digestive aid for those who have trouble digesting proteins. it is deciduous at higher and colder locations. It aids digestion and heartburn.
colds. Peppermint tea circulates quickly and is more powerful than any liquor stimulant. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Common Name: Peppermint. Peppermint leaves contain a volatile (essential) oil that is 50 to 75 percent menthol. and motion sickness. relieves the pain of sprains and strains. Because the pau d’arco constituent lapachol is somewhat toxic. leukemia. Pollen is collected by. Traditional herbalists agree that it strengthens and balances the immune system. bees. While pollen is a plant product. and teas. It kills microorganisms that can cause food poisoning. including Herbs. As of yet. which has violet‐colored leaves and stems and a relatively high essential oil content. Pollen may be used raw or micronized into separate grains. It contains vitamins. irritable bowel syndrome. Pau d’arco products frequently combine the herb with other herbs used to treat infection and/or inflammation such as garlic and goldenseal. Warnings: You should never ingest pure menthol or peppermint leaves. wounds. and it may interfere with the action of prescription anti‐cancer drugs. pain. the herb is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing. It has been suggested that pollen has positive effects in treating rheumatoid arthritis and disorders of the liver. it is not technically an herb. Many studies have shown that pollen contains antibiotic substances that act against bacteria. If you drink peppermint tea on a regular basis. proteins and fatty acids. Doses: Pau d’arco is available in ointments or lotions for external use. and as teas or tinctures for internal use. which has pure green leaves and a milder taste. stomach. take a few days’ break after a week or two. Doses: Peppermint is available in menthol lozenges. peppermint oil. food poisoning. diabetes. You should not add it to a conventional chemotherapy regime without consulting with your physician. and yeast infection. parasitic infection. inferior products containing only the outer bark and the wood are sometimes misrepresented as genuine inner bark pau d’arco. gallbladder. Location: First cultivated near London In 1750. lupus. carbohydrates. Description: The pollen used in herbal medicine is collected from various species by hand. there is no good evidence that pau d’arco is an effective cancer treatment. it is important not to exceed the recommended dosage. and enteric‐coated peppermint‐oil capsules. The finest‐quality peppermint is grown in the northwestern United States. and has some beneficial effects in radiation therapy. Warnings: High doses of pau d’ arco can cause uncontrolled bleeding. cancer. The two main cultivated forms are in the black mint. It is much safer to use the whole bark than to take isolated lapachol. athleteʹs foot. and fever. When using peppermint oil. infectious diseases. indigestion. It grows from 32 to 36 inches high and has aromatic serrated leaves. Uses: Peppermint is a general stimulant. minerals. and helps freshen lingering bad breath. Pau d’arco tea has beneficial effects on disorders as varied as arthritis. rather than made by. Pregnant women with morning sickness should use diluted peppermint tea rather than more potent forms of this herb. Unfortunately. Peppermint teas are used around the world to calm queasy stomachs and quell indigestion. and it has been called the miracle food. and yeast and other fungal infections. This oil is the basis of most medicinal preparations of peppermint. Pollen Location: Pollen consists of the dust like. and even small doses of pure menthol can be life threatening.Uses: The inner lining of the bark of either the red or the purple pau d’arco tree has been used for centuries as treatment for cancer. It grows almost everywhere. food allergies. nausea. and vomiting. It is a square stemmed annual that yields the popular flavoring agent. Pure peppermint may cause cardiac arrhythmias. headache and stress. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 46 . the common cold. Uses: Pollen both protects the prostate gland and stimulates the production of testosterone. fats. air‐ or insect‐borne male reproductive cells of flowering plants. ringworm. Peppermint oil can be used in aromatherapy. Description: Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. Crohn’s disease and hepatitis. which contain substances that can be toxic. Benefits of peppermint for specific health conditions include treatment of colic. and many other health conditions. Be sure to read labels carefully if you are sensitive to these herbs. and the white mint. The herb has a long history as a digestive aid and as a treatment for the symptoms of coughs. gastritis and peptic ulcer. Benefits of pau d’arco for specific health conditions include treatment of boils. It is also beneficial for people with hay fever. The herb is currently being investigated for effects on cancer and candida. It also is good for nausea and vomiting. and intestines.
If you have severe hay fever or other respiratory allergies. xia ku cao. This herb could potentially interfere with the actions of prescription blood thinners. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 47 . Uses: Benefits of PSK mushroom for specific health conditions include treatment of atherosclerosis and cancer. PSK is effective against hepatitis and is being tested as a treatment for hepatitis C. and helps to reduce scarring. Benefits of prickly ash for specific health conditions include treatment of circulatory disorders. such as hypertension and conjunctivitis. Polysaccharide Kureha (PSK) (Coriolis versicolor) Common Names: Krestin. Warnings: Oral consumption of prickly ash should be avoided during pregnancy. Prunella grows in meadows and along roadsides. Doses: Prickly Ash can be used as a tea or a plaster. Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum americanum. The aboveground parts of the plant are harvested in summer. Properties: The bark of the prickly ash tree is a tonic and circulatory stimulant. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) considers prunella a liver and gallbladder stimulant. It has a fan‐shaped fruiting body that looks like a turkey tail. mouth. Herbs. you should use pollen with caution. Warnings: Do not use this herb if you have diarrhea. cramping. gallstones and parasitic infection. It stimulates the lymphatic system and encourages the elimination of toxins. or vomiting. The shiny red fruits are gathered in the late summer and fall for culinary and medicinal use. and uses it to treat symptoms associated with an unbalanced liver. Doses: Prunella is best taken as a tea. Uses: It has a relaxing effect on the upper digestive tract and can be helpful for colic. Doses: Raw pollen is given in doses approximately 10 times larger than micronized pollen. Description: It is extracted from the kawaratake mushroom. xanthoxylum. benign prostatic hypertrophy and prostatitis as well as cancer. The “Chinese” prickly ash is also found in the southeastern United States. Pine pollen. Doses: PSK is available in tablet form and should only be used under the supervision of a professional. swollen glands. stomachache. and vomiting. Prunella’s gentle astringency helps to decrease bleeding. is available in micronite form for the treatment of reduced sex drive. nausea. and inflammation. Description: Prunella is a creeping perennial in the mint family. Zanthoxylum bungeanum) Common Names: Angelica tree. Description: Prickly ash is a shrub. When imported to North America and Australia. Location: Japan. Location: Grown throughout China especially in Szechuan province. Warnings: Many people have allergies to inhaled pollens. Location: Native to Asia and Europe. The plant bears pointed oval leaves and blue or pink flowers.Colibacilli and certain strains of Salmonella. It also reduces lymphatic congestion and eases irritated eyes. It has also been used to increase resistance to viral skin infections in people with eczema. and reactions to ingested pollen have been reported. China and the United States. Uses: Prunella aids in the healing of wounds and bruises. Properties: PSK is a powerful antioxidant and immune stimulant. Prickly ash is an anti‐microbial and pain‐relieving agent. It may stimulate immune processes in the mother that may be detrimental to the developing child. when the plant is in bloom. it quickly became naturalized. raw pollen is the easiest form to use. throat. Properties: Prunella is a potent herbal antiviral agent. thriving in sunny areas. Benefits of pollen for specific health conditions include treatment of allergies and hay fever. self‐heal. Prunella (Prunella Vulgaris) Common Names: All‐heal. turkey‐tail mushroom. thought to stimulate testosterone production. Benefits of prunella for specific health conditions include treatment of herpes virus infection and HIV/AIDS. heal‐all. and only under the supervision of a knowledgeable health‐care professional. stomach upset.
use sunscreen or avoid sun exposure when taking it. pygeum trees are classified as environmentally threatened. so the body can adjust to the increased level of fiber. Unlike garden beans. and North Africa. psoriasis and vitiligo. hemorrhoids. gathered in summer and autumn when the seeds have ripened. In addition. If mild stomach upset occurs when using psoralea. hemorrhoids. white flowers. and black. Benefits of pygeum for specific health conditions include benign prostate hypertrophy and prostate cancer. and residual urine volume. and red berries. Europe. flea seed. The bark is the part used in herbal medicine. This herb can lower blood levels of glucose and cholesterol by keeping the substances from being absorbed through the intestines. scurfy pea. plantain. and powders. Plantago ovata) Common Names: Blond psyllium husk. Benefits of psoralea for specific health conditions include treatment of cancer. wild. and bu gu shi. Eating soluble fiber from foods such as psyllium as part of the diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. which should be avoided by people who have tendencies toward low blood sugar and by people who take oral medications several times a day. Herbal medicine uses whole seeds and ground plantain seeds. It is a bulk‐forming laxative that is safe for long‐term use. usually formulated with saw palmetto. but not all herbal products companies are careful in choosing a sustainable supplier. take a ginger tea. ispaghula. solid. plantago. Uses: Psoralea is one of the main herbs in traditional Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine for the treatment of skin conditions. Doses: Psyllium is available as cereal. local application may irritate the skin and cause blistering. constipation. it has oblong leaves. Plantago isaghula. Psyllium is known as one of the gentlest laxatives. Crohn’s didease. Description: Psyllium is a low growing annual that reaches the height of only 16 inches. Doses: Psoralea is available in capsules under the name of psoralea seed capsule. The Chinese name of this herb means. You should not take with licorice root. Location: Psyllium has been cultivated for thousands of years in Asia. Warnings: To avoid problems with the absorption of prescription drugs. and irritable bowel syndrome. In a few cases. making it useful for treating osteoporosis and bone fractures.” Psoralea is used to promote bone calcification. scurfy pea. which are harvested in the fall. using large quantity of psyllium products may cause your absorbed‐sugar levels to go down to the point that you may need to reduce your insulin dosage. psoralea seeds are pungent and bitter. do not use psyllium seed within one hour of taking such medications. Benefits of psyllium for specific health conditions include the treatment of bronchitis and pneumonia. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 48 . urinary frequency. psyllium bears narrow leaves and clusters of minute off‐white flowers. traditional Chinese and ayurvedic physicians have used psyllium to treat diarrhea. ʺtonify bone resin. Also. Indian psyllium husk. Psyllium mucilages are laxative and anti‐diarrheal. Psyllium (Plantago afra. Warnings: Psoralea is unusual in that it can sensitize the skin to both healing and harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Psyllium tea is a milder alternative to psyllium powders. Description: Psoralea seeds. Properties: Psyllium is a source of soothing mucilages for the digestive and respiratory tracts. Properties: Pygeum is an anti‐inflammatory for the prostate gland. psoralea fruit. Unless this herb is being used to treat a light‐sensitive disorder. Some effort is being made to grow pygeum on plantations. and urinary problems. bu gu zhi. Properties: Components in psoralea are active principles for inducing pigmentation of the skin. The usual recommended dose is 50 to 100 milligrams taken twice daily. Start using this herb gradually. Herbs. It was one of the first medicinal plants brought to the Americas from Europe. if you have diabetes. When taking psyllium as a laxative. Uses: For centuries. Doses: Pygeum is available in capsule form. Uses: Pygeum has been shown to diminish nighttime urination. ground seeds. Location: Psoralea is a climbing vine found throughout China. Pygeum (Prunus africanum) Location: Native to Africa.Psoralea (Psoralea corylifolia) Common Names: Babchi seeds. constipation. It has been used in the treatment of eczema and hair loss. should be large. diarrhea. Description: Pygeum is an evergreen tree that grows to a height of 120 feet. you must drink 8 to 10 glasses of water throughout the day to prevent blockage of the intestines. it acts against staph infections and helps stimulate the heart.
