Herbs to Boost Energy: Tonics

Herbs which restore strength and tonify weakened tissues when the body is " empty" —deficient —are called "tonic" They are used to repair damage caused by "empty" ailments. Clinically tonics are used for two...

Antitussive and Expectorant Herbs

Medicines which facilitate the bringing up or the transformation of phlegm from the respiratory tract are called "expectorant." Those which control coughing and soothe the throat are called "antitussive." Expectorants generally have antitussive action...

Blood Regulator Herbs: Tonics

Tonics which facilitate blood circulation, dissolve clots and keep the blood vessels soft and supple are called "blood regulators." This category also includes hemostatic herbs which stop or prevent internal and external hemorrhage. They...

Digestive and Stomachic Herbs

Stomachics and digestives are those herbs which tonify the stomach and spleen, promote digestion, facilitate distribution, and accelerate, movement of accumulated excess food in the stomach. Digestive ailments requiring treatment with these medications are...

Energy Regulator Herbs: Tonics

Drugs which regulate and balance the flow of vital-energies in the body and remedy illnesses due to energy imbalances are called "energy regulators." Such ailments are of two types: energy deficient and energy stagnant....

Liver Sedative Herbs: Hangover Cure?

These drugs have specific affinity for the liver and function to "calm ascending liver-yang" and all its attendant nervous symptoms. Many serious nervous ailments are directly related to liver dysfunction. "Stop the wind" means...

Sedative Herbs

Drugs which calm the nerves, relax the body and quieten the spirit are called "sedatives." They are of two types: one type is derived from heavy minerals and shellfish and is used in cases...

Resuscitative and Rejuvenating Herbs

Resuscitative herbs are those which restore consciousness and revive the spirit. They are used in fainting spells, children's convulsions, epilepsy, strokes and other instances of sudden unconsciousness. Unconsciousness due to heat excess is indicated by...

Warming Herbs

Herbs which warm the interior and dispel cold to correct symptoms of "internal-cold" ailments are called "warming" drugs. Their nature tends towards the warm and hot type. The Internal Book of Huang-Di states, "If...

Antirheumatic Herbs

Herbs which expel "evil" wind-and-damp-excess from the body and thereby relieve painful symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis in joints, sinews, muscles, bones and meridians belong in the "antirheumatic" group. Their primary pharmaco-dynamic effects are...