Herb components with beneficial healing benefits
Herbs have primary and secondary actions, while some have multiple healing properties. For example; Birch Bark has the primary action used for pain relief (anti-inflammatory) but, it's also known for it's anti-bacterial and anti-viral actions.
Alkaloids. Alkaloids are common to many plants and form the basis of many modern drugs such as morphine, atropine and codeine.
Bitters. Bitters are primarily used as digestive aids since they tend to stimulate the secretion of gastric juices. However, others are noted for their sedative or antimicrobial properties.
Flavenoids and bioflavenoids. Herbs containing flavenoid-like components are primarily used for diuretic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory purposes. For this reason, they are especially useful in the treatment and prevention of colic in horses.
Glycosides. Some herbs contain extremely powerful glycosides. For example, foxglove contains digoxin, a component of the very powerful heart drug digitalis, which can cause death by producing heart spasms if taken in large doses.
Mucilage. Mucilaginous substances found in various herbs are noted for their ability to form gel-like substances in the gastrointestinal tract when ingested. They are favored for their ability to soothe inflamed intestinal tissue and provide mild laxative effects.
Saponins. Various herbs contain steroidal-like saponins that are used as blood tonics and in aiding wound healing (i.e., liquorice root contains a cortisone-like saponin).
Tannins. Herbal tannins primarily act as astringents
Herbal energetics is a system where-in certain herbs correspond to certain universal forces such as the Four Elements.
These Four Elements are considered to be the Roots of the Four Primary Qualities or Forces of Nature: Hot, Cold, Moist, and Dry.
Air: Hot and Wet
Fire: Hot and Dry
Earth: Cold and Dry
Water: Cold and Wet
Elements transmute into one another by changes in primary qualities; for example, air becomes water if its Hot changes to Cold, while Wet remains the same. Dry Earth, by leaving Cold and becoming Hot, turns into Dry Fire.
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~Debbi, The Natural Equine
Equine Muo-manipulative Functional Therapist
Herbalist (advanced master)