The People's Perspective on Medicine

Herb Library Index

Learn about herbs with thought to have medicinal value and general health benefits, including important details such as background, history, active ingredients, uses, does, precautions and adverse effects.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has a long tradition as a medicinal plant. The leaves contain a clear gel that soothes irritated skin. Their latex is a harsh laxative.

Arnica

Arnica extract should generally not be ingested, but it is widely used topically to treat bruises and wounds and speed their healing.

Bilberry

Bilberry may be helpful for combatting mild diarrhea, mild inflammation, and may slow the development of macular degeneration or cataracts.

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh was used by native people in North America to ease inflammation (rheumatism) and backache. Can it ease menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes?

Boswellia

The Indian herb boswellia has anti-inflammatory properties that can help people with arthritis pain or other inflammation.

Cascara Sagrada

Cascara sagrada, once a popular though harsh laxative, is no longer permitted in over-the-counter medications in the US.

Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw

Cayenne

Cayenne

Chamomile

Chaste Tree Berry

Chaste Tree Berry

Cranberry

Dong quai

Dong quai

Echinacea

Elderberry

Elderberry

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Fennel

Feverfew

Feverfew

Garlic

Ginger

Ginkgo

Ginseng

Goldenseal

Goldenseal is a native North American herb that has a reputation for boosting the immune system.

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola

Grapeseed

Grapeseed

Green Tea

Guggul

Guggul

Hawthorn

Hops

Horse Chestnut

Horse chestnut has been used in folk medicine to treat a range of conditions from varicose veins and hemorrhoids to arthritis and coughs.

Juniper

Juniper

Kava

Kava

Lemon Balm

Licorice

Ma Huang

Ma Huang

Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Passion Flower

Pau d’Arco

Pau d’Arco

Psyllium

Psyllium is a soluble fiber that has a many uses including for both constipation and diarrhea. Research suggests it can lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

Red Clover

Red Clover

Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto

Scullcap

Scullcap

Senna

Senna

Siberian Ginseng

Siberian Ginseng

Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm

St. John’s Wort

Stinging Nettle

Valerian

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