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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



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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
VASOCONSTRICTOR Narrows the blood vessels and raises blood pressure Butcher's Broom
= Bugleweed (peripheral); Cohosh, blue (peripheral)
= Cohosh, Blue (peripheral)
= Broom, Scotch (peripheral)
VASODILATOR Dilates blood vessels Ammoniac Gum (peripheral); Balloon Flower (bronchial); Bilberry; Buckwheat; Garlic; Hawthorn; Onion
= Barrenwort; Chamomile (peripheral); Fo-Ti; Stoneroot (peripheral)
= Chamomile (peripheral)
= Black Cohosh
VERMIFUGE Kills/weakens intestinal worms so they can be expelled Aloe, False; Anaphalis; Annatto; Apple; Asafetida; Ash, Prickly; Aspen, Quaking; Balmony; Balsam of Peru; Balsam Pear; Banana; Basil, East Indian; Benjamin Bush; Betony; Blackberry; Black Chebula; Bottle Gourd; Campion, Starry; Carrot, Wild; Centaury, American; Chives; Clove; Cucumber; Epazote; Pearly Life Everlasting; Pinks, Chinese; Pumpkin; Santolina; Szechuan Pepper (See Ash, Prickly); Walnut, English
= Angelica lucida; Apricot; Apricot, Japanese; Bahia Powder; Barberry, common; Bay; Birch, Common; Birch, Paper; Birch, Sweet; Bogbean; Boldo; Boneset, Japanese; Brucea; Burnut; Cajuput; Cascara Sagrada; Cedar, White; Cohosh, blue; Thistle, Blessed; Walnut, Black
= Ambrosia (C. anthelminticum); Alstonia; Angelica lucida; Barberry; Burnut; Cajuput; Cohosh, Blue; Epazote
= Ambrosia (C. anthelminticum); Blue Flag; Bonduc Nut; Boxwood; Bryony, White; Camphor; Wormwood
VESICANT Produces blisters = Bonduc Nut
VULNERARY Wound healer or dressing for wounds Agrimony; Anaphalis; Balm of Copaiba; Balm of Gilead; Balm, Lemon; Balsam of Peru; Barley; Basil; Betony; Burnet; Celosia; Chickweed; Couchgrass; Poplar, Black
= Alexander, Golden; Angelica; Apricot; Bayberry; Calendula; Cattail; Celandine; Chamomile; Comfrey; Stoneroot
= Angelica; Calendula; Cattail; Celandine; Chamomile
= Arnica
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