age‐related intellectual decline. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) Common Names: Ling chi. leukemia. tea. Location: Although red wine cahtechins are found in purple grape juice and red wine. They are dryness of mouth. you should do so only under the supervision of a knowledgeable physician. However. It has the ability to relax tight uterine muscles and tighten relaxed uterine muscles. Properties: It is reported to boost energy. and promote longevity. morning sickness. and niacin. it may reduce the inflammation that causes eczema. a compound the grape plant manufactures in the skin of the fruit to deter gray mold. Reishi should be avoided by people who have known allergies to mushrooms or molds. Unless dietary restrictions prohibit the consumption of sugar. concentrations of catechins in plasma dropped more swiftly if alcohol was consumed. Frequent monitoring of prostate health is essential during treatment of prostate disorders with pygeum or any other herb. and edible red berries. but may occur after three to six months of continuous use. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 49 . help the body resist disease and stress. especially on Long Island in New York. Doses: Raspberry leaf is used as a tea. syrup. It has astringent and stimulant properties and is a popular remedy for many ailments. Description: The raspberry is a deciduous shrub that grows as high as six feet. It is used to treat allergies. altitude sickness. prostate cancer and coronary artery disease. but the red variety is the most commonly used. tincture and in tablet form. fibroids.Warnings: This herb should be used under the supervision of a health‐care professional. It has woody stems with thorns. premenstrual syndrome and sore throat. it should not be used on a regular basis. breast cancer. It is best to boil the mushrooms to kill any bacteria. The most active red wine catechin is resveratrol. stomach upset. This has led to its use as a stimulant at the beginning of labor. alcoholism and cirrhosis of the liver. Side effects are very rare. bronchitis and yeast infection. Doses: It is available as a food‐stuff. and nasal passages. pale green leaves. or more than twice in any given week during the first trimester of pregnancy. Take a one month break every three months. Warnings: Do not use raw pulverized reishi. Herbs. If you use this herb during pregnancy. and mushroom poisoning. Uses: The most common use of raspberry leaves is as a uterine tonic. It is available as a bottled beverage in many health‐food stores. Description: Reishi grows in six different colors. use reishi only under a doctor’s supervision. Warnings: Since raspberry leaf is a uterine stimulant that can hasten childbirth. Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus) Common Name: Red raspberry. Vitis labrusca) Common Name: Resveratrol. Doses: Resveratrol is usually taken in tablet form. In addition. other research has found that there is no significant difference in the levels of catechins between alcoholic and nonalcoholic red wine. high blood pressure and stress. cancer. Properties: Resveratrol is a helpful anti‐cancer supplement. If you take any blood‐thinning medications. drinking 12 to 14 fluid ounces of purple grape juice or one glass of red wine daily will have similar benefits. throat. It specifically benefits specific health conditions such as leukemia. that is. white flowers. In fact. chronic itch. It also keeps cholesterol levels down. resveratrol is most abundant in immature grapes grown in damp climates. The leaves are the part of the plant used in herbal medicine. or nosebleed. They are a rich source of vitamin C and contain manganese. Warnings: Some studies report that flavinoids in red wine can be absorbed from the intestine more efficiently than those in red grape juice. Benefits of raspberry leaf for specific health conditions include treatment of bed‐wetting. iron. Uses: Reishi is an adaptogen and recommended to stimulate the immune system to activate several different phases of immune defense. Red wine benefits health conditions such as bladder cancer. Properties: Raspberry leaf has been used as a tea in folk medicine for hundreds of years. Location: Japan. ling zhi. Red Wine Catechins (Vitis vinifera. more than two cups in any single day. asthma. Uses: It has been shown to slow the development of athersoshlerotic plaques and to protect the heart. diarrhea. Description: Red wine catechins are extracted from the skin of red wine grapes.
vitamin C. Uses: Rooibos is an anti‐viral. a resinous sap oozes out. Description: The sangre de drago tree grows thirty to one hundred feet high. sometimes reaching the canopy. irritable bowel syndrome and yeast infection. Description: Rooibos tea. When the trunk of the tree is cut or wounded. It can irritate the stomach and intestines. and anti‐allergy agent. and it became widely used in South Africa during World War II. and in the preparation of liqueurs such as Benedictine and Danziger Goldwasser. diarrhea and vaginitis. Rooibos tea should not be confused with honey bush tea. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 50 . and antispasmodic. narrow. fungal. and cause kidney damage.” of sangre de drago has been used for hundreds of years as a healing resource both by native peoples of the Amazon basin and by African and European immigrants to the Amazon. Tinctures of the herb help to stop bleeding due to peptic ulcers. Rosemary is also used in food preparation as an antioxidant and preservative. Uses: In European folk medicine. it inhibits the absorption of iron from food. There is growing evidence that it contributes to a reduction in heart disease and other ailments associated with aging. Benefits of rooibos for specific health conditions include treatment of allergies and stress. It does not contain caffeine. abrasions. or “blood. sangue de drago. Warnings: Like black tea. its stems and leaves are bruised with hammers. although it is not a treatment for the disease itself. The small amounts of rosemary used in cooking do not pose a risk of any side effects. Warnings: Continuous medicinal use of rosemary should be avoided by women who have heavy menstrual flow. sangre di drago is Spanish for “blood of the dragon. circulatory problems. Properties: Rooibos tea is made from the leaves of the rooibos tree. pain. oils (which can be used for aromatherapy). minerals. headaches. cancer. rheumatic disorders. strains and bruises. HIV/AIDS. and it has a very low tannin content. it has been investigated as a cancer therapy. People with iron deficiency conditions should avoid both beverages. Since this herb is a uterine stimulant. as if the tree were bleeding. it should not be used medically during pregnancy. South Africans have drunk rooibos tea for at least 200 years. Rooibos is used in the treatment of syphilis to stop generalized inflammation and pain. Rooibos is also used as a milk substitute for infants who are prone to colic. and sore muscles. Doses: Rooibos is available as a tea. It has a beneficial effect on age‐related mental decline. Rooibos (Aspalanthus linearis) Location: It is native to the mountains near Capetown. It is one of the few indigenous plants that have become an important commercial crop. This herb is considered to have considerable antispasmodic activity. particularly for meats. More recently. baldness. Properties: Rosemary is a potent anti‐oxidant. parallel green leaves and pale blue to blue‐violet flowers. Benefits of sangre de drago for specific health conditions include treatment of cuts and scrapes. Sangre de Drago (croton lechleri) Common Names: Drago. then left to ferment in the sun. Traditionally. The resulting tea has a characteristic sweet flavor. a shrub of half a meter to two meters in height with bright‐green needle‐shaped leaves. South Africa. Doses: Rosemary is available as enteric‐coated oil capsules. eczema. eczema.” The red resin. Uses: It fights bacterial. antiseptic. Location: The Amazon rainforest. and alpha‐hydroxy acids. insomnia and restless leg syndrome. anti‐anxiety. Benefits of rosemary for specific health conditions include treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. when black tea was unavailable. Properties: Sangre de drago ointment forms a “second skin” to stop inflammation and prevent infection. Rooibos contains at least thirty‐seven natural anti‐oxidants. insect bites. and viral infections. It bears thick. dragon’s blood. indigestion and menstrual cramps. for ills including nervous disorders. Rosemary (Rosemarinus officilalis) Common Name: Rosemary. arthritis. although rooibos has a lesser effect on iron absorption than does black tea. You should never ingest the essential oil. Description: Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that grows to a height of three feet. Herbs. upset stomach. and teas (which can be used as skin washes). it was used both internally and externally. This explains the name. The leaves and the essential oil distilled from the leaves are used in herbal medicine.
Warnings: A few locally produced saw palmetto teas are still on the market today. shhisandra fruit. HIV/AIDS and menopause‐related problems. fat‐soluble steroids. Smilax reglii) Common Names: Gray sarsaparilla. Women taking birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy should also avoid saw palmetto products. tendrils. Properties: American physicians recognized the usefulness of saw palmetto in hormonal regulation as early as 1856. Ecuadorian sarsaparilla. You should not use saw palmetto to treat urinary problems without first seeking medical evaluation. are made from concentrated extracts of the berries’ naturally occurring. Some importers sell pure liquid resin. men with prostate disorders should avoid it as well. These are not recommended for the indications listed here. it is often combined with pygeum. Guayaquil sarsaparilla (S. gout. Sarsaparilla (Smilax species. cabbage palm. It has a reputation as a blood purifier and general tonic. Doses: Sarsaparilla is available in capsules and fluidextracts. Mexico sarsaparilla. sabal. and in saw palmetto thickets in Texas. Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) Common Names: Gomishi. Herbs. however. It is also useful in treating wasting disorders by redirecting testosterone from stimulating the sex organs to stimulating muscle growth. Vera Cruz sarsaparilla (S. especially Smilax aristolochiaefolia. Properties: Since the 1500’s. Jamaican sarsaparilla. Location: Sarsaparilla is a woody climbing vine found in rain forests around the world and also in temperate zones in Australia and China.Doses: Sangre de drago is available in ointments and tinctures. Uses: The natural steroidal glycosides found in sarsaparilla have made the herb popular with bodybuilders as an alternative to anabolic steroids for increasing muscle mass. and green flowers. magnolia vine. Sarsaparilla increases the rate at which the body absorbs some prescriptions drugs. Doses: Saw palmetto is available as a tablet or saw palmetto liposome. It is also available as a tea. and stimulates the production of natural hormones. wu‐wei‐zi. which has a nutty vanilla‐like flavor. menopause‐related problems and diminished sex drive. Women who are pregnant should not handle saw palmetto tablets. with a spicy sweet taste. Description: Saw palmetto is a low‐growing palm. The root is dug year‐round for use in herbal preparations. aristolochiaefolia). regelii). The fragrance of the root is considered pleasant. Benefits of sarsaparilla for specific health conditions include treatment of eczema and psoriasis. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) Common Name: American dwarf palm tree. people who take any prescription drugs regularly should avoid sarsaparilla. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 51 . Most commercial saw palmetto products. ornate). Benefits of saw palmetto for specific health conditions include treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and prostate cancer. Location: Saw Palmetto is a North American palm that grows wild mainly as isolated plants in the coastal regions of the Carolina and Gulf Coast states. balances the glandular system. In general. The part of the plant used in medicine is the berry. brown sarsaparilla. sarsaparilla has been used throughout the world to treat syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. Sarsaparilla also promotes good circulation. Smilax febrifuga. muscle building. Location: Native to both northeastern China and the eastern United Sates. red sarsaparilla (S. For prostate conditions. Honduras sarsaparilla (S. Costa Rican sarsaparilla. Warnings: Large doses of the saponins in sarsaparilla may cause gastrointestinal irritation. serenoa. Description: Sarsaparilla has broad. Smilax ornate. which should be taken in doses of no more that 2 to 3 drops in a cup of warm water. Tinctures of sarsaparilla are ineffective since the active chemical constituents of the herb are soluble in water but not in alcohol. It also acts as an anti‐inflammatory agent. Because sarsaparilla stimulates the production of testosterone. Saw palmetto has since gained widespread use by doctors and alternative health practitioners as a safe treatment for prostate disorders. oval‐shaped leaves. aristolochiaefolia). and prostate problems. Uses: Doctors prescribe teas of whole dried palmetto berries for breast enlargement.
