Uses

Horse chestnut

Horseradish Horsetail

Aesculus hippocastanum

Armoracia rusticana Equisetum spp.

Huperzia serrata = Lycopodium serratum (see Chinese club

Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata

Hypericum perforatum (see St. John's wort)

Indian chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum indicum

Indigo (wild)

Baptisia tinctoria

Seed and leaf extracts used to improve blood flow; night cramps of legs; reduce varicose veins and leg swelling (Caution: Plant is poisonous and only standardized extracts of demonstrated therapeutic value should be used; a coumarin component of horse chestnut leaves can interact adversely with aspirin and other anticoagulants) Roots used to treat infections of the urinary tract Plants boiled in water; liquid used as a delousing hairwash or as a gargle for mouth ulcers moss)

Essential oil from roots acts as diuretic (Caution: Leaves contain toxic amounts of cyanide)

Glucoside extract said to lower blood pressure

Native Americans boiled plant and used liquid as an antiseptic for skin

Ipecac Java plum Jimson weed

Joe-pye weed Joshua tree

Jujube

Juniper

Kansas snakeroot

Kava kava Kirilow's cucumber Lactobacillus

Lemon balm Licorice

Cephaelis ipecacuana Syzygium cumini Datura spp.

Eupatorium purpureum Yucca brevifolia

Ziziphus jujuba

Juniperus spp.

Echinacea angustifolia

Piper methysticum Trichosanthes kirilowii Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. salivarius, and others

Melissa officinalis Glycyrrhiza glabra

Ligusticum Lily of the valley

Ligusticum wallichii Convallaria majalis

Drug from roots and rhizome used to treat amoebic dysentery; also used as an emetic

Powdered seeds used to counter excessive thirst and excretion of sugar in the urine, characteristic of diabetics

Drugs atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine obtained from seeds, flowers, and leaves; drug stramonium used for knockout drops and in treatment of asthma (Caution: Jimson weeds are highly poisonous

[see Deadly nightshade])

Dried root said to prevent formation of gallstones

Cortisone and estrogenic hormones made from sapogenins produced in the roots

Fruit extracts shown to promote restful sleep and to aid in balancing irregular heartbeat

Tea of "berries" drunk by Zuni Indian women to relax muscles following childbirth (Caution: Internal consumption can interfere with absorption of iron and other minerals) Dried roots used as antiseptic in treatment of sores and boils, periodontal disease, and sinus drainage problems Leaf tea used as a sedative, a muscle relaxant, and as a pain reliever Used to inhibit mucous production in the lungs Lactobacilli normally populate the gastrointestinal tract, where they function in various ways to boost the immune system and destroy pathogenic bacteria; antibiotics destroy these useful bacteria, and repopulation is facilitated by ingestion of lactobacilli capsules or products such as yogurt, which contain the useful bacteria Leaf extracts and oils used for colds

Rhizomes source of licorice used in cough drops and for the soothing of inflamed mucous membranes; stimulates interferon production; relieves allergic symptoms; boosts immune system; deglycyrrhizinated licorice increases protection of upper digestive tracts by augmenting the mucous coating (Caution: Undeglycyrrhizinated licorice can elevate blood pressure)

Extract has been demonstrated to relax blood vessels

All parts of plant contain a heart stimulant similar to digitalis; used to control irregular heartbeat (Caution: Plants are poisonous)

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