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Semester 2 (Actions)

Two Actions and indicators (I) for 25 herbs (Keith Feetham May 2006)

Trifolium pratense (Red Clover) Depurative or Alterative (cleansing blood for skin ailments; [heavy periods; pelvic inflammatory disease (when combined with other herbs)]) --- Demulcent (spasmodic coughs; whooping cough)
Paeonia lactiflora (Red Paeony) Antispasmodic esp. smooth muscle (hypertension) --- Anti-inflammatory
Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh) Relaxing Nervine (Menopausal and female reproductive systems: A powerful relaxing nervine for the female reproductive system, especially useful for painful or delayed menstruation, ovarian cramps or cramping pain in the womb) -- Antirheumatic ()
Dioscorea villosa (Wild Yam) Antispasmodic (IBS; Flatulence) --- Anti-inflammatory (catarrh (from allergic aspect); rheumatoid arthritis)
Smilax ornata (Jamaica Sarsaparilla) Alterative (psoriasis; chronic inflammatory skin disease) --- Tonic (general tonic)
Serenoa repens (Saw Palmetto) Endocrine agent (BPH; polycystic ovary disease) --- Antispasmodic (irritated mucous membranes eg chronic irritable cough)
Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice) Mineralocorticoid (This action combats depletion disorders of the water and sodium metabolism system eg Addison’s disease, Renal failure, Diabetes mellitus, by enabling water and sodium retention) -- Anti-allergy (Efficacious in asthma)
Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng) Adaptogen (non-specific, increase resistance to a wide rnge of physical, chemical & biological factors)
Panax ginseng (Ginseng) Male tonic (erectile dysfunction) --- Nervous system (improve memory; mental exhaustion)
Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus) Autoimmune (rheumatoid arthristis) ---
Vitex agnus castus (Chasteberry) Hormonal normaliser (disorders of menstrual cycle) --- Galactogogue (promotes milk flow)
Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady's mantle) Haemostatic (menorrhagia; metrorraghia) --- Astringent (diarrhoea)
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd's purse) Antihaemorrhegic (menorrhagia & metrorrhagia; reduction of excessive menstrual flow) --- Diuretic (water retention due to kidney problems)
Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Nervine (depression associated with digestive dysfunction; depressive headache; migraine (BHP)) --- Carminative ()
Hypericum perforatum (St John's wort) Antidepressant (depression) --- Nervine (neuralgia; pain)
Passiflora incarnata (Passion flower) Sedative (hysteria; nervous tachycardia) --- Hypnotic (insomnia)
Scutellaria lateriflora (Skullcap) Nerve tonic (nervous tension & anxiety; nervous headaches) --- Spasmolytic (neuralgia; chorea)
Humulus lupulus (hops) Sedative (anxiety & restlessness) --- Aromatic bitter (intestinal cramps; anorexia)
Stachys betonica (Wood Betony) Sedative (headache; vertigo) --- Bitter ()
Borago officinalis (Borage) Tonic ( depression; adrenal exhaustion) --- Diaphoretic (fevers)
Calendula officinalis (Marigold) Vulnerary (wounds both internal & external) --- Immune stimulant (swollen stagnant lymph glands (not active inflammation))
Matricaria recutita (German Chamomile) Nervine (eczema int & ext) --- Anti-inflammatory (topical application)
Euphrasia rostkoviana (Eyebright) Anti-catarrhal (reduces qty of secretion from mucous membrane) --- Anti-inflammatory (inflamed eyes, nose & throat)
Lobelia inflata (Lobelia) Respiratory stimulant (asthma; chronic bronchitis) -- Expectorant (excess mucous)
Symphytum officinale (Comfrey) Anti-inflammatory (colitis-inflammation of digestive tract) -- External Demulcent (bruises)
Created by: klf