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116. Datura stramonium (Thorn Apple, Jimson Weed, leaves, flowers; D. metel – Yang Jin Hua) 1:10 Chinese Herb – anti-spasmodic, narcotic, anodyne (pain); bronchial asthma, muscular spasms, shortness of breath, Parkinson’s, weeping and laughing, hearing voices, severe insomnia. Ext. apply locally for pain; pungent, warm; LU. NB: Poisonous. Flowers can be smoked in pipe to relieve asthma without phlegm excess; not suitable for children; useful as local anaesthetic (leaves and seeds are used in this way as well). Dose: BP 1973 0.5-2ml

117. Daucus carota (Wild Carrot aerial parts) – diuretic, anti-lithic, carminative; cystitis, prostatitis, kidney stones, gout.

118. Detox Herbs: Arctium (skin). Biota (lung/joints). Cimicifuga foet (Sheng Ma) (general). Ferula (lung/digestive). Phellodendron (general). Rheum (general). Ruscus (kidney/blood). Scut barb. Ban Zhi Lian (liver/lung). Smilax (skin). Terminalia (lung/blood/nerves (mind)). Triticum (general). Verbena (nerves/uterine). Phytolacca (lymphatics). Rumex (blood/skin). Yucca (joints). Stillingia (lymphatic/lung). Podophyllum (general; low dose). Detox

119. Diabetes mellitus: Astragalus. Eleuth. Galega. Gymnema. Panax. Puer. Rehm. Rhus arom. Rubus id. Stevia. Syzygium. Trigonella. Vinca. Chionanthus. Allium. Ginkgo. Swertia. Vaccinium. See Pancreas

120. Digitalis ovata (Foxglove leaves) – heart disease, palpitations, increases urine output (diuretic). (Tinct 1oz:1pt eth/aq: 5-15 drops, use sparingly). NB Progesterone is formed with cardiac glycosides in D. lanata and D. purpura. N/A

121. Dioscorea villosa (Wild Yam root) – anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory; anti-rheumatic, cholagogue; intestinal colic, diverticulitis, ovarian pain, RA, muscular rheumatism, cramps, intermittent claudication, cholecystitis, dysmenorrhoea, ovarian pain, uterine pain, bilious colic, progesteronal, menopause. NB Diosgenin obtained by hydrolysis of the saponin dioscin is converted chemically to progesterone (T&E 282). See Menopause

122. Dorema ammoniacum (Dorema gum) – expectorant, spasmolytic, diaphoretic; chronic bronchitis, asthma. Dose 1g (15ml/day or PRN).

123. Dracaena draco (Daemonorops draco or Calamus draco) – (Dragon Tree resin, Dragon’s Blood; family Palmae – Xue Jie) – Part used is the resinous secretion from the fruit and stem. Taste and property: sweet, salty and neutral. HE LIV. To stop bleeding and eliminate blood stasis (hemostatic); to promote the healing of wounds; analgesic. Main use: traumatic wounds and bleeding. Pharm. Action: anti-fungal. It was considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac and was also reputed to possess the power to make an errant lover return. A piece of the plant is often used under the mattress as a cure for impotency.
Medicinal Action and Uses: Doses of 10 to 30 grains were formerly given as an astringent in diarrhoea; severe syphilis; chest pains, post-partum bleeding, internal traumas, and menstrual irregularities. Externally as a wash to promote healing and stop bleeding. An intoxicating drink can be made from it, and it has also been used in dysentery and diarrhea, and as a diaphoretic. Dracaena Draco is a giant tree of the East Indies and Canary Islands, and shares with the baobab tree the distinction of being the oldest living representative of the vegetable kingdom. The trunk cracks and emits a red resin used as ‘tear’ Dragon’s Blood. Dry mouth (saliva flow inadequate) herbs – usually due to drug side effects. Take a tonic of: Ech. Gent lut. Ipec. Poly sen. Xanthox. Tarax fol. Capsic. Lobelia. Take Detox at the same time.

Dryopteris crassirhizoma (Guan Zhong, Wood Fern, Dryopteris, rhizome) – bitter, cool; Liver, Stomach. Function: expels parasites, used for tapeworm and hookworm infestation, especially effective agains Accumulation from parasites. Expels tapeworm, liver flukes, roundworm.

124. Echinacea angustifolia (Purple Cone Flower root) – anti-septic, anti-microbial, alterative; vasodilator (peripheral), bacterial and viral infections, boils, septicaemia, laryngitis, pyorrhoea, tonsillitis, tonsillitis, catarrh, mouthwash. Ext.: anti-septic for cuts, etc. Dose: 1:5 45% 1-2ml.

