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Yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium)*

A well-known medicine used as a diaphoretic, styptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial agent and diuretic. In addition to controlling bleeding associated with irritable bowel syndrome and gastric ulcers, Yarrow is a common cold and flu remedy, a urinary antiseptic and a useful topical application for cuts, bruises and insect bites.

Shepherd’s Purse herb (Capsella bursa-pastoris)*

Only active as a fresh plant tincture; the dried herb is inert. Shepherd’s Purse is used to treat hypertension, fibroids and urinary tract infections with blood or pus in the urine.

Tienchi Ginseng root (Panax notoginseng)*

An important remedy in Chinese medicine. It increases cardiac blood flow, so it is useful for angina and congestive heart failure. It has a paradoxical effect in that it removes stagnant blood (bruises) and also stops bleeding both topically and internally.

Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum cassia)*

A wonderful flavoring and spice, as well as a medicinal herb. It is a carminative, styptic and antibacterial agent. It increases the body’s utilization of endogenous insulin.


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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.