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Sarsaparilla rhizome (Smilax ornata)*

A mild adaptogen that contains plant sterols which are anti-inflammatory. It is used for psoriasis, arthritis, gout, bursitis, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation of connective tissue. Sarsaparilla has specific activity for red skin that is hot and inflamed. It is also used for skin problems caused by food allergies (leaky gut syndrome). It binds endotoxins in the gut and increases their elimination.

Yellow Dock root (Rumex crispus)*

Indicated for chronic skin problems i.e. psoriasis, eczema and acne with excessive secretions, especially oozing, weepy, serous discharge. It is used for liver and gall bladder insufficiency, jaundice and poor iron absorption and storage Yellow Dock is also a cholagogue and mild laxative.

Burdock dried seed (Arctium lappa)*

Used for dry, crusty or flaky skin conditions. Use with essential fatty acids and Milk Thistle seed. It is a mild diuretic and alterative.

Horsetail spring gathered herb (Equisetum arvense)*

A rich source of vegetal silica. Horsetail acts as a co-factor with calcium increasing bone mass and density, gradually reversing osteoporosis, speeding the healing of fractures by increasing the maturation of osteoblasts and improving bone density. Horsetail is also a diuretic useful for urinary tract infections, especially with bladder irritation and blood in the urine.

Red Alder bark/Tag Alder bark (Alnus rubra, A. serrulata)*

Used similarly as alteratives, mild laxatives, cholagogues and antibacterials. Alder bark is considered specific for skin conditions where the eruptions (pimples) are red, raised and never come to a head. It can be used orally and topically for boils, carbuncles, staph infections and large painful pimples on the back, buttocks, face or neck


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Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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*Disclaimer: The information on historical, ethnobotanical and phytotherapeutic uses of herbs and traditional formulas contained herein is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care provider. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The publisher and author are not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the information discussed. Should you have any questions concerning the appropriateness of any preparation mentioned, the author strongly suggests consulting a professional health care advisor.