The Medicinal Herb Info site was created to help educate visitors about the often forgotten wisdom of the old ways of treating illnesses. Many of today's drugs and medicines were originally derived from natural ingredients, combinations of plants and other items found in nature.

We are not suggesting that you ignore the help of trained medical professionals, simply that you have additional options available for treating illnesses. Often the most effective treatment involves a responsible blend of both modern and traditional treatments.

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Infections and Inflammations

Definition

An infection is the condition of multiplication of parasitic organisms or microorganisms within the body. An inflammation is the reactions that occur in the affected blood vessels and adjacent tissues in response to an injury or abnormal stimulation caused by a physical, chemical, or biologic agent. Many people use the terms interchangeably since they have several symptoms in common and usually are treated similarly.
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Causes

Infection is caused by the invasion of bacteria, etc. and can be recognized by fever, pain, redness, swelling, heat (or warmth), general malaise, increased white count in the blood, and needs professional diagnosis and treatment. Inflammations symptoms are: redness, heat (or warmth), swelling, and may or may not have loss of function in the area.
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Treatment

Eat 75% raw foods, drink herb teas and juices, avoid colas, sugar, junk foods, and white flour products.

Relieve symptoms as much as possible with positioning, hear or ice, take medication and nutritional supplements. Get plenty of rest.

See your doctor for diagnosis and medical treatment.
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Nutrients

Vitamin C plus biofavonoids, 3,000-6,000 mg. in divided doses during the day, is essential to healing and reducing swelling.

Proteolytic enzymes, 4 tablets between meals and at bedtime for 4 weeks, helps in controlling inflammation.

Zinc, 50 mg. per day, helps promote healing.

Kelp, 5 tablets per day, helps balance minerals and cleanse the blood.
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Herbs
  • Adder’s tongue
  • Anise
  • Balmony
  • Balsam poplar, (balm-of-Gilead)
  • Barberry, common
  • Bayberry
  • Bilberry
  • Butternut
  • Calico bush
  • Caraway
  • Castor bean
  • Cayenne
  • Chaparral
  • Chickweed
  • Cinquefoil
  • Clover, red
  • Cohosh, blue
  • Comfrey
  • Coriander
  • Corn silk
  • Dill
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry
  • Elecampane
  • Elm, slippery
  • Everlasting, pearly
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Feverfew
  • Feverweed
  • Flaxseed
  • Fringetree
  • Garlic
  • Gentian
  • Golden seal
  • Herb Robert
  • Honeysuckle, Japanese
  • Horsetail
  • Hyssop
  • Jasmine flowers
  • Joe-pye-weed, spotted
  • Lavender
  • Lobelia
  • Lungwort
  • Mallow, common
  • Maple, striped
  • Marshmallow
  • Mugwort
  • Mullein
  • Oak, white
  • Pau d’arco
  • Pimpernel
  • Purslane
  • Ragweed, common
  • Red clover
  • Rose flowers
  • St. John’s wort
  • Sandalwood
  • Sanicle
  • Sarsaparilla, wild
  • Sorrel
  • Spruce, black
  • Sunflower
  • Tansy
  • Thyme
  • Twinleaf
  • Violet
  • Willow, white, bark
  • Wintergreen
  • Witch Hazel
  • Yarrow
  • Yellow dock
  • Yucca

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Bibliography

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

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