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 fulfill 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 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
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
renalprotective sedative
sialogogue spasmolytic
stomachic taste improver
thymoleptic thyroid stimulant
tonic uterine tonic
vasoconstrictor, peripheral vasodilator
vasoprotective vasodilator