This blog is mainly interested in the connection between mood disorder, such depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD and nutrition. Articles are for educational purposes only. Self-help therapy should only be in partnership with qualified health care practitioners

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine & Natural Therapies
by Jurriaan Plesman BA(psych), Pos tGrad Dip Clin Nutr

This article aims at helping people finding herbal and natural remedies for illnesses, with the help of various "Natural Health web sites" as shown below. 



  1. Use the "find" (CTR+F) find a symptom.
  2. this brings you to a herbal remedy
  3. many symptoms are linked to more extensive articles about the natural treatment of the illness linked to various web sites.
  4. this may lead to other herbs and natural therapies  ---> Herbal index ---> Ailments

delicious living  ----> Herbal Index  --> Ailments

Plants for a Future ---> Herbal index  --->  Medical uses

NCCAM  ---> Herbal and Health topic Index  --> Clinical Trials

YourHealth  ---> Herbal Index --->  Ailments

Holistic  --> Herbal index  ---> Ailments

This article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for self-help medical treatment. Any self-help herbal therapy should be discussed with a qualified health practitioner. Herbal medicine is still poorly validated by scientific studies, although its popularity has grown over the year with dissatisfaction with allopathic medicine.

See one not very unbiased critical opinion by Dr Simon Singh: 

"Herbal medicine undoubtedly offers some interesting remedies, but they are significantly outnumbered by the unproven, disproven and downright dangerous herbal medicines on the market." Source

For dosage, side effects, contraindications, interactions and cautions, go to linked articles.

Acidophilus (for repopulating friendly bacteria)
see: Probiotic Treatments

Acrodermatitis enteropathica is a rare inherited childhood disorder that results in the inability to absorb adequate amounts of zinc from the diet. Anyone who is severely zinc deficient can develop the same symptoms that occur in the inherited form of this disorder.

Agnus-catus (Vitex agnus-cactus) Chaste tree, Monk's pepper

Studies re PMS

Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Church steeples, Cocklebur, Philanthropos, Stickwort, Harvest lice, Rat's tail, White tansy

Studies re Agrimony

(Medicago sativa)
CAUTION: use in moderation --> pancytopenia  --> SLE due to L-canavanine

Aloe vera
(Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis) burn plant, lily of the desert, elephant's gall
Studies re Aloe vera

American ginseng
(Panax quinquefolius)
    • Adaptogenic agent
    • common cold
    • type 2 diabetes
    • athletic performance
    • infection
    • stress (Adrenal exhaustion)
CAUTION: insomnia
Studies re American ginseng

Arnica (Arnica montana), Leopard's Bane,Moutain daisy, Mountain tobacco, Wolfsbane

 Studies re Arnica.

Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum)

Studies re Withania somnifera

Asian Ginseng
(Panax ginseng) Chines ginseng, Korean ginseng,Asiatic ginseng.
    • Improve general health, recover from illness
    • stamina, mental and physical performance
    • erectile dysfunction, hepatitis C, menopause
    • hypoglycemic, controls blood pressure
    • improves immune
    • CAUTION: headaches, sleep, gastrointestinal, allergies,
Studies re Asian Ginseng.

 Astragalus membranaceus (Astragalus membranaceus, Astragalus mongholicus)  bei qi, huang qi, hwanggi, milk vetch

Studies re Astragalus membranaceus

Bacopa monnierra (Bacopa monnierra), Brahami, water hyssop

Studies re Bacopa monnierra

Baical Skullcap
(Scutellaria baicalensis)

Studies Bacal Skullcap
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), European barberry, jaundice berry, pepperidge, pepperidge bush, sowberry, Barberry,    berberis, Daruharidra, Daruhaldi, Kingor, Barberry

         Bedstraw (Galium aparine) Cleavers, Goose grass, 

Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium) Dried fruit and peel

    Burdock (Arctium lappa)

    • Skin disease - acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, boils and eruptions, itch, wounds
    • Rosacea here and here
    • Arthritis - rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, gout
    • Fever - as part of a supportive approach to fever management
    • Cancer - Burdock has traditionally been used as a part of blends for detoxification therapy such as the Essiac formula

Butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus)

Cleavers (Gallium aparine) Catchwood, Goose grass



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