Glossary of Herbal/ Medical Terms

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  • Anodyne - Eases pain.
    Anthelmintic - Expels or destroys intestinal worms.
    Antacid - Corrects acid conditions in stomach, blood and bowels.
    Antibiotic - Inhibits growth and destroys viruses and bacteria.
    Anticatarrhal - Eliminates mucous conditions.
    Antiemetic - Relieves stomach sickness; prevents vomiting.
    Antipyretic - Reduces fevers also called a refrigerant.
    Antilithic - Helps prevent the formation of gravel and stones.
    Antiseptic - Prevents the growth of bacteria.
    Antispasmodic - Relieves convulsions and cramps.
    Aperient - Mild laxative; softens stool without purging.
    Aphrodisiac - Corrects impotence; balances sexual powers.
    Aromatic - Has fragrant smell; agreeable pungent taste.
    Astringent - Increases tissue tone, firmness; contracts tissue.
    Cardiac - Increases the power of the heart.
    Carminative - Expels gas from the stomach, intestines, and bowels.
    Cathartic - Causes rapid evacuation of the bowels.
    Cholagogue - Promotes the flow of bile.
    Condiment - Used to season foods and increase digestive activity.
    Demulcent - Relieves internal inflammation gives protective coating.
    Deobstruent - Overcomes obstructions; aperient.
    Diaphoretic - Increases perspiration; Stimulating - Neutral Relaxing.
    Discutient - Dissolves and removes tumors and abnormal growths.
    Diuretic Increases flow of urine; removes water from the body.
    Emetic - Induces vomiting.
    Emmenagogue - Promotes menstrual flow
    Emollient - Applied externally to soften and soothe skin.
    Expectorant - Removes mucous from nose, throat, lungs and bronchial passages.
    Febrifuge - Reduces fever.
    Glactagogue - Promotes secretion of nursing milk.
    Hemostatic - Stops internal bleeding or hemorrhaging.
    Hepatic - Strengthens, tones and stimulates liver secretions.
    Laxative - Promotes bowel action; a mild purgative.
    Lithotriptic - Stimulates and cleanses the lymphatic system.
    Mucilaginous - Soothes inflammation.
    Nervine - A tonic to the nervous system.
    Nutritive - Supplies substantial nutrients for building and toning.
    Opthalmic - Heals diseases of the eye.
    Oxytocic - Assists labor and promotes easy childbirth.
    Parasiticide - Kills and removes parasites from the skin.
    Pectorals - Helps relieve chest and respiratory problems.
    Purgative - Causes strong bowel movement.
    Rubefacient - Causes redness and increased blood supply to the skin.
    Sedative - Reduces excitement and nervous reactions.
    Sialagogue - Promotes increased flow of saliva.
    Stimulant - Increases energy; quickens actions of the system.
    Stomachic - Gives strength and tone to the stomach.
    Styptic - Contracts tissues or blood vessels; Checks bleeding.
    Tonic - Increases energy and systemic tone through nutrition.
    Vermicide - Expels and destroys worms without expulsion from the bowels.
    Vermifuge - Expels and destroys worms by expelling from the bowels, heals cuts, burns, and wounds.


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