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Herb Encyclopedia

Acerola cherry berries

Malpighia punicifolia
Usage: Rich in Vitamin C (1690 mg per 100 g), Acerola berries are effective against the common cold. They act as a natural antioxidant and stimulate the immune system.
Dosage: 50 to 100 grams of berries or equivalent dose of dried Acerola (Malpighia)
Contraindications: None known.
Side effects: None known.



Aloe

Barbados aloe, Curacao aloe, Aloe vera L.
Usage: Aloe Vera juice or gel is a demulcent (used for soothing), emollient (used for mollifying), laxative, and vulnerary (used on wounds). It is primarily used externally to treat skin problems, especially cuts, abrasions, wounds and burns. It prevents scarring and promotes healing. The gel can be drawn directly from the pulpy aloe vera plant leaves. Apply the fresh juice or gel directly to the affected area. It is safe and highly effective. It is also said to be good on insect bites. Cleopatra supposedly used it for cosmetic purposes.
Dosage: 1. Gel: can be applied as needed directly from plant leaves. 2. Juice: take 1 tsp. 3 times a day before meal.
Contraindication: Pregnancy, colitis, intestinal and uterine bleeding.
Side effects: High doses taken internally can cause intestinal inflammation.
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Asparagus root
Asparagus officinalis
Usage: Asparagus root is effective in fighting inflammation of the urinary tract, as well as in prevention of kidney stones.
Dosage: 45 to 60 grams of the root administered as a tea or equivalent preparations. For irrigation therapy, drink approximately 2 quarts of water per day in addition to the asparagus root tea.
Contraindications: Do not take if you have an inflammatory disease or if you have edema that is the result of a heart or kidney disorder.
Side effects: None known.



Bilberry

Vaccinium myrtillus
Usage: Bilberry extracts are commonly used to treat eye disorders, such as cataracts and glaucoma, as well as diabetic retinopathy and night blindness. It is also used in the treatment of diabetes, because of its blood sugar-lowering effect. Bilberry has also proved efficacious for varicose veins.
Dosage: Take 3 times a day either 20-40 milligrams anthocyanosides or 80-160 milligrams bilberry extract (25% anthocyanidin content).
Contraindication: None known.
Side effects: None known.
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Goldenrod canadian
Solidago spp.

Usage: Goldenrod is beneficial in irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract (a condition called urinary calculus) and kidney stones. It also is an effective preventive against kidney stones.
Dosage: 6 to 12 grams of herb per day. For irrigation therapy, consume approximately 2 quarts of water per day in addition to herb preparations. Contraindications: Do not use for irrigation therapy if you have edema due to impaired heart or kidney function.
Side effects: None known



Coriander
Coriandrum sativum

Usage: Coriander alleviates indigestion and loss of appetite. Dosage: unless otherwise prescribed: 3 grams of dried coriander seed per day. Contraindications: None known.
Side effects: None known.




Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis

Usage: The flowers and roots of primrose reduce inflammation of mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Primrose oil is effective against arthritis and it also alleviates premenstrual syndrome.
Dosage: 2 to 4 grams primrose flowers; or 0.5 to 1.5 g primrose root, or 2.5 to 7.5 g primrose-flower tincture, or 2-3 g primrose oil per day.
Contraindications: Do not use if you are allergic to primrose.
Side effects: May cause upset stomach and nausea.



Leuzea
Leuzea carthamoides

Usage: Leuzea is a promising adaptogenic herb, which cures stress and anxiety, boosts energy. Leuzea has a marked anabolic effect, and aids the body in the synthesis of muscle protein, as well as helping to regenerate damaged muscle tissue. Its stimulating and antioxidant properties are well recognised as well.
Dosage: One cap of tea from roots per day or 1-3 tablets of dry extract 3 times per day with water at mealtimes.
Contraindications: None known.
Side effects: None known.
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Marsh-mallow common

Althaea officinalis
Usage: Marsh-mallow root is a demulcent, diuretic, emollient, and vulnerary. Marshmallow root can be used internally to treat the intestines, kidney and bladder. It has been found, when used in combination with other diuretic herbs, to be helpful in passing kidney stones. The dried leaves contain sap and can be infused and drunk for coughs and insomnia or used externally as an eye compress.
The tea also be used for other digestive and urinary problems and can be taken for ulcers and colitis. As a tea, it soothes and heals the delicate mucous membranes in the stomach. Used externally as a poultice, it is good for skin irritations, burns and wounds. Dosage: Extract: use 1 to 2 tbsp. root or plant with 1 cup cold water. Let stand for 8 hours, then strain. Take 1 cup daily, cold or slightly warmed up.
Contraindication: None known.
Side effects: None known.




