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The 'action' of a herb describes its specific use in clinical practice - for example, anti-inflammatory, cardiac tonic, diuretic, and anti-allergic are actions of some herbs.

When you require information about a specific action, you will find it in an alphabetical list, or you can simply type in the action you require, for example 'adaptogen' or 'galactagogue'.

The site will then provide you with general information on the specific action you have requested and a list of herbs which fulfil that function.


adaptogen  adjuvant 
adrenal restorative  aldose reductase inhibitor 
alpha- and beta-receptor blocking  alterative 
anaesthetising to mucus membranes  anaesthetising to sweet taste buds 
analgesic  anaphrodesiac (male) 
anodyne  antacid 
anthelmintic  anti-implantation activity 
anti-inflammatory  anti-inflammatory (circulation) 
anti-inflammatory (female reproductive system)  anti-inflammatory (GIT) 
anti-inflammatory (liver)  anti-inflammatory (musculo-skeletal) 
anti-inflammatory (respiratory tract)  anti-inflammatory (topically) 
anti-inflammatory (urinary)  anti-psoriatic 
antiageing  antiallergic 
antiandrogenic  antiangina 
antiarrhythmic  antiasthmatic 
anticancer  anticatarrhal (lower respiratory tract) 
anticatarrhal (upper respiratory tract)  anticholesterolaemic 
anticholinergic  anticoagulant 
anticonvulsant  antidepressant 
antidiarrhoeal  antiemetic 
antiepileptic  antifibrinolytic 
antifibrotic  antifungal (topically) 
antigalactagogue  antiglaucoma 
antihaemorrhagic (systemic)  antihaemorrhagic (topically) / styptic 
antihaemorrhagic (uterine)  antihydrotic 
antihyperprostatic  antilithic 
antimicrobial  antineoplastic 
antiobesity  antioedematous 
antioxidant  antiparasitic 
antiplatelet  antiproliferative 
antipruritic  antipruritic (topically) 
antipyretic  antirheumatic 
antiseptic (GIT)  antiseptic (respiratory tract) 
antiseptic (topically)  antiseptic (urinary) 
antispasmodic (muscles)  antispasmodic (respiratory tract) 
antispasmodic (uterus)  antitumour 
antitussive  antiulcerogenic (GIT) 
antiviral (systemically)  antiviral (topically) 
anxiolytic  aperient 
appetite inhibiting  aromatic 
astringent  astringents, uterine 
beta-blocking  bitter tonic / digestive 
bladder tonic  blood sugar regulating 
blood tonic  bronchodilator 
cAMP stimulant  cardioactive 
cardioprotective  cardiotonic 
carminative  cholagogue 
choleretic  circulatory stimulant 
circulatory stimulant (cerebral blood flow)  cognition enhancer 
connective tissue regenerator  counter-irritant (mucous membranes) 
counter-irritant (skin)  decongestant 
demulcent  demulcent (urinary) 
depurative  diaphoretic 
digestive tonic  diuretic 
dopaminergic  emmenagogue 
emollient  expectorant (general) 
expectorant (relaxing)  expectorant (stimulating) 
febrifuge  galactagogue 
genito-urinary astringent  haemostatic 
hepatoprotective  hepatorestorative 
hepatotonic  hypertensive 
hypnotic  hypocholesterolaemic 
hypoglycaemic  hypoinsulinaemic 
hypolipidaemic  hypotensive 
hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) regulator  hypouricaemic 
immunodepressant  immunostimulant 
improves sugar metabolism  kaliuretic 
laxative  lipogenesis- & lipoxygenation-inhibiting 
luteal phase normaliser  lymphatic 
male tonic  menstrual cycle regulator 
metabolic stimulant  migraine prophylactic 
mucolytic  mucous membrane tonic 
natriuretic  nerve stimulant 
nervine tonic  nutritive 
oestrogen modulating  oestrogenic 
orexigenic  ovulation stimulant 
oxytocic  PAF inhibitor 
pancreatic trophorestorative  partus praeparator 
post partum tonic  preservative in creams and cosmetic preparations 
progesterogenic  prolactin inhibitor 
prophylactic  purgative 
relaxant  renal tonic 
renalprotective  sedative 
sialogogue  spasmolytic 
stomachic  taste improver 
thymoleptic  thyroid stimulant 
tonic  uterine tonic 
vasoconstrictor, peripheral  vasodilator 
vasoprotective  venotonic 
vulnerary 




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