Schizonepeta (Schizonepeta tenuifolia) Common Names: Japanese catnip. and in combination with other herbs. epilepsy. asthma. reaching a length of up to 25 feet. frequently referred to as skullcap. and is widely cultivated in the Far East. Chinese skullcap. but should be obtainable in Chinese herb stores or the Internet. increase stamina and physical performance. People with peptic ulcers. cirrhosis of the liver. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dispense it for use as a tea. Many listed scutellaria. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 52 . It also increases visual acuity and field of vision. stress. pelvic inflammatory disease. excessive sweating and skin cancer. Properties: The root is used medicinally. Benefits of schisandra for specific health conditions include treatment of cancer. diabetes. prostatitis. gonorrhea. restless leg syndrome. and shingles. Herbs. as well as tactile sensitivity. it can improve mental function. so it should be avoided during pregnancy. mononucleosis. attention deficit disorder (ADD). vomiting and periodontal disease. hangovers. but it is an annual with a sweet. Description: Scutellaria grows to a height of between one and four feet and bears lance‐shaped leaves and purple flowers. The two herbs are not interchangeable. and headaches. Benefits of Scutellaria for specific health conditions include treatment of allergies. anxiety. Scutellaria (Scutellaria baicalensis) Common Names: Skullcap. Uses: It is the principal herb of traditional Japanese medicine for skin infections. evidenced by an excavation that took place in northwestern China of a tomb built in the second century. Uses: Scutellaria kills bacteria and viruses. reduce high cholesterol. People who have gallstones or blockages of the bile ducts therefore should not use this herb. tenuifolia. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners dispense it in tea form for internal use. insomnia. and has antibacterial action. clustered lavender blooms that grow in spikes above the foliage. Baikal skullcap. Properties: The berries are dried for use in herbal medicine. sore throat. pinelike aroma. It has excellent antimicrobial and antiviral effects and helps to eliminate toxins. pink flowers. This herb should not be confused with American Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora). Location: Scutellaria is a perennial herb native to the region of Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia and is also found in northern China. Warnings: The cream should not be used on open sores. The Asian form may be harder to find. diphtheria.000 years. and the plant is also used ornamentally. and also relieves allergies. and atherosclerosis. high blood pressure. Description: It is a pleasantly aromatic herb with highly dissected foliage and small. It helps to lower fever and promote sweating. chronic fatigue syndrome. The Chinese use the herb to treat symptoms of the common cold: chills. Schisandra is useful as an antidote to morphine overdose. Schizonepeta belongs to the same family as catnip. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine formulas for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Atherosclerosis. Properties: The whole plant is used in herbal medicine. high cholesterol. cancer. Doses: Scutellaria is available in a wide variety of forms. Japanese mint. hepatitis. It bears oval leaves. normalize blood sugar and blood pressure. infected nails. improve the health of the adrenal glands. pneumonia. Doses: Schizonepeta is available as a cream for external use. Doses: Schisandra is available as capsules and tinctures. viral infection. Used also for boils and mastitis. and spikes of red berries. heart attack. It thrives in open grasslands below an elevation of 2. Schisandra also stimulates the uterus and induces labor. Schisandra is also one of the most useful herbs from the herbal traditions of Asia for the treatment of liver diseases. high blood pressure. asthma. depression. Lyme disease. ear infection. Warnings: It increases the flow of bile.000 feet. and high blood pressure should also avoid this herb. and energize RNA and DNA molecules to rebuild cells. anxiety. influenza. hepatitis. as well as promoting healing of skin lesions and eruptions. in which ninety‐two wooden tablets containing herbal formulas were found. especially hoelen. Location: Schizonepeta is native to China and Japan. Because it stimulates the central nervous system to maintain breathing.Description: Schisandra is an aromatic woody vine. schizonepeta heals skin infections by stimulating circulation within the skin and by inducing perspiration. jing jie. as well as for fevers. scute. headache. colds. Uses: Schisandra is now a recognized adaptogen—a substance capable of increasing the body’s functions. stress. It has been used in Asian medicine for at least 2.
including chemotherapeutic agents and products of radiation exposure. It also grows in China. Description: A deciduous plant. shepherd’s bag. Location: Shepherd’s purse is a weed in the same plant family as broccoli. as well as in poultices. from superficial cuts and scrapes to internal bleeding of the stomach. chronic fatigue syndrome. psoriatric arthritis. People who have myasthenia gravis. Studies have shown that shepherd’s purse has anti‐inflammatory. eleuthero. Using it for spotting during pregnancy is not recommended. Uses: Siberian ginseng is considered an adaptogen in that it normalizes body functions. diminished sex drive and Meniere’s disease. Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa‐pastoris) Common Names: Lady’s purse. and anti‐ulcer properties. should avoid Siberian ginseng. eleutherococcus. and Korea. tuberculosis. nutrients critical to the maintenance of vascular health in the retina. If bleeding from other sources persists more than three days or becomes greater during treatment with the herb. and is well adapted to the Pacific Northwest of the United States and British Columbia. but is not identical to. both external and internal.Warnings: Cases of liver damage have been reported in association with excessive intake of scutellaria. or red. Lyme disease. It is an immune stimulant that is especially useful for preventing infection during times of intense physical activity and prolonged periods of stress. The herb’s stress‐ fighting and depression‐relieving capacities make it useful in the treatment of attention deficit disorder. mumps. It appears that some scutellaria products also contain germander. and herb known to cause liver damage. and Sjogren’s syndrome. Its use dates back about 2. to help alleviate side effects. but be cautious if the tonic contains actual Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) or other herbs falsely labeled as ginseng. This herb stimulates the immune system to produce B cells. and teas. Siberian ginseng supports the body by helping the liver detoxify harmful toxins. You should not use scutellaria if you have diarrhea. It decreases blood pressure in lab tests. Properties: All parts of the aerial (above ground) parts of the plant are used in herbal medicine. tablets. a rosette of basal leaves. Uses: Shepherd’s purse is considered by herbalists to be one of the best herbs for stopping bleeding of all kinds. which resemble small purses. Properties: The dried root is used in herbal medicine. or related diseases such as lupus. and heart‐ shaped seedpods. mother’s heart. Korean. Doses: Siberian ginseng is available as eleuthero extracts. When it was “rediscovered” in Siberia in 1855. it was mistaken for ginseng. diuretic. shepherd’s purse is used for menstrual problems and nosebleeds. and to help bone marrow recover more quickly. Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) Common Names: Ci wu ju. Japan. Since Siberian ginseng contains compounds that stimulate testosterone Herbs. viral infections. temporary diarrhea in a few users. it was named Siberian ginseng. and mustard. just north of China’s Amur River. Warnings: During pregnancy. Traditional Chinese medicine uses shepherd’s purse to “brighten vision. and used with good results as a substitute for Panax ginseng. the lungs. ginseng. stress. consult a physician. Location: Siberian Ginseng is a hardy shrub native to the southeastern part of Siberia.” It contains high concentrations of potassium and vitamin C. cabbage. rheumatoid arthritis. Its name derives from the appearance of the seed pods. It is also available in bottled ginseng tonics. For specific health conditions. which in turn release tissue‐destructive antibodies. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 53 . devil’s shrub. Doses: Shepherd’s purse is used as tincture or tea. it should only be used at full term or under medical supervision. Studies have confirmed the use of the herb for people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer. aggravating these conditions. It inhibits the stress response by reducing the activity of the adrenal cortex. Warnings: Using Siberian ginseng may cause insomnia if you take it too close to bedtime. Siberian ginseng is in the same family as. and especially the kidneys and urinary tract. It is prescribed mostly for slowing or stopping excessive menstrual bleeding and other uterine problems. Siberian ginseng grows to a height of ten feet and bears three‐to seven‐toothed leaflets on each stem. Description: It is a biennial with an erect stem. and it has been reported to cause mild. four‐petaled white flowers. Thus. Any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy requires medical attention. touch‐me‐not. Benefits of Siberian ginseng for specific health considerations include treatment of the following: cancer. It is also a versatile training aid for athletes.000 years. depression.