125. Eclipta prostrata (Han Lian Cao, whole plant) Chinese Herb – tonic to yin; tonic to kidney yin, refrigerant to blood; haemostatic; astringent; tinnitus, neurosis, teeth loss, premature greying hair, spermatorrhoea, bleeding due to yin xu: blood in sputum, urine, bile, menorrhagia; sweet, sour, cold; LIV KI. NB: The fresh herb applied to the scalp promotes hair growth; taken internally it blackens the hair, beard and eyebrows. See Hair

126. Elettaria cardamomum or Amomom villosum (Cardamom seeds, Grains of Paradise, Yi Zhi Ren) – carminative; flatulent dyspepsia, increases appetite and saliva, anorexia, incontinence. (Also known as Alpinia oxyphylla (Black Cardamom seeds, Yi Zhi Ren): – tonic to kidney yang: nutrient to bones and sinew; inhibits excess urination; anti-diarrhoeic; astringent, stomachic; kidney yang deficiency: impotence, premature ejaculation, frequent and profuse urination, urinary incontinence; diarrhoea, profuse salivation, cold and pain in abdomen; pungent, warm; SP, KI.

127. Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng) – adaptogen, circulatory stimulant, vasodilator; stress, depletion, (mental and physical), depression, immune stimulant. Siberian Ginseng belongs to the same family as ginseng from Korea and China. It is a common plant in Siberia, and during the past few years it has been studied extensively in the Soviet Union. The results of this investigation by the Russians have been extraordinary, showing that Siberian Ginseng causes an increase in both physical and intellectual capacities. It has become the anti-fatigue supplement “par excellence” in Russia, and is given to cosmonauts, Olympic athletes and workers doing heavy physical work. One example of the beneficial effects of Siberian Ginseng was reported in the medical literature by German investigators (Bohn) in October 1987. They demonstrated its beneficial effect on the immune system by conducting a double-blind, placebo controlled study on 36 healthy volunteers. Their results showed “a drastic increase in the absolute number of immunocompetent cells” in the blood of those taking the ginseng. Siberian Ginseng, therefor, can be considered useful in conditions of stress, infection, fatigue, healing, improved performance. See Sports Support Tonic

128. Ephedra sinica (Ephedra stems, Ma Huang) Chinese Herb – vasodilator, diaphoretic, hypertensive, circulatory stimulant, anti-allergic, bronchodilator, peripheral vasoconstrictor, cerebral stimulant, cardiac stimulant, diuretic; asthma, whooping cough, common cold, cough, hay fever, low blood pressure, circulatory insufficiency, urticaria, enuresis, narcolepsy, myasthenia gravis, allergies; pungent, bitter, warm; LU BL. Due to beta-2 adrenoreceptors in peripheral tissues ephedrine acts as a stimulant in weight loss – increasing thermogenesis. Weiner.

129. Equisetum arvense (Horsetail sterile stems) – astringent, geneto-urinary astringent, anti-haemorrhagic, diuretic; incontinence, bed wetting, prostatitis, prostatic hypertrophy, osteoporosis, cystitis, haematuria, urethritis. Ext.: styptic, vulnerary. Very rich source of the trace mineral silicon, making it valuable in strengthening hair, skin, nails, bones and blood vessels.

130. Erythrea centaurium (Centaury aerial parts) – bitter, aromatic, stomachic, mild nervine, gastric stimulant; loss of appetite, anorexia nervosa, dyspepsia, sluggish digestion.

131. Erythroxylum catuaba (Trichilla catigua, Catuaba) – aphrodisiac, HIV/AIDS (studies in Japan have confirmed catuaba both inhibits the ability of HIV to destroy cells and protects people with AIDS against infection with E. coli or staph aureus); impotence and prostatitis. HerbalV8 for men

132. Eschscholtzia californica (flowering tops) – hypnotic, sedative, nerve relaxant, anodyne. Uses: insomnia, migraine, stressful conditions, nervous bowel, anxiety, depression, neuralgia, hyperactivity.

133. Eucalyptus globulus (Eucalyptus tuberculosis) – anti-septic, aromatic, stimulant; pulmonary disinfectant, malaria, bronchitis, croup, flu. Ext.: catarrh (steam), gargle.

134. Eugenia caryophyllata (Cloves, Ding Xiang) Chinese Herb – to warm the spleen and stomach, and descend the flow of qi; to warm the kidney and increase the kidney yang; stimulant, carminative; nausea, vomiting, hiccup, impotence, kidney yang xu; pungent, warm; SP ST KI. Pharmacology: stomachic – flatulence, increase digestive function; carminative; anti-emetic; anti-bacterial; anti-parasitic; analgesic – toothache; uterine contractor.

135. Euonymus atropurpureus (Wahoo root bark) – cholagogue, laxative, diuretic, circulatory stimulant; liver tonic (specific), liver & gall bladder problems, skin problems, constipation, cholecystitis. Dose: BPC 1949 0.6-2.6.

136. Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset flowering tops) – diaphoretic, aperient; flu, fever, acute bronchitis, respiratory mucous congestion, naso-pharyngeal catarrh; influenza with deep aching and congestion (specific). Dose: 1:5 45% 1-4ml.

137. Eupatorium purpureum (Gravel root) – diuretic, anti-lithic, anti-rheumatic; kidney stones, RA, gout, cystitis, dysuria, urethritis, prostatitis, rheumatism. Dose: 1:5 40% 1-2ml.

138. Euphorbia hirta (Asthma Weed herb) (= Euphorbia pilulifera, Pill Spurge) – anti-syphilitic, anti-asthmatic, expectorant; subacute and chronic inflammation of the respiratory tract, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, coryza, hay fever, upper respiratory catarrh, laryngeal spasm, intestinal amoebiasis. Dose: BPC 1923 1:5 60% 0.6-2ml.

139. Euphoria longan (Longan aril, Long Yan Rou) Chinese Herb – cardiotonic, sedative, tonic to blood, digestive; heart and spleen deficiency; absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, nourish heart, sedative; fatigue; tonify HE and SP; insomnia, palpitations, dizziness, post partum weakness; sweet, warm; HE, SP. Ext: kernels ground to powder used as styptic to abscesses, sores wounds, ulcers.

140. Euphrasia officinale (Eyebright flowering tops) – anti-catarrhal, astringent, anti-inflammatory; mucous membrane problems, nasal catarrh, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, blepharitis, all eye conditions. Ext.: eye lotion (with Hamamelis Water). Dose: 1:5 45% 2-6ml.

141. Fagopyrum esculentum (Buckwheat leaves and flowers) – anti-haemorrhagic, hypotensive; petechiae due to capillary fragility, retinal haemorrhage, purpura, frostbite and chilblains, hypertension, radiation damage, raised arterial tension with capillary bleeding, astringent, pungent. For heart disease, HBP (due to a rutin-like component), erysipelas; Ext: to increase lactation (milk) (poultice to the breasts).

142. Fertility herbs, to increase: Astragalus, Glycyrrhiza, Rehmannia, Art.vulg, Caulophyllum, Dioscorea, Rubia id, Thuja, Trigonella, Viburnum prunifolium. Pfaffia. Ang.sin. See Fertility

143. Ferula asafoetida (Asafoetida, Devil’s Dung, Food of the Gods) – carminative, spasmolytic, expectorant; digestive – flatulent colic, IBS, indigestion, anthelmintic – worms, parasites; chronic bronchitis, laryngitis, hysteria – nervous disorders (mood swings, depression); detoxification, tumours, high cholesterol, insect repellent (ext); pungent, bitter, warm. LIV SP ST. C/I pregnancy.

144. Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet flowering tops) – anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, antacid, anti-emetic, astringent; digestive (specific), excess acidity, nausea; heartburn, hyperacidity, gastritis, peptic ulceration, fever, pain of rheumatism (salicylic acid), acute catarrhal cystitis, rheumatic muscles, joint pains. Dose: 1:5 45% 2-4ml. See Heart burn

145. Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel seeds, Hui Xiang) Chinese Herb – carminative, anti-spasmodic, galactagogue, orexigenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, diuretic; qi – regulates and balances, analgesic, stomachic, flatulence, colic, pain in testes, hernias; cold and pain in abdomen, nausea and vomiting, anorexia. Ext.: conjunctivitis- eyewash, pharyngitis (gargle); pungent, warm; SP ST LIV KI. NB: can cause flatulence and burping.

146. Forsythia suspensa (Forsythia fruit, Lian Qiao) Chinese Herb – colds, fever, all lumps; thirst, irritability, heat rash, lymph gland swelling, erysipelas, breast tumours; bitter, slightly cold; LU HE GB.

147. Fritillaria cirrhosa (Tendrilled Fritillary bulb, Liliaceae, Chuan Bei Mu) – to resolve phlegm and relieve cough; to nourish and moisten the lung; to disperse lumps and hardenings. Uses: dry cough and cough with little phlegm; chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis; lung abscess, breast abscess; goiter and scrofula. Dose 3-9g. Pharm. Action: lowers blood pressure; excitatory action on the uterus; so dilation of the pupil; increase blood sugar. Bitter, Sweet, Slightly Cold; LU HE.

148. Fucus vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) – anti-hypothyroid, anti-rheumatic; increases action of thyroid, obesity, RA. See Thyroid

149. Fumaria officinalis (Fumitory flowering tops) – diuretic (weak), laxative, alterative. Skin problems, eczema (specific), acne. Ext.: eyewash for conjunctivitis. Dose: 1:5 45% 1-4ml.


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Go to Hopking’s Herbal materia medica (herbs and their medicinal action and uses):
A, B-C, D-E-F, G-H, I-J-K, L-M-N, O-P-Q, R-S, T-U, V-W, X-Y-Z