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Asparagus, wild Astragalus

Asparagus racemosus Astragalus spp.

Astragalus membranaceus (see Membranous milk-vetch) Atractylodes lancea (see Southern tsangshu) Atractylodes macrocephala (see Southern tsangshu)

Balm of Gilead Populus x gileadensis

Balsam poplar Populus balsamifera

Barberry Berberis vulgaris

Beefsteak plant (see Perilla)



Bifidobacterium bifidum (Helicobacter pylori, B. breve, B. infantis, B. longum, and others) Vaccinium spp.

Root flavonoid extracts used to relieve menopausal problems Root extracts used to boost the immune system; said to be good for colds, flu, and immune-deficiency disorders; also lowers blood pressure. (Caution: Some Astragalus spp. sequester toxic amounts of selenium; should not be taken if a fever is present)

Buds used as an ingredient in cough syrups

Buds made into ointment, which Native Americans placed in nostrils for relief of congestion Slows heartbeat rate

Bifidobacteria destroy the bacteria that cause ulcers in humans

Bitter melon Bittersweet nightshade Blackberry Black cohosh

Black currant

Black haw


Blue cohosh

Boneset Borage


Broom snakeweed


Bupleurm chinense (see Chinese thoroughwax) Burdock Arctium lappa

Momordica charantia Solanum dulcamara Rubus spp. Cimicifuga racemosa

Ribes nigrum

Viburnum prunifolium

Sanguinaria canadensis

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Eupatorium perfoliatum Borago officinalis

Boswellia serrata

Gutierrezia sarothrae

Rhamnus catharticus

Evidence that regular consumption of fruit, which contains more than a dozen anthocyanosides, increases oxygen flow to eyes, slowing progression of cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration; helps to balance insulin levels

Plant extracts promote increased insulin production and are believed to reduce sugar damage to pancreatic cells

Plant extracts used to treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, and boils. (Caution: The fruits and other plant parts are poisonous) Tea of roots used by northern California Native Americans to cure dysentery

Dried rhizomes used in cough medicines and for rheumatism; counters effects of declining estrogen levels in women (e.g., hot flashes, sleep disturbances); alleviates urinary tract problems

Oil from seeds used to improve suppleness of skin and to reduce skin dryness

Bark used in treatment of asthma and for relieving menstrual irregularities

Native Americans used rhizome for ringworm, as an insect repellent, and for sore throat

Tea of root drunk by Native Americans and early settlers a week or two before giving birth to promote rapid parturition Water infusion of dried plant tops widely used to treat fevers and colds Oil from seeds contains gamma linoleic acid (GLA) and other oils beneficial in human nutrition

Extract of resin from this East Indian tree inhibits substances that cause joint swelling

Navajo Indians applied chewed plant to insect stings and bites of all kinds

Fruits used as a laxative

Used as an insulin substitute in folklore; root extract used in 17th century for venereal diseases

Useful and Poisonous Plants, Fungi, an d A! gae

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