production, men who have prostate disorders should not use it. You should not use Siberian ginseng if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure. It can be used during pregnancy or nursing, however, pregnant or nursing women using this herb should avoid products that also contain Panax ginseng. Anyone who takes digoxin (Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin) should seek the advice of a health‐care professional before taking Siberian ginseng. This herb‐drug combination has been reported to cause dangerously high serum digoxin levels. Animal research has shown that Siberian ginseng can increase the sleep‐inducing effects of barbiturates. Persons taking barbiturates for anxiety or insomnia may become more sedated than usual when taking Siberian ginseng. Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) Common Names: Indian elm, moose elm, red elm, sweet elm. Location: Slippery elm is a large, deciduous tree that is native to North America and thrives in well‐drained soil on high ground, frequently reaching a height of 60 feet. The inner bark of the trunk and branches is collected in the spring for medicinal use. Description: Early English settlers in North America noticed its widespread use by Native Americans, who soaked the inner bark in water and applied it to wounds. The slippery elm bark would then dry into a natural bandage. Native Americans also wrapped slippery elm around pieces of meat to prevent spoilage. It was mixed with water to make a soothing gruel for children and for sick people of any age. Properties: The bark holds the healing properties. Uses: Slippery elm has a soothing and healing effect on any part of the body it comes into contact with. It is used in the treatment of sore throats, indigestion, digestive irritation, and stomach ulcers. It is able to neutralize excess acids in the stomach and intestines. It can also be used externally to heal wounds and burns, and can relieve irritated, inflamed, or itchy skin. The mucilage in slippery elm bark is an excellent remedy for irritation and inflammation of the reproductive and respiratory systems, as well as the urinary tract. Benefits of slippery elm for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: Crohn’s disease, food poisoning and irritable bowel syndrome. Doses: Slippery elm can be used as a tea, a powder mixed into cold water, or a poultice. Since slippery elm is also a food product, there is no upper limit on dosage, but taking 2 teaspoons dissolved in 1 cup of water is the minimum amount that works, and 5 teaspoons is the maximum that will dissolve in 1 cup of water. Warnings: Slippery elm is regarded as safe. However, because of the high mucilage content it may interfere with the absorption of medications taken at the same time. Snow Fungus (Tremella fuciformis) Common Names: Bai mu erh, shirokikurage, silver tree‐ear fungus, white jelly‐leaf, white muer, white tree‐ear, wood ear fungus. Location: Snow fungus grows on a great variety of trees throughout Asia and in warmer climates worldwide. Description: Snow fungus is a white, nearly translucent, “trembling” fungus. It gets its common name of “wood ear” for the way it looks on decaying logs on which it grows. Good quality snow fungus has a pale, yellowish‐ white color and a mucilagelike texture. Properties: Chinese and Japanese herbalists have used snow fungus for more than 2,000 years, primarily to increase fluids in the body, for dry coughs, and for palpitations. It has been used as a tonic herb and as a beauty enhancer to improve the complexion. Uses: Snow fungus is an immune stimulant that fights infection, especially chronic infections. Studies have found that it also demonstrates anti‐tumor activity, lowers levels of low‐density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol), protects the liver, and fights inflammation. It may also slow the aging process. Supposedly, if snow fungus is eaten regularly, facial freckles will disappear, although this has not been tested in any scientific fashion. Benefits of snow fungus for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and cancer. For cancer treatment, snow fungus can increase the production of interferon and interleukin‐2 (IL‐2), two important immune‐system chemicals, and stimulate the production of germ‐eating macrophages. Snow fungus also increases the activity of natural killer cells and enhances the effectiveness of antibodies. In addition, snow fungus reduces the rate at which cancers spread. In order to spread, tumors have to establish their own blood vessel systems. Snow fungus compounds counteract a blood chemical called platelet‐activating factor, which makes the blood less likely to clot and spin a fibrin “net” on which blood vessels to serve the tumor can Herbs, A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 54
form. Lab tests have shown that snow fungus extracts kill cervical cancer cells, as well as those taken from other types of tumors. Snow fungus is known to sensitize the cervix and uterus to radiation treatment, making it more effective. One of the most valuable medical uses of snow fungus is to prevent leukopenia, or low white blood cell counts, in people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. Doses: Snow fungus is available as an extract and in an over‐the‐counter patent medicine called Yin Mi Pian. Warnings: Like all other “jelly fungi,” snow fungus has no known toxicity and also can be eaten as a food. Soy Isoflavone Concentrate (Glycine max) Common Names: Soy bean, soy isoflavone is taken from the bean of the soy plant. Location: Soy beans are grown in many countries around the world. Description: The soy plant is a member of the legume family, which makes it able to intake Nitrogen from the air itself, and use this Nitrogen to nourish itself. Soy plants are grown extensively in the Midwestern United States. Properties: The beans of the soy plant contain several medicinally useful chemicals, including isoflavones. The isoflavones most recognized as beneficial are daidzein and genistein, and the closely related compounds daidzin and genistin. These substances have been well researched for their antioxidant and phytoestrogenic properties. Uses: Soy isoflavones are used medicinally primarily because of their estrogen‐regulating properties. Benefits of soy isoflavones for treatment of specific health conditions include the following: alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetic retinopathy, fracture, menopause‐related problems, osteoporosis, as well as psoriasis. Doses: The easiest way to get soy isoflavones is by taking soy isoflavone concentrate. Soy germ also can be used (preferably added to cereals or smoothies), as can cooked soybeans, miso, or tofu. Soy isoflavones are also found in the herb kudzu. Of readily available soy foods, roasted soybeans have the highest isoflavone content, about 167 milligrams for a 3.5ounce serving. Tempeh is next, with 60 milligrams, followed by soy flour, with 44 milligrams. Processed soy products, such as soy protein and soymilk contain about 20 milligrams per serving. Although the optimum dosage of isoflavones obtained from food is not known, one study found that ingesting 62 milligrams of isoflavones daily is sufficient to reduce cholesterol. Further, we know that Japanese women eat up to 200 milligrams of isoflavones from soy foods daily. Warnings: Because isoflavones work somewhat like estrogen, there are concerns that they may not be safe for women who already have breast cancer. Preliminary studies and reports have raised concerns that intensive use of soy products by a pregnant woman could exert a hormonal effect that has an impact on the developing fetus. Soy isoflavones could theoretically interfere with the action of oral contraceptives, although studies have not yet confirmed this. Soy products may impair thyroid function or reduce absorption of thyroid medication, at least in children. People with impaired thyroid function should use soy in moderation or under medical supervision. Soy Lecithin (Glycine max) Common Names: Soy bean; soy lecithin is an extract of the soy bean. Location: Soy beans are grown in many countries around the world. Description: The soy plant is a member of the legume family, which makes it able to intake nitrogen from the air itself, using this nitrogen to nourish itself. Soy plants are grown extensively in the Midwestern United States. Properties: Soy Lecithin, like soy isoflavone concentrate, is an extract of the soybean. It contains a substance called phoshpatidy‐choline (PC), which is responsible for its medicinal effects. PC is a major part of the membranes surrounding the cells. But when it is consumed, it is broken down into the nutrient choline rather than being carried directly to cell membranes. Choline is used to make acetylcholine, a nerve chemical essential for proper brain function. Uses: Soy lecithin provides the building blocks of healthy cell membranes, preventing damage especially to blood and liver cells by oxidation, free radicals, and toxins. Lecithin can also be used as a fat synthesizer that helps the body process fats better. More recently, lecithin has been proposed as a remedy for various psychological and neurological diseases, including Tourette’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, and bipolar mood disorder (manic‐ depressive disorder). Benefits of soy lecithin for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, and it helps the liver by helping liver cell membranes to renew and repair themselves, alzheimer’s disease and memory problems by providing a source of phosphatidylcholine, an essential element in the lining of brain cells, atherosclerosis, gallstones, and high cholesterol, by reducing blood‐ Herbs, A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 55
cholesterol levels, hangover by fighting fatigue and hypoglycemia and ensuring the liver releases glucose to cover skipped meals, and finally multiple sclerosis by providing the chemical phosphatidylserine, which reduces production of an immune‐system chemical called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) that signals immune system cells called macrophages to attack nerve cells. Doses: Soy lecithin is available in capsules. Other encapsulated soy phospholipids may be identified individually on product labels such as 3‐sn‐phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanol‐amine, and phosphatidylinositic acid, or as “total phospholipids.” Soy lecithin is also available in an over‐the‐counter preparation called Leci‐PS. Ordinary lecithin contains about 10 to 20 percent phosphatidylcholine. However, European research has tended to use soy lecithin products concentrated to contain 90 percent phosphatidylcholine. The following dosages are based on the more concentrated product. For psychological and neurological conditions, researchers have used doses of up to 5 to 10 grams (5,000 to 10,000 milligrams) three times daily. For liver disease, typical doses have been 350 to 500 milligrams taken three times daily. For high cholesterol, doses of 500 to 900 milligrams taken three times daily are common. The amounts of soy lecithin needed to produce results for people with Alzheimer’s disease are relatively expensive, and can cause stomach upset. If you wish to try this type of therapy, take the recommended dosage for three weeks, then continue only if there are noticeable results with no unmanageable side effects. Warnings: Soy lecithin may cause mild diarrhea when first used. Although soy lecithin helps reverse alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, it is important to stop, or at least sharply reduce, alcohol intake when using lecithin. