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Herbal Properties

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.

Medical Actions of Herbs - Herb Medicinal Effects
Abr.
Medical Term

Therapeutic Action

Abr.
Medical Term

Therapeutic Action

 

adaptogen -

corrects errant conditions

G

galactagogue -

milk producing

Al

alterative -

gradually restores health

 

 -

 -

 

analgesic -

pain reliever

H

hemotatic -

stops bleeding

An

anodyne -

pain reliever

He

hepatic -

aids liver

At

anthelmintic -

worm destroyer

 

hypnotic -

induces hypnotic state

Ac

anticatarrhial -

mucous membrane anti-inflammatory

Hy

hypotensive -

reduces blood pressure

Ah

antihypothyroid -

thyroid stimulant

 

 -

 -

AI

antiinflammatory -

swelling reducer

L

laxative -

induces defecation

Am

antimicrobial -

kills bacteria

Ly

lymphatic -

aiding the lymph system

 

antineoplastic -

inhibits tumors

 

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 -

 

antioxidant -

attacks free radicals

N

nervine -

soothes the nerves

Ar

antirheumatic -

helps joints and muscles

 

 -

 -

A

antiseptic -

kills germs

P

pectoral -

aids the lungs

As

antispasmodic -

muscle relaxer

 

 -

 -

At

antitussive -

cough suppresser

 

relaxant -

induces relaxation

 

antiviral -

kills viri

 

restorative -

restores

Ap

aperient -

mild laxative

R

rubefacient -

skin reddener

 

aphrodisiac -

makes you horny

 

 -

 -

Ast

astringent -

causes contraction or constriction

 

sedative -

calming , soothing

 

 -

 -

S

sialagogue -

promotes salivation

B

bitter -

appetite stimulant

St

stimulant -

stimulates nervous system

 

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 -

 

stomachic -

stimulates stomach

C

carminative -

gas expelling

Su

sudorific -

sweat inducing

Ca

cathartic -

purgative (bm-inducing)

 

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 -

Ch

cholagogue -

promotes flow of bile

T

tonic -

invigorator, strengthener

 

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 -

 

 -

 -

D

demulcent -

soothing

Vas

vasoconstrictor -

reduces blood flow

 

depurative -

blood cleansing

 

vasodilator -

increases blood flow

Dp

diaphoretic -

perspiration inducer

Vul

vulnerary -

wound healing

Du

diuretic -

urine increasing

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-

 

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 -

-

-

E

emetic -

causes vomiting

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 Preparations

Em

emmenagogue -

promotes menstruation

concoction -

mixture

Et

emollient -

skin softener

decoction -

boiled concentrate

Ex

expectorant -

saliva producer

extract -

produced by pressure, distillation or solvents

 

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 -

 -

F

febrifuge -

fever reducing

tincture -

solution of alcohol and substance

 

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 -

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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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This Vaughns Summaries Herbal Effects chart
was last updated on 2012-07-22.