Common Health Problems and the herbs which treat them

For thousands of years man has used the flora around him to heal his maladies. It was not until the late 19th century that the first pharmaceutical companies appeared. Those first mass produced medications were derived from many of the same herbal remedies listed here. Early Pharmaceutical companies advertised standardized dosages. This made it easier for the average person to purchase remedies over the counter. As these companies grew in popularity it was not long before they began to vilify the very herbal remedies they used in their offerings. Their campaign of misinformation was so successful that by the early 20th century herbalism all but died out in the United States. There have continued to be those who practiced herbalism, but they were relegated to the fringes of society. As the medical community grew in knowledge and arrogance, they further vilified the Herbal community. As the herbal community began to feel more and more marginalized many developed a deep seeded dislike and distrust of the medical community. It became two divided camps, each thinking the other had little or nothing to bring to the table. If we look at the rest of the developed world, most of them realize modern medicine and herbalism each have something to offer. More and more people in the United States are beginning to realize that by utilizing both herbalism and modern medicine we will be that much healthier.

I developed this list with that end in mind. It is by no means a complete list, but it is a pretty good start. If you mouse over the action a quick definition will appear.

Now for the legal stuff.

This list is meant for information purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always seek qualified medical advice prior to starting an herbal regime.

Abrasions/Cuts/Scrapes:

Black Birch Betula lenta, Chickweed Stellaria media, Comfrey Symphytum officinale, Plantain Plantago spp., Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis, Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Acne:

Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis, Tea tree oil Melaleuca alternifolia, Walnut leaf Juglans nigra, Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana

Allergies - Respiratory:

Dry: Mullein Verbascum thapsus, Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica
Wet:  Oxeye Daisy Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica

Anemia:

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica

Anxiety:

Ashwagandha Withania somnifera, Ghinkgo biloba, Hops Humulus lupulus, Kava Kava Piper methystycum, Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis, Passion Flower Passiflora L. St John's Wort Hypericum perforatum, Skullcap Scutellaria spp., Valerian Valeriana officinale Wild Lettuce Lactuca spp.

Arthritis:

Black Birch Betula lenta, Cinnamon Cinnamonum spp., Turmeric Curcumin longa, Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Asthma:

Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla, Ephedra L., Ginger Zingiber officinale, Green tea Camellia sinensis, Hawthorn Crataegus spp., Licorice root Glycyrrhiza glabra, Lobelia Lobelia cardinalis, Mullein Verbascum thapsus, Yerba Santa Eriodictyon californicum

Athlete’s Foot:

Black Walnut Juglans nigra, Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis, Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis, Tea tree oil Melaleuca alternifolia, Thyme Thymus vulgaris

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH):

Papain (Papaya Carica papaya), Stinging Nettle root Urtica dioica, Saw Palmetto Serenoa repens

Bladder Infection (Cystitis):

Astragalus membranaceus, Bearberry Uva-UrsiGoldenseal Hydrastis canadensis, Black Birch Betula lenta, Cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos, Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, Marshmallow Root Althaea officinales, Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Bruising:

Arnica L., Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Bursitis:

Uva-Ursi (pineapple Ananas comosus), Cinnamon Cinnamonum spp., Ginger Zingiber officinale, Horsetail Equisetum arvense, Turmeric Curcuma longa, Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Common Cold:

Astragalus membranaceus, Cat’s Claw Uncaria tomentosa, Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus, Uva-Ursi, Elderberry Sambucas nigra, Ephedra L., Ginger Zingiber officinale, Licorice root Glycyrrhiza glabra, Slippery Elm bark Ulmus rubra

Cough:

Black Cherry bark Prunus serotina, Coltsfoot Tussilago, Echinacea Purpurea, Marshmallow root Althaea officinalis, Mullein Verbascum thapsus, Plantain Plantago spp., Slippery Elm bark Ulmus rubra

Depression:

Ginkgo Biloba, Kava Piper methysticum, Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis, St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum

Ear Infection:

Echinacea purpurea (also Echinacea angustifolia), Garlic oil Allium sativum, Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis, Mullein oil Verbascum thapsus, St. John’s Wort oil Hypericum perforatum

Fibromyalgia:

Black Birch Betula lenta, Cat’s Claw Uncaria tomentosa, Kava Piper methysticum, Skullcap Scutellaria, St, John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, Valerian Valeriana officinale, Willow bark Salix spp., Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Gas/Bloating:

Angelica L., Caraway Carum carvi, Cinnamon Cinnamonum L., Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgare, Gentian Gentiana, hops Humulus lupulus

Gout:

Bilberry Vaccinium spp., Bromelain (pineapple Ananas comosus), Cat’s Claw Uncaria tomentosa, Cinnamon Cinnamonum L., Turmeric Curcuma longa

Headache:

Black Birch Betula lenta, Kava Piper methysticum, Meadowsweet Spiraea alba, Skullcap Scutellaria, St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, Willow bark Salix spp., Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Hemorrhoids:

Aloe L., Butcher’s broom Ruscus aculeatus, Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, Horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum, Horsetail Equisetum arvense, Plantain Plantago spp., Pot Marigold Calendula officinalis, St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, Witch hazel Hamamelis virginiana, Yarrow Achillea millefolium

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure):

American ginseng Panax quinquefolius, Bilberry Vaccinium spp., Hawthorn Crataegus spp., Yarrow Achillea millefolium

High Cholesterol:

American Ginseng Panax quinguefolius, Garlic Allium sativum, Ginger Zingiber officinale, Hawthorn Crataegus spp., Milk Thistle Silybum marianum, Skullcap Scutellaria, Shitake mushroom Lentinula edodes

Impotence:

American Ginseng Panax quinquefolius, Ashwaganda Withania somnifera, Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba, Yohimbe Pausinystalia johimbe

Indigestion:

Angelica L., Caraway seeds Carum carvi, Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgare, Hops Humulus lupulus

Infection:

Comfrey Symphytum officinale, Licorice root Glycyrrhiza glabra, Plantain Plantago spp., St John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum

Inflammation:

Black Birch Betula lenta, Black Cherry Prunus serotina, Cat’s Claw Uncaria tomentosa, Choke Cherry Prunus Virginiana, Cinnamon Cinnamonum, Devil’s Claw Harpagophytum procumbens, Licorice root Glycyrrhiza glabra, Tart Cherry Prunus cerasus, Turmeric Curcuma longa, Willow bark Salix spp., Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Influenza:

Anise Pimpinella anisum, Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum L., Catnip Nepeta cataria, Cayenne Capsicum annuum, Echinacea purpurea also Echinacea angustifolia, Elderberry Sambucas nigra, Garlic Allium sativum, Ginger Zingiber officinale, Kudzu Pueraria L., Licorice root Glycyrrhiza glabra, Mullein Verbascum thapsus, Plantain Plantago spp.

Insect bites:

Aloe L., Comfrey Symphytum officinale, Jewelweed Impatience capansis, Plantain Plantago spp.

Insomnia:

Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla, Kava Piper methysticum, Skullcap Scutellaria, St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, Valerian Valeriana officinale, Wild Lettuce Lactuca spp.

Lupus:

Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla, Cinnamon Cinnamonum, feverfew Tanacetum parthenium, Hawthorn Crataegus spp., Licorice root Glycyrrhiza glabra, Milk Thistle Silybum marianum, Stinging Nettle Root Urtica dioica, Turmeric Curcuma longa

Lymphedema:

Bromelain (pineapple Ananas comosus), Butcher’s Broom Ruscus aculeatus, Ginger Zingiber officinale, Horse Chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum, Sweet Clover Melilotus officinalis

Menstrual/Menopause issues:

Agrimony Agrimonia L., Angelica L., Black Cohosh Actaea racemosa, Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca, Shepherd’s purse Capsella bursa-pastoris

Pain management:

Black Birch Betula lenta, Ghost Pipe Monotropa uniflora, Kava Piper methysticum, Meadowsweet Spirea spp., St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum, Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Sinusitis:

Anise, Bromelain (pineapple Ananas comosus), Common Mallow Malva neglecta, Elderberry Sambucas nigra, Marsh Mallow Althea officinalis, Mullein Verbascum thapsus, Plantain Plantago spp., Slippery Elm bark Ulmus rubra

Urinary tract infection:

Astragalus membranaceus, Bearberry Uva-Ursi, Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis, Black Birch Betula lenta, Cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos, Dandelion Taraxacum officinale, Marshmallow Root Althea officinalis, Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens

Yeast Infection:

Aloe L., Barberry berberis vulgaris, Cinnamon Cinnamonum L., Echinacea purpurea, Garlic Allium sativum, Oregano Origanum vulgare, Peppermint Mentha balsamea, Thyme Thymus vulgaris