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Common Names: Goatweed, hypericum. Location: St. John’s Wort is a perennial plant native to Great Britain, especially Wales, and to northern Europe. European settlers brought it to the United States in the 1700’s. Description: Growing to a height of thirty‐two inches, it bears bright‐yellow petals in flowering tops. Traditionally, its petals were gathered in midsummer for use in herbal medicine. Properties: The entire plant is used. Oils and tinctures made from St. John’s Wort have a dark‐red color imparted by hypericin, one of the medically active components of the herb. In Middle English, the term wort referred to any plant or vegetable that was used medicinally. St. John’s wort got its name because it bloomed on, or near, June 24, which was known as St. John’s Day in the Church calendar. In medieval England, St. John’s Wort was used to treat attacks of insanity attributed to the work of evil spirits or the devil. Uses: St. John’s Wort has antibacterial, antidepressant, anti‐inflammatory, antiviral, and pain‐relieving properties. This herb’s ability to fight depression also makes it useful in treating chronic fatigue syndrome and Lyme disease, and its ability to relieve pain makes it helpful for treating vocal pain and laryngitis associated with fibromyalgia. It can relieve headaches that occur with hay fever and stop the process within the brain that triggers nausea. Benefits of St. John’s Wort for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: breast cancer by providing the cancer fighting compound hypericin, burns and skin disorders, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cuts, scrapes, abrasions. One of the plants most well known uses is for treating depression; wide‐scale studies having shown its effectiveness. St. John’s wort is also used for diabetes, ear infection, herpes virus infection, mastitis, headache, HIV/AIDS, insomnia, and vitilgo. Doses: St. John’s Wort is available in a variety of forms. For people with depression, St. John’s Wort should be taken for no less than ten days to two weeks to determine if there is any improvement. If not, and especially if there is no benefit in four to six weeks, the herb should be discontinued. If the herb is helpful, however, there is no limitation on the length of time it can be taken. Warnings: In some people, this herb may cause stomach upset, restlessness, mild allergic reactions, or fatigue. No medication, including St. John’s Wort, is adequate treatment for people who experience a preoccupation with or repeated thoughts of death or suicide. If you do experience such thoughts, you should immediately seek professional help. Many science writers caution that hypericin can sensitize the skin to sunlight, causing a tendency to sunburn. To put this problem in perspective, over 60 million doses of St. John’s Wort are dispensed every year in Germany alone, and only fewer than a dozen photosensitization reactions have ever been reported. The use of tanning beds or lamps is not recommended while taking this herb. If you are taking St. John’s Wort as an antiviral aid, or to treat cancer or vitiligo, you need to expose your skin to sunlight to activate the herb’s active constituents, so the preceding caution does not apply. However, Herbs, A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 56
This herb can intensify the effects of anesthesia. and others). and upus. John’s Wort have not been replicated. Taken as a health treatment. resulting in over‐sedation. Similar symptoms can be caused by a more serious condition. John’s Wort at the same time. and red wine. high blood pressure. if you are taking antidepressant drugs. Description: It bears lance‐shaped leaves and green flowers with yellow stamens. and lupus. you should not take it if you are planning to undergo any type of surgical procedure. Because stinging nettle leaf reduces the body’s production of an immune chemical known as interleukin‐6 (IL‐6). such as prostate cancer. such as sulfa drugs. should also avoid St. commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. you need to let the medication flush out of your system for several weeks (depending on the drug) before you start using the herb. Men should not use stinging nettle to treat urinary problems without medical examination. and inflammation. John’s Wort having symptoms of this kind of drug interaction. St. Benefits of stinging nettle for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: allergies (hay fever). among many other foods. though. If you come into contact with the fine hairs on the leaves and stem. Warnings: In rare cases. amitripyline (Elavil). or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxietine. tuberculosis. as well as sedative medications. Similarly. and as a hair tonic. It is a perennial plant growing to a height of five feet. you should not take St. Some scientific articles maintain that St. However. benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Stinging nettle leaf is an anti‐inflammatory. stinging nettle root takes the “sting” or inflammation out of allergic reactions. people with AIDS should use this herb only under the supervision of a knowledgeable health‐care provider. and arthritis. that requires medical treatment. John’s Wort against HIV has not yet been verified and is still undergoing scientific study. It can also be used as a tea. the flu. or lansoprazole (Prevacid). If you are interested in switching from a prescription drug to St. which is found in aged cheeses. It is used to treat urinary tract infections. Stinging nettle helps to increase mother’s milk production in nursing mothers. chemotherapy drugs. diminished sex drive. Stinging nettle has a long history of use as a food. If you are taking digoxin (lanoxicaps. Doing so can cause serotonin syndrome. or antipsychotic medications. tricyclic antidepressants. you may develop a burning pain that lasts for hours. It can relieve symptoms of hay fever and allergies such as a runny nose and congestion. it should be avoided by people who have. It also keeps an active form of testosterone from affecting both men and women. as well as a diuretic. which can cause sudden attacks of severe high blood pressure when combined with the protein tyramine. which can be life threatening. John’s Wort might increase that effect. There are concerns that nettle may interact with prescription medications used for diabetes. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 57 . warfarin (Coumadin). There have not been any reports of actual problems occurring. Since the antiviral effects of St. Sandimmune). use of the herb should be discontinued. People should not use stinging nettle products made from either the leaf or the root of the plant if they have fluid retention due to congestive heart failure or kidney disease. Uses: From ancient Greece to the present. Other drugs also pose a risk of undesirable interactions. theophylline (Aerolate. or the migraine medication sumatriptan (Imitrex). but they have very different uses. Properties: Both the leaves and the roots are used in herbal medicine. after taking stinging nettle leaf. John’s Wort. or the painkiller tramadol (Ultram). the anti‐inflammatory medication piroxicam (Feldene). keep in mind that St. Herbs. Elixophyllin. some people develop an allergic reaction. such as angiotensin‐converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. John’s Wort. and is regarded as safe. nettle has been used for treating coughs. John’s Wort contains MAO inhibitors. birth control pills. If such a reaction occurs. John’s Wort might cause these drugs to be less effective. people taking prescription medications that increase risk of sunburn. chocolate. cyclosporine (Neoral. anemia. such as a rash. Location: Stinging nettle is found in temperate climates around the world. Doses: Stinging nettle leaf is available in capsule and juice forms. Lanoxin). hives. Slo‐Phyllin. and there are no reports of people taking St.you should note that over 85 percent of people with AIDS who take the herb for as long as six months experience at least one episode of severe sunburn. benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). Also. or think they may be coming down with. whether MAO inhibitors. If you are taking medications that cause sun sensitivity. omeprazole (Prilosec). and European folk medicine uses it to treat seborrhea of the scalp and overly greasy hair. The studies reporting to find MAO inhibitors in St. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Common Name: Nettle. protease inhibitors for HIV infection. especially for the allergic reactions of the skin.
athlete’s foot. French thyme. Added to toothpastes. This herb is not the same plant species as wild thyme or mother of thyme. both as a liquid and in enteric‐coated capsules. Australian dentists frequently use tea tree oil mouthwash prior to dental procedures and as a daily preventative measure against periodontal disease. It also helps reduce headaches. Uses: Tea tree oil is an antiseptic that is active against many bacteria and fungi. and flourishes in the wet. Doses: Thyme oil should be used topically only. d‐limonene. Fresh or dried thyme can be eaten in cooking. knights supposedly wore sprigs of thyme as a symbol of courage. convulsions. However. athlete’s foot and yeast infection. Benefits of thyme for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: allergies. it bears small leaves and pink flowers on woody stems. infected nails. Benefits of tea tree oil for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: acne. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Common Names: Creeping thyme. native Australians used the leaves of this tree as an antiseptic. Description: The tea tree. or take a potassium supplement daily. it eases sore throats associated with colds. but you should use caution in applying it to more extensive areas of broken skin or rashes not due to fungus. and sprains. Tea tree oil can be applied to minor cuts. Aromatherapists consider the essential oil a powerful mood‐enhancing herb for low spirits. Warnings: People who are allergic to celery or thyme should not use tea tree oil. Location: Mediterranean climates. standardized to contain not more than 10 percent cineol (an irritant) and at least 30 percent terpinen‐4‐ol. mastitis. rheumatic problems. caused severe inflammation and hyperemia (an unusual flood of blood to a particular part of the body). since tea tree shares a potential allergen. respiratory. but it is not taken internally. It should not be swallowed. Used as a gargle. in rare cases. cough. It is used externally for infected wounds and internally for respiratory and digestive infections. bruises. Properties: The leaves and small branches are picked year round for distillation into essential oil. Oil of thyme (thymol) is used in commercial mouthwashes (it is the main ingredient in Listerine) and toothpastes. Thyme’s common name was probably derived from the Greek word thumus. vaginosis and yeast infections. as it may cause nerve damage and other problems if ingested. It controls foot odor and sweetens bad breath. it is not as effective as oral antibiotics for some conditions. fatigue. swellings. insect bites. Thyme was also used to preserve meat. For centuries before Europeans arrived. You should not use thyme if you have a duodenal ulcer or you are pregnant. boils. Properties: Thyme is available as an essential oil. you should eat foods high in potassium. Description: Thyme is an aromatic garden herb in the mint family. coma. garden thyme. which reaches a height of twenty to twenty‐five feet. and insect bites. burns. Tea tree soon became widely recognized as a powerful disinfectant. it can cause vomiting and dizziness. If nettle is used regularly.but if you are taking such medications. such as bananas and fresh vegetables. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 58 . and cardiac and respiratory arrest. In addition. Thyme baths are helpful for neurasthenia. produces layers of paper‐like bark and bears pointed leaves and spikes of white flowers. this tree rapidly became a valued remedy used by the European settlers to treat cuts. If you have any kind of Herbs. most likely because it suppresses odor‐causing bacteria. Stinging nettle is a diuretic and may remove potassium from the body. In medieval times. it can cause cracks in the corners of the mouth and a swollen tongue. mental stress. and premenstrual tension. Uses: Thyme is a strong antiseptic. with these plants. Warnings: European authorities caution that thyme can cause abdominal contractions. you should not use uncooked stinging nettles. including some that are resistant to antibiotics. ringworm. Doses: Tea tree is used externally in a variety of forms. you should use nettle with caution. Growing to a height of fifteen inches. Tea tree oil has deodorant properties. dandruff. Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Common Name: Cajeput oil. Location: The tea tree is native to Australia. The best tea tree products contain oil from the species Melaleuca alternifolia only. Named the “tea tree” by Captain Cook. asthma. Using thyme oil in bath preparations has. Taken internally. They may cause kidney damage and other symptoms of poisoning. mountain thyme. swampy ground of northern New South Wales and Queensland. or courage.
