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A Sample of Ailments and Remedies

Introduction: How to use a Herbal

No risk-taking and no hazards can be encouraged, but general competence that takes into view the individual in his sets of circumstances, which may differ considerably.

Many plants and plant parts have solidly documented effects, but not all of them. They may still work well, for untested doesn't have to mean failing, by all means. There are complementary, much variegated traditonal proposals or 'recipes' handed over to be studied and tried out too.

Alternative medicine

"Alternative" therapies include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: folk medicine, herbal medicine, diet fads, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, and music therapy. A far better term is "complementary", as many of these approaches may go hand in hand with medicine. Let them work together in proper ways.

Studies suggest these therapies are sought out by individuals that have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, arthritis, cancer, back pain, and other medical conditions. [◦Link]

A Sample of Ailments and Remedies

Herbs marked by italics, may be tried first, i.e. placed on top or near the top of a diet etc.

Try to find out how plants and plants parts intertwine (interact, work together and so on) along gross lines.

A fine lifestyle, good prevention and so on may work better than attempts at cures. In general, one had better check how far the life-style; the general conditions and/or something else need to be changed.

There is often room for self-care and self-help still. But refrain from using the list below if you need professional advice. You should let expert diagnosis and treatment come first for your own good.

A Sample of Ailments and Remedies


EchinaceaGarlicMarshmallowMyrrhWild indigo • Blue Flag • Cleavers • Coltsfoot • Fenugreek • Golden Seal • Wallow • Poke Root


Blue FlagCleaversEchinaceaGarlicPoke RootWild Indigo


CleaversEchinaceaGarlicGolden SealMarigoldPoke RootWild Indigo


Californian PoppyChamomileMistletoeMotherwortPasque FlowerSt John's WortSkullcapValerianWild Lettuce • Balm • Betony • Cowslip • Damiana • Hops • Hyssop • Oats • Passion Flower • Peppermint • Vervain

Appetite loss

CalamusCentauryCondurangoGentianMugwortWormwood • Balmony • Blessed Thistle • Calumba • Caraway • Cardamon • Chamomile • Galangal • Golden Seal • Quassia • Southernwood • Tansy • White Poplar


Lime • Hawthorn • Mistletoe


Black CohoshBogbeanCelery SeedGuaiacumPrickly AshWild Yam • Bittersweet • Daisy • Juniper • Meadowsweet • Scots Pine • Silver Birch • White Poplar • Wintergreen • Yarrow


ElecampaneEphedraGrindeliaLobeliaPill-bearing SpurgeSundewWild Cherry • Balsam of Tolu • Black Cohosh • Black Haw • Blood Root • Blue Cohosh • Butterbur • Coltsfoot • Mullein • Pasque Flower • Senega

Blood pressure (high)

HawthornLime BlossomMistletoe • Yarrow • Balm • Black Haw • Cramp Bark • Garlic


Blue FlagEchinaceaGarlicMyrrhPasque FlowerPoke RootWild Indigo • Chickweed • Cleavers • Coltsfoot • Comfrey • Fenugreek • Figwort • Flax Seed • Greater Plantain • Mallow • Marshmallow


Blood RootColtsfootEchinaceaElecampaneGarlicGrindeliaLobeliaMouse EarMulleinPill-bearing SpurgePleurisy RootSenegaSundewWhite Horehound • Angelica • Aniseed • Balm of Gilead • Balsam of Tolu • Caraway • Carline Thistle • Comfrey • Cowslip • Ephedra • Fennel • Fenegreek • Flax Seed • Greater Plantain • Ground Ivy • Horseradish • Hyssop • Iceland Moss • Ipecacuanha • Irish Moss • Licorice • Mallow • Marshmallow • Nasturtium • Pansy • Scots Pine • Soapwort • Squill • Sweet Violet • Thyme • Wild Cherry


ArnicaElder • Chickweed • Cucumber • Lady's Mantle • Marigold • St John's Wort


AloeElderMarigoldGreater PlantainSt John's Wort • Chamomile • Chickweed • Comfrey • Cucumber • Quince Seed

Herbal, ailments and herbs, herb lore, medical properties of some plants and herbs, Literature  

Barnes, Joanne, Linda A. Anderson, J. David Phillipson. 2007. Herbal Medicines. 3rd ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press.

Chevallier, Andrew. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants: A Practical Reference Guide to over 550 Key Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2001.

Hoffmann, David: The Complete Illustrated Herbal: A Safe and Practial Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies. Bath: Mustard/Parragon, 1999.

Khalsa, Karta Purkh Singh, and Michael Tierra. The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs: A Contemporary Introduction and Useful Manual for the World's Oldest Healing System. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2008.

Lad, Vasant. Ayurveda. The Science of Self-Healing: A Practical Guide. Reprint ed. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 2009.

McIntyre, Anne. The Ayurveda Bible: The Definitive Guide to Ayurvedic Healing. London: Godsfield/Octopus, 2012.

McIntyre, Anne. The Complete Herbal Tutor: The Ideal Companion for Study and Practice. London: Gaia, 2010. ⍽▢⍽Recommended.

Ortiz, Elisabeth Lambert, ed. 1992. The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, and Flavorings. London: Dorling Kindersley.

Shealy, C. Norman. The Healing Remedies Sourcebook: Over 1,000 Natural Remedies to Prevent and Cure Common Ailments. Boston, MA: Da Capo Press Lifelong Books, 2012. ⍽▢⍽ Dr Shealy is the founder of the American Holistic Medicine Association. This comprehensive sourcebook is easy to read, understand and use. It is based on eight therapeutic backgrounds: Ayurveda, Chinese herbal medicine, traditional folk remedies, herbalism, aromatherapy, homeopathy, flower remedies, and vitamins and minerals. One finds very safe substitutes for conventional medicines in it too.

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