Herbal Dictionary Of The Medicinal Properties of Herbs

A Glossary of Definitions of The Medicinal Properties of Herbs: Some of the terms attributed to herbal remedies are a little technical at times. Here I have prepared a list of the most common terms used for herbal medicinal properties. They are listed in alphabetic order for easy reference.

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Anodyne: Pain reliever Emmenagogue: Induces or hastens menstrual flow
Anthelmintic: Causes expulsion of intestinal worms Emollient: Softening and soothing to skin or internal surfaces
Aperient: Non-purging, gentle laxative Esculent: Suitable for eating
Aromatic: Fragrant, sweet-smelling Exanthematous: Acts on skin eruptions of certain infectious diseases
Astringent: Controls bleeding and discharge, constricts tissues Expectorant: Facilitates secretion or expulsion of matter from respiratory tract
Antibilious: Acts on bile secretion Febrifuge: Reduces fevers
Anticonvulsant: Relieves convulsions
Hepatic: Acts on the liver
Antiemetic: Prevents or arrests vomiting Laxative: Stimulates evacuation of the bowels
Antiepileptic: Remedy for epilepsy Lithontriptic: Dissolves or destroys stones in the bladder or kidneys
Antipyretic: Reducing or tending to reduce fever Maturating: Causes suppuration, brings boils, tumors and ulcers to a head
Antiurolithic: Prevents the formation of urinary calculi Mucilaginous: Moist and sticky, soothes inflammation
Antirheumatic: Relieves or cures rheumatism Nauseant: Induces nausea or vomiting
Antiscorbutic: Prevents or cures scurvy Nervine: Soothing or calming effect on the nerves
Antispasmodic: Prevents or relieves spasms Opthalmicum: Relating to the eye
Antisyphilitic: Acts on venereal diseases Parturient: Induces and promotes labor in childbirth
Carminative: Prevents formation of, and expels gas from the digestive tract Pectoral: Relieving disorders of the chest or respiratory tract
Cathartic: Accelerates defecation Pectoral: Relieving disorders of the chest or respiratory tract
Cephalic: Relates to the head Refrigerant: Cooling, reduces fever
Cholagogue: Promotes discharge of bile Resolvent: Solvent, reduces inflammation or swelling
Demulcent: Coats and soothes membranes, relieves inflammation Rubefacient: Increases circulation, irritates the skin causing redness
Deobstructant: Removes obstructions Sedative: Has a soothing, calming or tranquilizing effect
Depuritive: Purifies the blood Sialagogue: Increases the flow of saliva
Detergent: Cleansing to boils, ulcers and wounds Stomachic: Tones stomach, stimulates digestion
Diaphoretic: Causes increased perspiration Styptic: Checks hemorrhage and bleeding
Discutient: Disperses morbid matter Sudorific: Causes or increases sweating
Diuretic: Increases the discharge of urine Tonic: Invigorating, refreshing or restorative agent
Emetic: Causes vomiting Vermifuge: Causes expulsion of intestinal worms

 

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