HIV/AIDS. it has a smooth gray bark. Location: The tilden tree is an ornamental plant usually seen along the avenues of Europe. If you are trying to conceive or if you have a history of fertility problems. lime tree flower. Unfortunately. heart attack. Curcumin. fever. and ease chest congestion and menstrual discomforts. Curcumin is an excellent herbal remedy for situations in which high concentrations of antioxidants are required. obstructive jaundice. you should talk to a healthcare professional before taking medicinal doses of thyme. influenza.thyroid condition. Product labels sometimes refer to tilden flower as linden flower. linden flower. and indigestion. and other conditions associated with chilling. cataracts. Turmeric should not be used for long periods of time. It is not recommended for people with painful gallstones. flu. and is used when healing requires the application of volatile oils. Uses: Tilden flower is used as a home remedy for colds. Tilden Flower (Tilia cordifolia) Common Names: Basswood. Tilden flower teas frequently combine the herb with bitter orange peel. you jin. it was considered a cleansing herb for the whole body. or extremely toxic liver disorders. and sore throats. Warnings: Be sure to read the label if you are sensitive to any of the above herbs. haldi. fights viral infection. Studies indicate that the herb suppresses normal thyroid activity. If you are pregnant. eczema. and arthritis through its potent antioxidant action. coughs. gauri. One study in laboratory animals indicated that the use of turmeric reduced fertility. Be sure to note whether turmeric or curcumin is the form recommended for your condition. headaches. and clusters of pale yellow flowers with winglike bracts. Properties: The root of the plant is used both as a spice and as a medicine. cancer. epilepsy. Its principal chemical component. Turmeric is an essential flavoring spice of Indian curries and other cuisine. Benefits of turmeric for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: arthritis. atherosclerosis. Description: Growing as high as one hundred feet. There is evidence that heart disease can result from the overactivity of a gene called p52 and therefore may indirectly contribute to the destruction of healthy heart tissue. which sprouts from a knobbed rhizome. Benefits of tilden flower for specific health conditions include the following: colds. pleasant‐tasting medicinal tea. Bromelain has some anti‐ inflammatory benefits of its own that may add to those of curcumin. Indian saffron. Warnings: People with congestive heart disease whose cause remains unidentified should avoid curcumin. periodontal disease. pain. carpal tunnel syndrome. flu. and scavenges free radicals. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 59 . Use of the tilden flower began in medieval Europe to promote sweating and to treat feverish colds. consult your healthcare professional before using turmeric. heart‐shaped deciduous leaves. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Common Names: Curcuma. headaches and migraines. curcumin is not absorbed well by the body. Location: Turmeric is a perennial plant found in India and throughout southern and eastern Asia. indigestion. meadowsweet. Curcumin also protects the liver. Doses: Turmeric is available as a powder and a tincture. bursitis. acute bilious colic. as long‐term use poses a risk of heart damage. is available in capsules and tablets. Tilden flower should not be used on a daily basis for long periods of time. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine use turmeric to treat liver and gallbladder problems. It is often sold in combination with bromelain to enhance absorption. Properties: The flowers make an excellent honey and an aromatic. halitosis. because it can cause stomach distress. It can also be made into a poultice. gallstones. tendonitis. chamomile. cancer. consult your practitioner before Herbs. It is also found in the United States and in Canada from Quebec to North Dakota and south to North Carolina and Oklahoma. endometriosis. Doses: Tilden flower is available as a fluidextract or tea. cirrhosis of the liver. The whole herb turmeric contains lower concentrations of curcumin. stimulates the gallbladder. the antioxidant component of turmeric. and/or willow bark for maximum analgesic effect. A symbol of prosperity. stop bleeding. Uses: Turmeric is a very important herb in ayurvedic medicine. Description: It grows to a height of three feet and bears pairs of lance‐shaped leaves on alternate sides of the stem. curcumin. Turmeric is the primary anti‐inflammatory herb of ayurvedic medicine.
If you develop symptoms such as high fever. Uva Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva‐ursi) Common Names: Bearberry. If this effect occurs. The taste is both sweet and spicy. Properties: The root is the part of the plant used in herbal medicine. preferably standardized for arbutin. valerian preparations used for insomnia usually state their essential oil content. insomnia. Take all kidney and bladder infections seriously. peptic ulcers. It is also good for circulation. valerian is almost Herbs. nervousness. Herbalists also recommend the herb as a diuretic for fluid retention. This herb should not be used by pregnant or nursing women. Doses: Uva ursi is available in the form of capsules or tablets. heaths. you should consult with your health‐care professional before using this herb. and nervous stomach. it is naturalized throughout the temperate zones of the Northern hemisphere northward to the Arctic Circle. you should avoid consuming acidic agents such as meat. nausea. and you also should take ¼ teaspoon of baking soda in 1/3 cup of water with every dose of the herb. and thickets. headache. damp conditions in grasslands. the content of essential oil is not important. diarrhea. Ringing in the ears caused by uva ursi should wear off two or three days after the herb is discontinued. it will be noticed after using the herb for two or three days. This is a harmless effect. menopause‐related problems. kinnikinnick. a different set of chemicals is responsible for the promotion of sleep. Uva ursi leaves have been used for centuries as a milk diuretic and in the treatment of bladder and kidney infections. In these compounds. and bears pinnate leaves and pink flower heads. hysteria. Avoid taking uva ursi for longer than a week. and somewhat bitter. Benefits of uva ursi for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: bladder infection. menstrual problems. Valerian root must be carefully dried at temperatures below 105 degrees F before use. or duodenal ulcers. However. Warnings: Most authorities caution that uva ursi should be avoided by people with chronic kidney disease. Nausea and vomiting may occur in sensitive adults and children. Uses: The name uva ursi means “bear’s grape” in Latin. It has been used medicinally at least since the time of Hippocrates (460‐377 BC). or severe back pain. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 60 . It also may be taken as a tea. and comes from the fact that bears are fond of the fruit. It thrives in sunny. they can cause complications if not treated promptly. The herb can also be made into tea. indigestion. According to British herbalist David Chevallier. Doses: Valerian is available in the form of valepotriate tablets and as tinctures. In its natural state. bloating. the medicinal use of the plant was documented as early as the thirteenth century in the Welsh herbal The Physicians of Myddfai. if valerian is combined with herbs such as hops and lemon balm (Melissa). If you have a blood‐clotting disorder. insomnia.using turmeric. and swelling. get medical assistance immediately. To achieve this effect. restless leg syndrome. Turmeric is thought to inhibit blood‐clotting effect. glossy red berries in late summer. headaches. Uses: Valerian is a tranquilizer and calmative useful for disorders such as restlessness. Herb expert James Duke reports that uva ursi sometimes aggravates tinnitus (ringing in the ears). insomnia. For this reason. and racing heart) if they abruptly stop using the herb. Uva ursi may aggravate gastroesophageal reflux disease. hogberry. It has long. and fruit juice. kidney disease. Its bell shaped pink flowers produce small. Warnings: People who use valerian for several months may experience withdrawal symptoms (agitation. valerian contains a compound known to aid sleep from its essential oil. Description: It grows four feet tall. but the odor is unpleasant. vitamin C. trailing stems bearing dark green leaves that are dull on the lower side. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) Location: Valerian is a perennial plant native to Europe and northern Asia. The herb may temporarily turn the urine green. Description: Uva ursi is a low‐lying evergreen shrub in the same family as the blueberry and the upland cranberry. Valerian alkaloids have been known to lower blood pressure. and prostatitis. you should always seek medical attention. chills. The leaves also have anesthetic properties that help to numb urinary‐tract pain. Properties: The berries and leaves are used in herbal medicines. If symptoms of a urinary tract infection persist for more than forty‐eight hours. and irritable bowel syndrome. Used by its self. Uva ursi is effective against the full range of urinary tract infections only if the urine is alkaline. Location: Native to Europe. vomiting. or by children under twelve. Benefits of valerian for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: anxiety.
vitex agnus‐castus.always free of side effects. chaste tree fruit. liver toxicity. it is necessary to continue taking the herb for three to six months after symptoms disappear. In very rare cases. Varuna (Crataeva nurvula) Common Names: Baruna (in ayurvedic medicine). You should not continue taking valerian if you experience heart palpitations or nervousness after taking it. Pregnant women should not take vitex. Location: Vitex is an aromatic deciduous tree native to Greece and Italy. Instead. endometriosis and infertility. vitex does not contain plant estrogens. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 61 . lilac‐like flowers. Research indicates that valerian does not impair one’s ability to drive a car or operate machinery. Doses: Varuna can be taken as a tea or as a tincture. chlordiazepoxide (Librium). Properties: The ripe yellow‐red berries have been harvested in the fall for use in herbal medicine for thousands of years in both Europe and China. and is indicated for dysmenorrhea. or with sedative or antidepressant drugs. Description: It grows to a height of twenty‐one feet and bears palm‐shaped leaves and small. blurred vision. monk’s pepper. fibrocystic breasts. chaste berries strewn on the beds of soldiers’ wives was a testimony of the wives’ faithfulness while their husbands were in battle. Description: Growing to a height of fifty feet. Location: Varuna is a large. The Greeks knew of vitex in the time of Homer. chaste tree. However. it should be taken according to the directions given by the herbalist or physician recommending it. suggests. possibly. For this reason. herbalists also used the leaves and flower tops. vitex was thought to reduce the libido. menstrual problems. premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Homer’s sixth‐ century‐BC epic The Iliad mentions vitex as a symbol of chastity capable of protecting people against evil. According to the first‐century Greek historian Pliny. Benefits of vitex for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: acne. Uses: Vitex has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland function. restlessness. and prostate cancer. which is Herbs. Vitex also seems to lower production of the hormone prolactin. crataeva. three‐leaved caper. menopause‐related problems. before consulting with a physician. nausea. light‐headedness. It normalizes the activity of female sex hormones. weakening of the heartbeat. Despite the herb’s traditional use to stimulate lactation.000 years before it was used in China. tablets. Women of reproductive age must use vitex with caution. In Europe. or lorazepam (Ativan). menopausal symptoms. Doses: Vitex is available in capsules. Unlike other herbs used for this purpose. more than 1. using vitex can result in a longer period or heavier menstruation. since it has been known to stimulate the release of multiple eggs from the ovary. giddiness. potentially resulting in multiple births. and tinctures. Warnings: Since this herb is most readily available from practitioners of ayurveda. and other disorders related to hormone imbalance. Valerian should not be used with prescription medications such as diazepam (Valium) or amitriptyline (Elavil). It should not be taken with alcohol. it is important to remember that for long‐term relief. Vitex (Vitex agnus castus) Common Names: Chaste berry. Uses: Varuna is the primary ayurvedic herb for kidney and prostate problems. it contains at least two forms of testosterone. deciduous tree frequently cultivated in the vicinity of temples in Bangladesh and India. and. This herb should not be given to children under the age of twelve. as well as the growth‐stimulant hormones androstenedione and progesterone. there does appear to be some impairment of attention for a couple of hours after taking valerian. Warnings: In using this herb. As the common name of the plant. nor should it be used by pregnant women or nursing mothers. although it can increase side effects of barbiturates and tranquilizers such as alprazolam (xanax). It also has been used to fight urinary tract infections. it bears pale yellow flowers and a smooth brown bark. Symptoms of overdose may include paralysis. Vitex berries were chewed by monks to stop unwanted sexual desire. nursing mothers should avoid it because it suppresses the hormone prolactin. Properties: The leaves are harvested in the spring and the bark is cut year‐round for use in herbal medicines. Vitex should be taken in the morning. it is not a good idea to drive immediately after taking it. diazepam (Valium). premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Benefits of varuna for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and kidney stones.
