A Guide to Common Herbs

Herbs are the top solution for any deficiency in your body: rich in nutrients, and with no side effects, herbs have become an alternative to medicine in some cases. There are many uses for herbs, and each herb has its own characteristics but mostly they help in general areas: healing, weight loss, mental and sexuality health.

The benefits of herbs are infinite and even hardcore medicine enthusiasts have started to revert from their previous vendetta against herbs and alternative medicine. Most known to be beneficial are the Chinese herbs. They have been used by the Chinese for over 4,000 years to promote health and as healing agents.

Chinese Herbs are taken as tonics to enhance physical and mental well being. Since the dawn of man, herbs have been used for healing purposes and to promote wellness. Today, herbs are still the alternative medicine and primary source of health care for 80% of the world.

Here are some of the more well-known herbs and plant products and their modern uses.

Bilberry Fruit Extract (Vaccinium myrtillus): various microcirculatory conditions, night blindness, and poor ability to adapt to bright light.

Cascara Sagrada Aged Bark (Rhamnus purshiana): constipation.

Cayenne Pepper Fruit (Capsicum annuum): carminative, diaphoretic, and counter-irritant.

Cranberry Fruit (Vaccinium macrocarpon): prevention of urinary tract infections.

Dong Quai Root (Angelica sinensis): various menstrual disorders.

Echinacea Herb (Echinacea purpurea): as supportive therapy for colds and chronic infections of the respiratory tract.

Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis): conditions related to deficiency of essential fatty acids (e.g., chronic fatigue syndrome) and alcoholism.

Feverfew Leaf (Tanacetum parthenium): treatment of migraines, fever, menstrual disorders.

Garlic Cloves (Allium sativum): elevated levels of cholesterol in blood and as a preventative measure for age dependent vascular changes.

Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale): prevention of the nausea and vomiting of motion sickness, dyspepsia, and stomachic.

Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (Ginkgo biloba): memory deficits, dementia syndromes, improvement of distance and pain-free walking in peripheral arterial occlusive diseases, vertigo and tinnitus.

Asian Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng): tonic for invigoration and fortification in times of fatigue and debility, physical or mental exhaustion, stress, inadequate resistance to infections.

Siberian Ginseng Root (Eleutherococcus senticosus): tonic for invigoration and fortification in times of fatigue and debility, also during convalescence.

Goldenseal Root (Hydrastis Canadensis): catarrhal conditions of the upper respiratory tract associated with colds and flus and mucosal inflammations.

Gotu Kola Herb (Centella asiatica): improved memory, and for venous insufficiency.

Grape Seed Extract (Vitis vinifera): microcirculatory mal-distribution of blood flow, altered capillary fragility and permeability, and anti-inflammatory.

Green Tea Leaf Extract (Camellia sinensis): chemopreventative and hypercholesterolemia.

Kava Kava Root Extract (Piper methysticum): conditions of nervous anxiety, stress, and restlessness, sedative and sleep enhancement.

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra): for catarrhal conditions of the upper respiratory tract and gastric/duodenal ulcers, bronchitis, adrenocorticoid insufficiency.

Milk Thistle Seed Extract (Silybum marianum): toxic liver damage, and for supportive treatment in chronic inflammatory liver disease and hepatic cirrhosis.

Saw Palmetto Berry Extract (Serenoa repens): urination problems in benign prostate hyperplasia stages 1 and 2.

St. John’s Wort Herb Extract (Hypericum perforatum): mild to moderate depressive states.

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis): restlessness, sleeping disorders based on nervous conditions.