Polecamy :

amenorrhoea an absence of menstruation which is normal before puberty, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding is being carried out and following the menopause. Primary amenorrhoea describes the situation where the menstrual periods do not begin at puberty. This occurs if there is a chromosome abnormality (such as Turner’s syndrome) or if some reproductive organs are  [ Czytaj dalej ]

acid a substance that can form hydrogen ions when dissolved in water. Aqueous solutions of acids typically have a sharp taste and turn litmus paper red. Most organic acids have the C(0)OH grouping but they may have other acid groups, e.g. the sulphonic group—S(02)OH. Acids can vary in strength according to the degree of ionization  [ Czytaj dalej ]

alterative anemone Pulsatilla, bethroot, betony (wood), bitter root, bittersweet, blue flag, brooklime, burdock, burr marigold, caroba, celandine, clivers, clover (red), cohosh (black), dock (yellow), dropwort (water), echinacea, elder, fireweed, fringe tree, frostwort, golden seal, Jacob’s ladder, meadowsweet, mezeron, pipsissewa, plantain (common), poke root, polypody root, rosinweed, sarsaparilla (Jamaica), sassafras, soap tree, soapwort, speedwell, spindle tree,  [ Czytaj dalej ]

alterative a term given to a substance that speeds up the renewal of the tissues so that they can carry out their functions more effectively. anodyne a drug that eases and soothes pain. anthelmintic a substance that causes the death or expulsion of parasitic worms. antiperiodic a drug that prevents the return of recurring diseases,  [ Czytaj dalej ]


Occurrence: found in Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. The tree has been closely associated with the history and legends of Europe. Parts used: the leaves, seeds and fruit. The seeds and fruit are the most poisonous parts of the plant and contain an alkaloid toxine and another principle milrossin. Medicinal uses: it has few  [ Czytaj dalej ]

yerba santa

Common name: Mountain balm, gum bush, bear’s weed, holy or sacred herb, consumptive’s weed, Eriodictyon califomicum. Occurrence: native to California and northern Mexico. Parts used: the dried leaves which contain five phenolic chemicals, free acids including free formic acids, volatile oil, phytosterol, glucose, a resin and some glycerides of fatty acids. Medicinal uses: bitter tonic,  [ Czytaj dalej ]

yam wild

Common name: Dioscorea, colic root, rheumatism root, wilde yamwurzel. Occurrence: native to the southern United States and Canada. Parts used: the roots and rhizome, which contain steroidal saponins, phytosterols, tannins, starch and various alkaloids including dioscorine. Medicinal uses: antispasmodic, diuretic. This plant has a history of traditional use in relieving menstrual cramps and in stopping  [ Czytaj dalej ]


Common name: all-heal, panay, opopanewort, clown’s woundwort, rusticum vulna herba, downy woundwort, stinking marsh stachys. Occurrence: common to marshy meadows, riversides and ditches in most parts of Great Britain. Parts used: the herb. Medicinal uses: antiseptic, antispasmodic. The herb relieves cramp, gout, painful joints and vertigo, while bruised leaves will stop bleeding and encourage healing  [ Czytaj dalej ]


Common name: Green ginger, old women, ajenjo. Occurrence: a plant found wild in many parts of the world including Siberia, Europe and the United States of America. Parts used: the whole herb. The herb contains a volatile oil made up of thujone, pinene, cadinene and chamazulene, a bitter principle called absinthum, carotene, tannins and vitamin  [ Czytaj dalej ]


Common name: Mexican tea, Jesuit’s tea, herba Sancti Mariae, Chenopodium ambrosioides. Occurrence: indigenous to Mexico and South America, and naturalized in almost all areas of the eastern United States. Parts used: the fruits and seeds. An oil is distilled from the crushed fruits called chenopodium oil. It is made up of ascaridole, an unstable substance,  [ Czytaj dalej ]