The Latin name of the tree is derived from reference to the god Jupiter. Juglanis is derived from combining the name Jupiter with glans (acorn). Chinese angelica root. prescribed for Parkinson’s disease. reducing perspiration. and skin washes. is used to treat athlete’s foot and parasitic infections. worms during the normal course of laxative‐induced cleansing of the body. prescribed to help smokers who want to quit. white walnut. and buproprion (Zyban). rather than kill. There are many products that are made with walnut hulls combined with other herbs in tinctures for use as a harsh laxative. psoriasis. and skin parasites. onion. a common cause of diarrhea. or uterus should avoid vitex. including E. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 62 . Herbs. Walnut Leaf (Juglans nigra. reduces fever. Properties: The root is cut lengthwise into thin slices for use in teas. White walnut also is used in homeopathy as a treatment for liver disorders and intestinal sickness. The Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder reported the cultivation of walnut trees in the first century. excessive sweating and by shrinking the sweat glands. with a spicy flavor. when the leaves turn yellow.essential for breast milk production. compresses. also is cultivated for commercial walnut production in Europe and the United States. effectively forming a barrier to the excretion of sweat. herpes. Black walnut bark helps relieve constipation and is useful against fungal and parasitic infections. Location: Wild Angelica is a sturdy three‐to‐seven foot shrub topped with flowers similar to those found on Queen Anne’s lace. and salt to draw out venom from the bites of snakes and spiders. which are growths caused by viruses. Benefits of walnut leaf for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: acne. cervix. It may also help to eliminate warts. the psychoactive medication haloperidol (Haldol). eczema. It acts as a disinfectant against a number of infectious microorganisms. obesity and fractures. Animal studies indicate that the seeds can completely halt sperm production. Vitex should be used with caution by those who are weak or anemic. India. Minor gastrointestinal upset and a mild skin rash with itching have been reported in less than 2 percent of the women monitored while taking vitex. Properties: The leaves are gathered in the spring and summer and dried for medicinal purposes. black walnut is beneficial for eczema. Animal experiments indicate that medications to regulate dopamine in the brain may be affected in unpredictable ways by this herb. Description: The tree most often used in herbal medicine. The herb is harvested between summer and fall. China. Uses: During the last century. the black walnut (Juglans nugra). the trees having reached Rome from the Middle East. Walnut leaves have been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years. ringworm. Another species of walnut. It is used to expel. coli.” The famed seventeenth‐century English herbalist Nicholas Culpepper combined walnut leaf with honey. Black walnut is also used to balance blood‐sugar levels and to burn up toxins and fatty materials. Women with estrogen‐sensitive cancers originating in the breast. Description: It has a hollow stem and bears three‐branched leaves. It has been shown to exhibit anticancer properties due to the acids and alkaloids it contains. This herb product is more likely to be obtained from herb shops and other herb suppliers. meaning “Jupiter’s nuts. Warnings: You should not use walnut hulls instead of walnut leaf for the conditions discussed above. walnut leaf has been known as one of the “most mild and effacious laxatives” available. Benefits of wild angelica for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: diabetes. Wild Angelica (Angelica dahurica) Common Names: Bai zhi. and cause the testicles to atrophy. prescribed for psychosis. and stimulates respiration. Vitex should not be combined with estrogen replacement therapy or with birth control pills. Doses: Walnut leaf teas can be made into baths. Men seeking to become fathers should not take vitex. Juglans regia) Common Names: Black walnut. the species native to western Asia. Location: Walnut trees are native to the dry temperate zones of western Asia. It helps to open the coronary blood vessels and increase circulation to the heart. Uses: Wild angelica inhibits bacteria and viruses. and the southwestern United States. The herb’s tannins cause proteins in the cells lining the sweat glands to cross‐link. Wild angelica is considered a warm herb. These medications include L‐dopa (Parlodel). Used externally. reduce testosterone production.
000 years ago. During the Middle Ages. Doses: Willow Bark is available as capsules and salicin tablets. headache. Benefits of wintergreen for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: carpal tunnel syndrome. Warnings: This herb should not be used during pregnancy. tapering leaves and catkins in spring. Chronic use of willow bark may result in diminished sexual interest. there may be a risk of developing a rare but serious ailment called Reye’s syndrome. headache. and as an aromatic agent in perfumes. fever. As with aspirin. Location: Native to Europe. Essential oil of wintergreen should be used externally only. Use this herb only under the supervision of a health‐care professional if you are pregnant or nursing. They help indirectly to alleviate soreness in muscles and joints. Uses: Like aspirin. Location: Wintergreen is an aromatic. however. spiceberry. and an essential oil is distilled from the herb’s glossy green leaves. one teaspoon can be fatal. Benefits of willow bark for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: dry mouth. The essential oil should be used for external use only. Uses: Wintergreen has pain‐relieving properties similar to those of aspirin. called tannins. oval leaves. and pain caused by inflammation. or any other type of viral infection. alba). Originally used as a brand name. or sore muscles and joints. chickenpox. mashed with a little pepper and drunk with wine” to treat lower back pain. uses for willow bark include fever. Do not give willow bark to a child under sixteen years of age who has symptoms of flu. the Greek physician Dioscorides recommended “willow leaves. Long‐term use of willow is not advisable. Doses: Wintergreen is available as a mouthwash and as an essential oil. since it Herbs. and explain why this herb was traditionally used as a gargle for sore throats. Almost 2. The berries are used medicinally. northern Asia. Wintergreen also contains astringent compounds. The Chinese term for the herb is bai zhi. lower back pain and osteoporosis. white willow bark (S. acute and chronic rheumatic disorders. The easiest way to get the herb is from practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). it grows to a height of eighty feet. but without many of aspirin’s side effects. It is also included in some formulas manufactured by Pacific BioLogic. sore throat. wintergreen leaves were used as a substitute for tea. Bayer’s term for its product later became one of the best‐known generic medicine names—aspirin. Warnings: If you have had any type of allergic reaction to aspirin or other salicylates. teaberry. as well as a refreshing taste. In Native American medicine. and much of Africa. the Bayer Company in Germany introduced a drug composed of a synthetic chemical compound similar to the active compound found in willow bark. and various aches and pains. mild headaches. suggesting that it may be of some use in gastrointestinal disorders. colds. Properties: Native Americans brewed a tea from the leaves to alleviate rheumatic symptoms. and in various formulations designed specifically for migraines. and food. although it does not affect physical aspects of sexual performance in either men or women. Properties: Bark is stripped from two‐to‐five year old trees in spring for medicinal use. small pink or white bell‐shaped flowers. which was then scarce. Under optimum growing conditions. the essential oil helps to relieve pain. especially if caused by injuries or rheumatic ailments. you should not use willow bark. creeping shrub native to the eastern United States. Description: It has leathery. During the American Revolution. toothache.Doses: Wild angelica is used in capsules and teas. willow bark is used to reduce sexual desire. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 63 . willow bark was used in Europe to reduce fevers and relieve pain. bearing green. As with aspirin. Willow bark is also high in tannins. osteoarthritis. North America. willow bark is a proven painkiller. It is good for headaches. arthritis. Wild Anglelica should not be put on open sores. and muscle pain. and bright‐red fruit. Description: The willow is usually a low‐growing deciduous tree. migrain. and only for acute pain. toothpastes. Do not take it in combination with aspirin. and a soothing and softening substance called mucilage. The analgesic actions of willow are typically slower acting but last longer than standard aspirin products. Warnings: Wintergreen oil can be harmful if taken internally. In 1899. inflamed. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) Common Names: Checkerberry. If pure wintergreen oil is ingested by a child. The oil was once popular as a flavoring in candies. sore muscles and joints. Regularly applied to painfully swollen. minor infections. and toothache. Willow Bark (Salix species) Common Names: European willow.
Location: Witch hazel is a leathery‐leafed shrub native to the Atlantic seaboard of the United States. and hemorrhoids. Uses: Yarrow appears to have been used as a healing agent virtually since the dawn of the human race. The volatile oil contains a known carcinogen (safrole). refers to the Greek legend of its use in ointments in the Trojan War. including varicose veins. and flowers are used medicinally. or constipation. consult a physician.000 to 60. They also sipped witch hazel tea to treat bleeding. however. Its species name millefolium refers to its “thousand leaves. winterbloom. Achillea. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). hemorrhoids. Witch hazel trees stand out in the forest in the autumn because as other trees are losing their leaves. an alcoholic extract of witch hazel was one of the most popular herbs in the United States. and joints. and other skin irritations. You should not apply the oil to your skin for more than three days out of any month.S. bruises. Properties: The leaves. vomiting. occasionally. Excavation of a 40. thus making it appealing to landscapers as a desirable ornamental plant. Do not use the commonly available witch hazel water. Due to its high tannin content. abrasions. ephedra. diarrhea. China. and tinctures. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) Common Names: Hamamelis. but the bottoms of the leaves are dull gray. cuts and scrapes. as bleeding problems and other adverse reactions may occur. and you should not use wintergreen oil if you have any degree of chronic kidney or liver disease. Witch hazel is used in pads to help sooth discomfort from rectal and vaginal surgery and stitches. Doses: Witch hazel is available as creams. People taking blood‐thinning medication should avoid using any products that contain methyl salicylate. stems. soldier’s woundwort. Formulations containing concentrations of 10‐ to 60‐ percent methyl salicylate can be applied externally up to four times daily. milfoil. Doing so can result in dangerous amounts of certain compounds being absorbed through your skin and into your system. hemorrhoids varicose veins. its healing benefits derive from the alcohol rather than the witch hazel itself. Description: Yarrow is a creeping perennial plant. teas. In the nineteenth century. witch hazel should not be used over long periods of time. eczema. and periodontal disease. Always be sure to replace fluids lost during diarrhea by drinking adequate amounts of water. nausea. rose‐ colored flower heads with yellow centers. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 64 . Witch hazel bark teas are intended for treatment of acute rather than chronic diarrhea. Follow package instructions and avoid applying these products after vigorous exercise or in hot weather. It is also good for clearing up the redness produced by eczema and for smoothing wrinkles. They should not be used after strenuous exercise or in conjunction with a heating pad. and in rare cases the bark may cause liver damage if too much is absorbed. Do not use the commercially prepared witch hazel water internally. Witch hazel may cause stomach upset. but in small amounts it is unlikely to pose any risk. According to legend. Witch hazel is a valuable cooling topical astringent for various ailments. centauria. Warnings: While witch hazel water has been approved by the U.” Finely divided. Achilles used yarrow to stop bleeding in his soldiers. Yarrow’s scientific name. crowded leaves grow on alternate sides of its erect central stems. inflammation. Uses: Native Americans introduced witch hazel to early European settlers. The Native Americans applied a strained decoction of the leaves and twigs to small wounds. it has white or. cold sores. Description: The upward‐facing surface of its leaves are shiny green. If diarrhea persists longer than three days.000‐year‐old Neanderthal grave yielded yarrow (as well as the herbs althea. and India have used yarrow to stop minor bleeding and to treat wounds and inflammation. You should not apply the oil to the skin of a child under the age of twelve unless directed to do so by a medical professional. If you take warfarin (Coumadin) or any other prescription blood‐thinning medication. Location: Traditional herbalists in Europe. and senecio). the witch hazel is covered with golden‐yellow. insect bites and stings. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) Common Names: Bloodwort. It has also been used to stop minor bleeding and to treat Herbs. Benefits of witch hazel for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: burns.can be absorbed through the skin and can become toxic to the kidneys and liver. sore muscles. Properties: Both the bark and the leaves of the plant are used medicinally. do not use wintergreen. threadlike flowers. The bark decoction also is useful as a gargle in relieving sore throat. insect bites. it can also be made into poultices. Growing three feet tall.
