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= toxic agent, AVOID          = danger/caution, mild to severe apply          = AVOID if pregnant
See corresponding herb pages for more information
TERM DEFINITION NATURAL AGENTS ASSOCIATED with the TERM
PARTURIENT Relating to childbirth = Cohosh, Blue
PECTORAL An herbalist term for an agent used to treat conditions of the chest (ie. pulmonary) Anaphalis; Astragalus hoantchy; Balsam of Peru; Beggartick; Chickweed; Lady's Bedstraw; Nasturtium; Pearly Life Everlasting; Pussytoes, Lesser; Pussytoes, Plantain-leaved
= Apricot; Bayberry; Bethroot; Birch, Sweet; Black Cherry; Coltsfoot; Comfrey
= Coltsfoot
PHOTOTOXIC An agent which in combination with overexposure of light, x-rays, or ultraviolet rays can cause damage to cells; of particular interest in cancer research Beggartick, Hairy
PHYSIC Same as Laxative See Laxative
PURGATIVE Produces vigorous evacuation of the bowels, possibly with griping and/or watery discharge (hydragogue); a strong laxative Akebia; Amalaki; American Ivy; Ampelopsis; Annatto; Ash; Ash, White; Aster, Red-stalked; Atractylodes macrocephela (mild); Balmony (large doses); Bog Rush; Bowman's Root; Cairo Morning Glory; Candle Nut; Cucumber; Lady's Bedstraw; Senna
= Bead Tree; Bindweed (hydragogue); Bindweed, Hedge; Bindweed, Jalap; Bindweed, Sea; Blackberry lily; Broom, Dyer's (mild); Butternut; Celandine; Walnut, Black
= Blackberry Lily; Butternut; Celandine (hydragogue)
= Alder Buckthorn; Arrowwood; Asarabacca; Blackroot; Blue Flag (liver); Broom, Scotch; Bryony; Castor Bean
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