Glossary of Herbal Terms


ANALGESIC; pain relieving.

ANODYNE: pain relieving.

ANTIBIOTIC; combats infection.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY; reduces swelling, sheet and pain due to irritation, infection or injury.

ANTIPYRETIC; controls infection and helps pervent tissue degeneration.

ANTISPASMODIC; relieves cramp.

APHRODISIAE: An agent that stimulates sexual desire.

AROMATIC; to open nasal passages, improve palatability of medicines or give a psychological boost.

CARMINATIVE; expels gas trapped in intestines, improves digestion.

DEMULCENT; soothing agent that protects mucous membranes and relieves irritation.

DETOXANT; eliminates poisons.

DIAPHORETIC; causes increase in perspiration and release of waste via the skin.

DIURETIC; increases urine and excretion.

EMMENAGOGUE; promotes and regularizes menstrual flow.

EMOLLIENT; An agent that will soften, soothe and protect the part when applied locally.

EXPECTORANT; removes excess mucous from bronchial tubes.

HAEMOSTATIC; arrests bleeding/haemorrhage.

MUCILAGE; thick aqueous solution used as a lubricant.

NERVINE; reduces nervous disorders.

PECTORAL; An agent that relieves chest conditions or respiratory disorders.

PURGATIVE; An agent that will cause watery evacuation of the intestinal contents.

REFRIGERANT; An agent that produces coolness or reduces fever.

STIMULANT; increases one or more of the metabolic processes, such as blood circulation, or perspiration.

STOMACHIC;An agent that stimulates the appetite and gastric secretion.

TONIC; An agent that invigorates and strengthens all systems and organs.





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