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Medical Actions of Herbs
Herb Effects on the Body

Here is a list of medical terms which describe the effects of plants and herbs on the human body.

The following terms are also referred to as medicinal plant actions, medicinal properties and uses, therapeutic action of herbs, herbal properties, medical actions, and physical effects of herbs.

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Medical Actions of Herbs -
Herb Medicinal Effects

Abr.
Medical Term

Therapeutic Action

 

adaptogen -

corrects errant conditions

Al

alterative -

gradually restores health

 

analgesic -

pain reliever

An

anodyne -

pain reliever

At

anthelmintic -

worm destroyer

Ac

anticatarrhial -

mucous membrane anti-inflammatory

Ah

antihypothyroid -

thyroid stimulant

AI

antiinflammatory -

swelling reducer

Am

antimicrobial -

kills bacteria

 

antineoplastic -

inhibits tumors

 

antioxidant -

attacks free radicals

Ar

antirheumatic -

helps joints and muscles

A

antiseptic -

kills germs

As

antispasmodic -

muscle relaxer

At

antitussive -

cough suppresser

 

antiviral -

kills viri

Ap

aperient -

mild laxative

 

aphrodisiac -

makes you horny

Ast

astringent -

causes contraction or constriction

 

 -

 -

B

bitter -

appetite stimulant

 

 -

 -

C

carminative -

gas expelling

Ca

cathartic -

purgative (bm-inducing)

Ch

cholagogue -

promotes flow of bile

 

 -

 -

D

demulcent -

soothing

 

depurative -

blood cleansing

Dp

diaphoretic -

perspiration inducer

Du

diuretic -

urine increasing

 

 -

 -

E

emetic -

causes vomiting

Em

emmenagogue -

promotes menstruation

Et

emollient -

skin softener

Ex

expectorant -

saliva producer

 

 -

 -

F

febrifuge -

fever reducing

 

 -

 -


Abr.
Medical Term

Therapeutic Action

G

galactagogue -

milk producing

 

 -

 -

H

hemotatic -

stops bleeding

He

hepatic -

aids liver

 

hypnotic -

induces hypnotic state

Hy

hypotensive -

reduces blood pressure

 

 -

 -

L

laxative -

induces defecation

Ly

lymphatic -

aiding the lymph system

 

 -

 -

N

nervine -

soothes the nerves

 

 -

 -

P

pectoral -

aids the lungs

 

 -

 -

 

relaxant -

induces relaxation

 

restorative -

restores

R

rubefacient -

skin reddener

 

 -

 -

 

sedative -

calming , soothing

S

sialagogue -

promotes salivation

St

stimulant -

stimulates nervous system

 

stomachic -

stimulates stomach

Su

sudorific -

sweat inducing

 

 -

 -

T

tonic -

invigorator, strengthener

 

 -

 -

Vas

vasoconstrictor -

reduces blood flow

 

vasodilator -

increases blood flow

Vul

vulnerary -

wound healing

-

-

-

-

 Preparations

-

concoction -

mixture

decoction -

boiled concentrate

extract -

produced by pressure, distillation or solvents

tincture -

solution of alcohol and substance

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DISCLAIMER
The author has no medical training. No advice is intended.
Although the author has tried to be as accurate as possible, errors and misstatements are possible.
Consult your doctor for personal advice.

I could not find a chart like the above. So, I assembled this list of herbal actions, to help myself understand the workings of common herbs. I hope that it helps you.

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was last updated on 2015-03-05.