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Herbal Remedies

For thousands of years plants have been used to ease the suffering from every kind of ache and pain. In modern times this practice is known by many names: herbalism, traditional medicinal, folk medicine, botanical medicine, medical herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy.

This chart shows which herbs have been used successfully for common ailments.

Herbal Remedies

Click the name of the herb for cautions.

Common Ailments Herbal Remedies
AcneCalendula, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree
AlcoholismEvening Primrose Oil, Kudzu
Alzheimer'sGinkgo Biloba, Rosemary
AnginaHawthorn, Garlic, Willow, Green Tea
AnxietyChamomile, Hops, Kava, Lavender Oil, Passionflower, Valerian
ArthritisCapsicum, Ginger, Turmeric (Tumeric, Curcumin), Cat's Claw, Devil's Claw, Willow
AsthmaCoffee, Ephedra, Tea
Athlete's FootTea Tree Oil
Attention-Deficit DisorderEvening Primrose Oil
Bad BreathParsley
BoilsTea Tree Oil, Topical Garlic, Echinacea, Ginseng, Rhodiola
BronchitisEchinacea, Pelargonium
BurnsAloe Vera, Bearberry
CancerBilberry, Blackberry, Calendula, Coco (dark chocolate), Green Tea, Garlic, Ginseng, Maitake Mushrooms, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Reishi Mushrooms
ColdsEchinacea, Andrographis, Coffee, Ginseng, Licorice Root (sore throat), Green Tea
Congestive Heart FailureHawthorn
ConstipationApple, Psyllium seed, Senna
DepressionSt. John's Wort
Diabetes (type 2)Beans (navy, pinto, black, etc.), Cinnamon, Garlic, Flax Seed, Green Tea
Diabetic UlcersComfrey
DiarrheaBilberry, Raspberry
DizzinessGinger, Ginkgo Biloba
EczemaChamomile, Borage Oil, Evening Primrose Oil
FatigueCocoa (dark chocolate), Coffee, Ginseng, Rhodiola, Tea
Fever (reduce)Calendula
FluEchinacea, Elderberry syrup (See Colds)
Gallbladder disorders Calendula
Gas (flatulent)Fennel, Dill
GiardiaGoldenseal, Green Tea
Hay FeverStinging Nettle, Butterbur
HerpesTopical Lemon Balm, Topical Comfrey, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginseng
High Blood PressureGarlic, Beans, Cocoa (dark chocolate), Hawthorn
High Blood SugarFenugreek
High CholesterolApple, Cinnamon, Cocoa (dark chocolate), Evening Primrose Oil, Flax Seed, Soy foods, Green Tea
Hot FlashesRed Clover, Soy, Black Cohosh
InflammationAngelica, Bay Leaf, Buckthorn, Calendula, Cayenne Pepper, Castor Oil, Cat's Claw, Chaparral, Chondroitin, Cinnamon, Cucumber, Devil's Claw, Eucalyptus, Evening Primrose, Fenugreek, Ginger, Grape Seed, Juniper, Kelp, Milk Thistle, Nettle, Parsley, Poplar, Quinine, Rosemary, Sam-e, Turmeric, Wintergreen Oil
IndigestionChamomile, Ginger, Peppermint
InsomniaKava, Evening Primrose Oil, Hops, Lemon Balm, Valerian
Irregular HeartbeatHawthorn
IrregularitySenna, Psyllium seed
Irritable Bowel SyndromeChamomile, Peppermint
Leg ulcersCalendula
Lower Back PainThymol, Carvacrol, White Willow Bark
Menstrual CrampsCalendula, Kava, Raspberry, Vitex Agnus Castus (Chaste tree)
MigraineFeverfew, Butterbur
Morning SicknessGinger
Motion SicknessGinger
Muscle PainCapsicum, Wintergreen
Muscle spasmsCalendula
Premenstrual SyndromeVitex Agnus Castus (Chaste tree), Evening Primrose Oil
Ringing in Ears (Tinnitus)Ginkgo Biloba
Seasonal Affective DisorderSt. John's Wort
Sore ThroatLicorice, Marshmallow, Mullein
StressChamomile, Hops, Kava, Lavender Oil, Passionflower, Valerian
Stuffy NoseEchinacea
TonsillitisAstragalus Root, Goldenseal, Echinacea
ToothacheWillow, Clove Oil
UlcersAloe Vera, Licorice
Varicosities (swollen veins)Bilberry, Horse Chestnut
Yeast InfectionGarlic, Goldenseal

If you are taking any prescription medication for the above ailments talk to your doctor before using herbal remedies.

For questions and answers about the side effects of herbs see the Herb Forum

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