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Reprinted with permission from the book From Magic to Medicine                  Alphabetical Herb List


Used to treat sexual impotency and infertility in both men and women. Relieves hot flashes during menopause (balances female hormones).

Brings oxygen to the genitals and is used for energy and as a “sexuality tonic” for women.

Purported to be effective at treating the symptoms of prostatitis.

Reported to increase sexual desire.

DANDELION (Traxacum officinale):

Also called ... "blowball", "white endive", "cankerwort", "lion's tooth", "priest's crown", "puffball", etcetera. Enhances the making of bile and removes swelling due to excess body water resulting from problems with the liver. Infusion of dandelion root is said to be beneficial in the treatment of gallstones, jaundice, various liver problems, stiff joints (arthritis).

DANDELION ROOT (Taraxacum Officinole)

The root is used to fight anemia because it contains iron, calcium, and trace minerals ... also a laxative and helpful in treating poor circulation, bowel inflammation and stomach disorders.

DEVIL'S CLAW (Harpagophytum Procumbens):

Has been used to treat: 1) liver diseases, 2) kidney diseases, 3) bladder diseases, 4) allergies, 5) arthritis, 6) headache, 7) heartburn, 8) arteriosclerosis, 9) lumbago, neuralgia, rheumatism, 10) menopausal problems, 11) joint pain.

The tuber is used to relieve arthritis and rheumatism symptoms due to an anti-inflammatory effect.

CAUTION: Should not be taken with warfarin, may cause widespread bruising and uncontrolled bleeding.


Decreases the stickiness of platelets, small particles in the blood that often clump together and cause heart attacks and strokes. Shown to be helpful in Cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Memory loss, and Parkinson's disease. Increases the level of estrogen in women and testosterone in men to levels found in younger men and women

DOGSBANE (Apocynum Androsaemifolium):

Also called ... "milkweed", "bitter root", and "fly trap". A cardiac tonic which is a member of the digitalis family ... it is used to slow the pulse rate. It is used as a laxative and to treat accumulation of serous fluid in the abdominal cavity due to cirrhosis of the liver.

 CAUTION: Can cause ... nausea, purging. Because the absorption rate in the intestines is very unpredictable, the patient must be observed carefully.

DONG QUAI (Angelica polymorpha)

Also spelled Dang-qui and angelica (see angelica for more information).

A Chinese form of the herb angelica, it is used to relieve menstrual problems or menopausal symptoms.

Also used to improve mental acuity and reduce symptoms of daily stress.

The root is the part of the plant that is used ... it's major reported effect is that it reduces muscle spasms.

It is also used for PMS, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes.

Aids the liver to use oxygen in cases of hepatitis or cirrhosis.

MINERALS: A source of iron (aids in iron deficiency / fatigue / anemia), magnesium and niacin.

ACTIVE CONSTITUENTS: Ligustilide, butylene phthalide, butyl phthalide, various polysaccharides and ferulic acid, six coumarin derivatives. Ferulic acid and polysaccharides have been researched as elements that can prevent muscle spasms, reduce blood clotting and relax blood vessels. The six-coumarin derivatives have shown to induce antispasmodic and vasodilatory properties.

In Asia, angelica has long been used to treat arthritis.

Studies have shown that it increases red blood cell counts and this is the reason that Chinese physicians prescribe it for women who have just given birth and requires red blood cells. It is useful in treating fatigue in both men and women because an increase in red blood cells means an increase in the oxygen that is circulated throughout the body for a feeling of being energized.

DOSAGE: Can be made into a tea, liquid extract or capsule. Make an infusion of 1 teaspoon of crushed root per cup of boiling water ... steep for 10 to 20 minutes.

500 mg three times a day or greater.

CAUTION: Do not take in the form of pure essential oil.

Dong Quai should not be used during pregnancy or during colds and flu.

Should not be taken with warfarin, may cause widespread bruising and uncontrolled bleeding.


Sangre de Grabo ... the sap of a South American tree which has been a century-old pain remedy for people in the Amazon. It is reported t kill pain within seconds.

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