"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
Once upon a time, long long ago, healing plants were an integral part of our forefathers lives, but they never really knew for sure why these plants produced the required results for their ailments, all they knew was that they worked.
So with this in mind, we have compiled a comprehensive list of Healing Plants which highlights a specific medical action and links all the applicable common herbs to that action.
ALTERATIVE: "A substance that produces a gradual, beneficial change in the body".
ANALEPTIC: "An analeptic in medicine is a central nervous system stimulant medication".
ANALGESIC: "A medication that eliminates or reduces pain".
ANODYNE: "A medicine or agent that relieves or soothes pain".
ANTACID: "An antacid is a substance which neutralizes stomach acidity".
ANTI-ALLERGENIC: "Medicinal properties of herbs classifies some of the best-known herbs according to their actions".
ANTI-BACTERIAL: "An antibacterial is a compound or substance that kills or slows down the growth of bacteria".
ANTIBIOTIC: "The word antibiotic comes from the Greek meaning "against" and "life".
ANTI-CATARRHAL: "Counteracting or supressing catarrh (inflammation of the mucous membranes)".
ANTI-COAGULANT: "A substance that prevents clotting of the blood".
ANTI-DEPRESSANT: "An anti-depressant is a psychiatric medication used to alleviate mood disorders".
ANTI-EMETIC: "Is a substance that is effective against vomiting and nausea".
ANTI-HISTAMINE: "A substance that counteracts the effects of histamine, used in treating allergies".
ANTI-FUNGAL: "A medication used to treat fungal infections".
ANTI-HELMINTIC: A substance that expels or destroys intestinal worms (also called vermifuge)".
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: "Refers to the property of a substance or treatment that reduces inflammation".
ANTI-MICROBIAL: "A substance that kills or inhibits the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria or fungi".
ANTI-OXIDANT: "Antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules".
ANTI-PLATELET: "A substance that decreases platelet aggregation and inhibits thrombus formation".
ANTI-PYRETIC: 'Are drugs or herbs that reduce fever".
ANTI-RHEUMATIC: "Anti-rheumatics are substances used to treat rheumatoid arthritis".
ANTISEPTIC: " Are antimicrobial substances that are applied to iving tissue to reduce the possibility of infection".
ANTI-SCLEROTIC: "Reduces hardening of tissues, especially arteries".
ANTI-SPASMODIC: "Is a drug or substance that suppresses muscle spasms".
ANTI-THROMBOTIC: An antithrombotic is a drug or substance which reduces thrombus formation".
ANTI-VIRALS: "Are a class of medication used specifically for treating viral infections.
APERIENT: "A laxative in the form of a medicine or a food".
APHRODISIAC: "An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire".
ASTRINGENT: "Causing skin or body tissue to contract".
BALSAMIC: "Means balsam-like in the sense of "restorative" or "curative.
BONES AND JOINTS
CARMINATIVE: "Is a herb or preparation that either prevents formation of gas in the gastro-intestinal tract or facilitates the expulsion of gas, combating flatulence".
CHOLAGOGUE:"Cholagogue is a medicinal agent that promotes the discharge of bile from the system".
CHOLERETIC: "An agent that stimulates the liver to increase output of bile"'
DECONGESTANT:" A decongestant is a type of pharmaceutical drug or substance that is used to relieve nasal congestion".
DEMULCENT: "An agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane relieving pain and inflammation.
DEPURATIVE: "Used for, or capable of depurating, purifying, a purgative".
DETOXIFIER: "To get rid of poison or its effects".
DIAPHORETIC: "Is the state of sweating profusely, commonly associated with shock and other medical emergencies".
DISINFECTANT: "Disinfectants are subtances that are applied to non-living objects to destroy micro-organisms that are living on the objects".
DIURETIC: "A substance that causes more urine to be secreted".
EMMENAGOGUE: "Are herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area, some stimulate menstruation".
EMETIC: "A substance or agent that induces vomiting".
EMOLIENT: "A substance that softens and soothes the skin".
ESTROGENIC: "Having the properties of, or similar to, estrogen".
EDEMA REDUCER: "Edema means swelling caused by fluid in your body's tissues".
EXPECTORANT: "Is an agent which dissolves thick mucus and is usually used to help respiratory difficulties".
IMMUNE SYSTEM STIMULANT
PURGATIVE: "Are foods, compounds, or drugs taken to loosen the stool, most often to treat constipation".
RUBEFACIENT: "Is a substance for topical application causing dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation".
SEDATIVE: "Having a soothing, calming or tranquilizing effect: reducing or relieving anxiety, stress irritability or excitement".
SPASMOLYTIC: "May refer to a type of muscle relaxant".
STIMULATES THE MIND
STOMACHIC: "while many herbs claim stomachic effect, modern pharmacology does not have an equivalent term for this type of effect".
STIMULANT: "are substances which induce temporary improvements in either mental or physical function or both".
VASODILATOR: "refers to the widening of blood vessels resulting from relaxing of smooth muscles cells within the vessel walls particularly in the large arteries and large veins".
VENOUS HEALTH BOOSTER
VERMIFUGE: "A substance that expels or destroys intestinal worms".
VULNERARY:"A remedy used in healing or treatment of wounds".
And there you have it..... quite an informative list of healing plants and the conditions that they can be used for.