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Red-rooted sage

Red yeast Rehmannia Rice (brown)

Saffron (meadow) St. John's wort

Salvia miltiorhiza

Monascus purpureus Rehmannia glutinosa Oryza sativa Secale cereale

Colchicum autumnale

Hypericum perforatum

Salvia miltiorhiza (see Red-rooted sage)

Sarsaparilla Aralia nudicaulis

Sassafras Sassafras albidum

Saw palmetto Serenoa repens

Schisandra chinensis (see Magnolia vine) Scutellaria baicalensis (see Asian skullcap)

Self-heal Seneca snakeroot Senna

Siberian ginseng

Sicklepod

Skeleton weed Skullcap

Slippery elm

Southern tsangshu

Prunella vulgaris

Polygala senega

Cassia senna and other spp. Eleutherococcus senticosus

Cassia obtusifolia

Lygodesmiajuncea Scutellaria laterifolia

Ulmus fulva

Atractylodes lancea, Atractylodes macrocephala

Plant extracts elevate blood oxygen content and are used to enhance blood circulation, particularly in the lungs; inhibits blood platelet clumping

This yeast is cultured on rice; the combination improves circulation and balances cholesterol levels

Experiments with animals indicates efficacy in strengthening kidney function and in lowering blood pressure

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a B vitamin that is produced by rice, has been shown to control growth of cancer cells

An Australian patented ryegrass extract known as Oralmat is proving to be effective in treating asthma, allergies, and other disorders, without the side effects of steroids

Drug colchicine from corms used in past for treatment of gout and back disc problems but now mostly used experimentally to induce doubling of chromosome numbers in plants Extracts used in the treatment of depression; boosts serotonin production in the brain; the serotonin suppresses cravings for carbohydrates and tends to promote normal sleep patterns (Note: St. John's wort can interfere with the normal metabolic activities of some prescription medications, and its use should be supervised by informed personnel)

Cough medicines made from roots

Tea of root bark used to induce sweating; used externally as a liniment Berry extracts clinically demonstrated to aid in shrinkage of benign swelling of prostate gland, increase urine flow, and normalize frequency of urination in men

Native Americans applied plants in poultices to boils; plant glucosides said to tone blood vessels

Liquid from bark boiled in water applied to snakebites; taken internally as an abortifacient; used in a cough remedy Leaf extract used as a laxative or purgative

Liquid extract of rhizome and roots used as an immune system and stamina booster; in some individuals, it appears to counteract chronic fatigue syndrome

Plant extracts said to lower both blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels

Widely used by Native American women to increase milk flow Dried plant used as an anticonvulsive in treatment of epilepsy and as a sedative (see also Asian skullcap)

Dried inner bark, which contains an aspirin-like substance, used to soothe inflamed membranes

Plant extracts used as a diuretic; also used to balance blood sugar levels and promote spleen health

Stern-Jansky-Bidlack: Introductory Plant Biology, Ninth Edition

Appendices

3. Useful and Poisonous Plants, Fungi, and Algae

© The McGraw-H Companies, 2003

Appendix 3

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