Alfalfa Kava kava Anticoagulants – Herbs that inhibit blood clotting, usually by their effects on platelet aggregation factor (PAF). Licorice – considered a somewhat weak, herbal alternative to corticosteroid drugs.
Feverfew Ginkgo Arnica Red clover Alfalfa ( when fed in very large amounts) Antihistamines – An herbs that alter histamine responses in the body, with the effect of reducing the discomforts of allergic reactions. for inflammation of the eyes, mouth, throat, and other mucous membranes.
In Western herbalism, the effects that plant materials have in or on the body are called “medicinal actions” or “active properties”.
By becoming familiar with the medicinal actions of the herbs you have access to, you will have a good idea where to look for an appropriate course of therapy when a need arises.
For skin and coat disorders, rheumatoid conditions, cancer, and other disorders where the body may benefited from improved blood structure and elimination of toxic excess and systemic waste.
Most alteratives are nutritive and have an affinity to the blood, lymph system and/or the liver.
Calendula – a general purpose topical antiinflammatory for the skin.
Chamomile – a general purpose topical antiinflammatory for the skin. animals tend to lick it off when used topically Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) – systemic skin tonic Also see: ASTRINGENT HERBS EMOLLIENTS VULNERARIES ALTERATIVES TONICS Cornsilk (Zea mays) – specific for the bladder, urethra, urinary sphincters.
Nettle Oxeye daisy Antilithics – Herbs that aid in the elimination of gravel or stones in the urinary system. Raspberry leaf or Nettle – work by their astringent activities.
Excellent for upper GI inflammation and inflammatory bowel. good for mild to moderately severe cases of colitis Slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) – works by astringent and demulcent activities. Plantain (Plantago major) – an earth-friendly alternative to slippery elm, especially when combined with marshmallow. especially for inflammation that is secondary to ingestion of non-digestible materials. Good replacements for eyebright (Euphrasia spp.); an herb that is being over-harvested from the wild.
In addition to the manner by which herbs work in the body, it is also important to begin learning each herb’s specialty, or to the digestive tract— where its astringent actions are particularly well suited to shrinking the inner wall of the small intestine to relieve diarrhea and other discomforts.
Adaptogens – Herbs that improve immune system functions and generally improve the body’s responsiveness and adaptability to stress.