Yohimbine interacts with an exceptionally large number of over‐the‐counter health remedies and prescription drugs. Also avoid high doses of yohimbe. since this herb has the potential to magnify sildenafil’s effects on the heart. and clusters of small. Yarrow is an unusual plant in that it adapts itself to new surroundings easily. This herb can reduce smooth‐muscle spasms. should be avoided by men who use or carry nitroglycerin tablets for angina or chest pain. At least one study suggests that yohimbe is more likely to be effective if you are fasting or eating a low‐fat diet.wounds and inflammation. deep. Relatively small doses of yohimbine (less than 10 milligrams) can induce mania in people who have bipolar depression. nasal decongestants. Properties: The bark is the part of yohimbe used in herbal medicine. including Aphrodyne. Warnings: Avoid “yohimbe” tablets—these often do not contain actual yohimbe. In traditional African medicine. Yarrow tea has long been used to induce sweating and lower fever. Description: Growing to a height of one hundred sixty feet and spanning as much as fifty feet across. The physician may recommend a prescription form of the active chemicals in this herb. flatulence. it has reddish‐brown bark. organ meats. Herbalists prescribe yarrow to relieve cramps and other menstrual pain. Congo. Yohimbine is also found in the South American herb quebracho. Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimba) Common Name: Yohimbe. The herb is most easily purchased in bulk from herb shops. such as Yohimbex (yohimbine hydrochloride). Yohimbe is a remedy for erectile dysfunction as well as an aphrodisiac for use by people of both sexes. the herb nevertheless should not be used internally during pregnancy except under the direction of a qualified herbalist or midwife. Men receiving medical treatment for anxiety. Men seeking to become fathers should avoid this herb. This type of injury requires medical attention. Yoman. Yohimbe. Doses: Yohimbe is best used as a tincture. yellow flowers. which makes it useful for certain gastrointestinal conditions. and its chemical composition changes readily in response to changes in the environment. Yarrow is a uterine stimulant. Yocon. common cold and influenza. Although miscarriage is not likely from use of therapeutic doses. which is used in drugs to treat erectile dysfunction and are sold under a number of different brand names. This action may intensify the pain of gallstones. It has also traditionally been used as a mild sedative. a disorder characterized by painful erections that requires surgery. Anxiety. and weight‐loss aids containing phenylpropanolamine. and stomach cramps. or infected wounds. this herb certainly should be avoided during an acute attack. Doses: Yarrow is used in teas (which can be made into poultices) and aromatherapy oils. and Gabon in central Africa. Yohimex. Yarrow is also a traditional stomach tonic and digestive aid. it is important to use yarrow from the same source every time to get reliable results. liver. bruises and pain. elliptical leaves. yohimbe is used both as an aphrodisiac and as a treatment for many skin conditions. especially in the intestinal and female reproductive tracts. and changes in blood pressure are rare side effects. Alcohol extracts of yarrow stop sperm production in laboratory mice. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 65 . heart palpitations. Because the chemical yohimbine is a possible monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor. A slightly higher dose (15 to 20 milligrams) can provoke severe high blood pressure in people taking Herbs. Benefits of yohimbe for specific health conditions include the following: impotence and diminished sex drive. This herb has mild sedative properties that may prevent insomnia. most French cheeses. which can result in priaprism. For this reason. Yarrow is also a biliary stimulant. be sure to clean the affected area carefully before applying yarrow because this herb can stop blood flow so quickly that it may seal in dirt or other contaminants. If this occurs. Topical application and /or long‐term use can cause skin irritation and /or allergic reactions. depression. Benefits of yarrow for specific health conditions include treatment of the following: blurred vision. you should avoid the following substances when using this herb: foods that contain tyramine (chocolate. high blood pressure. Yarrow should not be used to treat large. It is especially important not to use yohimbe or yohimbine with sildenafil (Viagra). and others. Yarrow is an anti‐inflammatory herb useful in the treatment of diarrhea. or seizure disorders should consult with their physicians before taking this herb. red wine). Women who experience heavy periods or who have pelvic inflammatory disease also should avoid use of yarrow. dizziness. gastrointestinal inflammation. Yarrow may also increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. If you have gallstones. like Viagra. increasing the production of bile. Location: Yohimbe is an evergreen tree native to Camaeroon. migraine. Warnings: If you are using the herb to treat any type of wound. Uses: Yohimbe is the original source of the chemical yohimbine. stop using the herb. but they can result from even a single dose of either yohimbe or yohimbine.
Dosages that provide more than 40 milligrams a day of yohimbine can cause a severe drop in blood pressure.org http://www. Yohimbine may cause side effects. Illuminated Way Publishing. Michael 2001 The New Healing Herbs.com http://www.htm Herbs.S. Emmaus. Prentice Hall Press.thenaturallife. and paralysis. have banned their sale in nonprescription form. Paramus. so it should be taken with fluvoxamine under medical supervision.planetherbs. NY.com http://www. or central nervous system stimulants. People who do not respond to fluvoxamine alone may try it in combination with yohimbine. Sterling Publishing Co. Regardless of where you live. Twitchell. but both yohimbe and yohimbine can be found in health‐food stores. U. AZ. fatigue. Lesley 1994 Herbs. Hearst Books. Avery.com http://www. Studies have shown that the alkaloid yohimbine in yohimbe can have a positive effect in people who are taking fluvoxamine (Luvox). NY. Wall. Paul 1986 Herbs: The Magic Healers. North Atlantic Books.quotegarden. Fugh‐Berman. Brill. Internet Resources http://www. Inc. New York. Inc. NY.com/natural/Herbs http://www. NY. The Crossing Press. New York. Rodale. NY.alpha.an MAO inhibitor for depression. Steve and Evelyn Dean 1994 Identifying And Harvesting Edible And Medicinal Plants In Wild (And Not So Wild) Places..herbological. Diane 1981 Mother Wit. James A.. Tucson. PA. The FDA has ruled yohimbine unsafe and ineffective for over‐the‐counter use. Mariechild. CA. Suggested Writing Exercise For Yourself How do you connect with the Earth? Bibliography Balch.gr/herbs_en. Carly 1960 Naturally Healing Herbs. Crystal. blood‐pressure drugs.com/nature. Eric 2001 Mother Nature M. Phyllis A. MI. People with a history of psychosis also should avoid yohimbe.valentine. NJ. Meyer. New York. DK Publishing. Bremness. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 66 . Berkeley. Odonian Press. Duke. Matthew 1997 The Book Of Herbal Wisdom.herbalgram. you should take yohimbe only under medical supervision. Castleman.html http://www. Rodale Press. Trumansburg. an antidepressant. as it has been known to trigger new episodes of psychotic reaction. Adriane 1996 Alternative Medicine: What Works. Wood. hallucinations.health24. abdominal pain.com http://www. If you are taking antidepressants.D. which may greatly increase its effectiveness. NY. 1997 The Green Pharmacy. Some states. do not use yohimbine.confex. 2002 Prescription For Herbal Healing. such as Georgia. Forty milligrams is not very far above the typical recommended dose.
The World Health Organization says that women provide more than 90% of the world’s available health care. and address as identifying factors for giving credit properly) 1. T F 6. herbs are not commonly used throughout the world. Only the mind. Western medicine. Holistic medicine holds that a human being is made up of: A. while modern medicine comes in pills 12. T F 8. while modern drugs use only a few isolated chemicals. herbal knowledge was gained through: A. 5. T F Herbs. Plants that grow annually and biannually 2. Today. The use of herbs as medicine has been going on since: A. and spirit as well C. Plants with high and low levels of chlorophyll B. The beginning of civilization. emotions. B. herbs were the only source of medicine for humans. Testing herbs on animals C. Herbs only come in tinctures. What are the two categories in which humans have divided plants? A. T F 4. Not only the chemicals of the body. The ways that they affect one’s dreams C. T F 11. phone #. Chemicals B. Systematically testing herbs on willing people and documenting the findings B. trial and error. Other differences between herbs and modern medicine are: A. Herbal remedies use all of the chemicals in plants. All the traditional medical systems held a common belief of a primal and universal energy sustaining life and health. Traditionally. Traditionally. The Big Bang.Herbs Exam Questions Name ___________________________________________________ Phone # ___________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________________________ (Please supply name. T F 9. Plants that are medicinally useful for humans and those that are not C. and spirit 10. but the mind. The costs and side effects B. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 67 . C. The Iceman was found to have been carrying a fungus to treat intestinal parasites. Vision quests. The formation of modern. Modern medicine has no connections to herbs. emotions. T F 3. and watching animals 7.
The real. T F 20. which are set by the BMA and AHG. Chlorophyll 18. T F 21. it is not recommended by herbalists to use herbs. Any herbal licensing titles that an herbalist holds signifies that she/he has clinical knowledge of herbs.13. One of the guidelines for herbal healing is to use modern medicine for emergency health situations. What can you do personally to preserve your right to have access to herbs without a prescription or a doctor’s visit? A. Currently. C. but oftentimes do need to be taken for a period of time. or dimensions: A. A Spiritual Approach ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences 68 . Herbs contain a unique composition of . and waking realities C. If you do not have access to harvesting wild herbs. C. In order for herbs to be effective. Flowers B. unreal. there are standards of education and ethics for herbalists. 14. Do not need to be taken in large doses. Need to be taken in large doses. 17. Phytochemicals C. The middle world. Need to be used along with modern medicine. dream. and Overworld. Have faith that leaders will protect your rights. Herbs. they: A. and realm of possibilities B. the Tree of Life serves to bind together these three worlds. Write letters to your government leaders so they have ammunition when fighting legislation to prevent public access to herbs. known as essential oils. Pray and visualize personal freedom with herbs B. T F 16. A. According to many legends. T F 19. a person goes into nature alone to pray and fast. Underworld. T F 15. During a shamanic journey. The spiritual. B.
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