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Herbal Remedies

Plants have been used as medicine since prehistoric times. Herbs can be used naturally or formulated in ointments, infusions, decoctions and tinctures. Infusions are made in much the same way as tea. Decoctions are made from hard or woody herbs and more heat is required to allow the active ingredients to infuse. In tinctures alcohol is used as a solvent instead of water. Tinctures are much stronger than the other herbal preparations. Below is a table of herbs and their most common uses:

Herb Use
Aesculus Venous tonic, Varicose veins, Haemorrhoids
Agnus Castus (Chaste Tree) Premenstrual Syndrome, Acne, Fibroids, Endometriosis
Arnica Arthritis, Rheumatic Complaints, Fibromyalgia, Bruising
Aloe Vera Psoriasis
Avena Sativa (Oats) Stress, Nervous exhaustion, Anxiety
Berberis Gallstones, Jaundice, Crohn’s Disease, Spleen and Blood Tonic
Bilberry Eye Strain, Eye Protection
Bio-Propolis Cold Sores
Black Cohosh Dysmenorrhoea, Menopausal Symptoms, Premenstrual Syndrome
Calendula Glandular Fever, Acne, Mouth Ulcers, Crohn’s Disease. Anal Fissures
Centaurium (Centaury) Indigestion, Gastric reflux, Anorexia
Crataegus Heart Tonic, Angina, Mild Hypertension, Arteriosclerosis
Cynara (Cynara scolymus) High Cholesterol
Dandelion Fluid Retention, Slimming, Gallstones
Devil’s Claw Rheumatic Conditions, Muscular Pain, Gout, Lupus, Hayfever
Echinacea Influenza, Catarrh, Middle Ear Infections, Immunostimulation, Wound Healing
Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng) Physical Stress, Psychological Stress, Fatigue, Enhances Mental and Physical Performance
Euphrasia (Eyebright) Conjunctivitis, Blepharitis, Hayfever
Flower Essences Emotional Imbalances
Feverfew Migraine Headaches
Galeopsis Asthma, Stress Incontinence
Ginkgo Biloba Improving Arterial Circulation, Cold Extremities, Chilblains, Poor Short Term Memory, Senile Dementia, Tinnitus
Ginger Motion Sickness, Nausea and Vomiting, Poor Peripheral Circulation
Helix Slim (Jerusalem Artichoke) Weight Control, Appetite Control, Sugar Level Balance, Slow Metabolism
Hypericum (St John’s Wort) Mild Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Viral Infections
Marum Verum Snoring, Nasal Polyps
Menosan (Salvia) Hot Flushes, Excessive Sweating or Salivation, Mouth Ulceration, Throat Inflammation
Milk Thistle Liver and Gall Problems, Stimulate Bile Production, Detoxification, Skin Problems
Neem (Azadirachta indica A. Jus) Mild Skin Infections, Psoriasis and Eczema, Athlete’s Foot, Head Lice, Scabies
Passiflora Stress, Tension, Anxiety, Sleep, Minor Depression, Nerve Pain
Papaya Digestive Problems, Poor Appetite, Inflammatory Bowel, Intestinal Parasites
Plantago (Lance Leaf Plantain) Congestion, Catarrh, Middle Ear Infections
Peppermint Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Petasites Pain Relief, Migraine Headaches, Menstrual Cramping, Gastric Pain
Saw Palmetto Prostate Enlargement, Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, Cystitis in Men with BPH
Silicea Weak Hair, Brittle Nails, Ageing Skin, Bloating
Spilanthes (Paracress) Fungal Skin Infections, Oral Thrush
Urtica (Stinging Nettle) Detoxifier, Gout, Rheumatism, Eczema, Hayfever
Valeriana Anxiety, Sleep Disturbances, Muscle Tension and Spasm
Vinca Minor Impaired Memory, Tinnitis, Menieres Disease, Tendency to Nosebleeds
Yarrow General Indigestion, Lack of Appetite, Colic, Food Intolerances

If you are taking prescription medicines you should consult with your Doctor before you take a herbal remedy. The Pharmacist will also be happy to advise you. There is a range of herbal products available at the Pharmacy and if your particular requirement is not in stock, the Staff will source it for you.

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