Pot marigold / Calendula
Calendula officinalis L. 
 
Usage: Calendula is one of the most versatile herbs. Aside from its beauty as a cottage garden flower, it is also known for its uses in cosmetic and culinary recipes, as a dye plant and for its many healing properties. It is a soothing antiseptic and an excellent skin healer. Taken as an infusion, the flower aids in digestion and is also used for other gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers, stomach cramps, colitis and diarrhea. Taken internally, it is also useful in combating fever, boils, abscesses, and recurrent vomiting. It is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and it heals as well as soothes. It is often found as part of an herbal salve. Applied directly to the skin as a compress, it is good for bruises, sprains, pulled muscles, sores and boils. The tincture is often used internally for gastritis and menstrual difficulties.
Dosage: 1) Infusion: Use 1-2 tsp. fresh or dried flowers with 1/2 cup water; steep for 5-10 minutes and strain. Take 1 tbsp. every hour. 2) Tincture: Soak a handful of flowers in 1 pint diluted alcohol for 5 to 6 weeks. Take 20 drops, 3 times a day before meals. 3) Salve: Boil 1 ounce dried flowers in 1 ounce of lard.
  Contraindications: None known.
  Side effects: None known.


Pumpkin seed
Cucurbita pepo

Usage: Empirical evidence has shown that pumpkin seed eases urinary problems associated with an enlarged prostate. This herb also alleviates irritated bladder conditions.
Dosage: 10 grams of seed per day.
Contraindications: None known.
Side effects: None known.

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Red raspberry
Rubus idaeus

Usage: Red raspberry leaves and berries are high in vitamins B1, B2, PP, C, folic and salicylic acids. Also rich in iron. Uses are as a treatment for diarrhea, nausea, sore throats, colds, flu, and influenza. Considered helpful in the treatment of frequent or excessive menstruation as well as other menstrual disorders. Used freely before, during and after pregnancy, it relieves a variety of pregnancy complaints from morning sickness to poor milk production.
Dosage: It can be taken as a capsule, pill, tea, infusion, tincture and jam. One cap of tea from leaves or berries per day or 16 drops of liquid exrtract, 1-3 times/day with water or 1-3 pills of dry extract 3 times per day with water at mealtimes.
Contraindications: If you are pregnant and have a history of rapid labor.
Side effects: Usually not. Mild laxative effects Nausea.
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Rhodiola Rosea, Goolden Root
Rhodiola Rosea

Usage: Rhodiola Rosea stimulats the nervous system, decreasing depression, enhancing work performance, eliminating fatigue, and preventing high altitude sickness.
Dosage: One cap of tea from roots per day or 16 drops of liquid exrtract, 1-3 times/day with water or 1-3 tablets of dry extract 3 times per day with water at mealtimes.
Contraindications: None known.
Side effects: None known.
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Schisandra
Schisandra chinensis

Usage: Schizandra helps regenerate liver tissue damaged by things like hepatitis and alcohol. Its adaptogenic action may help improve physical and mental performance, relieve fatigue and build strength. Studies have shown that schizandra is effective against the bacteria related to lung disorders. This herb provides more oxygen for the cells, increases the body's immune system, and protects against stress. It also acts as an aphrodisiac, by increasing men's staying power and stimulating sensitivity in the female's genitals..
Dosage: Schisandra fruit: 1-6 grams per day. One cap of tea from fruits per day or 1-3 tablets of dry extract 3 times per day with water at mealtimes.
Contraindications: None known.
Side effects: overdoses can also lead to restlessness, insomnia.
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Tribulus
Tribulus terrestris

Usage: Tribulus contains steroid saponines which has an anti-edematous effect. It contracts veines and reduces inflammation. The stems and fruits are, rich in starch, fructose and sucrose. Contents glycoside, flavanoids and alkaloids, wich responsible for a slight increase in blood pressure, and increase in renal perfusion. It is used as anti-inflammatory & anti-arthritis. It is used in building immune system. Improves and prolongs the duration of erection.It exerts a stimulating effect on spermatogenesis by increasing the number of spermatozoa and their mobility. Indicated for endocrinous ovarian sterility, menopausal and induced menopausal syndrome. Production of follicle- stimulating hormone and estradiol are increased to stimulate reproduction function in women.
Dosage: Powder: 0.5 to 1.0 gm per day.
Contraindications: None known. Not recommended children or pregnant or lactating women
Side effects: None known. It may cause mild upset stomach and excessive libido
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